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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Federally funded cults. This is not a joke about neoconservative or military cults. Moonie World enlightens us as to the existence of
a federally funded, faith-based cult called "the Straights," which makes use of techniques of physical debasement, humiliation and "psychic murder", supposedly in the service of a substance treatment program.

Betty S. Sembler is one of the founders of a cult whose methods have been compared to the brainwashing techniques of North Korea. President Carter refused to endorse the Sembler approach because, as he said, "The treatment shouldn't be worse than the drug."

The Straights have received plenty of faith-based kickbacks (i.e., secular tax dollars flowing downhill toward faith-based lunacy) from the Bush administration, even welcoming future GOP presidential candidate ( Jeb Bush to its advisory board.

In an effort to distance itself from its own reputation, The Straights have resurfaced under the name of DFAF (Drug Free America Foundation). These crusaders hide behind 501(c)(3) status and faith-based labelling to fund their zealotry of pro-workplace drug testing and irrelevant attacks on medical marijuana.

The evil of this sort of federally-funded righteousness should not go unpunished.

Google the cult leaders for links to their propaganda, and responses to it: Betty S. Sembler, one of ten founding members of Straight, Inc., and Calvina L. Fay, executive director of DFAF and Save Our Society From Drugs (SOS).

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