"Utterly Intolerable" Conduct

The criminal actions of CAN were revealed when a U.S. District Court found CAN and several individual CAN agents guilty in a kidnapping and assault case that the court described as:

“so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency and to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”

CAN’s victim in this case was, and still is, a Christian, yet CAN branded his church a “cult” and decided he should be “rescued” by forced kidnapping.

The CAN agent selected for the “job” was Rick Ross, whose record includes a conviction for grand theft after attempting to embezzle $100,000 in jewelry from a store in Phoenix, Arizona. Ross was diagnosed by his prison psychiatrist as having “sociopathic inclinations.”

After kidnapping the victim, Ross and his accomplices held him prisoner for five days while they tried to force him to denounce his Christian faith.

The jury in the Seattle court was so outraged by the violence of CAN’s conduct that they fined Ross and CAN almost $5 million. CAN did not survive the judgment and declared bankruptcy. It was closed down in 1999 and later re-opened under new management dedicated to a different purpose – to foster true understanding and tolerance for religious minorities.

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