Samie Brosseau

Samie Brosseau

“My worst day as a free soul is far better than my best day in captivity.”

Samie Brosseau runs Liberation Point, a charitable organization that helps people who come out of cults integrate into society:

Here are the links to articles and videos about Samantha  (Samie) Brosseau, from more recent to older

June 2018: A&E documentary Cults and extreme beliefs-Twelve Tribes-Samie Brosseau

December 2012: What’s your story?

July 2010: From commune to college, one young woman’s road to independence

 

8 Comments On “Samie Brosseau”

  1. Samie, the A&E doc is interesting.
    I wish it had a less ominous soundtrack which IMO was not necessary. My 9-month stay in the Community taught me a lot. For many years I told friends I had been in “a borderline Christian cult” but since then I’ve changed my mind. The fact that they think they are the only True Church, the fact that all the “anointing” is from Mr. Spriggs, the group-think and enforced conformity mean it IS a cult/sect.
    One inconsistency in the doc: the young film-maker leans into Eddy Wiseman’s car in a very confrontational way, making sensational claims of child abuse. Then later, in the car-conversation you ask why things always need to be so confrontational with TT. The young director getting in Wiseman’s face was the confrontational one, I think.
    I defend the Community’s right to discipline kids with a light wooden rod in the palm. I don’t agree with the nanny-state “never-correct-or-touch-a-child” school of thought. I have been a child-development social worker since my days with the TT and encountered many divergent thought on this. In my brief time with the TT I never saw any harsh or abusive attitudes toward kids. (Maybe behind the scenes . . . but in any community there are parents who are too harsh. In my wife’s culture a horrendous level of brutality toward children is considered normal.) The State of VT was acting totalitarian when they raided Island Pond in the 80′s and it is inexcusable IMO.
    I did sense way too much group-think and cult of personality going on within the Community. TT members should be free to live in their sect, erroneous as their doctrines may be. They should also be free to leave, and “leap with joy” when they are condemned and shunned by the herd, as Christ encouraged us to do when opposed by Pharisaical religious fanatics. It makes Galatians current and relevant to all involved. TT Community looked like the Acts 2nd chapter True Church when I first met them. Their publications are well-written to appeal to young and idealistic dissident-types. But I found out it is NOT the “True Community” of Acts. There is no such true community anywhere on earth. The Church in Corinth was a mess !
    Let God be true and every man a liar.
    Best wishes,
    El D.

  2. I have a friend and his wife and 3 children who were about to join a Twelve Tribe community in North Carolina. My son and I talked them out of it; especially after watching a TV Presentation of the tribes and how they actually work. Now my friend is working to help another couple get out of the same group he and family were in. It is very dangerous to help others, but he feels it is well work doing, I have been a Pastor for many years, and was able to help them through understanding the Bible. Bless your Work. Glen.

  3. Samie,

    I just watched your documentary on A&E and wanted to reach out.

    I applaud your courage and determination in securing your freedom from the nightmare in which you grew up. You are absolutely right: God delights in us and desires for us to be free.

    Your witness and your desire to help others are a blessing to all who watched the program and all who need your message to live their own lives of freedom, joy, and happiness.

    Many blessings to you.

  4. Hi Samie,
    I have just watched the A&E documentary and felt compelled to find a way to contact you and say how supremely impressed I am with your strength and bravery. You have an amazing warrior spirit. I wish you the best!
    Danielle

  5. I saw the show on A&E too, I was waiting for the 12 tribes one to come on and I saw it last night. I used to live next door to these guys on Bathurst Road in Katoomba, NSW, Australia. I didn’t have much to do with them, they put one of their “Common Ground” cafes in Katoomba quite a few years ago now, they changed it to “Yellow Deli” a while back. I didn’t go there much, but when people came to visit I used to take them there, because it is kind of a cool cafe, run by this weirdo cult. You know, if people want to join a cult, then whatever floats your boat, but dragging children into it? That sucks, but I guess that part of being in a cult is breeding the next generation.

    Do you know much about the story of Eden? Christians like to tell you this stuff about how they rebelled because they disobeyed God and they gained free will and stuff, but it’s just not true. It wasn’t about a rebellion, it was about people claiming to have the knowledge of good & evil. Every religion in the world, I don’t care if your name is Jesus, Mohammed, or the Buddha, every religion in the world tries to tell us “this is good, that is evil,” but this is exactly the problem with the world. It’s like this, when you say “I am good, you are evil,” you give yourself the right to punish a person, to do harm to them, but who gets to decide who is good and who is evil? Majority rules? God’s rules? Which God? You can believe whatever you want to believe, but unless God Himself has descended from Heaven in the presence of us all and said “this is good, that is evil,” then you cannot possibly know which prophet to believe, so what to do? Plead ignorance, “I have no knowledge of good and evil, I am not like God.” Have you read the story of Eden? What happens? After they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they believe they are doing something wrong by being naked, God confronts them, “who told you that you were naked?” Adam says “I am good, she is evil,” Eve says “I am good, the serpent is evil.” This is the final proof for God that mankind has been corrupted and they are expelled from Eden.

    You know, this knowledge of good and evil thing, it’s all a lie, no one has the knowledge of good and evil, people just think they do. No person ever truly believes themselves to be evil. Adolf Hitler believed he was the saviour of the German people, he said “I am good, Jews are evil.” Osama bin Laden said “I am good, America is evil.” George W Bush said “I am good, Saddam is evil.” Islamic State said “we are good, the infidels are evil.” What do you think would be the one thing that offends God? That’s right, passing judgement, playing God, and what is a sin but a crime against God?

    Sorry, I’m rambling. Just remember, don’t let anyone else tell you what to do, and don’t tell anyone else what to do. You have no knowledge of good and evil, you are not like God. Anyone who tries to control other people, they were driven in disgrace from Eden. The knowledge of good and evil is an illusion, people only think they have the knowledge of good and evil. Sorry, I’ll shut up. It just helps to know this stuff, I spent a lot of time worrying about which religion to believe, it set me free to know that it’s a simple as saying “I don’t know and it doesn’t matter.”

    Your friend,
    Michael.

  6. Samie, I just watched the documentary on Hulu and I want to say how proud I am of you. You are such a delight and should have no guilt in wanting to be true to your belief in Christ Jesus and freedom of faith. Running was so hard but the right thing to do. I will pray with you for your sisters and brothers and all of your family. I was actually in Chatanooga last week prayer walking silently and covertly praying for the 12 Tribes group to be free from all of its false beliefs.
    I have one question: Is the ‘Hebrew Roots Movement’ affiliated with the 12 tribes group? My kids have been caught up in that group and it scares me for they have very similar beliefs. They are moving to Chatanooga soon and my heart is crying out to God for their protection, especially my sweet grandsons.
    Also: How can people who want to run from a cult contact you? I am a missionary and would love to be of some help to you and others running. Plus I would like to share with them your info. (If needed.) But I suspect God will use me to help others be free, for He delights in true love and freedom. Bless you sweetheart, Cyndi

  7. Lance Scheffer Alexander

    I’m curious, as a drug and alcohol counselor in Westchester County New York, do you offer this type of counseling at your facility? It seems like an important part of the lives of so many who leave these type of situations. I would be more than happy to discuss and help you with this in any way, shape, or form that you may need.

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