Jan 16, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/16-17/2021 (Agape Boarding School, ParCare Community Health Network, Two by Twos, NXIVM, 5G, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Boy Scout, Charles Manson)

Agape Boarding SchoolParCare Community Health Network, Two by TwosNXIVM, 5G, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsBoy ScoutCharles Manson

"Aaron Rother was 16 when the leader of his boarding school announced they were packing up and moving again, to their third state in a little more than a year.

But this time, in the mid-1990s, Agape Boarding School was moving away from the "nonbelievers" in Washington and California and heading east. To a place with "good Christian people," no government scrutiny and where leaders could feel free to run their school the way they saw fit.

"It was the feeling like we were going to the Promised Land," said Rother, whose father dropped him off at Agape in Othello, Washington, when he was 15. "Kind of like, 'This is where the Christians can go to not be messed with.'

"When we got to Missouri, they announced to us that they had found THE place. Like this is our new home. … The state followed God's law, that's the message they told us."

It's a message that seemingly has been heard across the country for decades as schools have made their way to the Show-Me State, where a nearly 40-year-old law allows faith-based residential facilities to operate without a license, any scrutiny or interference from the state."
"  ... A network of health clinics owned by a Hasidic man and serving a number of Hasidic communities in Brooklyn and upstate New York is under investigation for administering COVID-19 vaccines to members of the general public.

New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker announced the investigation into ParCare Community Health Network on Saturday, saying in a statement that the clinics may have obtained the vaccines "fraudulently" and administered doses to members of the public "contrary to the state's plan."

Currently, only frontline health care workers and nursing home residents and staff are receiving the vaccines in New York State, and vaccinations are taking place at hospitals and nursing homes.

But BoroPark24, a Yiddish news service, reported on Dec. 21 that ParCare had obtained 3,500 doses of the vaccine produced by Moderna and would vaccinate 500 people that day. The network's CEO, Gary Schlesinger, told BoroPark24 that ParCare had gotten permission to vaccinate patients and that only people over 60 or with underlying conditions would be eligible at first. The next day, he retweeted a picture of himself receiving the vaccine."

"Laura McConnell was 19 when she finally escaped a highly secretive Christian sect with no name, church or freedom for its members.

Up until that point the sect - which is known as The Truth, the Two by Twos or Friends and Workers - had controlled every aspect of her life.

She couldn't play with kids outside the group or have a haircut - and was brainwashed into believing death awaited her should she ever decide to leave.  

Ms McConnell, now 40 and with a two-year-old son, opened up to Daily Mail Australia about growing up inside the sect in the hopes her story will inspire others to leave.

'I had a wonderful childhood ... until i was about eight and realised how different I really was and how difficult it would be to grow up as a girl and woman inside this group,' she said.:

"In describing how NXIVM operated, 'Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult" showrunners Cecilia Peck and Inbal Lessner explain that it really is on the same level as being in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship. "I think so many people have been in a coercive relationship that's hard to get out of. There's really no difference between a domestic abuse relationship, where you just feel so broken down and you feel there's nowhere to go," Peck explains. She hopes that this documentary can help viewers understand how people can become involved with harmful groups like NXIVM. 'That's what these women were in and especially someone like India [Oxenburg], who went in at 19 and was broken down by them for seven years. It's very hard to imagine that you can have another life.""

"A Tennessee man who federal investigators say detonated a bomb in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day may have been paranoid about 5G technology, reports say.

Investigators say they are now looking into Anthony Warner's alleged 5G paranoia and if it motivated the bombing, ABC News reported. Warner, identified as the suspect in the bombing, was killed in the explosion, the FBI said.

Douglas Korneski, an FBI special agent in charge, told ABC News investigators "are aware of certain things online, and we're looking at every possible motive." That includes whether Warner believed "5G technology was being used to spy on Americans," WSMV reported.

The RV linked to the explosion was parked outside of an AT&T building, and the blast caused internet and phone outages throughout Tennessee and surrounding states. Authorities have not determined a motive as of Monday afternoon.

"Early in 2020, conspiracy theories about 5G technology were considered the greatest domestic threat to critical infrastructure, according to homeland security reports," Newsweek reported."

" The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit with several lawsuits Monday for allegedly covering up decades of sexual abuse among Boy Scout troops in Arizona, marking the latest litigation before the state's end-of-year deadline for adult victims to sue.

The church "must be held accountable in order to bring healing and closure to Mormon victims of childhood sexual abuse," Hurley McKenna & Mertz, a law firm that focuses on church sex abuse, said in a statement.

In the seven lawsuits each representing seven different male victims, attorneys say church officials never notified authorities about abuse allegations. Public records show members of church-sponsored Boy Scout troops who were abused would tell church bishops about what they had experienced. The lawsuits allege bishops would then tell the victims to keep quiet so the church could conduct its own investigation. In the meantime, troop leaders and volunteers accused of sex abuse would be allowed to continue in their roles or be assigned to another troop, the suits said.

Church spokesman Sam Penrod said in a statement that the faith has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind and that the serious allegations require thorough investigation. He called it inaccurate to say the faith had access to files that had names of banned Scout leaders and said the church hasn't seen the records that allegedly back the accusations."

"In late 1970, Charles Manson and his 'Family' stood in the dock accused of some of the most brutal crimes in American history. Far from spelling the end of the cult, what followed was five more decades of assassination attempts, violence and insanity."

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