Schmierer v. The Tribal Trust, 2018-NMCA-058 – ObiterDictum

Source: Schmierer v. The Tribal Trust, 2018-NMCA-058 – ObiterDictum

thankful for life’s lessons

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Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith – The UC Observer

Screen Shot 2019-01-25 at 4.08.03 PM—>Source: Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith – The UC Observer

Good article, and yes, I am a former fundamentalist. I no longer believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, or for that matter even inspired by God. I wrestled with my faith after 30 years of embracing it. Too many things made no sense. Questioning at first gave me night terrors. But then I used my brain for what brains are good for: research and reasoning. As a Christian I only read books to defend my faith, to support it. Now I was curious of the evidence on the other side.

What helped me most to cross over was reading books by Bart Ehrman, professor of the New Testament at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He went to seminary to become a teacher of “God’s word,” but in studying biblical origins, the historical Jesus, and the origins of Christianity, he became un-converted. Like, do you know the gospels were not even written by Jesus’s disciples, nor their acquaintances? They were written 30–70 years after his death! Not even eye witnesses. Written anonymously. Names ascribed decades later. Ehrman points out errors in the gospels progression, like how Jesus became the “son of God” after baptism by John the Baptist in the gospel of Mark (scribed about 30 years after death), to “the son of God” in the womb in the gospel of John (scribed about 70 years after his death). How in Mark Jesus had passover with his disciples before his death, but in John he died during the Passover, signifying that he was the sacrificial lamb of God. Ehrman’s study and writings opened my mind and liberated me from the ancient dogma of the Christian faith.Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 7.44.48 AM

MAURA SCHMIERER v. THE TRIBAL TRUST

—>Source: MAURA SCHMIERER v. THE TRIBAL TRUST JIM GREEN BRIGADIER GENERAL JIM GREEN LILA GREEN BRIGADIER GENERAL LILA GREEN FREE LOVE MINISTRIES AGGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY MISSION TRAINING CORPS

It’s been a long drama, but after nearly twenty years the verdict regarding the transfer of my 1989 CA judgment against the Greens, against ACMTC, is finally in, first from the court of appeals, then from the NM Supreme Court: my law suit is NOT time barred. Unbelievable, I know, it’s so ancient. Once again I think it comes around to: we reap what we sow. The Greens and their army of followers eluded my CA judgment for over 30 years, moving, changing personal names, changing organization’s name multiple times, purchasing property with cash, money orders, hiding properties under another’s name, putting properties into fake trusts. Basically, their deceitful actions voided any time bar.Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 1.23.08 PM

the incarcerated Deborah Green

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Nailed, but not to the cross. This is not persecution, not martyrdom. This is incarceration for horrible crimes committed.

I think we all want to know what’s going on inside her delusional head. I do. Will she remain locked inside it, or will she find her way out? I honestly hope she finds her way out, but I doubt she will. She’ll likely die believing she’s a prophet and a martyr for God.

I swear I can sometimes feel her suffering. Jim too.

 

TEDx talk: I grew up in a cult. It was heaven and hell.

OUTSTANDING, POIGNANT, POWERFUL, UPBEAT!  What a light! Lilia Tarawa intricately and eloquently describes how heaven and hell can be entwined within the cult environment.

Jim Green’s sentencing

With a plea deal Jim received 10 years of incarceration, followed by 3 1/2 years of probation. Word is that during sentencing he cried and apologized to M.G. for the terrible way she was treated.
Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 11.57.29 AMJim is the one with the heart. Yes, he was Deborah’s accomplice, he’s culpable for the abuse done, and he lied to cover things up. But my thoughts toward Jim have always been that he was duped just like the rest of us. He honestly believed that his wife received visions and prophesies from God. Per recently defected ACMTC members, Jim grew conflicted over the years because of Deborah’s demands.

Such was the case in 2005 when this article appeared in the Gallup Independent: https://culteducation.com/group/801-aggressive-christianity-missionary-training-corps/1454-general-sense-of-well-beings.html

plea deal

No second trial for Deborah Green. They did a plea bargain. Deborah pled no contest to first degree child abuse in the case of 12-year-old Enoch who died of the flu (autopsy suggesting sinus infection) on ACMTC’s compound. Enoch had no birth certificate, no death certificate, and received no medical care. Law enforcement had long received multiple complaints and concerns from families who hadn’t seen nor heard from their loved ones in years, cut off by command of “General” Deborah Green. Discovering Enoch’s death prompted a deeper investigation into the Greens, giving authorities reason to dig.

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Deborah received an additional 18 years to her already 72 year sentence. She will die in prison. Alone. Justice served.

But Enoch’s life was far too short-lived.

 

all pending matters hearing

All pending matters hearing is tomorrow at the Valencia County Courthouse, so I think by tomorrow night it should be known if Deborah Green faces a second trial. Or not. It could go either way.

Sarah Green

Thirty-five years ago in my mind Sarah and Joshua Green were the lucky ones. I mean, what applied to my and other’s children didn’t always apply to them. They had hamsters, dogs, Josh had model cars, model airplanes, and Sarah collected antiques. Steve made our kids throw their interests into the garbage: Nathan his legos, Ruth her doll, Simon his guitar. Plus Sarah and Josh got away with doing things the other kids couldn’t.

But today I look back, and I realize I was wrong. They suffered immensely. Joshua because he could never break free of his mom and dad’s will, their grip, their claim on his life for their “army.” It was all he knew. If he left, where would he go, what would he do? Sarah because she had her own mind, her own dreams apart from what her mom and dad planned for her. I remember the first time she ran away as Jim and Lila prepared to leave for the Philippines. They had to cancel their flight, and after finding her the next day, they rebooked their flights, and they took her with them, and when they returned they left her there for five long months. They were going to teach her a lesson.

I can only speculate why Jim and Lila arranged for her to marry Mike Brandon, AKA Peter Green, when she was 17 years old. Mike was a favorite of the Green’s, a diehard believer that Deborah received daily “words of the spirit” from God. Also Peter’s father, Keith Brandon, was a wealthy business man from LA who supported his son’s choice “to serve god,” and he financially gave to the “ministry.” So it was a win-win to arrange for Sarah to Mary Peter, plus it would keep Sarah put, at lest for awhile.

This was actually Peter’s second marriage within ACMTC. His first wife (Mary) asked too many questions, so they drove her a ways away and dropped her off on the side of the road. She was several months pregnant.

Sarah gave birth to and loved two boys, and she loved and cared for M.G. as her own, too. When I asked her how many children she had to leave behind in there, she said “three.” I can only imagine the conflict she endured as she watched the very fabric of her life being torn. She loved those babies, but because of her parent’s psychotic claim on her life, and now on the lives of her children, she knew that if she left, she couldn’t take her babies with. Peter and her mom and dad would not have it. They would stand in her way, block her from taking them. So on the most difficult day of her life, she ran away, leaving her children behind, hitchhiking from New Mexico to Washington where a former ACMTC member lived, staying in homeless shelters along the way. She would later return to N.M. to try to get her kids, but to no avail.

Last month I thought a lot about seeing Sarah again. I’ve tried in vain over the years to find her. She was 12 years old last I saw her, and now she’s going on 46! Was she angry with me for exposing her mom and dad and the trouble it caused? Was she really going to testify AGAINST her mother?

Getting into the car to go to the courthouse she says, “Okay, let’s do this. I love my mombut she’s crazy.” After giving testimony she says, “I felt absolutely no emotion seeing her. She’s like an empty shell.” 

On our last night in the hotel in Grant’s New Mexico I gave her a card with a painting of a cactus on the front, with the inscription, I’m sorry I’m such a prick. I told her I was sorry for all the pain and heartache she’s suffered over the years, and sorry if I added to it by my lawsuit and all that occurred after.

Tears fell down her mournful face and she flung her arms around me, holding me tight. “My mother’s a monster,” she says,  “All the shame, leaving my babies. I had to escape, I just had to, and there’s no way I could have taken my babies with.”

“Those memories will always be yours”, I said, “but the shame, the blame, the guilt: those don’t belong to you, they belong to Deborah. 

In the end she gave me something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Holding me tight she says to me, “thank you for paving the way.” 

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 9.03.18 AMBack row: Deborah, Jim, Joshua, Peter (behind Filipino man), and Sarah. (Circa 1983)

IMG_2715                                                              Sarah and Nate, my son 

IMG_2717                                                                Julie and Sarah.

So Sarah left ACMTC running, and she hasn’t stopped. Today at age 45 she’s a triathlete. She says it’s how she copes.