From: Ammond Shadowcraft
STRATEGIES FOR THE USING THE CLERGY ABUSE FILES
The Witch Hunter has absolutely no authority to decided who has and
has not the Spirit of Christ living within. Only their God has that
privilege. They can reference only themselves. When they say these
people aren't Christians, they are in "sin". They can't make that
The _status_ of Christian for these perpetrators is irrelevant. As
long as these folks come from within the Christian churches they
will have to look for the abusers there. There is ample proof that
these folks are there in numbers.
Just today the media released information on a Denver Area youth
minister (for three Pres. churches), Bryan Bush, 31, who molested 30
boys on 50 occasions. This announcement is many years after the
fact. The victims are now grown. The abuse in the witch hunter's
church, if it exists, is hidden and will have to be ferreted out. It
was a psychologist in Texas who reported the abuse in Colorado to
Denver authorities. They can't fully deny abuse until they have
taken a close look at their churches.
Don't attack the hardened spear point. Attack the softest part of
the organization. The soft hand and foot provide the support for the
spear tip. Metaphorically get behind the witch hunter and attack
there. Write to or talk with the directors of the organization. Time
will take its toll.
We let the witch hunting organizations know that the 'evil one' is
within their midst. [After all he is.] They should be looking there
for their quarry. We provide scriptural support for cleaning their
house. Tell them to take the mote out of their own eyes. Also that
they are hypocrites for taking money looking for Satanists outside
the church when their own ranks are affected. We let them know that
the media is looking at them as they decide to clean their house. We
substitute for the _invisible_ Satanist for the extremely _visable_
and possibly abusive Clergyman or layperson.
Send a copy to your local medias. Let them know that abuse exists in
the Clergy's ranks. Send copies of clippings of abuse you get from
friends. Posit that the witch hunters are askew and possibly hiding
clergy abuse within their ranks. That's reasonable to say because
many churches and organizations cover up the abuse for years before
the victims break the news to the public.
A hidden fundamentalist sect in Colorado Springs (with no name
non-the-less) abused children and women for years. A girlfriend's 2
year-old boy was a victim. The small, unwatched fundamentalist
groups that spring up around a charismatic pastor are the most
likely to suffer and hide abuse. Generally these groups have no
building nor standard meeting place. They will be hard to find. The
higher the internal pressure to perform the higher the repression,
the higher the chance of abuse. Keep you ears open for rumor.
Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them look
over their shoulders for the investigative reporter, the listening
ear, the photographic eye. Provide reasonable suspicion and doubt.
What their say and how they respond is _not_ important. What they
think is. Over time they will either back off or go non-linear. Both
responses can be used to turn public opinion against them.
Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them prove
they have cleaned their houses first. Let them laugh and scorn what
they may. The media and the public opinion will water the seeds of
doubt we plant. When they know we are watching them they will desist
from their attacks.
Copyright Ammond Shadowcraft March 1990