Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rick A. Ross Institute Threatens Retaliation "Behind The Scenes"

 (Please note: the "rickross.com" URL for many of these links is obsolete. The same info can now be found at its new address, the "culteducation.com" forum)

Dave McKay of the Jesus-Christians just posted a very astute summary of the hate campaign against me in his forum.

I will quote part of it below and certainly everyone is welcome to post comments here. I am particularly concerned that the stalkers in the Rick Ross forum have turned their attention to McKay's wife, who is not at all an outspoken person. Those people hiding behind their nicnames over in those two hate sites, completely facilitated by Rick A. Ross and by Nick and Kait (or Cait, she changes it) Crofts, feel above the law. The Crofts, who are in Australia where the McKays are being threatened by this gang, are not innocent and neither is Rick Ross, who is here in the USA where I am being threatened.

Here is a kink to Dave McKay's post:

There must be more than a hundred pages of hate written over the past few months specifically about Denise Matteau (on the two hate sites). Denise, a 57-year-old Catholic artist, frequently chats into a video camera in her little apartment in Austin, Texas, discussing such things as her budgies, her paintings, and her hobby of growing orchids. Like so many posts on Youtube, Facebook, and similar blogs, hardly anyone ever watches these videos.

However, because Denise has expressed anger against the tactics used on the hate sites that have targeted me personally, and because she has named some of the key players on those sites, she has become the object of a worldwide hate campaign, stretching from Scotland and Korea to Canada and Australia.

Rick Ross has gone into the hate thread that he lets Brian Birnmingham run and posted that Dave McKay has not committed any crimes. After over 500 pages of relentless criminal accusations! It appears Rick Ross is trying to distance himself from the predatory behavior of his Institute's members. But he is allowing Brian Birmingham to follow that disclaimer with more dehumanizing posts about McKay, including a posting of lyrics from a rock song, "Psycho Killer".   If Rick Ross is trying to imitate Pontius Pilate, I think the water in the bowl is too dirty for him to avoid responsibility for that gang.

Why on earth doesn't he delete all those pointless posts of pure hate and demonization and ban Birmingham from the board?  He has no reason to keep that thread up, except to feed a crew of predators. Ross stands to gain thousands of dollars each time his predators corner a target and successfully convince the target's family that a "cult" has stolen their son or daughter. The stalkers always manage to post or deliver some kind of reference to Ross's cult directory and collection of links to member "therapists".

It must be pretty lucrative to justify the risks he takes by supporting Birmingham and the other predators in that forum.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dave McKay Announces Return of Jesus-Christians

(Please note: the "rickross.com" URL for many of these links is obsolete. The same info can now be found at its new address, the "culteducation.com" forum)

After a few weeks of lock-down Dave McKay, the founder of the Jesus-Christians opened the forum long enough to announce that he and Cherry McKay will continue to operate the Jesus-Christian website while others continue in new directions. The Jesus-Christians have had a wide range of music, documentary, and educational missions besides their personal witnessing activities. There has been a recent expansion in the film-production side with the release of longer and more professionally-produced documentaries about their teachings and practices.

Here is the announcement by Dave McKay that was posted in Announcements at their forum:

There has been much speculation over what is happening internally within the Jesus Christians at the moment. Most of this speculation has been an over-reaction. There have, indeed, been certain changes made which will enable each of us to function more freely as individuals, each with a distinctive ministry of our own. It is taking us some time to find our bearings in this new arrangement, as we are not all traveling the same path or marching to exactly the same tune. But there is unity... the kind of unity that counts most in the eyes of God.

One report is that the Jesus Christians have "disbanded". Some have chosen to use that term to describe what has happened. They are free to do so. However, I prefer to see it as a kind of "graduation". Cherry and I have been given responsibility for this web site, and we are still endeavouring to find the best way to deal with that responsibility. Others have taken control of other assets and will do with them what they feel is best.

Cherry and I wish all the best to those with whom we have worked for so many years. We feel fortunate to have been able to play a part in the spiritual journeys of those who have been touched by the message which we have preached. If we each keep our eyes on Jesus then what we are doing now will come to be seen as a greater show of unity than ever was possible in our former association.

One only can hope that the professional stalkers will leave the Mckays and the other Jesus-Christians or anyone who supports them alone, but it is not likely. All decent people are appalled at the virulent hatred that boils out of the stalkers in the hate sites. It has become obvious that fully disbanding according to the announcement that was emailed to many people directly from the forum admin would leave individuals vulnerable to abuse from the hate site. This blog will continue to address the Rick A. Ross Institute and the stalker-gang problem as it affects far too many independent religious groups and individuals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stalkers In Search Of A Cult

(Please note: the "rickross.com" URL for many of these links is obsolete. The same info can now be found at its new address, the "culteducation.com" forum)

Now that the Jesus-Christians have disbanded, Brian Birmingham and the other stalkers in the Rick Ross forum have decided on a campaign to convince themselves and others that there is a "Jonestown" in the making.

Realistically, this Jonestown stuff is pure hogwash and nothing more than a very serious libel promoted by Birmingham in order to justify his own criminal stalking behavior and attract more useful idiots to his scheme. The Jesus-Christians reached the point at which a cult might indeed "implode", which is the aging-out of their founder BUT at which any other group would either continue under new leadership OR disband. Since the Jesus-Christians never were a "cult" in the sense Birmingham means, they actually did both of the things HEALTHY groups do. They considered continuing on under the leadership of several of the senior members while the founder, Dave McKay, went into retirement. Then they disbanded. They had completely open-door discussions all the way through the process. The only thing they never announced was exactly when it would happen, as a security measure. The website remains up at http://jesus-teachings.com because the books are not being burned and no one is hiding it from the public. You can still read the books online there and you can still go to Amazon and order them. Just like you can still buy copies of books written by Christians from anytime in the recent or ancient past.

Birmingham and his stalker gang relentlessly pursued and harassed every individual they could find, including people like myself who don't even support most of the Jesus-Christian theology or practice. So the group disbanded. Now Birmingham is desperately trying to persuade his criminal gang members to continue to stalk individuals, this is so obscenely criminal!

A lovely statement was sent to known friends of the group explaining that Jesus's teachings survive regardless of what each Jesus-Christian decides to do as a follower of Jesus. Friends who know each other remain in touch, of course. Why wouldn't we? That is what healthy groups do when their term of existence expires, for whatever reason. There are dozens of forums all around where we gather, among Quakers and Catholics, Seventh-Day "Sabbath Keepers" and Baptists, because the Jesus-Christians always were non-denominational in that sense. At least one is going into Zen Buddhism of some sort, too.

No "jonestown" oriented group would do such a thing. No "Jim Jones" style cult-leader would consider retiring. Dave Mckay took a lot of criticism for once having predicted "The Fall of America" (and what talk-show pundit hasn't done the same thing?) but unlike cult-leaders, who claim some higher truth about a debacle like that, McKay openly admitted his own error and embarrassment in discussions in the Jesus-Christian forum about the error of thinking we know what is going on as if we are prophets when in fact, we are just human beings guessing. What kind of cult leader would admit he screwed up that badly? McKay never tried to predict anything after that and he warned people off quoting the popular doomsday conspiracy-theorists with exactly that story as his example of the error. What kind of cult-leader would be that brutally honest about his own mistakes?

Birmingham and his active supporters are in fact under investigation for serial stalking. I look forward to the day I announce an arrest in this blog. Susan Smith Summers and Birmingham are at the top of the list with Wendy and Doug Duncan coming close behind for their activities in this country. (The Duncans are some quack therapists who used Birmingham in a attempted shake-down of a homeless shelter in Dallas, Texas a few years ago. Google "Dallas Cult" and their names and you'll see the story. Birmingham aka zeuzsor has their hate videos up in his Youtube channel. They lost that one and now they are partners with Rick Ross, using his forum to stalk members of several innocent groups. The Duncans have social work and therapists' licenses right now but they are likely to lose them because of their joint activities with Birmingham and the Rick A. Ross Institute, which is shunned by more ethical therapists.)

Who knows if the authorities will invest enough energy to also go after the Crofts and Kevin McKay's Australian part of the gang or Malcolm Wrest in Korea? But at least the ones who are active here in North America will face the consequences of what they have been doing to my family and others. What makes them think that when someone's relative gets a phone call from a creep like Brian Birmingham trying to pass himself off as a detective, that relative wouldn't call Birmingham's target up right away after telling Birmingham he has the wrong number? How stupid do they think we are? As stupid as himself and the equally psychotic Rick Ross? Stalking is not the only charge Birmingham will be facing when he is finally arrested. All kinds of impersonation and other charges may easily be added on, and his friends are accessories to the whole scheme.

Those who are not worth chasing down in the eyes of the authorities local to Birmingham and Ross may easily end up in international watch files kept by law enforcement agencies. I wonder how much thought Apollo, bigpigweed, Anita Walker and the others have given to that, as they continue playing this game? How many of them are just naive idiots and not delusional drunks like Susan Smith Summers appears to be? They obviously do not know that once police agencies notice an internet stalking ring, the authorities do not even need to notify the forum admins that all the traffic is being traced to residential addresses of all the people who are participating in Birmingham's data-stalking exchanges, and the email is traced, too.

Nothing online is truly private. That does not mean that abuse of such information is not stalking. Stalking is defined as a series of normally legal actions that add up to intimidation, harassment, and co-ercion or threat against a target. No warrant has to be shown by authorities to the sender of an email in such a case, only to the ISP handling the accounts, and all email is routed through a bare handful of internet junctions, making it very easy for authorities to serve the ISP's with warrants enabling examination of accounts if necessary. (That's one of the things that has Americans worried about the recent threats of our government to "shut down" the internet: they actually could shut down those junctions because those junctions were put there to enable government access to all traffic in the first place.)

Home computers have been subject to back-door searches without any need for the authorities to notify the subject for at least eight years. This is a topic that causes distress to people who value personal freedom precisely because the authorities really do have this capacity and they do use it. I am just pointng this out because I know Birmingham and his delusional cohorts don't care what happens to the useful idiots they entangle in their scheme, but I do care enough about those naive idiots to point it out. I am not interested in seeing relatively innocent people suffer. Birmingham will be arrested, and hopefully Rick Ross with him. Those two already know that they are engaged in criminal acts and nothing I am saying here will hinder any investigation.

The other useful-idiots who do not see why they are being fooled into believing Dave Mckay was another "Jim Jones" need to think about what they really are doing, attacking crazy old ladies and innocent young men and women who chose a path different from their own, and now extending their assaults beyond the disbanding of a group to hunt the individuals as if they are animals. Apollo and the others will not have even the flimsy "cult" excuse as a defense if they are charged as accessories to a whole series of prosecutions for stalking, attempted or actual extortion, threats and intimidation of individuals and our relatives and colleagues. All participants in those hate-sites are accessories to the money Birmingham and Ross are paid by frightened families and others who can also bring charges of extortion and harassment against them once they see the extent to which they have been deliberately deceived and their relationships manipulated.

Many people do indeed join small religious communities as a compensation for highly abusive families, too. Consider what you are doing when you try to force adults in their 30's to leave such communities and reconnect with their abusers. Only abusive families hire people like Rick Ross to stalk their adult children.

And how can Rick Ross explain that if indeed his worst accusations against Dave McKay were true, that McKay gets money from the donation of someone else's kidney?! Wouldn't there be an investigation of any surgeon or hospital that would co-operate with such a scheme? After all, Rick Ross is actually describing sale of organs, not donation, and third-party involvement, besides: very easily prosecuted as a very major crime if it were true. The Jesus-Christians, after all, are publicly visible in their music videos and missionary documentaries, both before and after any of them have donated an organ. Are we to believe there is no whistle-blowing nurse in such a huge crime as Rick Ross Institute has described in its libelous threads? How outrageously evil can the Birmingham/Ross stalker ring get, now that they have set things up so that no church group dares offer support to people in medical need if the felon Rick A. Ross and his mentally-ill cohorts are not made privy to all the arrangements!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rick Ross Institute, Croft Hate Site, & Legal Actions

(Please note: the "rickross.com" URL for many of these links is obsolete. The same info can now be found at its new address, the "culteducation.com" forum)

One of the RRI activists, Susan Smith Summers, is posting in several places, including in Nick and Cait Crofts' anti-Jesus-Christian hate site, that there is "some kind of  legal action" against me, and that she has seen a copy of a "letter" that is apparently supposed to have me in a state of fear of some kind of drastic legal action being taken against me. Here's the quote, linked, (and I have the file saved should they edit it):

"There has been some form of action taken against little rose, Cait. Things like that can be long and drawn out and often it's a situation of giving people enough rope.......as she carries on with her videos"
If such a letter exists, I have not received it.  My videos remain as they are.

I did once receive a letter from a person claiming to represent another subject of my journalism (unconnected to this, it was years ago) and the letter accused me of committing "liable".   It was not just a typo, the supposed lawyer had written the word that way all the way through the letter! *LOL* Somehow I suspect if any kind of letter exists, it is from the same kind of character. The subject of my statements in that case was thoroughly investigated  and sent packing by the people who were originally shocked at what I said was going on.  I'm not worried about Susan Smith Summer's letter, if it exists. What I have said in this blog ain't libel 'cuz it's true and especially since it is indeed newsworthy. What these vigilantes are getting away with in terms of harassing and intimidating individual Christians and their families, and with tax-exempt status besides, is indeed newsworthy.

None of Susan Smith Summers' posts nor any of her echoing cohorts' make any allegations of any actionable statements by me of any kind of falsehood. Her posts are filled with libelous insults about my mental state, lifestyle etc, and strange fabrications , but they do not describe any charges or claims that could justify any kind of legal action. She does not even give the supposed legal action a name. I consider it a fabrication like all her other postings. (One of her strangest fabrications is the recurrent claim that  I had a dispute with Tupperware company. I never was a Tupperware seller, I never even had a Tupperware party. It is embarrassing to think a grown adult can even post such nonsense. But what amazes me is the hysterical alarmist tone this Susan Smith Summers and her cohorts are able to get into these fabrications. She and her cohorts are true masters of the art of emotional propaganda.) If Susan Smith Summers has a copy of a letter about me, then it would have to be a letter that she or someone close to her has written.  If Rick Ross himself were challenging any of my statements in these videos with a libel suit, he would not have any reason  to send Susan Smith Summers a copy of his correspondence unless she were paying him for it or it involved services for which he is paying her. Ross knows he can't bring legal charges against anyone for any of the things I've said about him because those statements are all true and also newsworthy. It is always newsworthy when the vigilantes are trying to manipulate the public into accepting a new Branch Davidian-style tragedy.

Susan Smith Summers has been rumored to have paid Brian Birmingham for his research that he does as part of his work at Rick Ross Institute and she herself has bragged of the money she spends on lawyers in her strange career as an anticult activist.

It is possible that Susan Smith Summers or the Rick Ross Institute has involved some hapless relative of mine in an attempt at an intervention stunt, or convinced someone to pose as an interested party. Susan Smith Summers herself was trying to pose as a personal friend of mine when I first discovered her existence thorugh her posts and she was trying to round up a group of "helpers" in what she hoped would be an "intervention" to rescue me from contact with the Jesus-Christians.  That is what she and the other activists openly discussed in their forums shortly after I refused to co-operate with them. They have a history of involving relatives of targetted victims in signing papers that could approve "interventions" and they will resort to fabricating false relationships if no relative is willing to help them.  Generally, this type of extortionist will find members of a family who have some kind of dispute and then convince one party in the dispute that it can get some kind of benefit from incarcerating or disabling the target. The sole benefit might be to be left alone by the extortion ring.  But there is no dispute in my family, there is no contested estate, and there are 2,000 miles and many years separating us, and certainly none of my relatives have any interest in paying Rick Ross Institute or any of its vigilantes any fees or donations. I must admit I am awful curious to see what kind of "intervention" claim can be dug out of such cold ground, if that is what the phantom letter is all about.

One thing Susan Smith Summers seems to think is a criminal act is when I say "Come on down to Texas and make my day!", as Clint Eastwood might say. *LOL*

Lots of things make my day. Seeing someone like her get arrested and tossed into a Texas jail for filing false legal complaints is one thing that certainly would make my day. Texas is not like a lot of other states. I don't know what Canada or New Jersey are like, but in Texas they look at false or malicious complaints as crimes in and of themselves and they won't even require the subject of such a complaint to file a civil defamation suit. Texas authorities consider it a crime against them, a theft of their time and resources and a besmirching of their integrity if you attempt to use them as a weapon against an innocent person. If they see an obviously falsified complaint before even delivering said "legal letter" (if one exists and is to be delivered by constable) they may be working on charges against the perpetrators without even notifying me.

So, Susan Smith Summers, Brian Birmingham, Nick and Cait Croft, Rick Ross Institute, make my day!  I just looooove Texas! *LOL*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

RRI Maintains Vigilante Hate Team In Spite Of JC's Disbanding

(Please note: the "rickross.com" URL for many of these links is obsolete. The same info can now be found at its new address, the "culteducation.com" forum)

Just in case you think I exagerate about the predatory stalking activity of Rick Ross and his associates, especially Brian Birmingham, please note this quote from today's postings (Nov. 10th) by Brian Birmingham as "zeuzsor" in the RRI forum:

"We might have to organize a "spot a 'disbanded' JC member" competition!"

And this, from October 22, 2010:

"The whole point of collecting information on who is who in term of participants on this thread, is because there are potential witnesses to alleged crimes committed by the cult. Also X-members were obviously a part of JC history. It is important for certain agencies to get a background of the group's history and know who is who, and whether they still support or don't support the JC. Also, how they might be contacted. When you look at an organized crime investigation, you include all known associates. It is standard practice. Things like birthdates are just standard identifiers.

This isn't Facebook, and I don't do this for "fun." I am trying to help stop McKay from hurting more kids and their families, and it's not just some hobby to me, either."

Brian Birmingham is right. This is not some hobby to him. It is a sick obsession. He makes it very clear that innocent people who stumble across the RRI forum in google etc are subjected to unauthorized and unprofessional "background checks" by him and his fellow fake investigators. All such participants then are subjected to varying degrees of offers they had better not refuse. I was one such, and my background in curriculum design and as a consultant to a professional police educational group in Massachusetts became visible to RRI. When I refused to donate my services to their extortion ring, Brian Birmingham threatened me with the obitiuary of a murder victim named Immette St Gullen.

A Digression

Immette was a high school student at one of the workshops taught by one of my colleagues in the police group before she decided to major in Criminal Justice. I was a civilian consultant in curriculum standards, but my colleague, the late Capt. Tom White, was a much-loved and admired activist in the criminal cult investigation field. He was trained and certified by the Massachusetts State Police to specialize in animal torture scene analysis and some of those scenes spilled over to child-abuse cases. My work with Capt. White involved analyzing the purpose of some extremely distressing activities. It was not public. Whatever public acclaim was awarded, was awarded to the various lawyers and prosecutors who presented Capt. White's material in their cases. And they won some significant cases with that material.

Brian Birmingham was in Boston, he was (and is) a student at UMass, and he began stalking me and was also stalking my daughter on behalf of the Rick Ross Institute this past summer, insisting that I should help him with his team of vigilantes who were focussed on the Jesus-Christians. He threatened me with that obituary showing that he knew about Capt. White's work and my connection to it.

The Investigators, Extortionists

Brian Birmingham was kicked out of the army while in Iraq for mental issues, he has NO law-enforcement or criminal justice backing, and he has bragged of illegally accessing Macleans' Hospital records to find out that a targetted individual was a patient. Brian Birmingham is a criminal stalker, a predator, and a major player in the Rick Ross Institute's extortion business. He was involved with Wendy and Doug Duncan in their anti-cult shakedown of a Dallas homeless shelter, about which they wrote a book ("I Can't Hear God Anymore", http://dallascult.com/  ) claiming that the refusal of a minister to perform their wedding ceremony was proof of cult mind-control and caused severe mental trauma. (really!) Birmingham partnered with the Rick Ross assaults on that shelter simultaneously with his involvement in the assaults on the Jesus-Christians, of which he was never a member.

The Duncans also hunt down and harass members of groups they see as good prospects for providing them with "deprogramming" clients, people who are bullied and coerced into accepting unprofessional and highly biased "therapy" and paying for it. As supported members of the Rick Ross Institute, they are heavily entangled in the entire RRI religious extortion racket. They keep their activities to a separate thread from the Jesus-Christians. They are busy setting precedents for treating habitual readers of online spiritual channelings as "cult victims" in need of their fee-based intervention services. Like Birmingham, the Duncans spend their time in their thread (the one in RRI that attacks "Trumpet Call Online") grooming stalkers, gathering information about past girlfriends, encouraging ex-spouses to obsess and stalk the Duncan's targets, often with implied promises that the alleged "cult" is hiding money that they can get hold of, if "justice" prevails!

Back to the Jesus-Christians

There are few places to communicate about what is really going on with the Jesus-Christians and those others who attack them. There is a large grey area of external friendship and friendly criticism which seems to have been shoved off the field with the closing of the Jesus-Christians' own forum. In spite of the obvious partisanship of the administrators of that forum, they did allow a wide range of discussion, questioning, and criticism to go on.

One of the most constricting factors in any discussion of the Jesus-Christians is the need to avoid saying anything as constructive criticism of the Jesus-Christians because of the way the predators in RRI  and the Croft hate-site would exagerate and twist the remarks all out of proportion, attaching them to legal names that are searchable by google, thus libeling both speaker and subject. Thus Rick Ross enhances the cult-like tendency to isolate, which is how he murdered all those people in Waco. Yes, I say Rick A. Ross murdered the Branch Davidians himself, because he deliberately shoved them into exactly the same kind of isolation and public fear he has tried to cultivate around the Jesus-Christians. In this case, however, I believe all were prepared to avoid the kind of death scene that gives Brian Birmingham and Rick Ross such thrills.

Professional Psychopaths

It is a symptom of their own mental illness, both of those men, that they cannot imagine a group of people who have worked together continuing any kind of useful life as individuals, remaining friendly and supportive to each other in their private off-line lives. Some of them may be returning to the world of 9-5 jobs while others may continue their evangelism or may be joining new communities. Can you imagine if you faced a criminal ring of outsiders who would try to force you to defame your former co-workers of any job you did, as an office worker or a nurse or a tradesman? If upon retirement you would be prevented from sharing any leisuretime with your old colleagues, or in the event of being laid-off, you were required to attack instead of help your fellow unemployed?  It is really no one's business to be threatening any of the Jesus-Christians with stalking, harassment, and intimidation.

RRI targets those who would like to recognize the Jesus Christians' humanity, accepting the same flaws we all share while supporting the perfect dreams we all pursue. RRI denies human status to the Jesus-Christians and any sympathetic observers. But wait, isn't it the mark of a dangerous cult that it reserves for itself alone the right to define who is human and who is not? And what about Cait Croft and Nick Croft, who willingly support and participate in the criminal stalking and intimidation of innocent people who have done no one any harm, some of whom have never even been Jesus Christians?  Isn';t it incredible that a woman like Cait Croft would become a predator, hunting and collecting personal information on strangers in order to utterly disrupt and ruin their lives? 

Isn't it only destructive cults who do that and who control relationships the way Brian Birmingham and his stalker cohorts in RRI do? Cait does not seem to care that she is posting in a criminal ring that thrives on violence when she is posting in RRI.  Everyone who posts in the RRI forum needs to start thinking about how dangerous those people are, along with their obsessed and psychotic supporters like Susan Smith Summers, who has taken to referring to the twenty-fivish young leader of the Jesus-Christian community (such as it was) as "BOY"! Now what white North American does not see the significant level of racist vicious hate the RRI cult is engaging in, when they start attacking an African-American man with that word?

Cait Croft is openly supporting a man who posts about his drug and drinking abuse. He invites people to use "ganja" and he brags about drinking "Four Loko" to the point of passing out while obsessing on continuous re-plays of videos he has made of Dave McKay, in which he fantasizes about the man!

Cait Croft attempts to disploay herself as a concerned parent, but look at what she is partnered with!  It is sickening, truly sickening that these people are able to deswtroy so many lives. There are actually close to two dozen innocent and decent people living in hiding because of Cait and Nick Croft and the criminal gang they partner with, under Rick Ross's management. It is obvious that both Brian Birmingham and Susan Smith Summers are heavily alcoholic and drug abusing people when reading the posts they leave in the middle of the night, sometimes so drunk that among the strings of expletives they  talk about the person they are attempting to impersonate, forgetting that they are using a profile to impersonate someone else. 

I'd like to point out to anyone reading that I leave the comments open here. I will of course delete trollish posts, but open honest discussion including honest criticism is welcome here. If anyone sees extreme troll posts, please just ignore them or flag them instead of responding. I check a few times a day and I'd rather take the chance of a troll staying up for an hour or two than require pre-approval of posts.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Old Australian Article About The RRI Hate Cult, Threats To Religious Freedom

New Dawn #21, Sep/Oct 1993, p11-12

US Deprogrammer On Kidnap Charge, While "Cult Busters" Organise Here

Rick Ross, self-confessed "cult deprogrammer" and ATF advisor in the Waco holocaust has been charged, in the United States, with the 1991 abduction of a Christian teenage boy.

Ross and his accomplices, Mark Workman and Charles Simpson, were charged in July with unlawful imprisonment in the abduction of Jason Scott. If convicted they face a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. The charges against the three were the most recent in a string of legal actions brought against deprogrammers by U.S. law enforcement officials.
According to police reports, Ross, of Phoenix, Arizona, and his accomplices violently abducted the teenager from the Seattle suburb of Kirkland on January 18, 1991, handcuffed and gagged him and drove him to Ocean Shores and held him prisoner to 'deprogram' him from his Church. Scott is involved with the Life Tabernacle Church, a Pentecostal Christian fellowship.
Deprogramming is a form of brainwashing which uses kidnapping, forcible restraint, assault, battery and even rape in an effort to get an individual to recant his or her chosen beliefs.
During the abduction, according to a police report, the victim was bound and gagged with heavy-duty tape and handcuffed so tightly his wrists became bruised and swollen, and an ankle restraint was attached to him so he could not walk.
Scott stated that Ross "ridiculed me about me Church, my pastor, our worship ... the Bible, our salvation, our baptism ... me and my self worth. He degraded me ... and tore apart everything that I was and stood for." Scott also said that for 10 to 14 hours a day the men used videotapes and insults until he broke down and cried.
Scott escaped after five days because he pretended to go along with the deprogrammers. In his statement to Ocean Shore police, he told of being threatened by Ross, who said, "If you give me trouble I'll cuff you to the bed frame." Scott said that for four days he did not leave the room where he was imprisoned.

Ross's Psychiatric & Criminal Records

Ross's background of personality disorder and crime is extensively documented in court and psychiatric reports.
His arrest record stretches back to 1975, when he was convicted of grand theft embezzlement for stealing $100,000 worth of diamonds from a Phoenix department store. He was on probation at the time for an attempted break-in.
At his sentencing his own lawyer pointed out Ross's "record of anti-social, criminal conduct, and even his earlier failure at probation" and cited his "clear background of serious psychological and emotional problems," which were detailed in the public court documents.
Ross was seen regularly by psychiatrists and counsellor from the age of six. At the age of 10, he was put on the psychiatric drugs Deaner and Librium.
Between August and November 1975, he was examined by psychiatrist Thomas P. O'Brien. O'Brien's report stated that Ross "has a tremendous capacity to deny the seriousness of problems which he faces ... in his second jailing, he eventually made quite a serious suicide attempt ... When he is thrown on his own resources and opportunism is unavailable, and crying foul produces no changes, his own lack of self-worth and sense of emptiness overwhelm him and a near suicide resulted."
Ross's medical condition was evaluated by Dr Domiciano E. Santos of the Arizona State Hospital after 15 psychiatric interviews in late 1975. Dr. Santos stated that "Ricky has a personality disturbance which started even as a child. He does not seem to profit from his past experiences and cannot realize that he has a responsibility to society to control his behaviour ... He does not seem to identify himself with society and its laws, and believes that punishments are an injustice."
Several years later, Ross became involved with the notorious Cult Awareness Network (CAN), after a "radical Bible-based group" began operating at the Arizona nursing home where his grandmother lived.
Ross, who freely admits having carried out as many as 300 deprogrammings since 1982, mainly against Christian denominations, is known to charge up to $20,000 for a single kidnapping and "exit counselling" session.
His victims have routinely been held hostage against their will and brutally intimidated in attempts to force them to recant their chosen religious beliefs.
Despite Ross' past and present criminal activities, members of the Cult Awareness Network continue to praise him. CAN's national executive director, Cynthia Kisser, has described him as "among the half dozen best deprogrammers in the country."
"Rick has cooperated extensively with the national office of this organization," said Reg Alev, a director of one of CAN's affiliates. "We recommend him highly."
The head of CAN's Los Angeles affiliate lauded him. "Rick has helped me with all kinds of questions, situations and problems," she said.
CAN is currently under scrutiny by the FBI and federal prosecutors, stemming from the conviction and jailing in May of another of its deprogrammers, Galen Kelly.

Australia's CAN

Brisbane housewife and professional "cult buster", Jan Groenveld, boasts of her association with Rick Ross's buddies in the Cult Awareness Network. Back in her May 1991 newsletter, Groenveld waxed lyrical about CAN's organisational ability, stating:
"After attending the Cult Awareness Network convention in the USA last year I could see the benefit of having a co-operation between the Christian, Jewish and secular community here in dealing with the cults and occult. I have since been contacted by the Jewish community with that in view. The secular community (medical and legal) are also interested in helping."
One of Mrs Groenveld's fellow "cult busters", Melbourne private investigator David Lentin, admitted in an interview with New Idea, "We have to resort to kidnapping to get people out. And it is a very long and difficult process to deprogram them."
Another "cult expert" is Dr. Rachel Kohn of Sydney University's School of Studies in Religion and producer of ABC Radio National's religion program.
According to the newsletter Christian Jewish Scene, "Dr. Kohn's interest in the interaction between social, political and religious issues extends beyond the academic arena. She was among the pioneers who established the Anti-Defamation Unit within the Jewish community organisation B'nai B'rith."
The Anti-Defamation Commission of B'nai B'rith (ADC) is connected to the U.S. based Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL). A recently released special report titled Is The Anti-Defamation Commission Spying On You says, "The ADC in Australia is modelled on, and closely linked to, the US's Anti-Defamation League, which is now facing criminal prosecution on 48 felony counts, including illegal access to police computers, spying and theft."
The New York newspaper Village Voice has called the ADL's criminal spying "a massive violation of civil liberties," and has termed the ADL the "Jewish thought police." While former U.S. congressman Paul McCloskey has initiated legal action against the ADL for domestic spying activities against private citizens.
The Anti-Defamation League has a long history of working closely with the Cult Awareness Network. Both the ADL and CAN co-operated in providing U.S. authorities with sensational and distorted intelligence gathered on the Branch Davidians. This disinformation ultimately prompted the murderous assault on the Waco religious community.

Cult Aware

No doubt, with the help of her new found friends, Mrs Groenveld went on to found the "Cult Awareness & Information Centre - Australia". Currently she is organising a week-long conference on "cult busting" at Queensland University from September 22.
Main speaker at the conference is American psychologist, Steven Hassan, who like Rick Ross, is a deprogrammer active with the Cult Awareness Network. Hassan is the author of one of CAN's central texts, Combating Cult Mind Control.
Other speakers will include Australian "cult experts" and "exit counsellors".
In conference promotional literature, Mrs Groenveld states that psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, lawyers, Barristers, media representatives and medical practitioners are just a few of the people who can "benefit" from the get-together with professional deprogrammer Steven Hassan.
The Brisbane conference is a public relations exercise designed to firmly establish "Cult Aware" networks in Australia. Part of a carefully planned strategy to indoctrinate government agencies, the media, church leaders, community workers and opinion makers with disinformation about alternative religious movements.
Freedom of religion is under threat in Australia. Unless action is taken to expose this anti-religion movement, Australia will see an increase in vicious deprogrammings and assaults on minority religious groups. We cannot allow Australia's "cult busters" to unleash an army of Rick Ross hate criminals on peaceful, law abiding citizens.

Link to original: http://www.suburbia.com.au/~fun/scn/press/9309-nd.htm

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jesus-Christians Have Disbanded

We received a notice today. The notice said:

The Jesus Christians have officially disbanded...These are dangerous times, and only those who are ready to "count the cost" and pay the price are going to survive spiritually. Lukewarmness is not enough. If you have a Bible, please read what Jesus said to the multitudes who came to him in Luke 14: 25-35...
...But don't let anything stop you from practicing the teachings of Jesus right now. Jesus said that anyone who hears his teachings and does not obey them is like a foolish person building their house on the sand. He said the way that leads to life is narrow and very few will find it. Pray that you may be one of those few.

Freedom is still sacred, and this blog wishes the best of God's graces to all the Jesus-Christians as they go their separate ways. We, here, in this blog, will continue to hold the line against terrorist vigilantes and their intrusions into the free private lives of all souls.

Here is the Biblical reference given in their plain-spoken farewell note:

Now great multitudes approached Him; and He turned and said to them, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters and yes, even his own life, he canot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build, and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel wheter he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he senda an embassy and asks terms of peace. So, therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has canot be My disciple.

"Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."