Introduction


Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970.

Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Robert Burton's Enablers

"Renald" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 29, 2011:
Re. “ 170. qwertyuiop – May 29, 2011
I do believe, by the way, that the FBI and other agencies are watching very closely, and have been watching for a long time. I disagree with some of the comments that the FBI won’t take the cult seriously unless enough former members raise their voices. Let’s see — a doomsday cult with hundreds of members, many of whom are from outside the country, and entering under dubious circumstances. They’re taking it seriously. What would need to occur for them to take action? Who knows, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility with this cult.“
The story we used to get when I was in was there were indeed investigators watching the fof closely but that they mostly ended up joining. Nobody that I know or heard of ever went around confessing that they had been investigative agents so it was most likely dreamed up by the powers that be.

Another pipe dream that I remember and which was brought up early in the life of the blog is that the enablers who have stuck around are waiting for the assets of the fof to be divided up amongst them them after the death of Burton or whenever the fof collapses of its own weight, whichever comes first. Keep sucking on that pipe or whatever else you choose but it aint gonna happen.

One question. Can it be illegal to make public the names of these enablers? This would include the whole gamut all the way down to existing center directors all over the globe. Would that not make them think twice about going along for the ride? 

"2011" wrote on the blog Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 31, 2011:
Re: Post #2 [Above]. The names:
Alisanne Frew
Steven Dambeck
Michael Goodwin
Nick Spaulding
Karen Johnston
Abe Goldman
Ethan Harris
Carton Noble
Wayne Mott
Brigit Moran
The list goes on and on……
Asaf Braverman
Sarah McGovern
Elizabeth Kent
"J. D." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 31, 2011:
Among the many others don’t forget Judith Grace [Bassat], who, during her royal days as first lady in Italy, received direct orders from ‘above’ to buy fake passports for a couple of Russian pages from the able Neapolitan counterfeiters. This type of illegal activity soon proved to be decisive for the ban sanctioned on Mr. Burton by the French government when later on another couple of pageboys tried to sneak in Europe by train. I believe that Mr. Burton is still not welcome in Europe.

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