Separation is being phased out. Separation - the very foundation of their so called religious purity. The core issue. Separation- the greatest of issues or matters- which caused untold grief and loss for so many families. Thousands of them. I know- I witnessed it.
In our household the memories of the separation issue were palpable. Even today - 54 years later. My mother wept for months - for years - until the day she died - over an edict that took her own family from her and then most of her own children as well. Separation -kept us from her for the remainder of our lives too.
I don't know my mother. Or my father if I'm honest. I only knew them for 18 short years and it has dissolved into a fudge of the faintest memories today - over 40 years later. I never had an adult relationship with my parents and some siblings. A terrible thing - that never leaves your psyche. It dwells within you - especially when you see happy normal families around you and wonder about the cruel twist of fate dealt you by a man with strange and extreme ideas.
I doubt Hales' new conviction will be evidenced by the burning of all ministry books on the subject however. And God knows that issue alone would see a huge chunk of books being made redundant. This is a ploy. A ruse. He is pulling the wool over the eyes of the Charity Commissioners. He is playing his bloody games again. Pretending to conform to their demands. But not for long I can assure you.
Now Peebs can eat with their worldly employees. How many people had their lives wrecked over that issue? Hundreds? Thousands? What a farce.
Why has this come about you ask? Well the CC document which seeks to bring the Peebs into line with decent humanitarian normal Christian practices - is now being disseminated and read by the Brethren - and they are making a (temporary?) attempt to meet its criteria. This must be repugnant to them as it breaks every key rule in their book.
But Bruce Hales and his cohorts won't be entertaining the loss of vital Government revenue and exemptions - money being one of the most important things in the Hales raison d'être. You can separate a Hales from his religious principles - but never from his money!
One of these stipulations suggest they should be nicer to us. The people they threw out for a variety of reasons - none of which was worthy of depriving us of our families for the rest of our lives. Or their lives in my case - like so many others.
I believe this is a temporary ruse. A con on their parts. But as one person pointed out to me - if they reverse this rule - then go back to the status quo - the howls of protest from within and without the camp will force the CC to look a little more closely -again- at the dealings of this extremely dodgy group of people. You cannot do what they have done for over 50 years and then just reverse it. It doesn't work that way. It's cruel in the extreme - and unconscionable in context.
We can thank the Peebs themselves for telling us this. That is one of the beauties of another Hales reversal - the introduction of the internet - again brought in by Hales to shore up business dealings and profitability.
Apparently he is ramping up his business conferences again too - here and in Britain - to ensure that the latest business practices will help swell his financial skimming. The current downturn in economies must be worrying him. Which is easily fixed of course. You simply run another series of business meetings around the world which you charge the Brethren lots of money to attend ( they are probably compulsory) and things look up straight away for Hales and his mate Gadsden.
But this reversal - is the cruelest blow of all to many of us - who have had our lives irrevocably changed because of it.