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13,246.  Tokyo Japan, March 20th 1995: members of the Doomsday Cult Aum Shinrikyo or The Supreme Truth Sect placed packages filled with a deadly serin nerve agent on five different trains all racing into the heart of the Tokyo underground.  (Cults & Cults: Aum Shinrikyo & Aliens & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Extraterrestrial)  ibid.

 

 

12,000.  Why is Moses always pictured with horns?  Because Moses was the leader of a lunar cult.  The moon worshipers.  (Moses & Cult)  Jordan Maxwell, lecture Project Camelot Conference September 2009

 

 

12,759.  At heart Christianity is a personality cult.  Its core is the unprecedented idea that god became human not in a Pharaoh, a King or even an Emperor but in a humble peasant from Galilee.  (Christianity & Cult & Jesus)  Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity

 

 

13,155.  God, Ted, I heard about those cults – everyone dressing in black and saying Our Lord’s going to come back and judge us all.  (Catholicism & Cult & Priest)  Father Ted: Old Grey Whistle Theft s2e4, Dougal

 

 

13,192.  Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave

A parasite for a sect.  John Keats, The Fall of Hyperion

 

 

13,193.  The Great Oz has spoken.  Wizard of Oz 1939 starring Judy Garland & Frank Morgan & Ray Bolger & Bert Lahr & Billie Burke & Margaret Hamilton et al, director Victor Fleming

 

 

13,194.  The Recrudescence of Puritanism.  (Cult & Puritanism)  Bertrand Russell, title of essay 1928

 

 

13,195.  It’s easy to tell the difference – a cult is someone else’s religion.  Jim Heldberg

 

 

13,196.  What’s a cult?  It just means not enough people to make a minority.  (Cult & Minority)  Robert Altman, Guardian 11th April 1981

 

 

37,894.  The first mark of a cult that is ever true is extra Biblical revelation – they pay lip service to the Bible.  (Mormon & Cult)  Dr David Breese, author Know the Marks of Cults

 

 

13,197.  A cult is a religion with no political power.  Tom Wolfe

 

 

13,198.  Being a rock star is like being a cult leader – you really have to be in your own religion.  (Cult & Rock Music)  Courtney Love

 

 

13,199.  I can’t really say how big the cult is.  But I’m proud of it.  I’m proud that is has a life.  Bob Odenkirk

 

 

13,200.  I like being infamous.  I think it is safe being in a cult.  Adam Ant

 

 

13,201.  The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.  Frank Zappa

 

 

13,202.  The less reasonable a cult is, the more men seek to establish it by force.  Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

 

13,203.  And it needs to have three characteristics to call it a cult: one is that a guru becomes worshipped rather than the broader religious principles ... Has thought-reform-like characteristics, that is systematic indoctrination with a great focus on confession, criticism, self-criticism, in a systematic way ... Heavy exploitation usually from above ... Every indication is that we can expect a lot more cultish violence.  Professor Robert Lifton, Harvard University

 

 

13,204. Thought reform is a systematic effort which has two stages: one is the breakdown stage with heavy confession and a breakdown of one’s own psychic integrity, and then there’s the second stage which is re-education – trying to re-make a person into a new person.  (Cult & Mind Control)  Professor Robert Lifton

 

 

13,205.  Destructive cults are distinguished by their use of deception and mind control techniques to undermine a person’s free will and make him dependent on the group’s leader ...  A group becomes destructive when its leader actively uses such power to deceive members and to rob them of their individuality and free will.  (Cult & Mind Control)  Steven Hassan, Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves pp3-4

 

13,206.  Mind control seeks nothing less than to disrupt an individual’s authentic identity ... Cult mind control is a social process that encourages obedience, dependence, and conformity.  It discourages autonomy and individuality by immersing recruits in an environment that represses free choice.  The group’s dogma becomes the person’s only concern.  Anything or anyone that does not fit into his reshaped reality is irrelevant.  (Cult & Mind Control)  ibid. p38

 

 

13,207.  I do believe that in some of the more extreme cults there are similar characteristics with people who have been zombies.  (Cult & Mind Control & Zombie)  Steve Hassan

 

 

13,208.  Part of the definition of a destructive cult is that they are using mind control on people.  (Cult & Mind Control)  Steve Hassan

 

 

13,209.  People under the influence of cults are similar to that we observe in addicts.  Typical behaviour for both includes draining bank accounts, neglecting children, destroying relations with family, and losing interest in anything except the drug or cult.  Keith Henson

 

 

13,264.  Cults, or related social movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, result in massive military expenses.  Keith Henson

 

 

13,265.  Successful cult memes induce intense social interaction behaviour between cult members.  This trips the attention detectors.  Keith Henson

 

 

13,210.  A cult is a group or movement that, to a significant degree (a) exhibits great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing; (b) uses a thought-reform program to persuade, control, and socialize members (i.e. to integrate them into the group’s unique pattern of relationships, beliefs, values and practices); (c) systematically induces states of psychological dependency in members; (d) exploits members to advance the leadership’s goals; and (e) causes psychological harm to members, their families, and the community.  Singer and Ofshe, Recovery from Cults p5


 

13,211.  A rising mass movement attracts and holds a following ‘by the refuge it offers from the anxieties, barrenness and meaninglessness of an individual existence.  It cures the poignantly frustrated by freeing them from their ineffectual selves – and it does this by enfolding and absorbing them into a closely knit and exultant corporate whole’.  Of all the cults and philosophies that competed in the Greco-Roman world, Christianity alone developed from its inception a compact organization.  Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

 

 

13,212.  One of the saddest lessons of history is this:  If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.  We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth.  The bamboozle has captured us.  It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken.  Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.  Carl Sagan 

 

 

13,213.  The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting.  (Cults & Catholicism)  Mary Douglas

 

 

13,214.  Comrades!  We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.  (Cult & Individual)  Nikita Khrushchev 

 

 

13,215.  Persecution produced its natural effect on them [Puritans and Calvinists].  It found them a sect; it makes them a faction.  (Cults & Puritans & Calvinism)  Thomas Babington Macaulay, History of England

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