For those of you who have seen the movie “Tangled,” you know that the underlying conflict is one that is very familiar to us here at ACFJ: emotional abuse. Many survivors find healing while watching this movie and seeing Rapunzel break free from her abuser; and when she does and is wracked with the overwhelming and simultaneous emotions of guilt and excitement, we all know exactly how that feels.
The power of the emotional abuser and the failure of the Christian Church to recognize the effects on a victim were driven home when I read the following on an otherwise positive review of the movie by a Christian movie reviewer:
There’s also a moral conflict that’s not quite resolved positively. In a way, it seems as if Rapunzel is rebelling against her mother. That’s because the wicked hag, who pretends to be her mother, is not that wicked. If she…
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