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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Suicide Caused by Stefan Molyneux and Christina Papadopoulos and FreeDomainRadio


I use the pseudonym Edmund Burke because he is credited with the saying: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.  I am posting here a profoundly sad story from a stricken parent.  I have spoken directly to the father and have independently verified the facts. This post is true.  


Here is a father's story:    

            I am a father of one fewer children than I had before.  My son was stolen from me by wolves in sheep’s clothing—wolves named Stefan Molyneux and Christina Papadopoulos.  Together these two and their destructive worldview  warped my son’s heart and stole everything he held dear, until he found himself isolated and hopeless.  My son killed himself as a result of their destructive influence on his life.
            We’ll call my son Sam.  Sam was in his young adulthood, only three years into life on his own, with his own job, own car, an apartment with a buddy, and enjoying life.  His childhood was idyllic—safe environment, loving family, raised in Christian love yet given freedom to think for himself, and not abused in any way.  After graduation he joined the Army—a childhood dream of his—and was living in the south.  While away he maintained strong ties with family and many friends in several states.  He kept in contact with them regularly and even visited numerous times despite being half a continent away.  He even drove across the country for his mom’s birthday!
            Within a two month period, that all changed.  He went from, “I’ll be praying for you” or “I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me”, to “I have no faith” and a total excommunication of Christian family and friends.  He even shunned and quit communicating with his three siblings, whom he loved dearly.
            Many of us tried to find out what was going on in Sam’s life.  The one thing he mentioned was studying the teachings of Stefan Molyneux, Christina Papadopoulos and their blog minions at FreeDomainRadio.  While this organization has some appealing features and draws people in with their fresh and exciting podcasts and blogs on politics and philosophy, under the surface is a worldview that is destructive to those who become immersed.  Sam was swept up by it.
            The worldview preached by the Molyneux cult is a combination of extreme libertarian politics, atheistic religion, and a warped psychology that believes parents are the root cause of all a person’s problems.  In their view, there is no such thing as a good parent.  They clearly counseled Sam to distance himself early from parents and Christians.  It initially started with a lack of the usual responsive communication, then to “de-friending” on Facebook, to “leave me alone,” and finally to a scathing “goodbye-forever” letter, all within the period of a few months.  The letter is too painful to quote from, filled with crazy jargon and phrases, evidence of brainwashing by the Molyneux wolves.
            We saw that coming.  We did our research on the Molyneux cult and learned of other families that had been ripped apart by the infamous “DeFOO”—Departing the Family Of Origin.  That’s exactly what Sam did to us, and then some.  He completely burned his family and Christian friend bridges.  Not only didn’t it solve his problems but rather contributed to his self-destruction.
            There is much written elsewhere about the religion of atheism versus following Jesus Christ or any other deity.  It might seem an oxymoron, but atheism is actually a religion too—that of the self being the only high authority in life, a sort of self-worship.  As one gets to know oneself more, however, he comes to the realization that focus on self is a short, dead-end trail that leaves one utterly disappointed.  I believe Sam reached the end of that trail, and in his mind he had no family and support structure to turn back to, even though we would have welcomed him home with open arms and a party of the grandest designs.
            After finishing his service to the Army—less than six months after the DeFOO--Sam set off on his own to find a new career, new home, a new identity as a free man.  Only seven days into his journey he found himself sitting alone in the car he lived in, with no one to turn to who could see the root cause of his suffering and offer him help, and no hope in his heart for redemption by a loving and forgiving God.  Sam shot himself in the head and died instantly.
            We all hurt for Sam, for ourselves, and for those who also miss him.  It was painful enough to lose him as a result of DeFOO, but we thought there would come a day when he would come back to us.  There was always hope of his return.  Now Sam has been ripped away forever, and the wound is deeper than before.  We will never on this earth have a chance to tell him again how much we love him, grow closer as he matures, or play with the children he never had.   
Chalk one up to Molyneux and Papadopoulos, The Destroyers.  May it never happen again.

A few final thoughts from Edmund.  
It was and continues to be inevitable that the evil perpetuated by  Stephan Molyneux and his wife Christina Papadopoulos is lethal.  I have observed that when a defoo succeeds (success is defined as anyone who defoo's and then becomes a reliable donor to the FDR cult), it is extolled as a triumph of Moly's will.  But when a defoo goes bad (as it always does), it is never because the victim bought into the Moly's destructive anti-family asininity.  Molyneux followers will contend that the decision to defoo has nothing to do with the efforts of Moly and his expert therapist wife with her Bachelor's degree.  It is always something else.  
But isn't it possible that the victims took the advice of Molyneux and isolated themselves from their family and friends because Moly and his followers work hard to persuade people to do exactly that?  Isn't it possible that when the defoo victim becomes sad and depressed; when the interminable suffering and sadness comes to be; when the inevitable does finally occur and a good man dies, that a contributing factor was an involvement with FDR?  I think the FDR community makes no effort to consider this as even a possibility.  They defend Moly with rationalizations and all the standard FDR sanctioned bromides.  "It was the parent's fault after all."  Or " you can't blame Moly for something like this."  For those who feel this way, I continue to beg you to find the truth in your heart and in your mind.  






19 comments:

  1. I am so sorry about your loss, Its time to rally support - are you ready?? We are! Contact Edmund he will know what you mean. Just tell him you saw the post from the LIONESS!!

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  2. Oh this is the saddest thing. I hardly know what to say. Thank you to this brave parent for taking the trouble to warn others. I too am a parent who has 'lost' a child to Molyneux. This situation is my unspoken fear. Isolation is a dreadful, dreadful thing. I am an atheist myself so religion has little bearing in our case - just the 'all parents are evil' message. Please - anyone who has cut themselves off from their family who is reading this, think again. They love you and will welcome you back with open arms and no recriminations. You are their World, it is never too late or too hopeless.

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    1. The people who defoo are not 'children'.

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  3. Your account of your son's final days is most certainly disturbing in the extreme.
    I hope any information you have that would prove culpability has been made available to the proper authorities.
    I hope that the authorities will act accordingly if your statements can be substantiaited.
    I hope that you and your family will find peace in your hearts.
    May your God be with you all. This must have been very dificult for you to post.
    Regards from a well wisher.

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  4. I am sorry for your loss. My son DEFOO'd and then went through a phase where he made suicidal statements online. He is currently in Thailand but continues to be estranged from his family. I can only hope that in time, you may heal and be able to find some way to ease the pain.

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  5. When are you going to sue Stefan and his wife? If you are going to sue how can I donate for legal costs?

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  6. I'm very sorry for your loss, it is truly a sad story and I reality that Stefan and his wife are a poison. I understand you're a Christian and your faith keeps you strong, but I really wish you had found a way to tell this story without telling people that Atheism is "bad"...which oyu did by saying that it's empty and a dead end road. I'm an Atheist, and I despise Stefan, proof that this is not about Atheism. Atheism is not self worship and it's not a religion. I am a Atheist, Humanist, there are other forms of Atheism, so your quick to judge definition is not very...Christian.

    That said, I have no doubt that this man and his wife brainwashed your son, and I am so sorry you have to endure this pain. My heart truly goes out to you.

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    1. The arithmetic involved in computing the probability that we came into existence by chance are so large that they can only be measured with clumsy assumptions and large computers. But even these primitive attempts to do so only demonstrate that a belief in 'chance creation' (i.e. Atheism) is certainly as close to impossible as is a belief in a divine being. So don't kid yourself. Atheism is faith based. And that makes it very much like a religion.

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    3. So you are not an objectivist? I thought you stated in your other posts that you would study objectivism with your son. Now you are saying you that Atheism is faith based.

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  7. Even worse are Atheists who carry on as if they have a monopoly on scientific truth.

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  8. We must all feel a huge sympathy with this young man's parents. I only hope that Molyneux will realise how dangerous it is to isolate young people from their support networks. My child (for want of a better genderless word)defooed for a while and was very unhappy during that time. Strong support networks are important for most of us at all times in our lives, but during the transition from childhood to adulthood, which can take quite some time, people are especially vulnerable, and an on line forum would be hard pushed to replace most families and friends, however flawed.

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  9. This is a terrible tragedy. Would anyone be interested in any sort of legal action? Is any sort of legal action even possible? I would financially support in any way I could some sort of legal action.

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  10. God give this family strength. Stefan Molyneux stole our son, our only child almost three years ago. All I can say is I don't know how much longer I can take it not having him in our lives.

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  11. What a terrible story. My deepest sympathies to the family, and to all of you who have been deFOO'd. I researched this Molyneux guy after my ex-BF got really depressed from trying to be constantly rational and act as if he didn't need love and support ever, but was an island. He was a very loving guy and he turned into a different person.

    I'm an atheist and lost my faith a few years ago, very much against my will. My parents and entire family are devout and we are still all close. Cultic behavior and damage can happen in any belief system and I just hope the family of this young man has comfort and never worries about where he went.

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  12. Someone commented on a facebook page that criticizes Stef that 5 deaths have resulted from deFOOs prompted by Stef & FDR. Can anyone confirm this?

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  13. This is truly sad. There is no reason to waste life like this. I hope truth will prevail in all of this. There is nothing more i hate than false prophecies. :)

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  14. This was interesting. This is the first "expose" of him that I have read so to speak, so it was helpful. I recently discovered Stefan Molyneux, and have found his ideas interesting and engaging. I have even donated to FDR, and haven't felt bad about it in any way. I have been in the process of getting ready to tell my parents and family some of my changed beliefs. I have researched independently the religion I was raised in and really wish i could say it was true, but don't know if I can. However if I could in some way validate its truth, I would in no way abandon it, it has been my everything. I plan on telling my parents that I am not a member of the faith, which of course will likely damage our relationship, my political views may also contribute to this as well. However, I would never stop loving or appreciating my parents and what they have done for me. I could see myself not being quite as loved or appreciated, but that won't change what truth is. I have been suicidal and depressed at times throughout my life, but I do feel that Stefan Molyneux's ideas have helped me to escape to large extent these feelings, and helped me to see a path of virtue and purpose in my life, so I have felt his discovery for me has been largely positive.
    I do, however, appreciate the view expressed here by the author, and this website. I will consider them carefully as I continue to learn from Molyneux and others in my quest for truth.

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