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PRESS RELEASE FROM SDANONYMOUS 08/31/2012 Concerning SDAnonymous SDAnonymous is a group of several dozen Seventhday Adventists from all

over the world. SDAnonymous represents 13 nationalities and can be found on all the major continents around the globe. Most of SDAnonymous are voting members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Some members hold employment within the institutions of the Church, others are students or laity. There is a diversity of beliefs among the members of SDAnonymous on a variety of contemporary issues. We are united by one common desire to see transparency by the leadership of the Church regarding our distinctive heritage, beginning with the release of all the writings of Ellen G. White. Concerning the Writings of Ellen G. White Generally held by SDAnonymous is a respect for the writings of Ellen G. White. We acknowledge that there are many criticisms of her writings, and even contradicting theories on what she believed. At least 50% of the letters and manuscripts of Ellen White are unreleased in part or in full. We see that thorough examination of Ellen Whites views and the meaning of her words is hindered by the restricted access to her complete writings. We do not believe that people should have to live near the Research Centers to have the privilege of access to these complete writings. Important research, such as Ellen Whites literary growth, the development of her thought on various topics and the study of Ellen Whites contribution to Adventist heritage cannot be fully realized under such restrictions. Searchable, digitized access, such as has been available only to a handful of privileged people since the 1980s is required to allow all interested parties to contribute to a fuller collective understanding of the beginnings of the church and the life and teachings of the messenger of God. Concerning the Will of Ellen White Ellen Whites will is dated 1912. Ellen White died on July 16, 1915. Her will named five men as trustees of her manuscript collection William C. White, Clarence C. Crisler, Charles H. Jones, Arthur G. Daniells, Frank M. Wilcox. These men were not the beneficiaries of her writings, but trustees. The will does not explicitly name a beneficiary or beneficiaries for the manuscript file, but the existence of trustees implies the existence of beneficiaries. Ellen Whites intended beneficiaries are identified in a letter to one of the men she would make her trustees. She wrote in 1907 to F. M. Wilcox that her writings will constantly speak, and their work will go forward

Communiqu de presse de SDAnonymous (Adventistes du Septime Jour Anonymes) 31/08/2012 Qui sont les Adventistes du Septime Jour Anonymes ? SDAnonymous est un groupe de quelques douzaines dadventistes en provenance du monde entier. SDAnonymous reprsente 13 nationalits et se trouve sur tous les principaux continents du globe. La plupart des SDAnonymous sont des membres rguliers de lEglise adventiste du septime jour. Certains membres sont employs dans les institutions de lEglise, dautres sont des tudiants ou des laques. On rencontre une diversit dopinions parmi les membres de SDAnonymous sur nombre denjeux actuels. Un dsir commun nous unit : voir la direction de lEglise faire preuve de transparence vis--vis de notre hritage caractristique, en commenant par publier la totalit des crits dEllen White. Lattitude gnrale de SDAnonymous vis--vis des crits dEllen White est le respect. Nous reconnaissons quil existe de nombreuses critiques lgard de ses crits et mme des thories contradictoires au sujet de ce quelle croyait. Cependant au moins 50 % des lettres et manuscrits dEllen White restent non publis, partiellement ou totalement. Nous constatons donc quun examen approfondi des positions dEllen White et du sens de ses paroles est entrav cause de laccs restreint la totalit de ses crits. Selon nous, personne ne devrait tre oblig dhabiter proximit des Centre de recherche pour avoir le privilge daccder lintgralit de ses crits. Des recherches fondamentales sur la progression littraire dEllen White, le dveloppement de sa pense sur divers sujets et ltude de lapport dEllen White lhritage adventiste ne peuvent compltement aboutir dans des conditions aussi restrictives. Un accs numrique, avec moteur de recherche tel celui qui a t accessible partir des annes 1980, seulement une poigne de personnes privilgies est ncessaire pour permettre toutes les parties intresses de contribuer une comprhension collective plus complte des dbuts de lEglise et de la vie et enseignements de cette messagre du Seigneur. Au sujet du testament dEllen White Le testament dEllen White est dat de 1912. Ellen White est dcde le 16 juillet 1915. Son testament nomme cinq hommes administrateurs de ses manuscrits : William C. White, Clarence C. Crisler, Charles H. Jones, Arthur G. Daniells, Frank M. Wilcox. Ces hommes ne sont pas nomm bnficiaires de ses crits mais seulement administrateur. Le testament ne mentionne pas explicitement de bnficiaire pour les manuscrits, mais lexistence dadministrateurs implique lexistence de bnficiaires. Les bnficiaires voulus par Ellen White sont identifis dans une lettre adresse lun des hommes dont elle voulait faire ses administrateurs. En 1907, elle crit Frank Wilcox que ses crits parleront constamment

as long as time shall last. She continued by saying that her writings are kept on file in the office, and even though I should not live, these words that have been given to me by the Lord will still have life and will speak to the people. SDAnonymous are thus advocates of the true beneficiaries and true owners of the writings of Ellen White the people who hold her in high regard. Concerning the White Estate Contrary to their online claim, the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc. were not created by the last will and testament of Ellen G. White. The White Estate did not come into existence until 1933, almost two decades after Ellen White died. It was created by the five trustees named in the will, as the Articles of Incorporation say, to carry out and perform the provisions of the charitable trust created in the last will and testament of Ellen G. White, deceased. In a trust, there is not supposed to be a bias of the trustees to any of the beneficiaries. From the1940s, there is documentary evidence that the White Estate has served as an instrument of church leadership to enforce contemporary policy, including, but not limited to, the following actions. a. Using compilations at the urging of the Ministerial Association to enforce doctrinal divisions in the 1940s. b. Refusing access to researchers Robert J. Wieland and Donald K. Short in the 1940s and1950s for material on the 1888 conference. c. Threatening legal action against Wieland and Short for the use of unpublished statements researched in privately held collections. d. Allowing access at the same time to Protestant scholars such as Walter Martin around the same time period who questioned many of the positions of Seventh-day Adventism. e. Altering statements to further doctrinal policy of the church leadership.

et leur travail se poursuivra aussi longtemps que le temps durera . Elle continue en disant que ses crits sont conservs dans un dossier du bureau, et mme si je devais perdre la vie, ces paroles qui mont t donnes par le Seigneur continueront de vivre et de parler au peuple . SDAnonymous dfend donc les vritables bnficiaires et les vritables propritaires des crits dEllen White : le peuple . Au sujet du White Estate (Fondation Ellen White) Contrairement sa revendication en ligne, la Fondation Ellen White na pas t cre par les dernires volonts et le testament dEllen White . Le White Estate nest venu lexistence quen 1933, presque deux dcennies aprs la disparition dEllen White. Il a t cr par les cinq administrateurs nomms par le testament, afin, comme le stipulent les articles de sa constitution dexcuter et mener bien les dispositions de la fondation dutilit commune cre par les dernires volonts et le testament dEllen White, aujourdhui dcde . Dans une fondation, on ne constate pas normalement de parti pris des administrateurs par rapport aux bnficiaires. Or, depuis les annes 1940, il existe des preuves documentes que le White Estate a servi dinstrument aux dirigeants de lEglise pour imposer leur politique particulire, incluant les mesures suivantes (liste non exhaustive) : a. Dans les annes 1940, usage de compilations, sous la pression de lAssociation pastorale, pour imposer des rponses face des dsaccords doctrinaux. b. Dans les annes 1940 et 1950, refus daccs aux chercheurs Robert J. Wieland et Donald K. Short, en qute de matriau relatif la confrence gnrale de 1888. c. Menaces de poursuites judiciaires contre les pasteurs Wieland et Short pour avoir utilis des dclarations non publies, pourtant trouves dans des collections prives. d. Dans le mme temps, permission daccs accorde des thologiens vangliques, tels Walter Martin, qui cette mme poque, a remis en question plusieurs positions de ladventisme du septime jour. e. Altration de dclarations pour les rendre conforme la politique doctrinale des dirigeants de lEglise. [on retrouve parfois ce phnomne dans les traductions franaises, notamment dans La Tragdie des sicles. NDLR] f. Une longue histoire daccs restreints aux crits dEllen White pour les chercheurs qui ne souscrivent pas exactement au portrait officiel de sa vie et de ses enseignements, tels que prsents par les administrateurs de la Fondation. g. Exclusion des employs de lquipe de la Fondation qui ont utilis des crits dans des recherches sans lapprobation des administrateurs. SDAnonymous respecte les hautes responsabilits confies au White Estate. En mme temps, nous reconnaissons que cette position est tenue par des hommes faillibles

f. A long history of restricted access to the writings of Ellen White by researchers who do not subscribe exactly to the official portrayal of her life and teachings as presented by the trustees. g. The removal of employment of staff that have used writings in research without the approval of the trustees. SDAnonymous respect the high responsibilities that the White Estate holds. At the same time, we recognize that these positions are held by fallible men and feel it

must be stated that the inspiration given to Ellen White does not extend to those who hold her writings in trust. We believe that it is possible to simultaneously hold a respect for the position of the White Estate and a strong disagreement over policy and actions of that body. Concerning the White Estates Intentions to Release the Writings Through the providence of God, the 1990s saw a change in policy towards releasing the entire writings. Between 1995 and 2001, William Fagal, Director of the Andrews University Branch Office, answered several email queries regarding the unpublished writings with the promise that the complete letters and manuscripts were being prepared as a searchable CD-ROM. Affidavits from the White Estate prove that this was completed on Folio Info base in 2002 the same format as the Complete Published CD-ROM. During this same period, the trustees commissioned the book Messenger of the Lord by Herbert E. Douglass, published in 1998. This book carries approval by the Board of Trustees of the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc. in the preface. In this book, Douglass reveals, With the passage of time, and increased research needs, the release policy of the White Estate was changed from asking, Why should it be published? to Why not publish it? This eventually led to the decision to make all of Ellen Whites letters and manuscripts available on CDROM. (page 529) The position of SDAnonymous is that the trustees acknowledged the time to release these writings as fulfilled in the 1990s. We stand by the spirit of that decision. Concerning the Delay Sometime in 2002-2003, just as the CD-ROM was completed, the policy of the White Estate changed again. A new plan was formed to release print copies of chronological volumes of the manuscripts and letters, heavily annotated. The initial volume containing the first thirteen years of writings (1847-1859) was first announced to have been due for completion for 2005 in the Adventist Review of that year. The project has been continually delayed from that time until now. The affidavits of the White Estate claim that a total of $1 million has been spent so far on preparing just this first volume. It is a fact that there are some single later years of Ellen Whites life which contain almost as much literary output as these first 13 years combined. SDAnonymous do not devalue the historical context an annotated edition would provide. We welcome any

et nous avons le sentiment quil est ncessaire daffirmer que linspiration donne Ellen White ne stend pas ceux qui se voient confier la gestion de ses crits. Nous croyons quil est possible la fois de respecter la mission de la Fondation Ellen White tout en tant fortement en dsaccord avec la politique et les actes commis par cette organisation. Au sujet des intentions de publication du White Estate Grce Dieu, les annes 1990 ont vu un changement de politique par rapport la publication de lintgralit des crits. Entre 1995 et 2001, William Fagal, directeur de la section de lUniversit Andrews, a rpondu plusieurs demandes faites par courrier lectronique concernant les crits non encore publis, en promettant que les lettres et manuscrits complets taient encours de prparation pour publication sur CD-ROM avec moteur de recherche. Des dclarations officielles du White Estate prouvent que ce travail a t achev en 2002, sur le logiciel Folio Info, au mme format que le CDROM des crits publis. Pendant cette mme priode, les administrateurs ont accrdit le livre Messenger of the Lord, best-seller dHerbert Douglas publi en 1998. Cet ouvrage porte lapprobation du Comit des administrateurs de la Fondation Ellen White, dans sa prface. Or Douglass nous apprend que le temps passant et les besoins de la recherche saccroissant, la politique de publication du White Estate sest modifie : on est pass de pourquoi le publier ? pourquoi ne pas le publier ? Cela a conduit finalement la dcision de rendre toutes les lettres et les manuscrits dEllen White accessible sur CDROM. (p. 529) SDAnonymous reconnat que les administrateurs de la Fondation Ellen White ont reconnu, dans les annes 1990, que le temps de publier ces crits tait venu. Nous soutenons lesprit de cette dcision. Au sujet du retard de la publication Entre 2002 et 2003, alors que le CD-ROM tait termin, la politique du White Estate a de nouveau chang. Un nouveau plan a t conu de publier des exemplaires imprims, sous forme de tomes, par ordre chronologique, des manuscrits et des lettres, avec de nombreuses annotations. La sortie du premier volume, contenant les treize premires annes dcrits (1847-1859) a t annonc pour 2005 dans la Revue Adventiste [amricaine] de cette anne-l. Ensuite le projet a t continuellement retard jusqu aujourdhui. Les communiqus officiels du White Estate affirment quau moins un million de dollars ont t dpenss jusquici pour la prparation de ce premier tome. Or il est certain que certaines des dernires annes de la vie dEllen White ont produit presque autant dcrits que ces treize premires annes runies. SDAnonymous ne sous estime pas la valeur quaurait une dition papier

contributions to understanding the Adventist Heritage. We do disagree with the newer policy to wait until the annotation project is complete to release the writings to the people of the church. We see no reason why the writings cannot be released immediately while an annotation project is forthcoming. We are concerned that the delay may lead to suspicions that the trustees are trying to control the way the writings are interpreted to reinforce the policy of the church. At the rate the annotation project is going, even if it speeds up considerably as more documentary evidence is available for later years, it could foresee ably be many decades before the project can be hoped to be completed. We suggest that the help of volunteer research efforts may speed the project up if the CD-ROM is released to any who wish to research these writings.

annote pour la connaissance du contexte historique. Nous accueillons bras ouverts toute contribution la comprhension de lhritage adventiste. Nous sommes cependant en dsaccord avec la politique plus rcente, qui consiste attendre que le projet de publication annote soit achev pour rendre les crits aux membres de lEglise. Nous ne voyons aucune raison pour laquelle les crits ne pourraient pas tre publis immdiatement, pendant quun projet ddition annote est cours. Nous sommes proccups par le fait que ce retard pourrait faire peser sur les administrateurs des soupons demprise sur linterprtation des crits afin de renforcer la politique de lEglise. A la vitesse laquelle le projet ddition annote progresse, mme sil prend notablement de la vitesse la faveur dun plus grand nombre de tmoignages documentaires disponibles ces dernires annes, on peut prvoir quil scoulera encore bien des dcennies avant que le projet puisse sachever. Nous pensons que laide apporte par les efforts de chercheurs bnvoles peut acclrer le projet si le CD-ROM est publi, rendu accessible toute personne qui souhaite sonder ces crits. Au sujet du Copyright Les lois amricaines concernant les droits dauteurs limitent le copyright pour des crits non publis 70 ans aprs la mort de lauteur. Concernant ces crits, qui ne sont pas dans le domaine public avant le dpt de copyright de 1976, une tendue prolonge les droits sur la copie des crits dEllen White jusquau premier janvier 2003. Selon les lois amricaines concernant le copyright, mme les compilations ne crent pas de droits de protection de la copie pour les lettres et manuscrits prexistant. En tant que tels, tous les manuscrits et les lettres sont tombs dans le domaine public il y a presque une dizaine danne. Si le White Estate avait publi lintgralit des manuscrits et des lettres sur CD-ROM en 2002, ils auraient gard le copyright sur ces crits. La convention de Berne prvoit que ces crits sont galement considrs sans copyright dans tout autre pays adhrent [ cette convention]. Mme sous les lois sur le copyright australiennes, plus strictes, labandon de la possession du copyright au domaine public dans dautres pays [que les Etats-Unis] est reconnue. SDAnonymous croit que la possession du copyright de ces crits revient prsent aux vrais bnficiaires des volonts dEllen White, dans le domaine public. Au sujet de lacquisition des crits SDAnonymous a dbut avec quelques amis en ligne, il y a presque dix ans, qui se sont mis collectionner des manuscrits et des lettres des centres de recherche sur Ellen White des institutions quils frquentaient. Depuis le groupe sest dvelopp lchelle mondiale jusqu inclure plusieurs douzaines dindividus. Lanne dernire, un employ de lun des centres de recherche a rvl un membre de

Concerning Copyright US copyright laws limit the copyright term for unpublished writings as extending from the death of the author to an addition of 70 years. For those writings not in public domain before the 1976 Copyright Act, an extension brought the term of copyright for Ellen Whites writings to January 1, 2003. Under US copyright laws, even the compilations do not create copyright in the preexisting letters and manuscripts. As such, all the manuscripts and letters became public domain a decade ago. Had the White Estate released the entire manuscripts and letters on CD-ROM in 2002, they would have retained copyright of these writings. The Berne Convention provides that these writings are likewise deemed as out of copyright in all other subscribing countries. Even by the stricter Australian copyright laws, the movement of copyright ownership to the public domain in other countries is recognized. SDAnonymous believe that the copyright ownership of these writings now matches the true beneficiaries of Ellen Whites will in the Public Domain.

Concerning Acquisition of the Writings SDAnonymous began as a few online friends almost a decade ago who began collecting manuscripts and letters from the Ellen White Research Centers of the seminaries they attended. The group has grown globally since that time to include several dozen individuals. Sometime last year, a staff member from one of these Centers revealed to a member of

SDAnonymous the online location of the letters and manuscripts as well as some ways they might be retrieved. As SDAnonymous only had a couple thousand documents at that time, it seemed a much quicker way to complete the collection. The database of unpublished writings was accessed through a backdoor in the egwwritings.org website. This action has been incorrectly portrayed in the media as theft or stealing. Legally, theft or stealing requires, as part of the action, the permanent depriving of the property of another person. As such, copying documents, even through overcoming technological protection, is not theft. Furthermore, theft implies ownership. You cannot truly steal something you already own. The position of SDAnonymous is that the writings held in trust by the White Estate are truly owned by the real beneficiaries of her will the believers who hold her writings as instructive. For these reasons, the position of SDAnonymous is that the acquisition of these documents is not theft, but restoration. Concerning Brendan Knudson Brendan Knudson is a relatively new addition to SDAnonymous. He contributed a sizeable quantity of scanned documents acquired through his own researches. He is the only non-member of the Seventh-day Adventist church within SDAnonymous. When the idea was given to retrieve the remaining writings from the database, Brendan consented to have the digital trail lead to him to save the rest of SDAnonymous from internal discipline. This included the use of similar usernames to his in seeking advice on website vulnerabilities. Brendan was responsible for setting up the web presence of SDAnonymous. Being remotely located in Armenia, he also set up a proxy server for all our activities in retrieving the database. This has been largely the limits of his activities with our acquisition process. Brendan holds to a Non-Trinitarian view of God similar to many of the early Pioneers. While not all in SDAnonymous agree with his views on this matter, we have not made agreement on every particular a prerequisite for our group. Such judgmentalism is not in accordance with our philosophy.

SDAnonymous la localisation sur le rseau des lettres et des manuscrits ainsi que la faon dont on pouvait les y rcuprer. Puisque SDAnonymous ne possdait alors que deux mille documents, cela apparaissait comme un moyen beaucoup plus rapide de complter la collection. On a pu ainsi accder la base de donnes des crits non publis par une entre secondaire sur le site web egwwritings.org. Cet acte a t improprement dcrit dans les mdias comme du vol . Cependant, lgalement, un vol implique, entre autre, la privation permanente de la proprit dune autre personne. De ce point de vue, la copie de documents, mme en enfreignant une protection technologique, nest pas du vol. De plus, pour quil y ait vol, il faut quil y ait proprit. Vous ne pouvez pas rellement voler quelque chose qui vous appartient dj. SDAnonymous soutient que les crits confis ladministration du White Estate sont en fait la proprit des vrais bnficiaires du testament dEllen White : tous les croyants qui tiennent ses crits pour instructifs. Pour ces raisons, SDAnonymous soutient que lacquisition de ces documents nest pas du vol mais une restitution. Au sujet de Brendan Knudson Brendan Knudson sest joint relativement rcemment SDAnonymous. Il a apport une quantit importante de documents scanns, rassembls au cours de ses recherches personnelles. Il est le seul, parmi SDAnonymous, ne pas tre membre de lEglise adventiste du septime jour. Quand lide a t lance de rcuprer les crits restants partir de la base de donne [du White Estate], Brendan a accept que le chemin numrique pointe vers son installation pour prserver le reste de SDAnonymous de la discipline ecclsiale. Cela incluait lusage de noms dutilisateurs similaires au sien dans la recherche de conseils sur la vulnrabilit des sites web. Brendan a port la responsabilit de linstallation de SDAnonymous sur le web. Etant situ gographiquement lcart, en Armnie, il a galement mis en place un serveur ddi toutes nos actions pour extraite les donnes de la base [du White Estate]. Telles ont t les limites de son activit dans notre processus dacquisition des donnes. Brendan dfend une conception de Dieu non trinitaire, semblable celle de la plupart des premiers pionniers adventistes. Tout le monde, parmi SDAnonymous nest pas daccord avec son point de vue sur cette question, mais nous navons pas fait de laccord sur tous les point prcis [de doctrine] un pr-requis pour [lexistence] notre groupe. Cette attitude de jugement ne saccorde pas avec notre philosophie. Au sujet des poursuites judiciaires engages par le White Estate Le White Estate a entam une procdure civile contre Brendan Knudson en Australie, le 3 aot 2012, essayant dobtenir une injonction contre toutes les actions de Brendan en rapport avec les crits dEllen

Concerning the White Estate Lawsuits The White Estate initiated civil action against Brendan Knudson in the Australia on August 3, 2012 seeking an injunction against all actions of Brendan regarding the writings of Ellen White

with the first hearing on the 6th. A private investigator working for the White Estates legal counsel mistook the visit of one of Brendans brothers to his mothers house as Brendans location at that place. Service of legal papers was made upon Brendans autistic brother while no one else was home causing considerable distress. On August 9, a settlement offer was sent to Brendan to be accepted within 7 days. In discussions with legal counsel for the White Estate in Australia, Brendan was told that the White Estate wished to negotiate and settle peaceably. Brendan conferred with SDAnonymous and replied on the 13th with a counter-offer accepting and even exceeding most of the White Estates terms on several conditions required by SDAnonymous, including that the writings are released on CDROM by the end of 2012. On the 23rd, communication was received indicating the White Estate rejected all terms of the counter-offer. Brendan immediately drafted a reply asking whether the White Estate were really interested in negotiating or dictating a settlement. 48 hours (later extended to one week) was offered for the White Estate to give a more amicable response. The White Estate have now exceeded that time period and we are currently awaiting word on the White Estates decision. While claiming to desire to negotiate and settle peaceably, the White Estate initiated simultaneous civil action in the US with DMCA takedown notices sent to hosting and domain registration companies Brendan used. On August 16, a civil suit was officially filed with Maryland District Court. Papers have not been officially served upon Brendan for this action in the US. At no point before August 3 was Brendan Knudson or SDAnonymous contacted through any desire to dialogue with White Estate officials prior to action being taken. It is estimated that tens of thousands of dollars in church money has already been spent by the White Estate in pursuing legal action in this matter. Some of this money comes from tithes and offerings. By neglecting to communicate through easily accessible online contacts, large mistakes have been made including not being aware of Brendans geographic location. As a result, it is likely that much of the legal action will be dismissed as outside of court jurisdiction.

White, lors de la premire audition du 6 aot. Un enquteur priv, travaillant pour le compte du conseil juridique du White Estate a cru localiser Brendan au domicile de sa mre, alors que son frre, autiste, tait de passage la maison. Ce dernier sest vu infliger in contrle judiciaire, alors que personne dautre ne se trouvait dans la maison. Cette erreur la mis en grande dtresse psychologique. Le 9 aot, une proposition de rglement a t envoye Brendan, qui devait tre confirme dans les sept jours. Dans les discussions avec le conseiller juridique du White Estate en Australie, Brendan a t assur que le White Estate souhaitait ngocier et rsoudre le problme lamiable. Brendan a consult SDAnonymous et rpondu le 13 aot par une contre-proposition qui acceptait et mme dpassait la plupart des dispositions fixes par le White Estate sous plusieurs conditions demandes par SDAnonymous, incluant la publication sur CD-ROM des crits restant pour la fin 2012. Le 23 aot, nous avons reu un communiqu indiquant que le White Estate rejetait toutes les dispositions de notre proposition. Brendan a envoy immdiatement une rponse demandant si le White Estate voulait vraiment ngocier ou dicter un accord. 48 heures (prolonges plus tard une semaine) ont t accordes au White Estate pour donner une rponse plus amicale. Le temps de rponse est maintenant dpass et nous attendons toujours un signe du White Estate et de sa dcision. Tout en affirmant vouloir ngocier et trouver un accord amiable, le White Estate a lanc simultanment une procdure civile au Etats-Unis avec des lettres recommandes avec accus de rception envoyes aux hbergements et aux domaines des socits que Brendan a utilis. Le 16 aot, une procdure civile a t dment enregistre au Tribunal du Maryland. Des mandats nont pas t officiellement tablis contre Brendan pour cette action aux Etats-Unis. Jamais, avant le 3 aot, ni Brendan Knudson ni SDAnonymous nont t contacts ni nont eu connaissance dun dsir de dialogue des officiels du White Estate avant que cette poursuite sengage. On peut estimer que 10 000 dollars de largent de lEglise a dj t dpens par le White Estate dans cette poursuite judiciaire ce sujet. Une partie de cet argent provient des dimes et des offrandes. En ngligeant de communiquer, malgr des possibilits de contact facilement accessibles en ligne, de lourdes erreurs ont t commises, lerreur concernant la localisation gographique de Brendan incluse. En consquence, il est probable quune bonne partie de laction en justice aboutira un nonlieu, car en dehors de la juridiction de la cour. Au sujet des procs entre croyants En cherchant, avec agressivit, dfendre son droit suppos de proprit sur les crits dEllen White, le White Estate contredit dans les faits les enseignements dont la gestion lui a t confie. Le chapitre 37 de Message Choisis, volume 3, contient

Concerning Lawsuits between Believers The White Estate, in aggressively seeking to defend their perceived ownership of the writings of Ellen White, are apparently completely contradicting the teachings they hold in trust. Chapter 37 of Selected Messages,

Volume 3, contains much counsel against lawsuits between believers. Here are a couple of selections: To lean upon the arm of the law is a disgrace to Christians; yet this evil has been brought in and cherished among the Lord's chosen people. Worldly principles have been stealthily introduced, until in practice many of our workers are becoming like the Laodiceans half-hearted, because so much dependence is placed on lawyers and legal documents and agreements. Such a condition of things is abhorrent to God. (Manuscript 128, 1903 ; in Selected Messages, Volume 3, p. 303) I have written largely in regard to Christians who believe the truth placing their cases in courts of law to obtain redress. In doing this, they are biting and devouring one another in every sense of the word, "to be consumed one of another". They cast aside the inspired counsel God has given, and in the face of the message He gives they do the very thing He has told them not to do. Such men may as well stop praying to God, for He will not hear their prayers. They insult Jehovah, and He will leave them to become the subjects of Satan until they shall see their folly and seek the Lord by confession of their sins. (Manuscript 64, 1898; in Selected Messages, Volume 3, p. 302) SDAnonymous believe that the actions of the White Estate in taking believers to court further breaks their sacred trust through disobedience to the writings they claim to uphold. The interest of SDAnonymous is that these civil actions are dismissed as soon as possible, so as to incur for the church the least costs of this unrighteous action. We appeal to the White Estate to return to their trust and rediscover the reason they exist to provide a service for the beneficiaries of the Ellen Whites writings. In the matter of its dealings with SDAnonymous and Brendan Knudson, we would welcome a peaceable resolution to this matter. For those who wish to address their thoughts to the White Estate regarding either the release of the complete writings of Ellen White, or the action of taking believers to court, we encourage you to write to mail@whiteestate.org. For those who wish to support the worthy efforts of the White Estate to translate Ellen Whites books into other languages, please visit http://partner.egwwritings.org/ Further Press Statements may arise depending on how settlement negotiations proceed with the White Estate.

beaucoup de conseils visant dcourager les poursuites judiciaires entre croyants. En voici quelques extraits : Sappuyer sur le bras de la justice est un dshonneur pour les chrtiens ; pourtant ce mal a t entretenu parmi le peuple choisi par le Seigneur. Des principes mondains se sont sournoisement introduits, jusqu ce que beaucoup de nos ouvriers deviennent, en pratique, semblables aux Laodicens : les curs ont t partags parce que lon dpend trop des avocats et des documents et contrats lgaux. Un tel tat de chose est odieux pour Dieu. (Manuscrit 128, 1903 ; dans Selected Messages, vol. 3, p. 303) Jai beaucoup crit par rapport aux chrtiens qui croient en la Vrit et qui confient leurs litiges aux cours de justice pour obtenir rparation. En faisant cela, ils se mordent et se dvorent les uns les autres dans tous les sens du terme, se consumant les uns les autres. Ils mprisent le conseil inspir donn par Dieu et, en prsence du message quIl a donn, ils font exactement ce quIl leur a enjoint de ne pas faire. De tels hommes pourraient aussi bien arrter de prier Dieu, car il ncoutera pas leurs prires. Ils insultent Yahveh et il les laissera devenir les sujets de Satan jusqu ce quils comprennent leur folie et recherche le Seigneur par la confession de leurs pchs. (Manuscrit 64, 1898 ; dans Selected Messages, volume 3, p. 302) SDAnonymous croit que les poursuites de croyants en justice entreprises par le White Estate constitue un manque supplmentaire leur office sacr, par la dsobissance aux crits quils affirment dfendre. SDAnonymous espre que ces procdures soient annules le plus vite possible, de faon ce que lEglise subisse le moins possible le cot de ce comportement inique. Nous appelons le White Estate reprendre son office et renouer avec les raisons de son existence : fournir un service aux bnficiaires des crits dEllen White. Dans sa manire de traiter SDAnonymous et Brendan Knudson, nous serions heureux de trouver une rsolution pacifique cette affaire. Pour ceux qui souhaitent faire part au White Estate de leurs rflexions au sujet soit de laccs la totalit des crits dEllen White, soit de la poursuite en justice contre des croyants, nous vous encourageons crire : mail@whiteestate.org. Pour ceux qui souhaitent soutenir les nobles efforts du White Estate pour traduire les livres dEllen White dans dautres langues, veuillez visiter le site : http://partner.egwwritings.org/ Dautres communiqus de presse pourront suivre selon louverture de ngociations avec le White Estate.

Et voil, bravo d'tre arriv jusqu'au bout ! Grce vous un nouveau mouvement adventiste interconfessionnel est en marche et si Dieu le veut rien ne l'arrtera ! Vous tes mr(e) pour signer la ptition correspondante : http://www.change.org/petitions/the-ellen-white-writings-release-petition