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Afterward by Ammond Shadowcraft

Section 3:
Afterward by 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 determination.

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 nonetheless) 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 they 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

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