IN THE COURTS
Fundamentalists Anonymous Forms Legal Task
From "FA Forms
Legal Task Force," The Networker, Fall 1987
The Networker, Fundamentalists Anonymous Support Group Newsletter, has announced
the formation of the Fundamentalists Anonymous Legal Task
FA founders Richard Yao and James Luce publicly announced the formation of the
task force at a May 12 press conference in New York City.
"It's time to cast the merchants and the moneychangers from the temple," said
Yao, a former Wall Street lawyer and Director of the Legal Task
"The PTL scandal emphasizes the complete lack of accountability in many
fundamentalist or pentecostal groups," said Luce, FA's co-founder, who is
serving as the Task Force's Coordinator.
The Task Force has three major goals: 1) accountability of religious leaders to
their followers; 2) deterrence of future acts of abuse or misconduct; and 3)
protection and expansion of the legal rights of religious
"While there have been organizations which have tried to protect the civil
liberties and rights of churches from government intrusion, none is protecting
the legal rights of religious consumers from abusive religious practitioners or
organizations," points out Donald Chase, a New York lawyer who chairs the Task
Force Steering Committee.
"No one has been looking out for the interests of religious consumers until
now," says Yao. "It's time to change that."
The Legal Task Force is especially interested in certain categories of cases,
including financial and sexual misconduct, matrimonial and custody cases,
ministerial malpractice, fraud and misrepresentation, libel and slander, and the
use of extreme influence.
For more information, write to FA Legal Task Force, P.O. Box 20324, Greeley
Square. Station., NY, NY 10001. The "complaint hotline" is at
Cult Observer, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1987, p.