MovementsofGnostics abusive trolling campaign
The MovementsofGnostics smear campaign has been an intensive online and offline dedicated effort to destroy Belzebuub and The Gnostic Movement’s reputation, with a number of the key players stating that they wished to see The Gnostic Movement closed down, Belzebuub prevented from having a public life and from teaching spirituality, whilst also stating that seeing this unfold brought them “satisfaction and happiness”. After being asked how they could lie and hurt people by writing on the MovementsofGnostics site, one was quoted as stating that it was fun and that they would laugh whilst doing it. Other contributors have made comments on the site saying that they found people’s hurt and distress at what they were doing “their morning entertainment” – even after a death threat had been made against Belzebuub on the MovementsofGnostics site, which people used to further ridicule Belzebuub and those expressing their concern for his safety online. A Catholic Pastor who has never met Belzebuub or attended The Gnostic Movement, found the site in passing and regularly comments anonymously seemingly “for sport.”
MovementsofGnostics and cyberbullying/cyberstalking
The MovementsofGnostics campaign has clearly created an anonymous online haven for cyberbullies, cyberstalkers, haters, and religious persecutors all aimed at Belzebuub and those who study his work. Cyberbullying is defined as “actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm another or others.” The below list of appalling actions carried out by the MovementsofGnostics site fits this classic definition.
Wiki states: “Common tactics used by cyberstalkers are performed in public forums, social media or online information sites and are intended to threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation, or safety. Behaviors may include encouraging others to harass the victim and trying to affect a victim’s online participation. Many cyberstalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim and turn other people against them. Cyberstalking may include false accusations, monitoring, making threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sex, or gathering information in order to harass.”
Following is an inditing list of some of the things people involved in the smear campaign have done as part of it:
What they have done to Belzebuub
1. They have been taking virtually every aspect of his life they can find out about, manipulating it, twisting it, making false allegations about it and publishing it, harassing him relentlessly.
2. They stalk Belzebuub’s life, digging for details of where he lives, his finances, and private life, and then publish it amongst vilifying and false allegations. They claimed to have hired a private investigator to find out further private information about him.
3. They have consistently stalked his presence in the public by taking anonymous usernames and posing as neutral readers – posting comments on anti-cult sites, social network sites, and wherever his work is featured by leaving “warnings”, one-star reviews, false allegations, and links back to their hate site.
4. They have incited hatred towards him. Their campaign has resulted in a death threat made against Belzebuub, which they published on their hate site and used to further mock him.
5. They contacted Interpol with false charges with the intention of getting the police to investigate him.
6. They created a climate of religious hatred against him in Cyprus where the Orthodox Church is strong – setting up a TV appearance using a media contact, and making him appear on TV as a cult leader and the devil using false allegations. Prior to these TV shows a person who had tried to set up a group in favor of Belzebuub was told they would be killed if they did so in a certain area of a city in Cyprus – the neighbor making the threat said he would “cut off the heads” of all the people setting up the group if he could and would also go to the mayor and accuse them of doing bad things if they set up there. Witnesses state a main figure from the smear campaign who appeared on the TV show was aware of these threats before the TV show.
7. They have set up websites and twitter accounts in his name which make untrue allegations and defamatory statements about him.
8. They have put videos in YouTube about Belzebuub, which defame and incite religious hatred towards him.
9. The forums on his community website were infiltrated by this group in disguise. He was attacked in there and defamed, and it caused such serious problems within the forum community that a number of participants went on hunger strike in an attempt to try and stop the hate campaign, with one refusing to eat for over 5 days.
10. They sent emails, many of them unsolicited and harassing, to an extensive contact list of Belzebuub’s colleagues, friends, and students (both present and former), and their families, to spread their false accusations about him. They also contacted people via phone and in person to convince people to turn against him.
11. They took emails of his and published them online. The emails did not belong to them but to the organization The Gnostic Movement. They put them up out of their true context in a false one they created, cutting out vital parts of them, removing the other correspondence, falsely framing him.
12. They put up press releases with untrue allegations about him, and they sent press releases to the media to try and get their allegations spread widely.
13. They got in touch with Gnostic groups who oppose Belzebuub and formed a campaign of religious hatred directly entirely against him.
14. They have tried to stir the anti-cult movement and public against him using the cult mechanism and formula.
15. They used extortion to try to coerce him to do what they wanted, they attempted to blackmail him and have sent him multiple threats stating that unless he did what they said, they would take or continue with their various actions to harm him.
16. They collected testimonies from people who are against him and have used them to send to the media, anti-cult groups, published them on websites, and have publicized them on television.
17. A contributor to their campaign had put up his books online in electronic form, distributing them freely as her own work, removing him completely.
18. They have publicly blamed Belzebuub repeatedly for things he is not responsible for. Just a few examples:
(1) They have blamed him for a woman removing her story from their website, however, her ex-husband contacted us to say that it was he who negotiated its removal due to its falsity and invasion of his privacy, and said that no one, let alone Belzebuub, was in contact with him about doing this.
(2) They have blamed Belzebuub for a woman going on hunger strike in protest against the attacks on Belzebuub, whom he had no contact with and whose strike was triggered by the harassment of people on these forums.
(3) They have accused Belzebuub of lying about the sale of a property, when what they have presented as evidence to justify their claim is only due to a matter of records that have not yet been updated by Government departments.
(4) They accused practitioners of Belzebuub’s teachings in Greece of a fraud which never existed, and has been refuted here, and then blamed it on Belzebuub who had no involvement in the event, using it to accuse him of illegal behavior. These are just a few examples.
19. They tried to use psychologists to attack him and give the hate campaign credibility. One appeared on a TV show in Cyprus that was a set up, in which one of the guests admitted to being asked by someone high up in the Orthodox Church to destroy us on the show. The other who wrote an article about Belzebuub and who they claim is a psychologist, is not. He even stated on the MovementsofGnostics website that he has no formal training or license.
20. They appear to have paid the so called “cult expert” Joe Szimhart to write an article about Belzebuub. One of our attendees actually called Joe Szimhart and asked if he had actually read anything by Belzebuub, and he said no, that he had only received the material that the ex-members heading the smear campaign had sent him. When asked whether he had been paid by them to write the article, he kept silent…
21. They falsely claim he has been classified as a cult leader by the ICSA anti-cult organization, when all they did was submit his name to have it added to an online listing, which the anti-cult organization clearly states, does not mean any classification has been made.
22. People working from the Gnostic Teachings website have relentlessly vandalized and destroyed his Wikipedia page making it impossible for him to have one.
What they have done to people attending The Gnostic Movement
1. They uploaded derogatory propaganda to the internet comparing people in The Gnostic Movement to Nazis.
2. Many posters warning the public we are a “dangerous and destructive cult” have been put in a city in which we have a center, on the personal vehicles of our teachers and attendees, and posters advertising our courses were defaced and torn down—one perpetrator stated on an anti-cult website, “I would love to know what I can do to get the Belzebuub worshipers out of [city name], other than ripping down their posters whenever I can.”
3. In another city in which we operate, the Center sign was vandalized, “cult” posters were put up where public talks were given, and posters advertising our courses around the city were also defaced. Because of this, many of the center attendees have been afraid to go to The Gnostic Movement’s center.
4. They used a contact in the media to do a show on mainstream TV in Cyprus, promoting their false allegations and creating a climate of religious hatred (making Belzebuub appear as the devil and denigrating attendees of The Gnostic Movement as mindless followers) in a country where an attendee of The Gnostic Movement had already received a death threat and where The Gnostic Movement has an operating study center. More on this here
5. They threatened to seek advice from the Greek Orthodox Church for the existence of a “dangerous heresy” in Greece – referring to The Gnostic Movement’s Greek study center.
6. They have anonymously attacked the forums on the Belzebuub community website intensively for a period of days, leading to a number of people going on hunger strike (with one woman refusing to eat for 5 days) to protest for their campaign to end.
7. They took control of the organization The Gnostic Movement in Greece against the wishes of the directors and attendees, in order to close it down, and seized control of its Center by locking the legitimate directors out. They threatened one director that if he did not step down from his position that they would try and make him lose his job, and threatened all the legitimate directors that if they did not step down they would drive them to the courts for “fraud”.
8. They have set up a website and a Youtube channel in The Gnostic Movement’s name but inverted, to spread false allegations and deliberately appear in searches for The Gnostic Movement.
9. The contacted large numbers of current and former attendees of The Gnostic Movement around the world and their families, via email, phone, and in-person, to spread their false allegations and invite them to contribute to the smear campaign, and in doing so, turned some family members, and couples against each other.
10. They have threatened numerous attendees of The Gnostic Movement with multiple law suits of unjustified claims for speaking out in their own defense against the smear campaign, using legal threats against anyone who speaks out about the smear campaign or who doesn’t comply with its demands.
11. The claimed to have contacted Interpol with the intention of getting the police to investigate The Gnostic Movement.
12. They have contacted a number of anti-cult groups, websites, and “experts” with false allegations to have them publish material on The Gnostic Movement.
13. They have taken the personal lives and private emails of people in The Gnostic Movement, and have distorted them, misrepresented them, and have published them amongst false allegations, along with publicly accusing The Gnostic Movement and a number of named individuals in it for things they have never done.
14. They have violated copyright laws by publishing material belonging to our organization and others.
15. They promoted their hate site and the allegations against The Gnostic Movement by taking false names and posting links to it in forums around the internet as if they were neutral readers.
16. They wrote press releases about The Gnostic Movement in an attempt to get the media to do stories about their false allegations.
To read a more detailed account of how people have been persecuted by this campaign, see How the Gnostics are being persecuted today