The Toronto Star reports this morning that the Prayer Palace has hired both a forensic accounting firm and a crisis management PR firm to deal with the TorStar allegations from a week ago. Unfortunately, the Melnichuk family are still unavailable for comment – but
…reporters involved in the story have been inundated with phone calls from angry Prayer Palace members.
“You have touched God’s anointed! Be careful! Be careful that you don’t drop dead one of these days,” shouted one caller who identified himself as Roger.
Other callers said that to ignore their warnings would be to invite tragedy into reporters’ lives, including leprosy and possible physical harm.
One caller issued a death threat; another called a reporter a “Mormon … a racist.”
Perhaps this sunday PP pastors will preach that Christians are to bless people who curse you…or not.
The PP has also brought their lawyer into the fray:
Last week Marek Tufman, a lawyer for the Prayer Palace, threatened to bring an injunction against the Star unless the newspaper agreed to stop publishing stories regarding the Prayer Palace. The Star responded, saying such agreements run contrary to the paper’s policy.
In response, Tufman told Star lawyers: “Your clients have been warned. We trust that they will understand the wisdom of conducting themselves properly.”
Lawyers, accountants, PR firms, cult church members have joined the merry chorus – but the Melnichuks themselves stay silent. How very interesting.