In his “Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love and Spirituality” blog” Gerald Joe Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, makes a number of entirely false claims. In his very language and conduct he ceaselessly infracts the teachings of the one he defends. The is the constant use of name-calling, labelling, derision, sneering, demeaning, assuming the very worst of all those who criticize his idol Sathya Sai Baba and, indeed, amid the anarchy that resides within parts of the Internet, severely libeling one after another who stands forth to question him and his worldwide cult.
Among a plethora of sites, which he manipulates in such a way as to leap higher in Internet search engine results, Gerald Joe Moreno has a WordPress.com blogsite: sathyasaibaba. It operates under the pseudonym Equalizer.
Gerald Moreno’s Galvanic Attacks on Broadcasters and other Critics
Whatever top class broadcaster (e.g., BBC, CBC, SBS, Channel NineMSN) or newspaper (e.g., Times of London, Telegraph, Guardian, India Today, Ottawa Times, The Age, etc.) investigates Sai Baba and his organisation is fair game for Gerald Joe Moreno’s attacks. Moreno always right. Critics always wrong.
Recently, a leading national broadcaster screened the Australian Current Affair report ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, February 2, 2009, on Channel NINEMSN. It showed an Australian Sathya Sai Baba cult leader, Moyia O’Brien, denying that the Sai Baba organisation is religious but only a social service organisation. To view the ACA Chris Allen interview and accompanying footage of the violent cult-hired security guards, ‘Infiltrating a Cult’, click HERE.
Moyia O’Brien’s subterfuge recalls, for example, how the American Sathya Sai Organisation used a perverse technicality in the case in Orange County, California, USA, brought brought against the directors of the Sathya Sai Society of America by Alaya Rahm (with the support of his family who were longtime noted leaders): this multimillion dollar sect claimed via its lawyers that it was only a bookshop. See:
Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America. Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family
Moreno is on a par with the Sai cult leaders round the world, including Ms O’Brien in the Australian television interview, who plays down – or rather wilfully deceives about – her close affiliation with the Sathya Sai Organization.
The ‘Secret Swami’s’ Culture’ of Denial
In the Moyia O’Brien case, Moreno falsely leaps to the notion that Barry Pittard - who has taken up the cause of the sacked manager and disabled clients – and myself were involved from the start as instigators of the revolt against SWARA (Sunshine Welfare and Remedial Centre) by staff, who were in perfectly good professional repute and clients (several staff were sacked). However, one of the organisers completely unknown to us contacted and informed that the programme was due to be aired on national television. It was previewed for some days on TV on the prime time Australian Current Affairs TV programme. It is furthermore the case that a number of well-respected Sai Baba devotees have themselves spoken up on behalf of the staff and clients, and courageously continue to do so. Yet again, Moreno’s proclivity for conspiracy-type ‘thinking’ and putting worst-case scenarios is exposed. Barry Pittard’s meticulous reportage of these events can be seen in these articles:
(see the original video and report here) NOTE: A reliable source from within the media has confirmed that Channel NineMSN withdrew the presence of its ‘Infiltrating a cult’ segment because the Sathya Sathya Sai cult threats of legal action. Media around the world, including SBS and The Age in Australia have refused to be intimidated by the powerful Sathya Sai Organisation. We will not be intimidated and continue to make available the footage!
See references to Moreno by independent British scholar Kevin Shepherd’s article: The Sathya Sai Baba Cordon in Wikipedia
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