January 15, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/15/2018

Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses, Waco, David Koresh

"Joy Villa, an outspoken Scientologist who most notably revealed her MAGA dress after the elections during last year’s Grammy Awards, discussed her possible run for Congress in 2018 as well as her past political affiliations, her recent allegations against former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and her association with Scientology."

"For nine years, Tatiana was a member of a strict religious group.She claims she wasn’t allowed to celebrate holidays or birthdays, or get an education, and felt isolated from family and friends."

"Tatiana says she wasn’t born religious but claims her husband, Robert, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, used her innocence about the religion to pressure her into becoming a member. But four months ago, she left the religion and now wants her husband to leave, too."

"In this video, JT is interviewed by Daniel in an in depth discussion about whether or not Jehovah's Witnesses do their own critical thinking or actually subcontract it out to the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses."

"Lady Cee and JT then discuss the interview and share their own personal experiences on the topic."

Dozens of confidential documents apparently leaked from Jehovah’s Witnesses archives appeared online Tuesday, providing a rare window into how the religion’s child abuse policies favor accused sexual predators at the expense of the victims.

FaithLeaks, a group pushing for more transparency in religious organizations, posted the documents in tandem with a story published by Gizmodo.

The documents detail the accusations of two sisters who say they were sexually assaulted by their father when they were growing up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. One says her father tied her down and molested her. The other says her father raped her repeatedly over a period of years.

Most of the 33 documents are letters between local leaders and the religion’s global headquarters in New York — The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. They show how the alleged perpetrator was able to attend a congregation with one of his alleged victims, in violation of a restraining order, while leaders admonished a member for reporting the violation to police.

"Adams said Koresh told them they had to have sex with him in order to go to heaven. He targeted girls as young as 12, she claimed. Some of whom became pregnant."

"I was so frightened … that this thing may happen that I started to flip out, I guess."

"To get it over with, she went to his room at 3am one day."

"But Koresh was enraged, telling her God made his sexual selections for him."

"He woke up all members of the cult and began yelling at her – before deciding she had to be isolated, she claimed."

"She spent four months locked in a 3 by 2.4-metre room, fed from a bowl."

"Adams said the experience "messed up" her mind."

November 19, 2016

CultNEWS101: CultNEWS101 Articles: 11/19/2016

Royal Commission announces final hearings in child sexual #abuse investigation

"The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Childh Sexual Abuse has announced its final schedule of public hearings including a three week examination of Catholic Church authorities which have been the subject of past case studies."

"Korea is famously referred to as a “department store of religions” and for a good reason too. For many Koreans, shamanism is not a foreign concept and I have come by quite a lot of people who call themselves Christians yet also make frequent visits to shamans’ homes. Also, different religious beliefs can be pursued even among family members. The reaction and attitude towards shamanism is definitely different from that of Westerners, and this is to be expected."

"One to One works by tracking people in the U.S. and U.K. who are at a particularly high risk of online indoctrination into extremism, then having former radicals like Amira reach out to these vulnerable individuals. Alongside nine other people recruited from the Against Violent Extremism network, a group of 309 former extremists from all over the world, Amira sends anonymous Facebook messages to women who appear to be supporting ISIS, and tries to deter them."

"British Columbia parent says spiritual smudging ceremony violated religious freedom and asks supreme court to ban expressions of religion in public schools"

"Rabbi Eliezer Berland, founder of the Shuvu Bonim religious group, was extradited to Israel earlier in the year after three years on the run that took him between Zimbabwe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and South Africa, accompanied by a group of devout followers numbering around 40 families."

"Why are so many secular hospitals imposing religious restrictions on medical care?"

"Hundreds of bodies are strewn across the Jonestown Commune in Jonestown, Guyana where more than 900 members of the People's Temple committed suicide in November 1978."

"In the film, Wyatt plays Ernestine Markham, whom she describes as deeply devoted to Jones. Markham is based on Peoples Temple member Christine Miller, who, recordings of the temple’s last hours show, stood up to Jones as others died around her. She perished in the jungle, too.
“My character was that voice that said, ‘We don’t have to do this,'” Wyatt said.""

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November 16, 2016

CultNEWS101: CultNEWS101 Articles (11/17) (15)

If the U.S. had 100 people: Charting Americans’ religious affiliations

Ramdev’s Patanjali wants to drive “injurious to health” Coke and Pepsi out of India?

Germany launches raids across 60 cities, bans radical Islamist group

​​ New idol group formed by cult Happy Science wants to “protect your happiness”

Minn. judge calls for rehab to aide one-time ISIS recruit

Benton Harbor remembers cult destroyed by sex scandal

Troubles Overcome Are Good To Tell - Part I

The use and abuse of spooking and phobia


Australian Royal Commission puts Watchtower back under microscope. | JWsurvey

The Catholic Church has a plan to compensate sexual-abuse victims, but many will get nothing

Judge rejects FLDS members' religious freedom claims in food stamp fraud case

An Ohio lawyer hypnotized six female clients and then molested them. Now he’s going to prison.

'The Dead Inside' Details One Woman's Struggle To Survive In A Cult-Like, Abusive Treatment Center For Teens
"Maybe you've heard stories about the notorious Straight, Inc., a drug treatment facility for teens that became the subject of numerous abuse allegations during its 17 years in business. Maybe you've heard the horror stories, but Cyndy Etler lived them. In her young adult memoir, The Dead Inside, out April 1, 2017, Etler details the 16 months she spent behind locked doors at Straight, Inc. — a treatment program called "a concentration camp for throwaway kids" by an official for the American Civil Liberties Union."

How the offshoot of an ancient Hindu practice popularized by the Beatles made its way to Wall Street

Report: North Korea continues to persecute citizens for practicing
"In its annual white paper on North Korea's record on religious freedom, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights said those caught practicing religions not sanctioned by the state face imprisonment and even death, according to local news service Christian Today."

This Documentary About a Kailua Cult is Causing a Commotion in the Community
"Adocumentary titled Holy Hell: 25 Years Inside a Modern Cultis creating an uproar among Windward O‘ahu residents who learned from the film that the group’s Speedo-wearing leader has been based in Lanikai for several years."

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March 1, 2016

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February 28, 2016

CultNEWS101: MIND CONTROL: How people become trapped in Cults

CultNEWS101: MIND CONTROL: How people become trapped in Cults:

How normal people like you and I can easily become gradually duped over a period of time into becoming deceived by a destructive cult!

This video also reveals another frightening scenario: how a handful of corrupt people in positions of authority in the military could issue unjust unconstitutional orders to their subordinates to carry out acts of violence against their fellow countrymen, citizens who are guilty of nothing more than exercising their God-given Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms and protect their lands and their homes and the lives of themselves and their families!

February 25, 2016

CultNEWS101: Theater Review (NYC): ‘So Amazing!’ by Diana Brown...

CultNEWS101: Theater Review (NYC): ‘So Amazing!’ by Diana Brown...:

Let’s face it, cults are fascinating. How do people get sucked in? What techniques are at play, what psychological weaknesses? We can’t help seeing ourselves in cult victims and wondering: What got them? Could it get me too? And if they escaped, how did they do it? Diana Brown digs into the matter in her entertaining and thoughtful, if unpolished and not entirely satisfying, autobiographical solo show So Amazing!

February 24, 2016

CultNEWS101: Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcende...

Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood