I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 3
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Cult Swag 2: Why so negative?
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 7:56 PM
Good info taken from your sources. 30/30
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 7:57 PM
Doesn't seem like you got too much out of the interview... Anyone else you could talk to prior to your final presentation?
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How To Create Your Own Religion In 10 Easy Steps

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It is actually very easy to create a a religion/ cult and if you follow these ten steps, you can yourself. You do not have to be a bad or apacolyptic cult that swells on the fact that everybody is doomed. You can strain from a certain religion or create all new ideals. However step nine is that you will need to "confuse everybody". This step indicates that you are not all legitimate and your cult/religion has flaws. This is why cults are perceived negatively, because they do not always lay out everything on the table.

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Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple
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Literally everything that you will need to know on Jonestown. Here, more than 900 people moved to a secluded community in Guyana and were systematically executed when they were forced to drink Kool-Aid laced with cyanide. Few survived to tell the tale, and it was a horrific sight. When one thinks of "Cult" this story is one of the first that comes to mind and this helps give cults a negative connotation when it comes to the more ignorant mind with regards to all cults.

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The Culture of Cults

The Culture of Cults | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
How cult belief systems differ from mainstream belief systems.
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Cults differ from relgions and sects in the fact that they do not allow for the free thinking or practicing of personal thought. They tend to market their belief system through making people experience the cult first and showing them how awesome they really are when in fact they are only showing their best qualities. Their mind controling nature is cause for one to perceive them negatively, even though their doctrine may not be all that intense or out of the box.

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Cults: Cults, religious cults, negative connotation

religious cults, negative connotation, religious context: Interesting Question.
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Many cults that are perceived negatively by the general public are actually off shoots of the Christian religion. Such is the case with Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple cult. They victimize their members and limit the freedom of speech. When you start to corrupt the doctrine of a recognized Christian church then this is where you start running into problems. Even the good cults that are inherently beneficial to both society and the individual are looked upon as evil and a work of Satan.

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Cults & Mind Control

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Cults are wonderful "Manipulators" of the mind and are very persuasive in their works and ways. This is how they gain most of their members. They exact pressure from a group, "degenerate" individual thought, and deceipt. They target the young and the old and anybody that is having a tough time in their life. By being essentially brain washers, most people try to stay away and when they hear the word cult, shudder in it word. Kind of like Voldemort.

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Interview with the Church of Scientology

Contact: infocenter@think-for-yourself.org

 

Dear James, thank you so much for all these questions.

I will try to answer them to benefit you in your search to become a better you. 

 

1) Do you think that your group is perceived negatively by the general
> public? Why would that be so?
> The media may not have been on our side for reasons that I do not know, and I feel that there is no possible reason for this.
> 2) If I were to join you, what would be my first actions?
> You would need to contact a Scientology church near you and they will inform you of all you need to know.
> 3) What exactly do you believe in? What is your doctrine?
> All of our information is located on our website.
> 4) What would I need to give up if I joined you?
> Nothing, by becoming a member of our church, that is all you will need to do.
> 5) Could I opt out at any point if this group wasn't for me? If not, why?
> Of course! You are your own individual, you can make your own choices, however I do not believe there would be anything that you would dislike about the church.
> 6) Do you have any group gatherings?
> Why yes, we have services at churches across the world.
> 7) Is there any reason why I would be denied admittance?
> Absolutely not.
> 8) Is there anything that you do not like about this group? Why or why not?
> I love everything about my church. It has saved me and I feel that you would feel the same. 
> 9) Some people perceive you as a cult, do you accept this title and what
> would your response be in return?
> Not at all. We are an organized religion. We are no less of a cult than any other religion out there.
> 10) Why did You join this group?

> I needed to find a direction in my life and the Church has allowed me to find that.

 

 

Best,

Laura

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Cult of the Almighty DAVE

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A very mellow, friendly, and self minded cult. The only criteria for joining and being a member is that you must be all for, about, and with worshiping the all powerful Dave. You must change your name or refer to your self as Dave and if you are a woman, you will become a "Dave-Babe". They have switched around a couple bible versus and have rearanged the Christian "Lord's Prayer" and is instead "Dave's Prayer." They have done nothing to be perceived as a negative cult and they are only there for the benefit of all Dave's.

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Top 10 Cults - Listverse

Top 10 Cults - Listverse | I'm All About That Cult Life Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Cult roughly refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream, with a notabl
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In this top 10 list of cults, the most revered and evil ones that have ever existed are touched upon. Number 7 touches upon the Order of the Solar Temple cult. In this cult, Joseph Di Mambro ordered the murder of a child that was "Anti-Christ" and later committed suicide along with 52 other members of his cult in a mass suicide that thought to bring them to their heaven located on the star Sirius. The cult still remains today with about "140-500 members worldwide."

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Warning signs of dysfunctional cults

Read a long list of Warning signs on dysfunctional cults, how to detect unhealthy, authoritarian run spiritual groups that don’t empower but only disempower members
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Many "Cults" are in their essence not destructive or altogether bad, even though the title cult is connotatedly negative. One can deciepher a bad cult from a good cult in a couple of ways. There are four major ways to determine one and they include: "compliance with the group, dependence on a leader, devaluing the outsider, and avoiding dissent." When one drifts away from popular beliefs, such as those enacted by the church, then this is where negative views are put on to the cult itself.

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Cults: Public Perceptions vs. Research

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Media is one of the most influential reasons why Cults are perceived negatively by the general public. You never hear a story about a cult that saved a man's life or a cult that gave back to the community. They always are toward the "Victim Bashing" and the people that were scarred forever by these cults. Not all cults are deceptive and targeting on weak minded individuals (Even if this is the majority). When the media starts accepting cults as they are, so will the general public.

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Study: Recovery, " Repairing The Soul After A Cult" 1/2

Cult Research Study Guides Recovery: Repairing The Soul After A Cult Experience, by Janja Lalich
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When Janja was 30, she persuaded to join a cult and was trapped in it for 10 years. They practiced Marxism and were run and joined by feminists. She hated her life in it but could not get out of it in fear of repercusions by the cult and its members. When she finally got out of the cult, it took her an extensive period of tiem to recover from her ordeals. She had to realize who she was again and had to revive her soul that was crushed. It is stories like this that kill the reputations of cults and make them negatively viewed.

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