The Moderator of this site gave two strong requests yesterday that if people wanted to talk about Be Scofield, then please devote a topic to her. Don't use the "James Swartz -- What Is The Truth?"
topic for another purpose, was the message.
Okay. Here's the topic.
When I started the James Swartz topic I'd researched this criminal fraud for over two years. I already knew "my" answer to the question asked in that topic.
This is totally unlike Be Scofield. About her, I have made no decision. Certainly she has revealed truths about some very bad goings-on and "teachers." Her revelations have helped many. The question is, are the accusations passed along about her in the (quite controversial) website "Culture or Cult?"
Many people have strong feelings on this. I don't, in that I am still taking in all of the evidence.
So here is YOUR topic. "Go for it."
(To make it crystal clear, James Swartz is much more my concern than Be Scofield. I have become friends with his accuser, and believe her. For details, almost everything is in the Swartz-based book "Guru? The Story of Heather
." There are new details and perspectives regarding Swartz in the "James Swartz--What Is The Truth?" topic on this website. Putting those together, and after over two and a half years of research, I very confidently conclude that James Swartz is a terrible human being and an absolutely horrific spiritual teacher.)
To make my position clear, I will reprint (with some amendments in parentheses and italics) one of my last posts in the "James Swartz--What Is The Truth?" topic here:
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Warnings Received and Heard -- Thank You
First, many thanks to Valma, Sahara71, and Corboy for the above posts.
Perhaps I should have been more clear.
As of this moment, I've made no decision regarding Be Scofield as related to the rape charges or the "Hostile Sociopath" diagnosis.
I've also called her "rant" sent to the Culture or Cult folks "alleged."
In fact, when I first read "Erin"'s account (of being raped by then male Be as a 14 year-old
), I mentioned to a friend (the beautiful woman in the Himalayas) that this could be real, OR it could be a clever fake piece. (I mentioned to her that I could write up the same type of piece with her as the culprit, if she wished, just to show how easy it would be to do. She declined my offer).
I also wondered about the "professional diagnosis" of Be Scofield (as a Hostile Sociopath
). It could be "right on" OR it could be as twisted a slam of Be Scofield as Be Scofield is accused of doing to others herself in that article.
Plus, was the "rant" even real? It almost seemed too much like James Swartz to me. I give Be Scofield credit for being much more intelligent than James Swartz, but that alleged message to the "Culture or Cult?" person(s) seemed to come more from ignorance and emotions than it did from perception and intelligence. (Again, I would have expected the former from James Swartz, and the latter from Be Scofield.)
With all that said, could Erin be for real? Sure. Could the diagnosis of Be Scofield as as a "Hostile Sociopath" also be accurate? Yes.
Yes, they could be. But ARE they? The jury is out. Be Scofield is innocent until she shows herself to be guilty. (James Swartz virtually confessed, in many ways and different times. Be Scofield has not.)
IF, big IF, the rant to "Cultore or Cult?" really was from her, this would be the strongest indication yet that she was guilty, but, was it?
In summary, the only things I am certain about in a negative way regarding Be Scofield at this time is that she is choosing some targets, like Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle, who (to my personal knowledge and in my limited experience)
really hurt nobody and do a lot of good for some. Why not instead go after truly horrible spiritual teachers and people, even if they're small-timers like James Swartz.
Thanks again for making sure I wasn't jumping on a possibly false "band-wagon."
Even with James Swartz, it took much research and (especially) his own "insane" messages for me to conclude that he was truly despicable as a human being and as a spiritual teacher. Be Scofield? She's not even close to that "place," and I hope she never is.
Okay. That's it from me.Be Scofield? Heroic fighter against evil, or....???
I look forward to reading the Posts here. And, I hope Erin is a fraud, the analysis of Be to be incorrect, and the rant she "sent" proves to be a fake.
One James Swartz type-sociopath at a time is enough.