I was reading through the 1959 UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child
The rights contained in the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) fall into four broad categories:
• subsistence rights, including the rights to food, shelter and health care;
• development rights, which allow children to reach their fullest potential, including education and freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
• protection rights, such as the right to life, and to protection from abuse, neglect or exploitation;
• participation rights, which allow children to take an active role in community and political life.
Thanks for sharing this important declaration! Too bad it is not enforced.
I just wonder how come more often than not, the State is helpless in protecting children from obvious abuses of religious cults? Religious Freedom oftentimes trumps up Children's rights in courts. Adults have every right to choose beliefs they want to belong to no matter how stupid they are, but the children are often times involved in cults not by choice.
Does anyone know international law regarding children attending schools in foreign countries? Are there statutes of limitations for abuses? Are there other Butler schools in eastern Europe or do they send those children to the Philippines as well?
The Science of Identity boarding school in La Union, Philippines, disguised as a legitimate private school, where children of Haribol parents from around the world are sent to for indoctrination, operate under the noses of the Philippine Government. It's time that this archaic and manipulative system of religious cults be looked into by grassroots organizations or human rights watch dogs.
A very important point. Today I was watching a Vanguard show called American Jihadi. The pattern is very typical. A young, impressionable person goes to a foreign country to learn about a new culture and religion and ends up doing evil things in the name of his cult. It does not matter if they go to Afghanistan, India, Hawaii, or Idaho. It is romantic and exotic. One becomes separated from family and community foundations. Home looks dull and boring compared. They are mesmerized by the new language, ideas, melodies and chants. All very seductive. They easily flip, seeing the new lifestyle as more pure and meaningful; never critically reviewing the attraction to the unique sensual sights and sounds. Whether it is John Walker Lindh or Chris Butler followers; from Northern California to Afghanistan; from Hawaii to India; from Alabama to Somalia; it is the same journey.
What is different from how they were raised compared to how they will raise their own children is fear. 'Rama slave name' has spoken a lot of how he was raised in the cult on this forum and well worth reading. This makes 'dharmabum's' next quote all the more important.
Chris Butler is running his business not with new converts but highly brainwashed second and third generation followers. His theology is outdated and is so phoney in the eyes of new generation of thinking people, instead he relies on the offsprings of brain-dead followers for longevity.
It seems there is a time line for cults and patterns for longevity. There must be research on the sustainability of cult leadership and what criteria needs to be in place. There must be a 'formula' or statistics for the amount of new cultists needed initially and a certain birthrate coupled with indoctrinating schooling. Some will argue that a few "mainstream" churches were once cults that assimilated into society eventually.
Wonder if this will happen after Butler's death. Butler appears to have realigned himself with (made alliances with) other former ISKCON guru types and redefined his self-appointed titles of 'Jagad Guru' and 'Prabhupad' to include others. He has obliquely and obtusely "humbled" himself to keep his "credibility" and perhaps his longevity. Or maybe he will be the last Pope of Gaudiya Vaishnavas.