I received a funny anonymous comment to my earlier post on this subject. It said:
"You speak and act like someone who is not a member of the Christadelphian Community, so is it any wonder that people make up these stories?
What I found really funny was the Freudian slip: "... is it any wonder that people make up these stories?"
Yes, that's what I've been suggesting: most of the gossip and rumours are made-up stories without a measure of truth in them. So why do people prefer the made-up stories in preference to the facts? I think the Bible has something to say about people with "itching ears" who prefer stories to the truth.