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Writer regrets 2019 letter
LETTER from JASON HEWLETT

Writer regrets 2019 letter

On June 26, 2019, Hometown Oneonta published an opinion letter that I wrote with the intention of honoring and defending a local sect most people know as “The Twelve Tribes.”

I want to apologize to everyone who read that letter, especially in Oneonta, for misrepresenting those people. Since I used to visit them on and off for many years, I know from firsthand experience that they claim a monopoly on “the body of Messiah” and God’s approval, and that without joining their sect no one has God’s approval and the best that non-members can hope for is a mediocre place in heaven.

The problem with such theology is that it creates pride, competition, and division among Christians and other churches, defeating the purpose the Twelve Tribes have and claim to live by namely to love and be united with all other believers.

The strongest point I tried to make in my June 2019 letter, was that no one in their house or restaurant has ever abused their children and that their accusers were wrong for saying they do. The problem with child abuse is that it’s very difficult to prove when the children are happy, content, and most notably, brainwashed by their parents.

This is the case with the children who are living in the Twelve Tribes. So because I now know this, I will think twice before honoring and defending a church or sect without knowing all the facts about them.

Jason Hewlett
Oneonta

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Bowl-A-Thon For Arc Otsego

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BOWL-A-THON – 1-4 p.m. Includes 3 games, shoes, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and more. Individuals and teams of 4 welcome. Come support the developmentally disabled of Otsego County. Holiday Lanes Recreation Center, 5198 NY-23 #1, Oneonta. Info, arcotsego.org

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS – 1 p.m. Hop aboard the train with the Easter Bunny and friends. Cost, $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children, children 3 and under ride free. Free snacks and refreshments for all. Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. Info, call (607)432-2429 or visit www.lrhs.com

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