Charity or ‘racket’? Planet Aid, Inc. says it is a nonprofit organization that supports programs in 15 underdeveloped countries. The group, which has 16,000 clothing and shoe collection boxes all around the US, recently expanded into the Bangor, Maine area, which prompted the Bangor Daily News to take a closer look.
Planet Aid is connected to a controversial cult-like Danish group called Tvind.
British journalist Mike Durham, who runs a watchdog website on the group, told the paper that Tvind is a moneymaking global conglomerate masquerading as a humanitarian organization.
“It’s an international ‘charity-business’ racket, controlled by a money-driven cult,” said Durham, who has spent a decade investigating Planet Aid, Tvind and Humana People to People. “This applies to Planet Aid just as much as to all the other parts of this large and weird organization.”
The in-depth article points out that CharityWatch gave Planet Aid a failing grade. But it also reports that, according to a Planet Aid spokesperson, the organization has received support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health.
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In Canada, Jehovah’s Witnesses are no longer only going door-to-door. They’ve taken to witnessing on the streets as well — just like they have been doing in the U.S. for several years already.
“People are not at home more than ever before,” says Mark Ruge, director of public information for the movement.
Case in point: A Jehovah’s Witness with severe learning disabilities can be given blood if his life is at risk during dental surgery, Northern Ireland’s most senior judge has ruled.
Why does a judge need to get involved in such a seemingly no-brainer decision? Because the Watchtower — the legal entity behind Jehovah’s Witnesses, which considers itself to be God’s representative on earth — keeps teaching nonsense about blood and blood transfusions.
Speaking of deadly teachings (and Canada)… Narconon, a ‘drug rehab’ program based on the junk science of Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard, is trying to open a center in Hockley, a small rural community in Canada. Local residents are not amused.
In April last year Narconon’s center in Quebec was shut down for ‘dangerous practices.’ And in the States, where several Narconon facilities have lost their state certifications, the organization faces a number of wrongful death lawsuits.
Cult expert Steve Hassan recently spent some time in Los Angeles, meeting with survivors of child sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
In this video he talks with a survivor, as well as with a representative of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
You may have heard the term “Stockholm Syndrome,” but do you know what it is and where the 40-year-old term came from?