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from anovagrrl - Friday, February 06, 2004
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There is a somewhat persuasive argument against exposing FCF as a funding source for Family missionaries that goes something like this: If TF members and leadership feel too much pressure on this issue from the exer community, they will cry "persecution" and cut off all contact between those still in TF and those of us who have left. I have little brothers and sisters to look out for.

Exposing a publically incorporated non-profit organization on the issue of who it funds and the relationship of "independent missionaries" to a cult accused of crimes against humanity is not persecution. This sort of activity is generally falls under the ruberic of "social justice." TF and FCF are NOT the victims.

Attempting the silence the victims by threatening to cut off contact with vulnerable family members who remain in the cult is a form of coersive intimidation. For those of you who ask, "Why didn't my parents protect me? Why did they let such-and-such happen?", think about this: coersive intimidation is a major Family tactic that contributed to your victimization. Your silence will not prevent Family members from continuing to use the tactics of bullies. The silence of your mothers and fathers, leveraged on the fear of loosing all contact with their children, did not prevent Family perpetrators from doing what they did to you.

If you cannot speak for justice because you fear the consequences to your loved ones, please do not blame those who speak out now for what Family members choose to do in response to a legitimate call for accountability. Bullies and cowards are responsible for their own actions and choices. Those who stand up to them are not.

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from Wolf
Saturday, February 14, 2004 - 02:59

I agree with the argument you presented here. Those who wish to expose the FCF for its close connection with TF, and the crimes of individual project managers, have every right to do so, both as victims and as concerned citizens. They should not be intimidated by threats of bullying and coercion.
They should, however, be aware of the likely result: once again, the less guilty lower echelon members will take the heat, and once again the leadership will escape unscathed. Not only that, but the leadership will warp into protective mode and be much harder to catch. Top leadership is much more exposed now than they have ever been; it would be a bloody shame to waste the opportunity.
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From Wolf
Saturday, February 14, 2004, 03:30

I decided to add that IMO exposing individual criminals in the FCF structure will have nothing but good effects. It will make TF realize they can’t get away with brazenly flaunting criminals in public positions, and it may put some of the criminals where they belong: in correctional facilities.(reply to this comment

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