The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT InformationService, a Project of The Peregrine Foundation
P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 / telephone: (415) 821-2090 / fax(415) 282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Christina Bernard, Vince Lagano,Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Joy Johnson MacDonald, Susan Johnson Suleski, Carol Beels Beck, BenCavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor, Brother Witless (in an advisorycapacity); Europe: Elizabeth Bohlken-Zumpe.The KIT Newsletter is an open forum for fact and opinion. It encourages theexpression of all views, both from within and from outside the Bruderhof. Theopinions expressed in the letters we publish are those of the correspondents and do notnecessarily reflects those of KIT editors or staff.
June 1996 Volume VIII #6-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
The old adage, "The ends justify the means," seems to have become SOP (StandardOperating Procedure) among the Bruderhof leadership. One of them stated recently, "Itreat my brothers one way, and the rest of the world another." This is precisely howone's values drift off-center. The minute one draws a distinction between "them" and"us," the Golden Rule has been canceled, not to mention all the other New Testamentteachings upon which the Bruderhof claims to base its life. Over and over, theBruderhof has moved out into their neighborhoods to "do some good." But when their underlying motives surface, they are seen to be self-serving, and their "unselfishness"manipulative and unctuous. According to reports, this perception is shared by many of their neighbors."If everything doesn't go their way, they pull out," a neighbor commented. "Prettyselfish behavior for people who claim to believe in brotherliness."A company is contracted to lay carpet only to have their workers watched carefully byBruderhof men and dismissed after the first day, to have their work completed byinsiders. The Bruderhof serves on TEVAS (Town of Esopus Ambulance Squad), onlyto pull out when the squad leader won't bend the rules and transport a patient on an IVwithout the required paramedic on board (which the Bruderhof would have to pay for).Food Bank distributions to the local poor in the Fayette County area are carefullylogged into a datebook. The hundreds of pages of names and the food items donatedare presented later to county tax assessors as proof that the Bruderhof is a charitableorganization and should not have to pay their property taxes.Doesn't the New Testament say something about treating your neighbor as yourself,and proclaiming one's holiness and generosity on street corners?
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