Mark and I had to take legal measures to counter an intensive smear campaign that lasted for more than 3 years in which we were cyberstalked, bullied, severely lied about, defamed, and had hatred incited against us. Lies were written about virtually every aspect of our lives; a death threat was made against Mark and we’ve had to live in hiding for years. It’s under these circumstances we created this website.
Legal measures successfully stopped them
We took a main contributor to court and the court issued an order stopping the contributor’s campaign towards us. We also personally submitted a complaint to a human rights commission about that same person and an additional complaint about another individual, who was independent of the campaign, but who repeated and promoted some of the campaign’s claims separately. Upon consideration the commission accepted both our complaints, and both individuals signed legally binding agreements that prevent them from attacking us again.
Campaign started out of revenge
The smear campaign was started by Gnostics after people were thrown out of the organization we were in and launched a revenge campaign against us and the organization. Also involved were fringe Christians, the anti-cult movement, and we were informed that the Orthodox Church in Cyprus was partly involved behind the scenes in some of it.
The sinister mechanism of the anti-cult movement
The spill-over attacks of that smear campaign can be found on anti-cult forums, which were used as a venue to attack Mark, make false accusations about him, and frame him as a cult leader. The false allegations were made by the major instigators and contributors to the smear campaign, posing almost entirely under the guise of anonymous and “neutral” readers. The anti-cult forums being referred to are run by a person who is dedicated to destroying alternative spirituality, and is also a convicted felon.
They used the word cult (a bigoted word) to dehumanize Mark and then felt free to say whatever they wished, believing society supported them, allowing them to bully while cloaked by the anonymity of the internet. Many took pleasure in using the campaign to make people suffer, some believing themselves to be free of consequences. But if you remove the veneer of the “cult” stigma, then you are just left with a bunch of lawbreakers – cyber stalkers, harassers and bullies. Some joined in who were never part of the organization and never even knew us, yet they wrote about our life as though they were there – taking advantage of the chance to hurt someone, which many involved admitted they did for entertainment and enjoyment.
A stack of lies
They re-wrote the history of Mark’s life in a negative way, misrepresenting and twisting events to give completely false impressions. Yet they cunningly presented this as though they were victims revealing some secrets, and who have the right of free speech to uncover wrongdoings – but that’s just a crafty facade to cloak their abuse. In reality they lie blatantly, seemingly without restraint, turning the work Mark does into false accusations of personal gain.
They lied about our finances and claimed we have a huge home when we’ve lived in tiny apartments, a place with gun shootings next door, a small falling down house, hotels, and a garage apartment in someone’s backyard – moving from one place to another for years and years as we continue to write. They made grossly false accusations about our relationship, going so far as stating that we’re committing a crime just by being together. They carefully crafted their lies to fit Mark into the anti-cult movement’s criteria of a cult leader. The work which you see here on this website and in Mark’s books they paint as mind control and brainwashing – and so go on their false and ridiculous claims.
Over 100 witnesses
Fortunately there were over 100 witnesses that came forward which affirmed the falsity of the allegations made on the smear campaign.
We have continued in our work and don’t harbor any antagonism to anyone, we simply feel a sense of relief that we are now safer and freer.
We would like to thank everyone who has been following our journey for peace and justice for your support, and for standing up for the fundamental right we all have to pursue spirituality free from harassment.
To read a more detailed account see We Have Been Lied About by Anonymous Trolls on Anti-Cult Forums
Online bullying, stalking, trolling, and using extreme lies to harm someone’s life is on the increase, and unfortunately is becoming a prevalent part of the internet and modern living. Here is a recent example of a case in which someone out for revenge used the internet to have a real impact on an innocent person’s life and family.
The Anti-Cult Movement is a mechanism that has been established to destroy alternative sources of spiritual information (outside of mainstream religions). This article by Mark explores the deeper issues behind its existence and purpose. Read The Anti-Cult Movement and its Suppression of Spiritual Rights and Freedoms
~ Angela Pritchard