More than good food part1

This initial video begins to explore a few issues related to the Twelve Tribes and their business fronts Yellow Deli and farmer’s market booth, which are used to recruit and fundraise in Nelson, BC Canada. The main topics that are featured here are “child discipline” trans/homo-phobia and the structure of the organization behind the Twelve Tribes cult. Please share your stories below or on our facebook page: To provide contact about testimonials or to make a donation to help with future productions, please email us at:

2 Comments On “More than good food part1”

  1. Danny*Hexadecimal_Queer

    LOL, now they aren’t homophobic but already transphobic.
    I wonder what their attitude towards third sex, intersexuality, non-binary gender and the rest of the 666 new sexes is.

    Makes me shudder reading stuff like that “trans*whatever”. What a messed up world

  2. I’m not from this cult, but grew up in The Message. I found this site because I recognised the signs and deduced most of the doctrine long ago from their literature. I have a group of friends who love the local yellow deli and wanted them to know where their money is going, so I
    Came here to check my facts.

    One thing that needs to be addressed is the obsession with hitting kids or ‘child labour’. It’s not great but that’s not the real damage. The real damage is psychological – the supression of individuation and emphasis on total obedience for fear of immediate exclusion from the community and future hellfire (not too far in the future because the world is ending any day now). It’s completely terrifying.

    The way these groups get you in is the appearances of unconditional love and belonging. The way they keep you is that it’s actually anything but. By the time you’ve given up everything – including any semblance of individual self – in quest of this love you have well as truely vested interest in staying, and lost a lot of skills needed for life outside.

    For children this is much worse. They are led to believe that they are the blessed, saved few and often feel sorry for their ‘worldly’ peers. Their access to love and acceptance (and fun stuff like partipation in work and ritualised pagentry – and yes they are fun, not least because they are markers off belonging) is continually monitored and can be switched off for very minor infractions. Their education is carefully designed to teach basic literacy and numeracy with absolutely no critical thinking (which is deemed rebellion and qualifies you for hell/punishment/exclusion). Without participation in outside communities there’s no way to conceive of an alternative. No wonder they are completely lost and desperate to get back if you remove them.

    They are extremely good at presenting a positive, well-balanced appearance, part of their training and also a defence mechanism common to lots of kids growing up with abuse – you quickly learn the rules that keep your abuser in check, which includes silence and presenting a brave face to the world. That’s what least part of what you’re seeing when you visit their extremely lovely cafes and bakeries.
    Please include a page to address these issues instead of focussing on the obvious legal argument.

    [As an aside, it would be interesting to know whether the suicide rate of dissenting teens/ young adults is as high here as in some similar groups.]

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