This was like the mid-80's IIRC. She met her future husband, my uncle, out there in the midst of it all. I believe he was in the same cult, and in a sense I'm not convinced they entirely left the mindset.
They are in Texas today, and heavily involved in a local Christian church. She's definitely in the Golden Boy Bush camp; can't shake her of the opinion that he was a great president. In fact, as far as she's concerned, Texas has the most right of any state to secede, and if they did she's fine with 'Dubya' as president of Texas.
Needless to say, there's been some very heated arguments via email in the past 12-15 months over the presidential election. The icing on the cake for me was a Hitler-Obama comparison, which she later apologized for and said she was having a 'bad day', but the damage was done.
It prompted retorts from most of the family, and where I used to think she was just blind and needed to pull her head out of the f***ing sand, now I think she's genuinely nuts. I know she's family and we're supposed to be there for each other, but at times I'm embarrassed by her.
If the markedly different theology and politics weren't enough, they are horrible at deciding the most mundane crap, like what restaurant do you want to go eat at this evening. We mark it up to flashbacks from the cult days, when all their decisions were made for them...this is an annoyance factor for others in the extended family.
Few family members have made me so red-faced and wanting to smash something just by communicating by email. Grrr....Overlord angry, cults baddddd. Cults bad... Okay?