“…children find themselves in dire situations where it is virtually impossible to speak their minds…”iidabii, Japanese rapper uses words to cure ills of abusive religious upbringing, as former Jehovah’s Witness—Mainichi
The fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by the son of a follower of the Unification Church focused worldwide attention on the issue of parents who force their children to adhere to religious faiths through psychological or even physical abuse…
A young woman in her 30’s in Japan who was raised as a third-generation Jehovah’s Witness has opened up about her past, sharing her personal story, including abuse from her parents, in a meeting held by opposition parties in the Diet on Nov. 7.
“Second- and third-generation children do not have the means to communicate the harm done to them. I’d like Diet members from various parties to cooperate to handle this issue,” the woman commented.
When I am silent and do nothingWitness of Abuse, iidabii (YouTube)
Then I’m no better than those adults
I’m done letting the other me
Die out there somewhere
Her voice was joined by that of the 31-year-old second-generation Japanese rapper iidabii, styled by the local newspaper, Mainichi, as an “unlikely savior to those suffering religious abuse.”
In “Witness of Abuse,” iidabii details a speech impediment he developed as a result of his treatment, rapping, “I lost words… that was the beginning of the stuttering problem that still continues into my adult life.”
He noticed at one point he had even forgotten how to laugh. But iidabii came to a crossroads in his third year of junior high school one day when he confessed to his mother of wanting to “play music in a band.” His feelings of repression erupted as his mother admonished him for the “absurdity of music.”
When he told her outright he no longer wished to practice the religious faith, iidabii says, amid tears, she said he was “possessed by demons” and “a devil child.” They yelled at each other and got into a scuffle. From that day onward, he stopped attending meetings. “We weren’t a family from the beginning,” he raps.iidabii, Japanese rapper uses words to cure ills of abusive religious upbringing, as former Jehovah’s Witness—Mainichi
Meanwhile, the Watchtower of Jehovah’s Witnesses is celebrating 50 years of printing at the Japan branch, according to a news release. Jehovah’s witness children worldwide can recall peddling those magazines door-to-door worldwide, at a cost. Today Watchtower material is available online at jw.org.
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