In Reply to: Re: FAMILY STATEMENT re NOT WITHOUT MY SISTER posted by repost from Moving On on May 01, 2008 at 05:40:42:
Here's my "subjective" opinion of gideon and rachel's "family statement."
I always think it is absolutely fascinating what the Family spokespeople choose to "EXCLUDE" from their defensive statements. It is often the unspoken repressed stuff that speaks loudest in a cover-up.
But that's just my opinion.
This time there is no mention of money in Gideon and Rachel's statement. No money-mongering accusations are railed against the authors of Not Without My Sister. In fact, no attempt is made to even address the "personal experiences" of the authors other than to say the book is merely a "subjective account" viewed through the "prism of reinterpretation."
This new tack of Gideon and Rachel in the publicity wars suggests they are not going to continue using the brain-dead manuevers of the 90's, but have generously chosen to pump some oxygen into their own medulla oblongata's gray cells, and will attempt to respect these former members whose "perspectives, outlooks, and beliefs" run contrary to the Family DOGMA. Ah huh.
Fair Enough. Although they probably always felt they were being fair-minded.
Do you remember when Gideon and Rachel accused the Not Without My Sisters authors (on British TV years ago) of leaving the Family for money--they kept harping on the few thousand pounds the women were given when leaving the cult--insinuating that a lust for fame and riches is at the heart of every backslider's motives. Their smarmy televised attack on the ex-member women was worthy of a British comedy show.
(I wonder why Gideon and Rachel don't mention money this time?--is it because the cash flow for the Family ELITE is at an all time high? Are used car sales and subsidiary monetary endeavors on the Family Black Market enriching the entitled leadership of the Family so much that they are at the point they dare not mention money in any statement?
It's just a question. I wonder how much tax they pay? I hear they live in a million dollar house.
Ancient wisdom suggests that those who live in glass houses (million dollar value or otherwise) should not cast stones.
Anyway, they will need their riches for the long hall through old age and the coming years.
As for me, JOB 27:5 "God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove my integrity from me."