Doug Harris Betrays a Sacred Trust - Breaks His Word & Continues His Lying But Profitable Ministry
Doug Harris Betrays a Sacred Trust - Breaks His Word & Continues His Lying But Profitable Ministry

 

It doesn't take a genius to recognise that at least one chapter in Doug Harris' book, "Don't Close The Door - Winning and Keeping the Cultist for Christ" is nothing but a tissue of lies from start to finish.  When first my eyes fell upon this printed nonsense, I was conducting provisional research for a doctoral dissertation at Nottingham University's Department of Mormon Studies.  That chapter, "Trying To Be A Worthy Mormon" was, it was said, written by Brian Rendell, a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Devon, England.  What was remarkable was that it made a variety of claims most of which could be no more true than that a cow jumped over the moon.

What I found even more remarkable was that on the board of directors of ROT was a former Latter-day Saint of some erudition who also was articulate.  Without revealing that I was, myself, a Mormon, I contacted Brian Rendell who promised readers that he would tell them everything he knew about Mormons and especially about his experience during his time as one.  

He was an eager correspondent, but his responses, while lengthy, lacked substantive content.  When pressed for actual details of his many claims, although I limited my inquiries to only eleven, he eventually stopped answering and when pressed to continue our correspondence he eventually begged off in a very nicely written letter, but one in which he showed genuine sorrow and remorse openly confessing that many of his claims were not true, and expressing his shame.  His correspondence is in my personal collection of papers.

  

When it became evident that Brian had been used as a cats-paw by the urbane Harrie and his directors to serve their purpose at the cost of abandoning truth, honour, integrity, and any form of godliness, Harris huffed and puffed and declined to answer my questions because he considered I had a 'hostile spirit.'  

I questioned Harris' methods of obtaining testimony from the disaffected and especially asked what steps he took to ensure that the information they supplied was accurate and truthful.  Harris' answer was that they spent time with their subjects and if they 'felt' they were telling the truth they ran with the story.

  

Noting my doubts, Harris stated that if any information was found to be false then they would make it public, although, said he, he didn't know then was actual form that would take.  In course of time I convinced Harris that he was guilty of foisting lies on a trusting readership and that his duty of care in ascertaining that what his informants told him had been slipshod, derelict, and unworthy of one that holds himself up as a paragon of Christian virtue.  

  

One of my letters to Doug Harris said,

  

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Thank you for the time and trouble you have taken to provide your responses to date. As you will see from my responses I found them disappointing, especially in the light of what I consider to be your unwarranted criticisms. No doubt you will produce responses that deal with my refutations instead of ignoring them, and avoid the diversions which you have attempted to introduce. If you keep changing the agenda by such methods we shall talk all over creation but never complete our investigation into the eleven points I introduced in my paper. I look forward to receiving  responses that more positively satisfy the rigorous standards of evidence and verification demanded in academic research, as opposed to polemic. 

We have a little further to travel together, Mr Harris, to determine the truth or otherwise of Rendell's account. I suggest that we both make the best of it. 

  Yours sincerely    

  Ronnie Bray

  

Harris did not reply, instead he passed the matter on to Mike Thomas of Reachout Trust. Mr Thomas, an ex-Mormon, began in much the same spirit as Harris had, insisting that Rendell was truthful and that no proof to the contrary (in spite of Rendell's confession!) had been furnished. About this time Brian Rendell became ill and the writer determined not to trouble him any further.

However, Thomas had persuaded Rendell to meet with him, and had promised to make a clean breast of the affair. Unfortunately Rendell withdrew at the last moment. From this and, no doubt from familiarising himself with the correspondence and because of his own experience as a Mormon, Thomas now took the view that Rendell was a liar and that Reachout's system of verifying such testimonies was seriously flawed. To his credit he admitted this. Efforts to determine how Reachout would honour their word that:

  

If claims that they made were clearly proved to be unsubstantiated, we would make this public although I am not sure what the logistics of that would be at the moment. I expect we would certainly have to consider putting an amendment in each Don't Close the Door book and obviously changing that when there was a reprint. [...] 

  

Apart from being forced to abandon Rendell's chapter in the reprint of Don't Close The Door, Reachout Trust refuse to reveal what plans they have for making the matter public. Mike Thomas writes that he is too busy to continue the correspondence in spite of his having agreed to the writer undertaking further research into Reachout Trust. It is hoped that Reachout will be persuaded to reveal whatever it is that they are at this time so reticent to unveil.

  

Reachout Trust is not especially different from the many hostile ministries currently operating. Their sourcing, financing and operation methods are all very much alike. 

  

UPDATE  

  

Harris insisted that he would make the matter public.  However, after several months I tracked down further copies of his book and found that his notion of making his fraud 'public' was a three inch by two inch mimeographed piece of paper placed inside the back cover.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

The ELEVEN CLAIMS were Thoroughly Investigated - I, Ronnie Bray, was the one that Thoroughly Investigated them, and ROT's response was to pretend they did not exist and renege on Doug Harris' personal promise to make things fully known.  I repeat Harris' own words here:

  

If claims that they made were clearly proved to be unsubstantiated, we would make this public although I am not sure what the logistics of that would be at the moment. I expect we would certainly have to consider putting an amendment in each Don't Close the Door book and obviously changing that when there was a reprint. [...] 

  

Let us check Doug Harris' promises with his record:

  

  1. All eleven of Brian Rendell's claims were proved to be untrue.
  2. The dishonest claims were made public .  The ERRATA slip does not say what they were.  Therefore, it is obvious that Doug Harris lied.
  3. No 'amendment' was put into unsold copies of "DON'T CLOSE THE DOOR"  Therefore, Doug Harries lied again!

  

See the FALSE CLAIMS for yourself at: Rendell's Eleven False Claims

  

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