This morning as the birds are singing announcing the beginning of what promises to be a day packed with new information and drama, I sit amazed at the next AP Investigative release. Ex-Sect Members tell AP: Prosecutors obstructed abuse cases.
Reading the text reveals the secrets and definitive patterns which others on the outside have only speculated about for years. In video below, watch Danielle Cordez describe the treatment of Matthew Fenner! She says, “I honestly don’t know how he survived, I thought he was the first person they were going to kill.”
And with that video, the drama goes to a whole new level. Up until this point, Word of Faith Fellowship members have been doing damage control be sending out text messages telling relatives the accusations are all lies and that WOFF has “proof – videos and testimonies which we will probably be posting soon.”
WOFF denies abuse of any kind. And Jim Jones was a sweet harmless man.
From this morning’s release:
“Frank Webster and Chris Back — church ministers who handle criminal cases as assistant DAs for three nearby counties — provided legal advice, helped at strategy sessions and participated in a mock trial for four congregants charged with harassing a former member, according to former congregants interviewed as part of an AP investigation of Word of Faith.
Back and Webster, who is sect leader Jane Whaley’s son-in-law and lives in her house, also helped derail a social services investigation into child abuse in 2015 and attended meetings where Whaley warned congregants to lie to investigators about abuse incidents, according to nine former members.
Under North Carolina law, prosecutors cannot provide legal advice or be involved in outside cases in any manner. Violation of those rules can lead to ethics charges, dismissal and disbarment.
More egregious actions — including offering legal advice in an ongoing criminal investigation to help a person avoid prosecution — could lead to criminal charges, including obstruction of justice.”
And with those words, there is revealed the main issues behind the “freedom of religion” claim put forth by WOFF. There is the idea that religious freedom trumps the foundation and restraints of the law of the land. Now, Jane would never admit that, but it seems quite clear from this AP release. Inside WOFF, there is no law but Jane. And to the degree which she and her leaders hold on to that error dictates the chances of the “church” surviving over the next few months.
If they refuse to dethrone their leader, the end result will be not pretty. If the leaders and the followers will walk away from the notion of Jane as God, then the “church” may survive. The idea of reorganizing and renaming does not seem far-fetched.
Alas, the birds are still singing and the coffee awaits me in the kitchen. It is time to face the day. Let our emotions not run away from good sense.
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