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from tuneman7 - Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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Good article out in the Houston Press.

Incredible job done by Andrew Stone, and others who spoke up.

Abusers were called out by name, which is wonderful.

The group's attourneys and spokespersons continue to communicate as the deceptive, denial-ridden, coverers for criminals that they are.

I'm reminded of Henry's speech on St Crispen's Day. Those who speak the truth will be remembered.

Quote from St. Crispen's day speech:

"This story shall the good man teach his son;

And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,

From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
-- Henry V: William Shakespeare

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from Big Sister
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 18:39

The Thursday, November 24th edition of The Houston Press has published two letters to the editor in response to this article. The Houston Press only publishes letters to the editor once a week, so as far as I know these are the first and only published letters (so far).
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from Benz
Friday, November 18, 2005 - 16:27


I think its absolutely ludicrous how TF claim to "teach english" to poor kids as charity work, when it's never anything more than trying to spread their religious/ or lightly disguised sexual ideas. Take the following link of Paul Pelouquin teaching english by writing "god is love = love is god", all with little heart in place of the "o"'s for example:

Here's another one from a tsunami devestated area where the "testimony" is that an "english-teaching camp" resulted in 200 unsuspecting children "asking Jesus into their hearts":

When will this nonsense stop?
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from sailor
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 13:33

"Faith Berg Fischer, whose love of pedophilia was apparently matched only by her love of exclamation points" that is one of the funniest things i have read in a while, that pretty much goes for all family writing, what is up with those excalamation points?
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From !!!!
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 13:47

Yeah! I mean sheez! What the hell IS up with all those exclamation marks?!!! It's anoying! "Torture your subjects if you must, but don't mutilate English!"

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From sailor
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 13:44


typo on exclamation so don't jump on me spelling nazis(reply to this comment

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 16:26


I actually like "excalamation" better.

Or maybe excalamation is when you get rid of the calamine lotion you put on cause you got sarna in a cult commune. LOL(reply to this comment

from PTL! TYJ!
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 10:07

I wrote an article to the editor of the Houston Press and I would like to encourage you all to do the same. Even if it's only a short 1 sentence letter.

My reason for this is that the family’s little "Gideon’s band" of brainwashed circle jerking little psychos, will probably inundate the Editors box with their rebuttal. They will probably all say something like "I have been in the family all my life and have never once seen any abuse".

Either way, we need to make sure that these template letters do not overpower the truth and we do our part to support the few brave people that stood up and spoke in this article!

Just one sentence is all it takes. Following is my letter to the editor:

I am writing to express thanks for the article "Family Ties" that was in this weeks edition.

I am a former member of the cult "The Family" and I felt that the article was very well researched and exposed this group as the true sickos that they are.

I am sure that you will receive many, many letters from "brainwashed" current young members who were all told by the cult leaders to write a rebuttal letter to the editor. I mean I remember being told to do that when I was in the cult and just like a dumb sheep I blindly followed, even though in the back of my mind I knew it was a lie.

What I liked most about the article is that you pointed out that we as X Members accept that they no longer abuse children physically, (Emotionally and scholastically is a different story), however we want justice for what was done in the past! We want them to acknowledge their abuse and bring the perpetrators to justice instead of hiding them or sending them off to foreign countries.

Once again I thought this article was excellent and am thankful that you printed our side of the story... The truth.

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From to PTL! TYJ!
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 10:20

Are you deliberately trying to make your letter sound like it's from a Family member?(reply to this comment
From PTL, TYJ!
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 10:37

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There were some sarcastic innuendoes in there that were attempts at humor at the cults expense....

Now, in the time you took to write that question you could write a letter to the editor of the Houston Press.
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From vixen
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 13:04


Maybe so, but the humour will have been lost on the editor(s) and your very valid points will have been obscured by the inaccessible way you packaged them. People who correspond with media contacts should make the effort, where possible, to sound 'normal'!

Having said that, you are to be commended for doing something, at least.

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From PTL, TYJ.
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 13:37

The letter to the editor is fine! It's precise and to the point and there is nothing “family” about it.

The jokes and family innuendoes were in the introduction part that I only posted here on this site.

Really, you both need to take a reading comprehension class or something...

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From to PTL! TYJ!
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 14:44

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The language in your letter to the editor (yes, I mean the letter part) is the same that the mydelusion gang repeatedly regurgitate. I was particularly irked by your closing sentence:

Once again I thought this article was excellent and am thankful that you printed our side of the story... The truth. (reply to this comment
From vixen
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 13:48


*shrugs* It sounds pretty 'familese' to me, but I accept that perhaps I am in an overly picky mood tonight. I do think you made some good points. Again, kudos to you for actually bothering to write something up, maybe I'll do so in a day or two when I have some time.(reply to this comment

from ErikMagnusLehnsher
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 19:27

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Very, very good article. Kudos to the journalists for doing such detailed research and to all parties that contributed.
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From tuneman7
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 21:14


If you or others are able or willing, writing is very much needed, even from other friends.

Journalists have reported being spammed with emails encouraging emails are always needed.


Don(reply to this comment

From ErikMagnusLehnsher
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 23:01

Good point. I wrote a letter to the editor thanking them and letting them know what I liked about it.(reply to this comment
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 19:35

Write and tell him. That's what I'm doing. The media gets tons of complaint letters from the Family. We need to at least write them a few about what they did right.(reply to this comment
from Very Special Fun Day!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 19:25


Don't miss the sidebar, "Bedtime Stories":

In 2003, Kelley appeared before Houston City Council. According to that meeting's minutes, she said she was with a Family group called Making Kids Smile. She requested the council's support for a "very special fun day" she was organizing for children at AstroWorld.
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from Haunted
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 19:13

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"But Borowik and Davenport miss the point: Ex-members are not accusing the Family of ongoing violence toward children. They are accusing the Family of keeping child sexual abusers in positions of authority. "

THANK YOU! FINALLY!! Someone gets it!! Terrific article - dude, thanks for always posting this're the best! - your pal, Joni
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From tuneman7
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 23:20


No worries, my friend.(reply to this comment

from Bravo!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 17:07


Excellent article, the Family sounds even more pathetic than ever.

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