I'm starting to recognize a pattern here. So sad that it took me as long as it did to connect the dots.
Did you ever see the website KipMcKean.com? A former member of one of Kip's churches set it up to give the public information about Kip's controversial ministry and the story of the churches that he leads. That is, until Kip and his agents bullied the site owner into turning over the domain to the church so that they could use it as a propaganda tool. This is great for the church because all of the links that used to go to the objective website, KipMcKean.com, now lead to the propaganda website that Kip controls at the same address. So most Google searches that had previously lead to accurate, objective, and true information about the church, now lead to rosy-colored, "official," church-sponsored propaganda.
Kip used a bullying tactic to seize the domain, including legal threats like this letter, written, by the way, by a former roommate of mine.
Here is a link to some more of the documentation of the church bullying related to the takeover of the KipMcKean.com website.
(Church members, remember that when you give money to the church, some of it is used by the church to take actions like this. Although probably not much of the money, because the church typically gets its members to work for free. You know, unless you are one of the top, full-time leaders, in which case you are very well financially compensated.)
These kind of heavy-handed techniques drive people away and can turn people who would otherwise be ambivalent or even friendly towards the church into strong critics. I can relate to this because I endured years of bullying by Kip's right-hand man, which led to and culminated in me being bullied multiple times by Kip McKean himself. Bullying that Kip has, of yet, neither repented of nor apologized for.
Kip's agents even continued to bully me since I left the church, trying to silence and discredit my story. Trying to assassinate my character on my Facebook page. People who I had thought were my friends and who cared more about the truth have been revealed as loyal to Kip and the church instead of to the truth.
And we all saw how this show turned out last time, when Kip's former fellowship melted down completely in 2000-2003 and booted him and his tactics out the back door.
Well, no more.
I will no longer silence myself for the benefit of this man. And I hope that many others will also stand up and be heard. How many thousands of victims in other organizations suffered in silence while tens of thousands more were being abused every day?
Let us end bullying on our playgrounds, in our homes, and in our churches. Bullies, please stop. And the bullied, stand up and be counted.
Update: I was remiss in not including the bare link to the new home of KipMcKean.com. The content was moved to SpiritualPornography.com. (Note: "spiritual pornography" is a term used by Kip McKean to refer to criticism of the church. The site has absolutely nothing "pornographic", sexual or nudity-related, and is 100% safe for work and family consumption.)