Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Dear Families and Supporters of F.A.C.T.,

I am writing to you today not as the president of F.A.C.T but as a father who knows the endless suffering of losing a child. There is a never ending trail of where I see my daughter missing; a painful void that can never be filled, which is something I wish no family to ever experience. Unfortunately however, our organization gets contacted over and over by parents who are losing their kids to high-control cult groups acting on college campuses everywhere just like on the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Before James [name has been changed to protect his identity] attended UF, he was part of a very happy, loving and close-knit family. While there, he was recruited by the Hare Krishna (ISKCON) organization headed by chaplain Carl Woodham, we believe whose corrupt influence and agenda has completely destroyed James’s past loving relationship with his family. They don’t speak anymore and they don’t even know their child’s whereabouts. Woodham claims that the reason James disconnected from his family was because he was scared of his father, which is so typical for all these deceiving and manipulating cult leaders.

Before my daughter met her evil teacher Katsura Kan (at the University of Naropa in Boulder, CO), we had the best relationship imaginable between parent and child: completely loving, caring and based on mutual trust and respect. But once she became exposed to Katsura’s influence and manipulation, suddenly I became the worst father imaginable. Such is the story with James’s family. Once James was exposed to Carl Woodham’s influence and manipulation, suddenly James’s father became the worst imaginable human being.

All these gurus have one thing in common: they turn their victims against their families and friends in order to isolate them for control and exploitation purposes, whether it be sexual, financial, slave labor, etc. Victims will start questioning and second-guessing all that they knew to be true to the point where they lose their critical thinking skills and identities. This makes them totally confused while the cult leader / group encourages them that it is all normal and part of the process towards enlightenment. This is what happened to my daughter in the past and it’s happening now with James. It must be stopped.

These sociopathic, narcissistic, self-serving high-control group leaders have no concern for the damage they cause and no boundaries when it comes to achieving their goals. Certainly they should be nowhere near our campuses going after vulnerable, impressionable youths. I sent my daughter away to a school where she should have been completely safe and instead she came back home in a casket. In the case of James, it seems he has become a part of the ISKCON slave labor force (which earns them millions in revenue every year), even though the Krishna gurus call them “volunteers”. What about James’s future? Apparently, that is not Carl Woodham’s concern as long as he can have a state of the art spa built into his home while James and like followers are encouraged not to live a materialistic existence.

When Carl Woodham makes statements in his emails like “…the young Westerners we are shedding blood to attract to Krishna” or “…we are finally having some success reaching young Westerners wholesale” and then we see parents’ losing their kids “wholesale” to cults all over college campuses, well it is not hard to put 2 + 2 together and know what is going on.

To all parents living in Florida, this is my University and your University as taxpayers and we should not sit idly by as our kids are being recruited on this campus and taken from us. Enough is enough. Please help stop this destruction by sharing this information to educate and protect other innocent students and families from being harmed.

Thank you,

Tibor Stern

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