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 most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall 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 Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated 2007) Fellowship of Friends Wikipedia page, 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.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Is there a warrant for Robert Earl Burton's arrest in the EU?

Robert Earl Burton
[ed. - For years it has been rumored that a warrant exists for Robert Earl Burton's arrest within the European Union. Due to their inconsistencies (e.g. "Czechoslovakian" versus "Italian" passports, "two" versus "3" Russians), it is not clear if the comments below refer to the same case. Having no confirming evidence, I must consider this gossip (a misdemeanor in the Fellowship!) Meanwhile, "Golden Veil" nobly struggles to uncover the truth.]

"Intercontinentia Buttocks" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 21, 2007:
Forgive my anonymity, but what I am about to write concerns my friends, to whom I don’t wish any troubles with the authorities.
Some 4 years ago two of Robert’s boyfriends, both Russians, were rejected visas to the US. Robert then came to the aid of students (then in Rome) to acquire forged Czechoslovakian passports through Italian mafia with which they tried to enter the country.
Immigration officers discovered the forgery and the two boys spent some time with police at the airport.
Decision was made to send them back to the country from which they came from, i.e. France. They spent about 3 months in prison there, after which time they were sent back to Russia.
Being in the prison did some good to one of them, as he had time to ‘come to his senses’ and finally decided to leave Robert and the school.
The other, however, is still ‘serving’ Robert, although hating it, but such is the price of staying in the country of his choice.
The one who was leaving told Robert about his decision, to which he said that if he does leave him, his wife is going to leave him and he’s going to loose some attractive things offered to him by his teacher. Still, he left and after a while his wife left him.
After a while, he decided to blackmail Robert by writing an article about his experiences with him in American papers. I told him to get a good lawyer if he were to do so, but he went ahead alone and had to deal with Mr. Lawyer A.G., who blackmailed him back, using his knowledge of certain circumstances of the boy’s life. The whole thing was settled for a pitiful $3.000 in exchange for a signature on a paper stating that the information about Robert should not be disclosed to anyone.

"Secret keeper" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 22, 2007:
I. Buttocks [above] – this story is true. I heard it too from the guys themselves and from many other students. I’ll never mention any names here for the same reason – I don’t wish any trouble for the guys, both of whom I like very much and wish them well.

Funny how an illegal thing could be almost glorified in the Fellowship of Friends because Robert went against feminine dominance. So many things that are immoral and simply wrong or criminal can be justified and glorified based on a belief that the teacher can do no wrong.

I only wonder if Department of Homeland Security thinks that crossing US or European border under fake name using a forged passport is OK and is no wrong doing… Especially in post-2001 era.

What shocking is that RB went to such risky extreme only with a purpose to get personal sexual pleasure out of these 2 young males. He would have never done a similar thing for a female student or an older male student from a different country.

Many students knew about this story, news spread quickly in Isis. Friends would secretly tell each other: Robert got him a fake passport so he can come here to be with him uder different name, but – psst! – don’t tell anybody it’s a secret…

I guess as long as Robert goes against feminine dominance, doesn’t inner consider and uses intentional insencerity [sic] he can do whatever he wants. He can even bend the US law if he wishes and students will have to faithfully keep his secrets.

"dandelion" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 6, 2008:
One of the biggest coverups by the FOF was the purchasing of fake Italian passports for 3 Russians in a Naples train station by Judith Grace - cost thousands of $$$.

"J. D." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 31, 2011:
Among the many others [enablers for Burton] don’t forget Judith Grace, 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.

"Artemis44" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 15, 2018:
The real reason Robert Burton can’t travel to Europe is that there is an arrest warrant in the European Community for him, not that the long plane flight can be detrimental to his health, as current members are told.

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 25, 2019:
Does anyone know with any certainty if there are any countries in which RB cannot travel due to arrest warrants? And what are the charges?

"Artemis44" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 26, 2019:
109. Golden Veil – March 25, 2019 (Page 171) [above]

You asked:
Does anyone know with any certainty if there are any countries in which RB cannot travel due to arrest warrants? And what are the charges?
A friend of mine ["Cult Survivor" below?] who is a former member but is still in contact with members told me that there is an arrest warrant for Robert in the European Community and that is the reason why he has not traveled to Europe for more than 10 years. My friend did not mention any specific country or the charges.

"Cult Survivor" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 30, 2019:
45. warpage
Excuse a stupid question, but how does he and others (not just cult leaders) GET AWAY WITH IT ALL?
Money talks, specially in USA (remember O. J. Simpson?). You can’t get away so easily in other countries — there is an arrest warrant for Burton in the European Community (that’s the reason why he hasn’t been in Europe for more than a decade).

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 30, 2019:
[Responding to Cult Survivor above]

Do you mean the entire European Union? I thought that only France was off limits.

If anyone has documentation on what exactly the arrest warrant is for, could they please share that information here? Or if possible, can we see a copy of the arrest warrant?

"Pyewacket" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 1, 2019:
47.Golden Veil. [above]

Hi, the following may be of interest or information to anyone on here who hasn’t heard of an EWA (European Arrest Warrant). Basically, any one of the 28 European Union member Countries can issue such a Warrant for someone’s arrest for a reported crime that then becomes enforceable should the alleged perpetrator set foot in any other EU country. That is the whole of Europe, from it’s Atlantic coast up to the borders of Russia and Turkey. I’ve had a go at trying to search the EWA website, and typed Burton's full name into their search bar, which came up with over 800 results ! Since then I’ve not had any time to delve much further. If indeed an EAW has been issued, there will be a record, hopefully, publically [sic] available one somewhere. Do we definitely know that France was the issuer?

"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 1, 2019:
53. Pyewacket – June 1, 2019 [above]

Thanks for your response. I have searched this: “European Arrest Warrant” and I think that the specific website you describe has not come up. I tried searching Robert Earl Burton on this website:

https://e-justice.europa.eu/home.do?action=home&plang=en

and there are no search results.

Pyewacket, could you please give the link here to where you describe you “had a go at trying to search the EWA website, and typed Burton's full name into their search bar, which came up with over 800 results.”

54. warpage – June 1, 2019

Probably the issues of false religious visas, money laundering for income tax fraud, false qualifications as a non profit organization, etc. are more likely than sexual abuse to reach an organizational or individual conviction. A real insider would need to be a whistle blower.

"WhaleRider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 26, 2019:
Cults, including Scientology, Moonies, First Church of Christ, Scientist, TM, etc. are all outlawed in France. I’m fairly certain Burton is persona non grata there.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliamentary_Commission_on_Cults_in_France

[ed. - See also: First Encounters of the INS kind, A lawyer abandons ship (the Ark), A discussion of criminal activities, and Robert Earl Burton marries Anton S. Tishakov.]

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