SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) — Lily was scared for her life but didn’t know why.
It should have been a happy time, after the 25-year-old had been invited by her best friend to be inducted into a position of honor in their religion.
The ritual — which some of the religion’s leaders charged as much as $10,000 to conduct — was being offered to her “free” because she was told she was someone the spirits favored.
But Lily tossed and turned the night before the ritual, pierced with foreboding that what was being offered wasn’t real or true.
“If there is a true God, please protect me,” she thought before falling asleep. Continue reading →