from afflick - Friday, August 15, 2008
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What attributes should one possess to adequately be described as a "sex cult"-er? Raping a few children seems to work for this journalist. After thirty years in prison, this sad little pedophile is released back into his community. And labled a "sex cult" leader.
from salon.com: http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/us/2008/08/15/D92J3H902_child_rapist_released/index.html
Aug 15th, 2008 | HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A man who raped three girls at a church-affiliated school that prosecutors labeled a sex cult was released Friday after serving more than 30 years in prison, putting his neighbors on edge.
George Feigley's release comes amid heightened concern that police lack authority to monitor his activities now that he is free.
A woman who lives next door to Feigley's home, where his wife has continued to live, has been circulating a petition to keep Feigley from returning to his old neighborhood.
When Feigley arrived at his three-story Harrisburg home as a passenger in a car shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday, about 15 people blocked the driveway, shouted and held up signs that said, among other things, "Don't let him hurt again." Two police officers helped clear a path for the car to get in the driveway.
Feigley, 68, was convicted in 1975 of raping three girls who were students at a private school affiliated with a church Feigley founded and ran at his Harrisburg home. Prosecutors called the school a sex cult.
A newspaper, The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, published a front-page story Sunday about Feigley's crimes and his impending release.
Authorities say they cannot restrict Feigley's movements because he has served his maximum sentence. He also is not required to register his address with police under a sex offender notification law because his crimes occurred before that law existed.
State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola has said he plans to introduce legislation that would allow authorities to keep potentially dangerous sex offenders in prison after they have finished serving their sentences.
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It's interesting to me when the media starts brandying the label "sex cult" freely. Obviously, this guy was up to no good, he was a sicko perv. But did he start a "sex cult" in his little school? Maybe. When I think of a cult, I think of worldwide followers, dedication that lasts decades and pyramid-schemes that make those at the very top rich. But that's just me.
I completely agree with Randi that The Family's coverage in the media has been salacious at best. It hasn't really effected the psyche of the general public. However, the fact that this sexual offender (who got thirty years--dare to dream) was described under the label of "sex cult" makes me wonder if we haven't opened society up to the idea that such a thing does exist--or did exist--and that children languished within in.
My father, when discussing the sins of the past, told me matter-of-factly, "No one knew to watch out for those things in the '80s." Perhaps he was right. But perhaps our voices have lent a hand to changing that ignorance to truth for future generations.