A good analogy on why TFI's existence offends me & others

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Posted by Perry on July 08, 2012 at 17:48:59

A news article from a few days ago offers what I think is a good analogy related to the thread below that starts with the question, "Has the cult disbanded?"

In the ensuing conversation with Tina I had some harsh things to say to her. But most pertinent to this post is a comment by excog at Jul 04, '12 15:13 who wrote:

"Many of these individuals are still living and coping with past traumas, and they know they may not be able to get justice. For some of them, the smiling faces of perpetrators grouped in FB accounts may be a sad reminder of a world with no justice."

The continued existence of TFI, even if it is supposedly 'under new management' and has pretended to discard or change harmful doctrines and practices, is highly offensive to those whose lives have been harmed or destroyed by the cult, in the same way that churches that still burn crosses are highly offensive to black people, even if they claim the purpose of those burnings has nothing to do with racism.

Here's the link and a few excerpts from the article.

Alabama pastors conference invites only ‘white Christians’

A group of pastors in Alabama says that they are not racist even though only “white Christians” were invited to their three-day conference, which will include a cross burning and be attended by Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.


“It has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that,” he added. “And anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater themselves, you know.”

Collier insisted that the “Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony” to be held on final day of the event symbolized an “opposition to tyranny.”

“We are not burning a cross, look at the word is says it says light a cross,” Christian Identity Ministries Reverend Mel Lewis told WIAT. “If you light a light in your house do you burn down your house. We often use fire. Our ancient fathers said fire was a cleansing element. Even the Bible says the earth will be purified with fire what purer element can we use as a symbol of our worship.”

But the president of the NAACP’s Birmingham Metro Chapter could not recall any past cross burning that had not been associated with racism or hate.

“The only context that I’m familiar with is one that is not very positive,” Hezekiah Jackson said. “And one that really symbolizes an era that many of us have hoped to put behind us. ...

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