Potential witness in Exclusive Brethren sex abuse case paid to remain silent
The Exclusive Brethren church has been covering up child sex abuse for decades, and last year I wrote about it. The story told of children who were denied, bullied or bought off by the religious sect to keep their abuse secret.
The main source for the story was the Brethren’s former spokesman, Tony McCorkell.
A towering, flawed mountain of a man, McCorkell went nervously on the record with me, breaking ranks a decade after leaving the church and confessing to the role he had played in the history of cover-ups. It was a role that ate at his conscience.
What was not clear at the time, to either McCorkell or me, was how far the Exclusive Brethren would go to continue resist the truth being told.
The Exclusive Brethren is a Christian-based religious sect that former members say is a cult. Led by multi-millionaire Sydney businessman Bruce D. Hales, it hides from public scrutiny. Its members will not eat, form friendships or communicate with outsiders, except to do business with them or to lobby conservative politicians.
It donates freely, but secretly, to the Liberal Party, even though its members do not vote. It splits families, denies children the opportunity to go to university and minimises its tax payments. Hales recently recommended one member take arsenic or rat poison rather than communicate with his own family members.
The church’s response to my sexual abuse story was swift and comprehensive.
Before it was even published last June, they warned me I was in danger of breaching the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act and the defamation law. A Melbourne-based church functionary, Lloyd Grimshaw, wrote to Fairfax Media chairman Nick Falloon seeking “management oversight” of my journalism.
A month after the story was published, a Brethren company registered as a charity, the Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church Limited, briefed Sydney lawyer Mark O’Brien and sued Fairfax Media and me personally in the Supreme Court for defamation.
Ian McKay Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:48 pm
Michael Bachelard appears to have a copy of the actual gagging contract between the Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian Church Limited (a registered charity) and Tony McCorkill. See http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/20 … dacted.pdf. Making that contract looks dangerously close to being a criminal offence, and unequivocally a moral offence.
Around 2005 I was startled when a normally gentle, mild, devout, Christian contributor to peebs.net expressed the opinion that Exclusive Brethrenism was an evil, wicked organisation. Events since then suggest that he was just more perceptive than I was.
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Exclusive Brethren use confidentiality contracts laced with money, so as to avoid justice through keeping people silent
See evidence of one contract here http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/20 … dacted.pdf.
In my opinion, i feel they are low life scum . Some of the worse in society, because they claim to be Christians
Crazy that our societies,would allow scum like this to be rewarded with charity status ?
Crazy as right ?
They break up families.Ruin peoples lives. And then large portions of our society,”wallowing in indifference“, helps to reward them, through charity status
Religious liberty/ religious freedom … evidently ?
And yet if this situation ,had have instead had something connected to someone “like Harvey Weinstein” or someone like that . Then there would soon enough be widespread outrage among loads of the human population, that might even spread globally
All hell would break loose
So then how come its always religion that gets mollycoddled? … Little wonder these religious criminals have been able to continue to get away with it for so long
A couple of free sandwiches here and there http://www.plymouthbrethrenchristianchurch.org/media/videos/rrt-videos/
So as to help sweeten the general public opinion
Done deal ( more or less , as if a confidentiality clause signed with general public as well too)
Then who really cares right ? … Why give a damn about cases of sex abuse that the Exclusive Brethren rapid relief never had cared to even bother to rapidly help ?
Few people give a damn (they got their free burger/sandwiches)
Even most Christian don’t seem to care less either.Whenever the charity commission considers revoking the exclusive brethren’s right to claim charity status…… There is suddenly an influx of loads of letters , written-in by Christians … Demanding that Exclusive Brethren should also still be able to receive charity status
Well ,why not offer charity status to Harvey Weinstein as well too then ?
Why not ?
Harvey Weinstein and the Exclusive Brethren both have about the same kind of track record, for paying people hush money,so as to help keep them silent