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Jan. 1, 2019 Cult letter posted in local newspaper

My letter to the editor was published in the Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa
(12/20/18).
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Letter: Beware of high-control cults in your community

From Madonna Spielman Backstrom McCoy
Sherrard, Illinois

During my “Awareness of High-Control Groups” seminar, in Dubuque
in April, several of us shared how high-control groups (cults) have
impacted our lives. Discussed were Love Holy Trinity Blessed
Mission and Scientology.

Several of my Dubuque-area family members are involved with Love
Holy Trinity Blessed Mission; this is my 14th Christmas without my
niece, who lives somewhere in Chicago. That’s almost 5,000 days not
seeing or talking with her. Gut-wrenching.

Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission is not a Catholic-affiliated
organization, contrary to what the group often claims. In the March
31 Telegraph Herald, John Robbins, communications director for the
Archdiocese of Dubuque, was quoted:
“We continue to encourage
local Catholics to avoid association with Love Holy Trinity Blessed
Mission.”

I realize there are many families torn apart for various reasons. I
pray for peace for all families, at Christmastime and always. But
please, let’s not accept familial alienation in the name of some god.
My family — as are many others — is broken because of this group.

Be wary of any leader who proclaims himself or herself as having
special powers or special insight (“We’re the only path to heaven”).

There are monsters in this world, and very often, they look like you
and me.

My goal is to continue promoting awareness of high-control groups.
Know they exist in your hometown. Pray for all involved, both inside
and outside the group. But remember:
Silence is complicity; do what
you can to help.

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May 5, 2018

A cult is a cult is a cult!

The seminar was great - attendance (more than 165) was beyond my
expectations and I was pleased with every aspect of it! The only problem
was that we needed another two or three hours!!! Thanks to everyone for
your support.

Perhaps the most important piece of information in the Telegraph Herald's
March 31 article was this quote:

“Previous statements do reflect our current status toward the
group,”
said John Robbins, communications director for the
Archdiocese of Dubuque.
“We continue to encourage local Catholics
to avoid association with Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission.”

Read the above. Remember the above. The Mission, LHTBM, The Love Holy
Trinity Blessed Mission
IS NOT APPROVED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Period. End of that story. Never has been. IS NOT NOW. Let that sink in very
deeply.

BTW: LHTBM is now being referred to as "The Mission" by some people, as
they know this cult has been in the newspaper so much. Don't be fooled.
The Mission, LHTBM, The Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission ~ a cult no
matter the title! And yes, they've used "The Mission" previously - no big
change. Just a heads up that several are recruting under that name.
Imagine that!

Nothing is sacred ~ question everything!!!



















Above, left: Aaron Smith-Levin, Donna and Larry McCoy (April 6, 2018)

Above, right: Pastor Anna Peck, John Klauer, Donna Spielman Backstrom
McCoy and Aaron Smith-Levin (April 7, 2018)

Check out these
Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups –
Revised from The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website.
These are spot on and are an excellent guide for vetting any and all groups.

I'll have additional interesting information posted in the near future. In the
meantime, check out these
brief blurbs from the presenters.

Aaron Smith-Levin

Donna Spielman Backstrom McCoy

John Klauer

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Feb. 26, 2018

This has been rescheduled for April 7, 2018!!! Please save the date!!!



                   
Awareness of High-Control Groups

      ~ An educational seminar about mind-control groups ~

Saturday, April 7, 2018 l 10 a.m. - noon

Grand Opera House
l 135 8th Street l Dubuque, Iowa

Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
l Complimentary coffee and donuts

Keynote Speaker: Aaron Smith-Levin, a former Scientologist whose story
was featured in the Emmy award-winning television series,
Leah Remini:
Scientology-The Aftermath
. He has a very compelling story about his
years in Scientology.










Donna Backstrom will share her family's experience with The Love Holy
Trinity Blessed Mission (LHTBM), a cultic group with followers in Dubuque
and surrounding areas.
Another speaker will share how his family life has
been negatively impacted by a local high-control group.

Additional information to be shared:

-        How to recognize the red flags of a high-control group
-        How to get help if you think you or your friends are involved in a high-
control group

Presented by Donna Spielman Backstrom  

Free admission
l Donations appreciated

For more information contact Donna at 563.650.4716 or email
madonnajb@mchsi.com.
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