‘Moonie cultist imprisoned family for years’


This 16 October 2019 British TV video says about itself:

Dutch family ‘waiting for end of time‘ found in secret room – BBC News

A family who spent nine years on a farm “waiting for the end of time” have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say.

A man of 58

No, two men: the 67-year-old father, and the Austrian suspect.

and six young adults aged 18 to 25 were living at a farm in the province of Drenthe.

The mother had died years ago. The father, after a brain infarction three years ago, lay on a sickbed.

The family were found after the eldest of the children ordered beer at a bar in the nearby village of Ruinerwold.

He then told staff he needed help, broadcaster RTV Drenthe reported.

“We found six people living in a small space in the house which could be locked but wasn’t a basement“, police said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The older man [Josef B. from Austria, the suspect] has been arrested. It was not clear whether they had been there voluntarily, police added. The eldest son [who had escaped] was not there at the time, police told the BBC.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The family that lived in isolation in Ruinerwold for years is said to be affiliated with the Moonie cult. The Austrian Josef B., who is accused of having imprisoned the family, was also a member of this sect. That is what sources say to RTV Drenthe regional broadcasting organisation. …

The cult leader was South Korean pastor Sun Myung Moon. …

Not just a ‘pastor’, also an arms trade millionaire (which did not stop him from starting a phoney ‘peace movement’).

This 12 November 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Guns For God: The Church of the AR-15

In February 2018, a small church in Pennsylvania gained international attention when they held a blessing ceremony with AR-15’s just two weeks after the Parkland School shooting triggered mass gun reform debates across the US. But where did this small fringe sect of Christianity come from and why are they now taking up arms for God? In this episode of Believers, host Charlet Duboc meets Pastor Sean Moon and the believers of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, a church that has origins in Korea, is based in the US, and has been accused of being a cult to understand why they believe they need guns to build God’s Kingdom on Earth.

The NOS article continues:

In the 1950s, he declared himself to be the messiah. In 1965 the movement came to the Netherlands. …

A large amount of cash is also said to have been found in the farmhouse.

What is the Moonie cult?

The Moonie cult, called the Unification Church by supporters, is a church founded in the 1950s by South Korean pastor Sun Myung Moon. He regarded himself as the messiah and became particularly known in the 1970s and 80s through marriage ceremonies where he sometimes married thousands of followers at the same time. Moon claimed he had millions of followers, but there are probably no more than 100,000.

In the past, the church was accused of brainwashing supporters and taking away their money. Moon and his wife, often accused of anti-Semitism and homophobia, were not welcome in many European countries for years. Moon died in 2012. In recent years, the movement has expanded into a business empire including the Washington Times newspaper

Far-right Donald Trump supporters. Like another cult, Falun Gong.

and the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

Followers of the cult have various rituals. RTV Drenthe writes that they have to move every half hour in a circle. …

The 25-year-old son, who eventually sought help [to escape] at a cafe in Ruinerwold on Sunday evening, is said be in a different location now.

Twins with Japanese woman

A brother of suspect Josef B. tells the Austrian daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung that B. came into contact with the cult during his military service in Linz. The brothers have not spoken to each other for ten years.

Brother Franz goes on to say that Josef had twins with a Japanese woman. He is said to have abandoned them and brought them to friends in the Netherlands. Two years ago the children reportedly have tried in vain to make contact with Josef. According to his brother, B. left Austria in 2009, where he led a reclusive life.

Josef B. is suspected of being involved in the deprivation of liberty of the father and six children on the farm in Ruinerwold. He is said to have held them against their will. Today, the examining magistrate will judge whether he will be detained for longer.

UPDATE: he will be detained for at least fourteen more days. He is also accused of harming the health of the imprisoned family.

The police are investigating again today at the house in Ruinerwold. In addition, all areas in the farm are recorded digitally.

Toys

Yesterday raids were made in two buildings in Zwartsluis, about fifteen minutes drive from Ruinerwold. The family is said to have had a shop there in wooden toys, which were often made by the father. The store is said to have been closed for years.

UPDATE: The 67-year-old father, who had been active first in the Dutch, then the German Unification Church, has been arrested now as well, suspected of complicity in imprisonment and money laundering. Three older children had bled the farm before. Contrary to their younger siblings, they had been allowed to go to school.

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US corporate Democrats support Trump’s right-wing judges


This 6 October 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Corporate Democrats Get Shamed

We need more progressive Democrats representing us! Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The most recent dust-up came in September, when Demand Justice targeted Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat-Del.) with a five-figure ad buy for supporting Trump judicial nominees who didn’t explicitly endorse the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education. Coons is up for reelection in 2020. For some, criticizing the well-respected, bipartisan-leaning senator was a step too far.

“That was way out of line,” Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said. “I called Chris personally and told him that I stood behind his decision.”

According to Wikipedia:

Coons is the incoming co-chair for the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast. He previously co-chaired the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast. Coons currently co-chairs the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast.

The National Prayer Breakfast is organised by the shadowy cult-like right-wing Christian group, the Fellowship Foundation aka ‘The Family‘.

New Age ‘Warrior Retreat’ costs lives


This December 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

Death Dealer: James Arthur Ray’s ‘self-help’ killed three people. Now he’s back.

More than four years after Oprah-endorsed self-help guru James Arthur Ray killed three people in a heat endurance test outside Sedona, Arizona, he’s been released from prison. While Ray plots his re-emergence into the $11 billion self-help industry, the family of one of his victims is on a crusade to ensure that he — and other like him — don’t kill again.

From Wikipedia:

James Arthur Ray (born November 22, 1957) is a leadership and performance advisor, life coach, and author who was found directly responsible for the deaths of three people and convicted of felony negligent homicide. He is the author of Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, which was a New York Times bestseller. …

Ray has attracted attention for his advocacy of the New Thought belief that positive thinking can heal physical ailments and his claim to have used willpower to stay free of all illness. …

On October 8, 2009, at a New Age “Spiritual Warrior” retreat

The expression ‘Warrior Retreat’ evokes several things. It tries to attract people by evoking ‘warriors’ like in fiction about native Americans, eg, novels by Karl May. While real native Americans are angry about James Arthur Ray’s practices, as we shall see. ‘Warrior’ also evokes wars, in which people die. Like people die in Ray’s ceremonies.

‘Retreat’ evokes, eg, going to a Roman Catholic monastery. It evokes the religious pretenses of Ray. However, in Roman Catholic monasteries sometimes things go awfully wrong, like in Ray’s ‘retreats’. Ray’s religion looks like a mixture between religion and fraudulent for profit business; somewhat like Scientology, Amway and NXIVM.

conceived and hosted by Ray at the Angel Valley Retreat Center in Yavapai County near Sedona, Arizona, two participants, James Shore and Kirby Brown, died as a result of being in a nontraditional sweat lodge exercise. Eighteen others were hospitalized after suffering burns, dehydration, breathing problems, kidney failure, or elevated body temperature. Liz Neuman, another attendee, died October 17 after being comatose for a week.[24]

The attendees, who had paid up to $10,000 to participate in the retreat, had fasted for 36 hours during what was claimed to be a vision quest exercise before the next day’s purported sweat lodge. During this period of fasting, participants were left alone in the Arizona desert with a sleeping bag, although Ray had offered them Peruvian ponchos for an additional $250.[25] After this experience, participants ate a large buffet breakfast before entering the nontraditional structure built for the sweat lodge.[26] The site owner reported she learned after the event that participants went two days without water before entering the structure.[27]

Following the deaths, Ray refused to speak to authorities and immediately left Arizona.[28] According to participants in the heat endurance exercise (which was misrepresented by both Ray and his organization as a “Native American sweat lodge ceremony”), a note was left that said Ray was unavailable—as he was in “prayer and meditation”.[29] Ray later confirmed, during a 2013 interview with Piers Morgan, that he fled the scene rather than staying to assist with the aftermath, because “I was scared.”.[30]

Print media began reporting that Ray conducted a conference call with some victims, one of whom recorded the call and provided it to the AP. During this call, a self-described channeler said that they had communicated with the dead and they had said they “were having so much fun” out of their bodies that they didn’t want to return.[25

On November 18, 2011, Ray was sentenced to two years in prison.[45]

Native American experts on sweat lodges have criticized the reported construction of the structure, as well as Ray’s conduct of the event as not meeting traditional ways (the words “bastardized”, “mocked” and “desecrated” have been used).  …

The Oglala Lakota delegation holds that James Arthur Ray and the Angel Valley Retreat Center have “violated the peace between the United States and the Lakota Nation” and have caused the “desecration of our Sacred Oinikiga (onikare, sweat lodge) by causing the death of Liz Neuman, Kirby Brown and James Shore”.[49]

There are fraudulent businessmen cum religious leaders like Ray in other countries as well.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 3 October 2019:

The fatal victim of a healing session in IJzendijke in Zeeland last Wednesday was a 34-year-old man from Oudewater.

They call it ‘healing’, though the IJzendijke business does not have any medical expertise.

The three people arrested in the case last week are suspected of manslaughter.

One of the suspects, a 36-year-old therapist from Terneuzen, is still detained. He is the owner of the location where the spiritual session took place. He is said to have played the biggest part in the incident. Another therapist, a 35-year-old man from Terneuzen, has been released. In addition to manslaughter, the duo are also suspected of owning and supplying hard drugs.

The third suspect, a 37-year-old Briton, can wait for the trial at home. Just like the victim, he was present at the multi-day ceremony, which also used narcotic and hallucinogenic drugs.

This ceremony by the IJzendijke business Iboga-Farm, is called Warrior Retreat, inspired by Ray. They don’t charge $10,000, like Ray did, for the two-day ‘retreat’: ‘only’ 765 euro.

In April 2019, a 31-year-old man died at such a ‘healing’ session in Eersel town.

This Dutch 25 September 2019 video is a warning about such ‘healing’ by ‘spiritual’ organisation Inner Mastery International.

86-year-old rabbi arrested for protesting Trump’s ICE


This 1 July 2019 video from Philadelphia in the USA says about itself:

Shame!

Arrest of 84-year-old [no, 86-year-old] Philly Rabbi for protesting ICE.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow & group of Elder activists took to nonviolent civil disobedience against the Trump administration‘s policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S. border.

And, now two months later, on the same Rabbi Waskow:

By Alyssa Fisher in the USA:

86-Year-Old Rabbi Arrested Protesting ICE

September 5, 2019

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody: here.

Controversial Buddhist cleric Sogyal Rinpoche dies


This 15 March 2019 video says about itself:

SOGYAL RINPOCHE JUSTIFIES HITTING STUDENT

WARNING: if you have been abused by Sogyal Rinpoche, then you may not want to see and hear this.

THE CONTEXT: This recording was made on the 30th July 2004 on the patio of the garden of Sogyal Rinpoche’s villa, where he has gathered some senior students early in the morning – including current Vision Board member, Seth Dye. One of them, Hervé, has just been hit for the first time by Sogyal. He is understandably upset and bewildered at being the subject of an unprovoked assault. This is what Sogyal tells him. Seth Dye can be heard translating into French. There is also noise from the building work on the temple. This recording was referred to on page 18 of the Lewis Silkin report, commissioned by Rigpa, which confirmed Sogyal’s physical, psychological and sexual abuse. The report can be downloaded here.

To keep up to date on developments, follow @SogyalTruth on Twitter

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Discredited Buddhist lama Sogyal Rinpoche dies

The influential but also highly controversial Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has passed away. The Tibetan taught Buddhist teachings worldwide for forty years. He withdrew in 2017 after it became clear that he had sexually abused and ill-treated students.

Sogyal Rinpoche died in Thailand from a pulmonary embolism. He was 71 or 72 years old; only his year of birth, 1947, is known.

After his studies, he started teaching in London in 1974. This resulted in the establishment of the Rigpa organization, which ultimately included more than a hundred Buddhist centers in 23 countries.

In 1983 Sogyal wrote The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying, which became a bestseller with more than two million copies sold worldwide.

Abuse

The popularity and public image of Sogyal Rinpoche got damaged from the nineteen nineties on by accusations of sexual abuse and ill-treatment of students. Not only he himself, but also other teachers from his Rigpa organization became discredited.

In 1994, a lawsuit of a female student against Sogyal Rinpoche was settled out of court for an unknown amount. 10 million dollars was demanded.

From 2011 on , new accusations were regularly made against the lama, but it took until 2017 before the other shoe dropped. Eight Rigpa students and former students described in a letter how Sogyal had abused and ill-treated students for years, both physically and mentally. Some letter writers had high positions within Rigpa.

It led to the resignation of Sogyal Rinpoche within a month. Rigpa had a private agency investigate the allegations further. In a report that appeared a year later, the allegations were largely confirmed. …

The lama retired to Thailand. He had been suffering from cancer for several years and died in the presence of followers.

Catholic boarding school on trial for pedophilia


This 2011 Dutch video says about itself (translated):

This presentation was made on the occasion of a reunion in November 2008. The still living classmates of the minor seminary in Weert – graduating class 1964 – sent photographs and other material to Ad van Zeeland for that purpose. He made a comprehensive presentation of all of this that paints an extensive picture of learning and becoming a priest some 45 years ago. In the meantime it has become clear that sexual abuse has also taken place at this seminary and this is now mentioned in the film.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Victims of abuse at Minor Seminary in Weert heard

by Bas de Vries

The court case of a victim of abuse against the Minor Seminary of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary in Weert will continue this fall. At the beginning of this year, his civil lawsuit against the boarding school seemed to get stuck when the court in Roermond determined that the case was barred.

The Court of Appeal in Den Bosch has since ruled that Arnold-Jan Prinsen may hear various witnesses before the examining magistrate. Those witnesses may confirm the essence of his reproach: that the congregation leadership knew that one of the fathers was a pedosexual, but did nothing to protect children like Prinsen. “For the first time, there is now a judicial investigation into abuse in the Roman Catholic Church“, says his lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld.

Income lost

The now 66-year-old man says he was abused in 1964 [when he was 11 years old] by a priest in Weert. Only in 2015 did he find out that the boarding school was already aware in 1961 of another abuse case by the same clergyman. According to Zegveld, the usual barring period of 30 years should therefore not apply in this case.

Prinsen got psychological problems four years ago due to his discovery and that, according to him, cost him hundreds of thousands of euros in his dental practice. He holds the congregation in Weert responsible for this. They no longer contradict the facts, as is apparent from the ruling by the court, but they invoke the barring period.