Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Elena's criticism of this blog

[ed. - On her blog, The Public Square, Elena published the following commentary concerning this blog.]
The new blog and it's shortsightedness

Elena: It's funny or at least ironic how people manipulate history to make it look the way they would have liked it to be!

There are so many important issues missing in this blog, one would have to think of it as shortsighted as the Fellowship cult is about life.
[ed. - While it is difficult to respond to charges of historical manipulation (the very act of selecting material is an unavoidable manipulation), it should be obvious this blog offers a very incomplete sketch of the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Earl Burton. The Fellowship's own promotional material adequately presents the organization and its leader in a beneficent light. This blog's purpose is to help illuminate the darker, suppressed aspects of the cult. To do so, it relies almost entirely on testimonies published in "the public square". But many important issues are not openly discussed, and most individuals with first hand knowledge of these topics (especially former Fellowship officers, ministers, aides to Robert Burton, and Burton's victims) are, for personal reasons, reluctant to speak out. Until they do, this blog will only offer a suggestion of what lies hidden.]

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