Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Feathers in the Wind

 




In their defense video about the abuse allegations covered by the Texas Observer and WFAA, Homestead talks about the story of St. Philip Neri's penance given to someone for gossiping: 
The story is told of St. Philip Neri (1515–1595) that he gave a most unusual penance to a novice who was guilty of spreading malicious gossip. He told him to take a feather pillow to the top of a church tower on a blustery day and there release all the feathers to the wind. Then he was to come down from the tower, collect all the feathers dispersed over the far countryside, and put them back into the pillow. Of course the poor novice couldn’t do it, and that was precisely Philip’s point about the great evil of tale bearing. Slander and calumny have a way of spreading to the four winds and, once released, can never be completely recalled. Even when accusations are firmly nailed as false, the reputations of those falsely accused bear a lingering taint. “Oh yes,” it is vaguely said, “wasn’t he once accused of . . . ”

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Homestead's Non-Disparagement Agreement




Homestead Heritage took umbrage at The Texas Observer's and WFAA's usage of their Resolutions on the Limits of the Use of the Authority of External Compulsion by claiming that the "document never refers to crime at all and only forbids lawsuits between church members." To be honest, I think the news organizations could have directed their focus a little better. Though the document clearly states that "religion" is not "an agent, or the proper province, of the corporate State and its investigative, police and judicial services" (i.e., the criminal justice system), from a spiritual abuse perspective, the fact any organization claiming the title of church would ask its members -- not its employees -- to sign a non-disparagement agreement should draw scrutiny. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Founder of Homestead Heritage Dead at 77

 




Blair Adams, the founder of the group that eventually became Homestead Heritage, died on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at the age of 77. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Heritage Coffee

“For I am the LordI do not change" Malachi 3:6
 

Ah, coffee. Some people don't care for it, but, seeing as it's currently a $100+ billion industry, a lot of people like it including yours truly. It's a money-making business, so it's not surprising that Homestead Heritage would abandon their decades-long proscription against coffee for a piece of that pie. 

"So what if they change their mind," you might ask. Because Homestead considered it "rebellion" to drink coffee in violation of their dietary patterns, and they could minister to members for violating that pattern. They have not apologized to all of the people who they harassed over coffee now that they have deemed it profitable acceptable.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Another Homestead-Grown Sex Offender





Just because the media hasn't reported on it doesn't mean there aren't any more sex offenders at Homestead Heritage. 

It would appear that home-birthing your children, homeschooling your children, training them by use of corporal punishment,  taking them to church three times a week, teaching them crafts and agricultural skills, and all in the environment of a "Christian" community, is no guarantee that you won't raise a child molester. Of course, we already knew that despite their pulpit proclamations to "have the answers to what this world needs."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

More TripAdvisor Sleight Of Hand On Homestead Heritage (UPDATED)



I wrote in an earlier post, here, about the disappearance of a negative review about Homestead Heritage on TripAdvisor. I also discussed complaints about TripAdvisor removing negative reviews on other venues. I even recently discovered a story, which I think is rather humorous,  about a fake profile created by an Italian newspaper "as part of an experiment to reveal alleged flaws in the rankings system which . . . leave it vulnerable to fraudulent reviews." "Within a month, the non-existent eatery was rated the best restaurant in town." (Source

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Anabaptists, Homestead's Professed "Spiritual Roots," Admit A Sexual Abuse Problem



My article on sexual abuse in Anabaptist communities remains one of the top viewed  posts on this blog. Since Homestead Heritage claims to find their spiritual roots in this faith community, I wrote about this topic to disprove their suggestion that Anabaptists have lower rates of sexual abuse. Since then, a few more items have come to my attention that further corroborate the sexual abuse problems among these faith traditions.