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Scrambling to stay current as it reaches its 50th anniversary, the Church Universal and Triumphant has transformed itself into a New Age publishing enterprise and spiritual university. But still in the background is its “insurance” against the end _ the shelter buried beneath a hillside on the sect’s 7,500 acre Royal Teton Ranch.

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  1. Christina Godfrey

    Lighting the Fire of Intolerance: I have always looked to the USA as a bastion and standard bearer of religious freedom. So I am concerned about the note struck in Matthew Brown’s article. It subtly mocks the religion of Church Universal and Triumphant, a church dedicated to love, tolerance and to healing breaches among the world’s major religions. God is One. Why are we invited to think it strange, wrong to honor both Buddha and Jesus’ Mother? The article would lure us into fear of what may appear strange to us, fear that spawns hate and violence–such as is already erupting across our world. Hatred of “the stranger” exploded in Mumbai, India, as terrorists targeted foreigners. Among the dead found at Nariman House were an Israeli rabbi and his wife. Their crime? For years they helped people deal with drug addictions and poverty. In eastern India religious intolerance fueled the October murders of at least 60 Christians and fear drove thousands to seek safety in the forests. This violence began with seeing the other person’s faith tradition as different and dangerous. Would we now be so foolish as to ingest religious intolerance, cleverly disguised with a spattering of facts mixed with inaccuracies? The four sacred freedoms that I cherish during this time of year must be guarded in the smallest of faith traditions and reactions to them. We your neighbouring sister country pray for you that the future will not let the torch of freedom fall from your hands.

  2. Christina Godfrey

    I have looked to USA as a bastion of religious freedom, so I am concerned about the note struck in Brown’s article. It mocks the religion of Church Universal and Triumphant, a church dedicated to love, tolerance and to healing breaches among the world’s major religions. God is One. Why are we invited to think it strange, wrong to honor both Buddha and Jesus’ Mother? The article would lure us into fear of what may appear strange to us, fear that spawns hate and violence–such as is already erupting across our world. Hatred of “the stranger” exploded in Mumbai, India, as terrorists targeted foreigners. This violence began with seeing the other person’s faith tradition as different and dangerous. Would we now be so foolish as to ingest religious intolerance, cleverly disguised with a spattering of facts mixed with inaccuracies? We your neighbouring sister country pray for you that the future will not let the torch of freedom fall from your hands.