Adelbert Denaux and Alessia

Discussion continues over at the Times and Seasons post about Alessia and Adelbert Denaux in Wilfried’s explanation of Alessia’s case, the failings of the Church to defend its own rights and Alessia’s rights against the Belgian State and Belgium’s infamous “list of cults” on which the Church finds itself. Please read about this problem and offer your assistance, if possible.

I will be speaking with Professor Durham’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies about Kaimi’s idea of creating a pamphlet like those of the ACLU that explain very straightforwardly the rights someone has when the state takes action of this kind. I am hoping that some organization such as the Center would want to sponsor this (I and other LDS lawyers could do the actual work) and provide resources for the printing of this in multiple languages. Then we could use Church channels to distribute it to wards and branches in places like Belgium where Church members need to be defended against biased actions by the state.

10 Responses to Adelbert Denaux and Alessia

  1. J. Stapley says:

    God Bless you in this endeavor. What a truely noble action. I as many others would be pleased to contribute to a fund in support of such a venture. Keep us posted.

  2. Rusty says:

    Same. If there’s anything I can do (coordinate design/printing?) let me know.

  3. john f. says:

    That’s an excellent idea, Rusty. The first step is for me to write a memo presenting this to Professor Durham. I think it’s a little too grand of a project for me to just call him on the phone and discuss it with him, so I need to work out a memo presentation laying out substance, form, and purpose of this project.

  4. Stephen says:

    That’s Cole Durham? I’ll bet you could just call him and ask his advice what needs to be in the memo you want to write him. A good way to get started talking on the subject.

    Say hello for me to anyone at BYU you talk to.

  5. Stephen says:

    Thank you for joining in the link so that Alessia will find the story when she searches for her name on the net.

  6. Wilfried says:

    Congrats on the help you are willing to give! I’m very grateful. At the same time, let’s be careful not to blame Prof. Denaux as such for the “list of cults”. That was a parliamentary list and Prof. Denaux mentioned he was against such a list himself. On the other hand, his book, years ago, about “religious sects in Flanders” included the Mormons and did its share to keep us in the bag of weird groups. I think it is important to have your (very much appreciated) action indeed focus on the broader issue of providing legal information to local Church leaders.

  7. john f. says:

    Thank you for your input, Wilfried. I have changed the original post so as to avoid blaming Denaux for the list itself, the origins of which I am familiar with. But I have also posted a new, lengthy entry on Belgium’s Information and Advice Center on Harmful Sectarian Organizations, of which Denaux is the President, and the way in which it uses the list, as well as the Belgian state’s attitude towards new religious movements to provide a broader context for Alessia’s case. I would be interested in your input on my more detailed analysis.

  8. Stephen says:

    Already is showing a number of hits, by the end of next week it should be impressive.

    Thank you.

  9. Stephen says:

    The Times and Seasons post has already moved from page 4 to page 3 on google searches for Alessia.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Do you guys have any personal knowledge of this case ? How are we to know for a fact that this isn’t just a crusade based on hearsay ?  

    Posted by kabbalist

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