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Was Bobby Fischer “Mentally Responsible” for the Cult Indoctrination

Says one critic:

Just because Bobbie Fischer, an adult, chose to follow a specific belief that is not a mainstream, or an established religion, doesn't automatically prove that he was following a ‘cult’.”

Says another critic:

By the mid-1960s, Fischer was an adult. Adults who join cults of their own volition cannot really be said to be ‘victims’ in any true sense.
Everybody wants to be a victim these days, it seems.

Um, yeah, it was in fact a cult.

Unorthodox doctrines
“…As Herbert Armstrong criticized traditional Christianity, he also attracted criticism. Many people considered him to be the leader of a heretical cult. Today, the leaders of this denomination reject Armstrong’s doctrinal errors. We acknowledge that our errors were deep and serious…”
http://gci.org/aboutus/history

And as “Maureen” at ReFocus Cult Resources Support recently stated:

“I do know that WWCG has changed their stance on many issues and are at least doctrinally willing to admit they were in error. However, I truly hope that they can acknowledge the manipulation and control, which is many ways was more insidious, and not just the error in doctrine.”

But that's not all. Fischer was born March 9, 1943 and joined the Worldwide Church of God in 1962. That puts him at the grand age of 19.

How responsible are 19 year old teenagers?

Brain Maturity Extends Well Beyond Teen Years
Under most laws, young people are recognized as adults at age 18. But emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don't reach full maturity until the age 25. Guest host Tony Cox discusses the research and its implications with Sandra Aamodt, neuroscientist and co-author of the book Welcome to Your Child's Brain.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708

At What Age Is The Brain Fully Developed?
It is widely debated as to which age the brain is considered “fully mature” or developed. In the past, many experts believed that the brain may have been done developing in the mid to late teens. Then along came some evidence to suggest that development may last until at least age 20. These days, a consensus of neuroscientists agree that brain development likely persists until at least the mid-20s – possibly until the 30s.
The fact that our brains aren't developed until the mid 20s means that “legal adults” (those age 18+) are allowed to make adult decisions, without fully mature brains. Someone who is 18 may make riskier decisions than someone in their mid-20s in part due to lack of experience, but primarily due to an underdeveloped brain. All behaviors and experiences you endure until the age of 25 have potential to impact your developing brain.
At what age is the brain fully developed?
Although brain development is subject to significant individual variation, most experts suggest that the brain is fully developed by age 25. For some people, brain development may be complete prior to age 25, while for others it may end after age 25. The mid-20s or “25” is just an average age given as checkpoint for when the brain has likely become mature.
It may seem logical that those aged 18 to 25 are completely mature, the brain still is maturing – specifically the area known as the “prefrontal cortex.” Changes occurring between ages 18 and 25 are essentially a continued process of brain development that started during puberty. When you're 18, you're roughly halfway through the entire stage of development. The prefrontal cortex doesn't have nearly the functional capacity at age 18 as it does at 25.
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http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/02/18/at-what-age-is-the-brain-fully-developed/

For those with any lingering doubts as to Bobby Fischer's lack of culpability and innocense under duress of cult leader Herbert W. Armstrong, who financially exploited Bobby through brainwashing tactics of “Fear, Panic, Guilt,

Mental Capacity and Contracts
Lee Black, JD, LLM
Virtual Mentor. March 2008, Volume 10, Number 3: 161-164.
Health Law, American Medical Association

“…There are two major exceptions to the presumption of an adult's legal capacity, one of which is being intoxicated when the agreement was made because intoxication can affect judgment. The second exception to legal capacity is mental illness or mental defect [5]. Historically, this exception intended to protect individuals who were DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED or insane. Today, the category has been expanded to include those suffering from degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's, that may affect their cognitive abilities.”
http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2008/03/hlaw1-0803.html

“…They cleaned my pockets out frankly. I have some money left, but not that much. I've got some assets. It's amazing they didn't get everything.”

(They did take everything important, like peace of mind and sanity…)
Bobby was on the autism spectrum. Asperger's Syndrome. Pervasive Developmental Disorder (or “Developmentally Disabled”). He needed an advocate that protected his financial interests and provided personal guidance. The Federal Law has recognized the status of vulnerable adults for decades, but seldom is this law recognized or taken into consideration by the mainstream population because of the widespread ignorance of what Developmental Disabilities (Autism) encompass.

Bobby didn't have a snowball's chance in Hell seeing through Armstrong's mind-wrecking cult indoctrination.