A High Price For Keeping Faith / Ex-church member in battle over daughter's future - 2000-09-12
The church is the Spiritual Rights Foundation. The Academy for Psychic Studies is its seminary. Inside, a few dozen ministers and students are promised a world of health and wealth, a haven far better than where they have been.
Yet members of that world are expected to give nearly a third of their earnings, sending some into bankruptcy. The church has prospered, meanwhile, buying real estate in several states, stocking up on Cadillacs and running a handful of local businesses.
Beyond the view of casual visitors to the church, say McKinley and other former members, children are hypnotized, schooling is an afterthought, and fathers are purposely alienated from their sons and daughters.
And hanging over it all is a cloud of highly charged sexual tension.