The answer is - one that has something to hide. I know why Bruce Hales hides behind his meticulously fabricated wrought iron fence surrounding his multi-million dollar mansion. I know why he rides in cars with darkened glass. I know why he hides behind body guards despite no-one ever doing him any harm. I know why he gets PR consultants to do his dirty work and inner circle henchmen to do his talking. He DOES have something to hide. He cannot be trusted to speak lest he slip up. He knows that the lie that is Exclusive Brethren-ism cannot be debated because it is as flawed as a two dollar watch.
While Hales can keep his congregation in the dark - and the grip of fear of the loss of everything they hold dear if they ever slip up - he knows that he cannot answer the curly questions if faced off with the media. Why? Because what he would have to say does not make sense. Nor is any of it Christian in its attitude to people. The anomalies are everywhere - as their website shows. It's a complete fabrication of lies. People had their lives wrecked for some of the stuff they say is how they lead their lives today.
Let's take a recent example or two. The story last night on A Current Affair was about an old problem with the Brethren. It was about an old problem with the Hales and the Brethren. That problem is meddling in people's businesses. They can't help themselves. Not content with taking a generous financial skim off the top for themselves, the Hales have to be involved in everything.
And last night we saw a father in tears - forced to give up his business by Hales - and his family - and cast out from their midst to suffer alone. His mother died and they even cancelled her funeral -only to hold it at a later date clandestinely to make sure he could not attend. It broke his heart. He of course is not alone. It happens to most people who leave this wretched sect. And what was this bloke's sin? He spoke to Hales and told him he didn't want to sell his business which Hales had ordered. And now with nothing left to lose- he is fighting on. And rightly so.
Then we hear of the ex-sister - a mother of 6 kids - who was raped by a Brethren brother - and nobody did anything about it except point an accusatory finger at her as a harlot! A bit like the people in some middle eastern countries who stone women to death after they have been raped. But not the rapist! Amazing.
They threw her out and did everything they could to frustrate her efforts to continue to be a mother - even enticing the two kids she had custody of back to the Church with inducements. She died last week at a relatively young age of a broken heart. Literally. Her kids - now all back in the Brethren - were ready to go to her funeral - they'd even paid for their tickets to fly half way across Australia - when the Sydney bosses told them they could not go. Her service was a small humble affair - a few friends who had taken the time to bother- while the Brethren kept their distance. Lest they be defiled. The evil bastards. They sent along a couple of 'observers' to watch the proceedings from a distance. It seems they don't put any credence in the parables of the new testament at all. Which makes sense as the leader of the Exclusive Brethren is not God - but Bruce Hales.
The inhumanity and evil secrecy of this group is reaching major league proportions. They have fought hard to obtain their charity status in Great Britain - only to reverse everything they said they would do - once they got it. They are deceitful, lying, cheating and evil. They are NOT Christian in any way. They cheat to get rich. They cheat when they steal people's businesses. They cheat when Hales annexes people's inheritances. And they cheat with their closed door sectarian schools when they put their hands out to the Government for millions to run them. They were solely established to keep their children separate from the evil influences of the world.
It is time for Hales and his cohorts to pay people for the hurt and injustice he and his predecessors has metered down upon them. They don't like paying. They believe they are the only right ones. But as I said at the start of this - if they really are right - how come Bruce Hales has never had the guts to stand up and put his case so people can hear what sort of an argument he can hobble together to clear the air. You know why? Because everything that is said about them is true. You cannot defend the indefensible.
And like the poor broken buggers I write about here - there are thousands more. I am one of them. They wrecked my life. They took my family from me too. They did not listen when evil was done to us. And they took anything that might rightly come our way. It's why today - I fight through websites such as this and with the media to make sure that someone hears what they really do. They won't get away with it forever. That is a promise.