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Re: “The Killing of a Journalist

I stumbled across a thread of articles about Yusuf Bey's organisation, while perusing a website on cults. Reading several of Chris Thompson's articles about the Bey's sordid affairs, most recently this one, I think Thompson's series of articles deserves to be reprinted in newspapers across the country. Everyone in America should know what has transpired here; especially since Thompson & his colleagues have paid such heavy prices for bringing it out into the open. I'm not black; I'm of no religious persuasion at all; hell, I'm not even from California. I can't claim that I know the whole picture about this series of events from just these articles, but I have read extensively about different cults & other pseudo-religious groups. Nothing in the Bey empire's actions surprises me. This is all classic personality/charisma-driven cult behaviour. The insane religious teachings that warp history & breed fear-based hatred of outsiders; common thuggery & criminal acts that occur in plain sight; silencing and terrorizing victims, former members, & critics; Gestapo-like tactics perpetrated at tenants of property the cult either owns outright or controls formally or informally; polygamy & sexual abuse of children; making excuses for incompetence, financial mismanagement, & fraud with wild claims about being targets of conspiracy by purposely vague 'enemies' that eternally seek to destroy the cult; and most important, the unwillingness of the local government to oppose the powerful, well-financed, & well-connected cults' practices. Not to mention that government and/or its officials having formal connections & business contracts with the cults in question. The list goes on and on... As much as we'd like to think of these cults as isolated anomalies, fiefdoms few & far between; the truth is they are merely a drop of scummy water in a whole fetid sea of corrupt theocratic ideologies gaining momentum & popularity in the world today. It's only by the relentless pursuit of truth that honest people of goodwill can prevail against this sort of monster when it rears its hideous face.

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/20/2007 at 1:37 AM

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