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Date Posted: 11:04
Author: How True - 4 Sep 2001
Subject: Re: Deleted Post
In reply to: ketch - 2 Sep 2001 's message, "Re: Ananda and NTLA article" on 11:01

Let's try again- I really wasn't saying that any organization was supporting child abuse, or even implying that.

But here are the facts, without any judgment, all based on a newspaper article at:
http://www.anandainfo.com/union_11697.html

First, Mike Flynn Jr., the son of SRF lawyer Mike Flynn, did fly over Ananda and drop leaflets on the heads of schoolchildren. I seem to remember some people here who refused to even believe this story, simply because it was being reported by someone from Ananda! According to the article:

According to a declaration by the 28-year-old Flynn Jr., he had been assisting his father as a paralegal and became concerned that details of the case were being withheld from Ananda residents. Without his father's knowledge, the younger Flynn testified that he carefully released the pamphlets over Ananda Village.
In court papers, Ananda claims Flynn Jr. flew 50 feet over treetops several times. The pamphlet contained details of the alleged sexual misconduct and stated residents had been lied to so they could keep money "flowing to support Swami." Walters has been known as "Swami" at the village.

Second, these flyers contained sexual language, and the flyers were dropped on the heads of schoolchildren. According to the article:

A 9-year-old girl picked up one of the pamphlets, according to court documents that quote the girl's mother.

"After reading the paper, her daughter asked whether people hated the Swami and were going to shoot him. She also asked the meaning of 'sexual harassment'," the document reads.

Third, even after the details of this sordid event became known, Mike Flynn (SRF's lawyer), approved of it. According to the article:

The elder Flynn said he supports the flight in hindsight.

Now, do you understand why people at Ananda are upset with the behavior of SRF and their lawyer?

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