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May 2008
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Fun with what dominionists and Spamming Idiots have in common

...namely, both have strong connections with MLM and pyramid schemes.

On the end of being victimised by pyramid scheme operators, there have been quite a number of pyramid schemes targeting dominionists (especially those into "word-faith"/"seed offering"/"name it and claim it" theology, which is rather a sort of "spiritual pyramid scheme" in and of itself); in fact, the problem is severe enough that experts in the field term it "affinity fraud":


http://www.corp.ca.gov/pressrel/nr9913.htm
http://www.oag.state.ny.us/investors/affinity.html
http://www.falseprofits.com/
http://amsterdam.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0009/msg00035.html
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/10358
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/2118-.html
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/news1/an011128-17.html
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/news1/an010810-23.html
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/category/280
http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/InPerson/MajorPerson/affinity.htm
http://www.investopedia.com/university/scams/scams6.asp
http://www.factnet.org/discus/messages/1/631.html?1044248178

...and if you want more links, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22affinity+fraud%22&btnG=Google+Search has lots more.

At least one promoter of MLM schemes--Amway/Quixtar/Alticor (which itself can be considered a type of affinity fraud, due to heavy targeting of dominionists including AoG)--is a major bankroller of dominionism. Rich DeVos has been listed as a member of the Coalition on National Policy (a dominionist think-tank), and more than a few websites have reported on the fact that DeVos is one of the major bankrollers of dominionist and Christian Reconstructionist groups:


http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/TheSwiftAdvanceOfaPlannedCoup.htm
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/3/22/93155/7030
http://cernigsnewshog.blogspot.com/2005_04_10_cernigsnewshog_archive.html
http://orlandodirectaction.us/arenaarticlecrusadersRS.html
http://www.mediatransparency.org/pdastory.php?storyID=1
http://www.mediatransparency.org/storyprinterfriendly.php?storyID=1
http://www.mediatransparency.org/funderprofile.php?funderID=17 (the funder profile--as an aside, they apparently also own the Orlando Magic, among other things)
http://www.seekgod.ca/cnp.sn.htm (CNP info)
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Arthur_S._DeMoss_Foundation (links with Arthur S DeMoss Foundation, a major bankroller of dominionist causes and also a group practicing "stealth evangelism" using sports personalities, among others)
http://www.mediamouse.org/static/jay_van_andel_dies_at_age_80_a_critical_look_at_the_philanthropy_of_van_andel_and_devos.php
http://www.detnews.com/2005/politics/0507/15/pol1-241985.htm (apparently he's running for political office now in MI)
http://www.publiceye.org/ifas/fw/9701/amway.html
http://www.aclu-wa.org/Issues/religious/3.html
http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000734.php (shows links between AoG, AmWay, and the Bush administration; apparently one of the major funders of political campaigns for AoG-connected politicians has been AmWay, and both Ashcroft and Wead have heavily promoted AmWay in the AoG; according to the article, Wead has actually been blatantly mentoring Dubya, meaning the AoG *IS DE FACTO* essentially telling the President what to do)
http://villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000731.php (more on Wead/AmWay links, by extension Bush/AoG/DeVos links)
http://villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/000732.php
http://www.gailsheehy.com/Politics/polimain_bush3.html
http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=4

...and tons, tons more if you care to look on a Google search.

Amway/Quixtar/Alticor itself is considered by most major exit counselors to be a coercive group. In fact, AmWay no longer promotes itself as AmWay but as Alticor *because* there have been so many reports of coercive tactics (occasionally with doses of good old fashioned "name it and claim it"/dominionist coercion). (Alticor is the third name it operated under--it operated formerly under Quixtar, but many walkaways pointed out it was AmWay renamed.)

Info as follows:


http://www.amquix.info/ (and in particular http://www.amquix.info/amway_cultism.html)
http://rickross.org/groups/amway.html
http://www.ex-cult.org/Groups/Amway/
http://www.factnet.org/coerlink.htm#1
http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups/a/amway/
http://www.merchantsofdeception.com/ (VERY good resource, from an AmWay walkaway who also details links with dominionist groups and the present political administration)
http://www.mlmsurvivor.com/ (and in particular the link below)
http://www.mlmsurvivor.com/falwell.htm (regarding links with AmWay and dominionist Liberty University from a site for walkaways from MLM schemes)
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=21105&mode=nested
http://amway.robinlionheart.com/ (and in particular the links below)
http://amway.robinlionheart.com/amwaygospel.htm
http://amway.robinlionheart.com/gospelfilms.htm (on links to dominionist groups)

Very interestingly, many of the same coercive tactics used in AmWay itself are used in dominionist religious groups (including the AoG, which seems to have many a link with AmWay); shepherding, deception (it is widely acknowledged that AmWay was the original source of the persistent urban legend regarding Procter and Gamble's association with diabolism: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa061098.htm), heavy pressure to recruit and "sell", encouraging "stealth" in selling/prosyletising, etc.

In fact, the internal structure of many dominionist churches *is* in essence a multilevel marketing scheme, especially those churches that have "cell churches" like many megachurches do; a "cell group leader" reports with other leaders, who report with others, up to the pastor himself (http://www.bright.net/~1wayonly/pyramidscheme.html mentions it, ironically). More info below:

http://www.piney.com/Shepherding.html
http://newsletters.cephasministry.com/dominion1.99.html
http://www.etext.org/Politics/Arm.The.Spirit/Antifa/cell-church.structure
http://www.barf.org/boardarch/0011/ (in the context of dominionist "pregnancy counseling centers"; gives more info on these for those wishing research)
http://www.therealchurch.com/articles/houses_that_changed_the_world.html (warning: dominionist) (from a group promoting "cell churches")
http://www.touchusa.org/cellchurch/archives/volume7/issue2.htm (warning: dominionist) (from another group promoting "cell churches"
http://www.gochurch.info/why_cell_groups.htm (warning: dominionist) (from yet another group promoting "cell churches")
http://www.cephasministry.com/pandoras_box_3.html
http://www.rickross.com/reference/icc/ICC279.html
http://www.cultwatch.com/saseries.html
http://www.cultwatch.com/superapostles.html
http://www.howcultswork.com/
http://www.caicusa.org/biblebase/abuse/shep12ab.htm
...and, well, plenty more.

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