True Believers

Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about "faith-based" terminology, the Rebekah Home for Girls, and corporal punishment.

texasmonthly.com: How did you first become interested in working on this story? Pamela Colloff: This spring I read about a woman named Teresa Calalay, who testified before the Texas Legislature. Her son had been at the Lighthouse—one of the adult Roloff Homes—and was allegedly abused when he tried to escape. Calalay was urging the Legislature to not renew the law that allowed the Roloff Homes to come back to Texas. I started looking into the story. The more calls I made and the more I learned about the Roloff Homes, the more

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