Several in the "inner circle" senior disciples are making mistakes. Those mistakes are noteworthy...a matter of public record and private disclosure. Perhaps Mr. Butler's zeal to consolidate his efforts in Hawaii will be his downfall with regard to the longevity of his organization.
Could you give specific examples of the public record and private disclosures to which you referred. If you have any news articles or other critical reviews, please scan and post and link.
Also, disciples making mistakes has yet to nail the "teflon clad" Butler. His philosophy needs to be exposed as fraudulent and dangerous. He will always distance himself from the disciples who get in trouble and never directly allow himself to get connected to any scandal. Yet his followers willingly and blindly put themselves out there. The golden idol that is Butler needs to be exposed. People in the public eye like Rick Reed, Kathy Hoshijo, Wayne Nishiki, and the Gabbard's need to realize how much they have been exploited and used to come forward. The problem is they will be implicated or lose out financially. Or more with even more pain and difficulty, renounce a whole belief system and lose their tribe.
No doubt Butler had everything to do with the Inouye hairdresser scandal that wrecked Reed's political career. No doubt Butler ordered one of his female disciples to tape record the conversation that was used in Reed's ad. (He left politics to sell used cars in Washington State after that.) No doubt Butler has become more secretive and careful over the years, especially after he began to be exposed on the internet.
Side note- People I have interviewed who knew Rick Reed well say he was not a vindictive or sneaky kind of guy. He was fun and generous and not very materialistic. He was smart, a hard worker, and totally devoted and loyal to Butler. (He met Butler during a very vulnerable time while getting over a very bitter divorce.) Reed's campaign against Inouye had all the ear marks of Butler's thinking and strategies. As I posted before, Butler had a family vendetta against Inouye. Reed's biography also reads like any other cult follower whose personality changed and lost touch with reality (Due to his cult involvement he married and divorced two women that Butler commanded and had little to do with his two, non-cult daughters as they were growing up).
...the zealots still around have to be in their 50's by now and probably early 60"s. What physical condition do you think they are in? They never received, for all their hard work and dedication, sound medical insurance, adequate and healthy nutrition (remember these were the dumpster divers) or decent living conditions, they (or the children for that matter) must be in pretty bad shape physically by now.
I would love to see some statistics on this, especially regarding the health of the children growing up in this cult.
From my research, the "senior" and inner circle devotees were not the ones lacking healthy food and medical care. They and their children were raised on health food/ yoga diets (organic produce, pesticide free dairy products, whole grains, etc.) They are the ones who had their own businesses and were independent of Butler financially. Some followers got food stamps and free medical care from welfare (In Hawaii and Australia these are very good benefits). Unwed mothers easily qualified while their "spiritual" husbands worked for Butler. If unmarried men fathered children and worked for Butler in another location, it was legal. Butler could care less as long as he has the free labor. The point is that Butler and his disciples find ways around the laws.
There are reports that the children sent off to the "re-education camps" (school) in the Philippines do not always fare so well with food and medical care in that third world country. Does anyone have more recent information on this?
The "dumpster divers" were few and usually those folks who did not have money, education (degrees), or extremely useful talents that Butler could exploit. They end up working ("volunteering") on farms and in warehouses or factories that made products that support Butler. (They are usually single men and women.) Typically, they are offered free places to live (mostly substandard, such as in tents, shacks, barracks, or warehouse floors) with simple, vegetarian meals. The appeal or draw to these workers is that they are told they are doing devotional service for a pure devotee of g0d and spreading his word. They are told that simple living brings a higher or more spiritual thinking. There is a greater turnover of these people. Many people work for Butler follower's businesses making minimum wages or as free "devotional service".
Butler only "cares" about the welfare of his loyal and productive
followers and will favor them with benefits. (His care is of course not out of real love, but his narcissistic need for adulation and the continuation of his empire.) For example, while Kathy Hoshijo was campaigning or doing her television show, Butler put her up in the nicest houses with a house keeper, cook, driver, and babysitters. She had the best organic foods and medical care. Butler's own step children and the children of senior disciples also got many favors not afforded the lesser plebians. He wants the next generation to be completely loyal
to him and will shun any rebel.
The point is that Butler uses a system of increasing benefits strategies to keep hold of his most useful followers. This is not a suicidal type of cult (at least not yet).
I ask you, is there a time limit for legal action on the following things that did occur in this organization? Child abuse, child neglect, polygamy, welfare fraud in several different states,
illegal transport of medications & drugs under false names and pretenses & written for one person but given to another repeatedly, and other things that occured. There has to be some documentation around for all this. From all that I have seen and heard this "organization" exists solely for the material benefit of one person and one person alone. It is a for profit organization and should be taxed as such, with the sole beneficiary of the internationl brotherhood of "butlerites" one person who
has acted like any other tyrant in history. It is somewhat ironic that perhaps the only way to end this charade is by the same method the rule of Al Capone ended- tax evasion.
Without followers who have direct knowledge of illegal activities and are willing to blow the whistle, you can also be sure that it will be far easier to expose the philosophy than to catch Butler with tax evasion. In any event, if one could prove tax evasion, he may not serve even one day in jail. Nothing appears to be in his name
except for his Science of Identity Foundation and Identity Institute.
Keeping this forum alive, as it is the only critical review of Butler's group on line at this writing, is very important. The disparity between the Butler philosophy and the reality needs to be exposed in every available media. Hopefully, in time, more documents will appear and more "exers" will be willing to blow the whistle. Butler himself needs to be implicated, not just his followers. Continue to pursue it, but know your enemy
. Butler is very intelligent and clever. He's studied cults as much as any expert on this website. He and his followers know and use a lot of sneaky strategies. So far they used the legal system to shut down several websites critical of Butler and flooded search engines with their tripe.