Before she became a Christian, Sherri Shepherd, a former co-host of “The View,” says she was forced to stop talking to her father, whom she dearly loved, because he questioned Jehovah’s Witness leaders about their policies after she was punished by the church for committing a sin.
“I was told as a young girl we had to stop talking to my dad even though he lived in our house,” Shepherd said in an interview with ABC News correspondent Paula Farish on the “Journeys of Faith” podcast. He worked three jobs to take care of us and I remember my two sisters telling him, ‘We can’t talk to you anymore.’ I saw him breaking down and crying,” Shepherd said.
Her father had been “disfellowshipped” from the religion because he questioned their practices and admittedly didn’t believe all of their teachings.
Shepherd recalled having two different lives as a teenager: one as a girl who went to Kingdom Hall and the other as a young Sherri who was living a worldly life. One of her sisters read her diary and found out that she had lost her virginity. Her sister tore out the scandalous pages to show them to her mother and church leaders.
After being questioned extensively by three men in front of her father about losing her virginity, Shepherd was put on reproof for six months and everyone she knew was barred from talking to her because she had “committed sexual sin.”
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