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As far as I know, not much of this has made it out into American news as of yet.
It is the so often maligned and often-criticized private broadcaster RTL, which has significantly contributed to the liberation of... children from the ...Twelve Tribes sect.
...At the beginning of the week, the television report documented "The sect '12 tribes': They preach peace, torturing their own children" ...this was the first time the beating allegations against the controversial faith community were brought to light.
W&V: Sekten-Film deckt auf: Wie RTL dem Jugendamt Beine macht [Sect film uncovered: How RTL hurried up the Child Protective Services]
The sect was founded in the 70s by a small group in the U.S.. It is named after the twelve tribes of Israel, according to the Hebrew Bible or the "Tanakh" YHWH (the proper name of God in the Tanakh) called the chosen people of Israel. Worldwide, there are probably 2,000 members.
Mittlebayerische: Zwölf Stämme: Noch keine Entscheidung [Twelve Tribes: Still no decision]
..A large proportion of children have been placed in foster families, the elder children in youth welfare institutions. Four infants were brought to the police together with their mothers from the sect. They are now living in mother-child facilities...
Focus: Nach völliger Isolation - Sekte Zwölf Stämme: Wie geht es den Kindern jetzt? [After full isolation - 12 Tribes Sect - How are the children now?]
The court heard about the loss of custody of ten children. ... Starting next week, the proceedings for the remaining children will be heard at the district court in Nördlingen.Süddeutsche Zeitung: Gericht hört Eltern An (Court hears parent's testimony)
The court has removed the children from parental custody, largely due to previous findings, "the specific danger that there would be a considerable damage to the children if they would remain in care with their parents."
The "Twelve Tribes" are represented particularly in the U.S.. Therefore, the courts are also examining the English-language parenting manual of the sect.
Der Spiegel: "Zwölf Stämme": Verfahren gegen Christen-Sekte beginnen
Lehnberger stated that at the hearing also drafted the 146 page comprehensive education manual of the Twelve Tribes in English, as it plays a instrumental role in the case. A witness for ideological matters [Biblical matters], a representative of the Catholic Church was interviewed on Friday afternoon as well.
... The meetings of the District Court Ansbach are not public.
Augsburger Allgemeine: Zwölf Stämme-Aussteiger"Kriegen sie die Kinder wieder, setzen sie sich ab“ [Ex Twelve Tribes Members: If they ever get their children again, they'll dissappear.] - This one goes on to say that the hearing for the other parents will begin on Wednesday.
Director Gudrun Lehnberger said on Friday night that the court of Ansbach did not want to visit the decision on custody again. The hearings lasted for late into Friday evening for the parents. On Monday morning, more details are expected to shared with the public.
In Ansbach, six former members of the sect were also heard by video feed from a secret location. Due to issues [with the Twelve Tribes], these six individuals have remained living in secrecy...
Nordbayern: Prügelvorwürfe um "Zwölf Stämme": Verhandlungsausgang offen
"I think the authorities would prefer to let the issue disappear in the drawer, because otherwise their own failings would have been visible," the ex-members said to FOCUS. "They all looked the other way."
Focus: „Alle haben weggeschaut“ Schwere Vorwürfe von ehemaligem Zwölf-Stämme-Mitglied ["Everyone looked the other way" - Serious Accusations from former 12 Tribes Member]
The district court Nördlingen have seventeen preceedings ahead... Despite the urgency of this family matter, normal operating procedures of the Court must go on.
The "Twelve Tribes" have criticized the provisional court's decision on partial withdrawal of parental custody. On the homepage of the Community in Klosterzimmern and Wörnitz the police action is referred to as "children robbed by the state". Because of the abuse allegations, prosecution is looking at proceedings against members of the sect. An initial investigation on this issue had been set a few weeks ago.
N24: Sorgerechtsprozesse begonnen Die "Zwölf Stämme" und der "Kinderraub"
On the Internet, the faith community expresses their educational practices... There it is clearly stated: "Yes, we beat our children." He continued: "We love our children and they are precious and wonderful to us. Because we love them, we beat their butts. "
Focus: Erziehung bei „Zwölf Stämmen“Sekte: „Weil wir sie lieben, schlagen wir unsere Kinder“ (Child-rearing by the Twelve Tribes Sect - "We hit our children because we love them")
"All parents demand the abolition of judicial decisions," said District Court Director Gudrun Lehnberger. In the coming week, the case will formally begin with the other children at the district court Nördlingen.
Die Welt: Sekte verteidigt Prügel als Zeichen der Liebe (The sect defended beatings as a sign of love)
[Reporter:] What determines how much a child is changed by [beatings]?
Dietmayer: It depends on how much emotional resources a child has, so how mentally stable he or she is. For many kids, this triggers one psychologically, which in turn may later lead to a variety of psychiatric disorders. And that can happen even if the child is beaten only once.
Augsberger Allgemeine: Zwölf Stämme - Kinderpsychiaterin: Schläge schaden einem Kind massiv (Twelve Tribes: Child Psychologist says "Beating damages children greatly")
If you would like to know more about how damaging and evil this group truly is, you can hear it from former members directly, here. Please note that this is a site that is primarily in English for former members that speak English. I'm looking around for other resources. It seems that the German site for the Zwölf Stämme has now been suspended.
If I hear any more come next week, I'll update again. I hope that those of you who are fasting on Yom Kippur have an easy and light fast, and are sealed for another year. For us, it is a difficult day of prayer with these recent revelations.
Update: You can also read more here: Part 1, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9.