Current Events

New Jersey Passes Bill to Research Predatory Alienation

By | 2017-05-23T15:13:14+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Jersey State House I have been posting a lot of blogs recently about several sad and discouraging topics, so I’d like to share some good news!  It’s an exciting development which shows the power of dedicated activists who want to help the public.  Thoughtful and strategic activism pays off! New Jersey recently approved [...]

Undue Influence, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and Current Events

By | 2017-05-18T09:52:04+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hulu has created a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is highly recommended viewing*. Last year, Hulu produced The Path and I was interviewed by Vanity Fair for my perspective. This time, I am blogging about The Handmaid’s Tale as I believe this is a very upsetting but well made [...]

Mooniverse (My Former Cult) is Attempting a Reboot

By | 2017-05-13T21:56:18+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Forty-one years ago today, I was deprogrammed from the cult of Sun Myung Moon. Many of you may not be familiar with the Unification Church, AKA the “Moonies.”  The church and its many front groups and related organizations have not been in the news as much recently.  They lost a lot of their American membership after [...]

North Korea: Hopefully Not a Potential Global Waco?

By | 2017-04-20T17:54:21+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When it comes to North Korea, the Trump administration has been quick to rattle sabers regarding the threat of nuclear missile testing although it turned out the Naval Armada was traveling in another direction for maneuvers in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, the last big North Korean missile launch was another flop–some news sources cite possible secret [...]

Remembering the Boston Marathon Attack

By | 2017-04-12T19:44:16+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Four years ago, on April 15, 2013, Boston was attacked by terrorists during its annual legendary Marathon. Four people lost their lives and 264 more were wounded. Boston Strong was the phrase used, but we all were in lockdown while police tried to hunt down those responsible. For me and countless others, it brought up [...]

Confusion Techniques Can Control Minds

By | 2017-04-06T23:08:17+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Ever since Trump became a serious contender for the White House, and especially in recent days since he was sworn into office, confusion reigns. How can he say these things? How can he lie like that? Isn’t he completely contradicting what he promised during his campaign? Then when confronted, Trump lambasts the critical press [...]

Is It Good Policy to Ban Religious Cults?

By | 2017-04-24T16:45:24+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This week, there had been a lot in the news about Russia’s possible ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses-- labeling them an extremist group. While I have personally worked with and become friends with many who have suffered as Witnesses under the policies of Watchtower, I do not agree that banning groups is a responsible policy. In [...]

The Heaven’s Gate Tragedy–The 20th Anniversary of an American Doomsday Cult Disaster

By | 2017-03-24T11:43:44+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , |

On March 26, 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were discovered by police. Poisoned, and with plastic bags over their heads, these victims of cult mind control were forever lost to their friends and families. This story, which gained worldwide attention, illustrates just how dangerous undue influence can be and I [...]

Muslim Ban Will Not Keep America Safe

By | 2017-03-21T10:41:31+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Earlier this month, federal judges in Seattle, WA suspended President Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, stating that it violated a Constitutional clause which prohibits religious discrimination.  American leaders and world leaders alike voiced their objections to the ban along with all those who protested online, at airports, in the streets, and with their [...]

A Word of Life Christian Church Tragedy

By | 2017-03-21T10:42:08+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orGx_V72Wk4 (This powerful video is from Sarah Ferguson’s sentencing last fall; Judge Dwyer and District Attorney McNamara we were told have since learned a good dela about how people can be unduly influenced by high-demand groups.)   On Monday, Bruce and Deborah Leonard received prison sentences (he: 10 years, she: 5 years) for participating in [...]