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  1. Baconandapples

    2x2s/Friends and Workers/The Truth

    I was born and raised in a secretive, world-wide evangelical fundamentalist church that is similar to many discussed on here but completely different in other ways. Here is a little bit about it. Sorry this is so long. It was started in the late 1800s by a man named William Irvine, although most members do not know this and believe that the church goes back to "the beginning", the time of Christ. The church claims not to have an official name, for a number of reasons. There is the belief that "taking a name" is somehow sinful. Having a name would also give the organization some accountabi
  2. LacyMay

    Waco

    I know this originally aired in 2018 but when I searched "Waco" I couldn't find another thread. Is anyone else watching this/has watched it? I watched the first half in a short period of time but I'm afraid of what comes next. I only had a surface level idea of what all happened and this has been eye opening. Dammit for ruining my Taylor Kitsch crush though. I'll need a lot of Friday Night Lights/Tim Riggins to make up for him as David Koresh.
  3. Marmion

    Lakeview Christian Life Church

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/05/02/kdka-investigates-former-pastors-member-call-bridgeville-church-cult-like/ , https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/05/03/controversial-church-in-bridgeville-draws-ire-of-neighbors/
  4. Hane

    If I Ran a Cult...

    After reading about that whackjob named Jane and her crazy list of cult rules (nothing branded with Nike! You must hang toilet paper like *this*!), I started thinking: What would *you* insist on if you ran a cult? I’ll start: Regular visits to public libraries shall be a sacrament. Attendance at community theater and concerts shall be pilgrimages. Children shall not be forced to wear itchy clothing. Let’s hear yours!
  5. I came across a channel documenting various instances of chicanery in the Hannibal Fandom, and one of the biggest "Fannibals" happens to be a someone who I've heard of in another dreadful, awespiring story of fandom gone wrong. I'm creating this topic because I know FJ is chock full of geeks (and I say this lovingly), and we do discuss cults, so this is perfect for FJ. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8gdwvp/the-tale-of-the-final-fantasy-vii-house-is-a-window-into-the-dark-side-of-cosplay-529 Start here for the Hannibal fandom chicanery (I'm not sure I agree with/believe eve
  6. 48 Hours has an interesting new episode about an Australian cult run by a women who said she was Christ reincarnated. They were very child centered and she even stole other people's children. Very interesting commentary by a cult expert about how photographs show how children's personalities are being suppressed. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-the-family-cult-australia-anne-hamilton-byrne/
  7. So I have a co-worker I recently found out is a Scientologist. She is quite strange. Nice on the surface but quick to make cutting personal remarks. Does anyone else here have experience with Scientologists? I would love to hear your stories!
  8. Latest revelations include her telling everyone she told us so as the towers were falling. Continued from here:
  9. VaSportsMom

    Gwen Shamblin 2: Divorce? What Divorce?

    Continued from here ;
  10. There's a website that's purpose is to expose the Church of Wells Cult and contains many of their secret teachings on the website. Website is here: http://exposingthechurchofwells.com/ This document from their website has sickened me. Here are some quotes: Encouraging the Rod Encouraging to not give into crying in order to spare the child's soul The rod will drive foolishness out of the child's heart vs. verbal correction. Do not give into their cries if you care for their soul. The rod gives wisdom and not using it brings a family shame. Children
  11. Japan appears to be ready to execute some of the Aum Shinrikyo members involved in the deadly 1995 sarin has attack on the Tokyo subway: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/20/japan-prepares-to-execute-up-to-13-members-of-aum-shinrikyo-cult Japan is one of the few industrialized countries that still has the deal that penalty, but unlike the US, they’re rather secretive about it. I believe the method used is hanging. The wikipedia page on the group is suprisingly good, as is the page on the terrorist attack: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aum_Shinriky
  12. Carlos Castaneda became a counter culture sensation in the 1960s based on his “scholarly” books that allegedly described his apprenticeship with a Yaqui sorcerer: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Castaneda If you’ve ever seen that episode of the Simpsons where Homer goes on a search for his soulmate after hallucinating in magical chili peppers, that was based on Castañeda’s works. Today most reputable scholars agree that his books are fiction, but Castañeda still has a following and said books have never been out of print. During his lifetime, Castañeda built up a cult of perso
  13. Stormy

    Word of Faith Fellowship

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article134790299.html In short, the Word of Faith Fellowship is a church that's come under investigation for severe abuse, often manifesting as "blasting", where congregants literally beat the shit out of someone to expel demons. Sexual, spiritual, and emotional abuse also abound. Victims are trained from an early age to lie to authorities. Nearly all the members were encouraged to live in the same town so as to keep the community isolated. Most people interviewed for the article had been brought into the cult as children, and hav
  14. Because the news wasn't full of enough weird, creepy news: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimderogatis/parents-told-police-r-kelly-is-keeping-women-in-a-cult?utm_term=.iqA44w0Nz7#.ppLKKZXLNq Since the women involved are adults and can join any sort of organization they want, there's not much that can be done from a legal perspective unless Kelly has done something demonstrably illegal. I guess we'll see how this story unfolds.
  15. I recently found out about the thankfully defunct Tony Alamo Ministries, and found this account of a woman who was raised in this craziness: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/inside_the_arkansas_compound_t.html Franckiewicz's story has a happy ending, since she escaped and Alamo was put in prison. I seriously doubt Gothard, for example, will ever have to pay for his crimes, although now I'm wondering if the Bateses and Duggars will be praying to resurrect him when he eventually dies.
  16. I had known that the Heaven's Gate Website was still up in all its late 1990s tackiness, but I had always assumed that it was just another relic of the Geocities age: http://www.heavensgate.com/ However, as it turns out, the website is very much alive, and if you send emails, you can get replies, and you can buy Heaven's Gate books and VHS tapes: http://gizmodo.com/the-online-legacy-of-a-suicide-cult-and-the-webmasters-1617403237 It's interesting that the Kings haven't updated the aesthetics of the website or migrated the files from 3.5 floppy discs. I guess they want to
  17. I've studied a lot of cults and thought I'd heard it all, but I think Roch Thériault's cult may be the worst I've heard: TRIGGER WARNING!!! http://politicsrusprinciple.tumblr.com/tagged/Roch-Th%C3%A9riault (scroll down for the long post with the main story) I'm not going to do a summary, because I don't even know where to begin or how to explain it. All I can say is that Thériault sounds like a cross between David Koresh, Warren Jeffs, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Given that, I want to warn you that this story is extremely graphic and contains descriptions of abuse that are almost beyon
  18. SpoonfulOSugar

    Strong City Cult

    My gateway fundie group is not one that has been discussed here before . . . the Lord Our Righteousness Church, a Seventh Day Adventist derivative in northeastern New Mexico. They ate a very sparing vegetarian diet; the women wore long hair, long skirts, and no makeup; by some standards, they were considered a millennial cult. Strong City (another name) achieved fame/notoriety in 2007 when a documentary was produced by Ben Anthony and it aired on National Geographic. (I've linked to part one on Youtube - you should be able to go through the other parts with the menu on the right.)
  19. I mentioned this case in the Ardnt family thread, but I think it deserves a thread of its own. The short version is that this psychotic narcissist pervert, Marcus Wesson, started his own family-cult that taught that the End Times were near, that Jesus was a vampire, and that they should be prepared to commit suicide at any moment. He took on his own nieces and daughters (step and bio) as "sister wives" and numerous children were born of these incestous unions. When two of the nieces tried to leave the cult and take their children with them, Wesson set in place a murder-suicide pact that left n
  20. A judge granted temporary custody of four children to their mother, who fled with them this summer from her husband and a restrictive religious enclave -- the House of Yahweh religious sect. Amy Hawkins waited until her husband left for work one morning in July and broke church rules by downloading Facebook to her phone, which she used to contact her mother-in-law, Claudia Owen. Hawkins also said she was leaving her husband and the House of Yahweh enclave near Clyde, Texas, and Owen invited her to come 1,200 miles away to her home in South Carolina. The cult-monitoring
  21. This community looks nearly amish like fundie, http://www.cults.co.nz/c.php#cooperites [] they left their community to start life in the rest of society. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=11415552
  22. Good article about cults briefly mentioning ATI . I saw no reason to break link http://www.fairobserver.com/region/nort ... gic-90134/
  23. Coldwinterskies

    Cult Warning Sign Checklist

    I think one of the reasons these crazy religions are able to get a foothold is because many people don't know the warning signs of a cult. How many of these warning signs can you see in the fundies we follow? To me, A LOT of these apply. http://i.imgur.com/tzFegxg.png
  24. Has anyone heard of this guy? I came across his name looking through the Brown family wreath. He is a Mormon who leads a small group of followers. I gather they sometimes practice polygamy. He claims he is the reincarnation of Hyrum Smith and has even gotten a descendent of Smith's hooked. That little lady gave Chris her burial plot near Hyrum so he can put up a tombstone for himself and Hyrum- since they are the same person. Nemelka claims that he has unsealed the sealed portion of Joseph Smith's revelations. He is/was a polygamist, con artist and scammer, likely menta
  25. A young woman known by "Bethany" met a young man in a Christian organization at college and they were mutually attracted immediately. Along the way, he helped her get an A in a tough class, and to thank him, she remembered that he'd said his family almost never had money to eat out at a nice place, so she invited him to dinner. They went out, he insisted on paying, they were obviously in love, and for all intents and purposes were engaged to be married. Then his parents - devoted disciples of Doug Phillips' Vision Forum cult, got involved. Long story short, the young co
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