Media portrayed Gloriavale members as ‘mindless robots’ – resident
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The founder of Gloriavale would never have been convicted of sexual abuse if commune members hadn’t been portrayed as “mindless robots”, according to a senior resident.
Faithful Pilgrim is giving evidence at the Employment Court, which is deciding whether six women were employees or volunteers and subject to “slave-like conditions”.
Pilgrim was asked about Hopeful Christian’s conviction on three charges of indecently assaulting a teenage girl in the 1980s.
He said he was “not convinced at all that he was guilty”.
“I think the media made a big fuss of it because he was a Christian.
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