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“Their Hollow Inheritance -A Comprehensive Refutation of Christian Missionaries by Michoel Drazin”
Tags: Jews for Jesus, Moishe Rosen, Israel, religious studies

"A personal assessment of child protection in BKWSU, documentation of proven risk, abuse disclosure and the ongoing campaign for child protection provision." 
Tags: Brahma Kumaris, Brahma Baba, children, child abuse, ex-member, personal account 
 
“False abuse allegations and false allegations of child sexual abuse help. Child abuse expert Dean Tong.  Dean Tong is an internationally known family rights and forensic consultant on child abuse, domestic violence, and child custody cases. Dean Tong qualifies as an expert in false child abuse accusations cases under Florida Statute Ch. 90.702 and under Federal Rule of Evidence 702. 
Tags: abuse, parental alienation 

Action Without Borders is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City. Among other programs, Action Without Borders runs the website Idealist.org.


"The acts of the Pisa conference on 12 April 2008 can be viewed in English and German in http://fecris.org.”
“State responsibility to protect citizens against destructive cults: Analysis of present and possible future models”

“What does Sunday Adelaja really teach? The question is an important one, because the Nigerian-born pastor leads what is arguably the largest congregation in Europe. His Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in Kyiv, Ukraine claims 25,000 members, plus affiliates in at least 25 countries (including 22 churches and a Bible school in the United States). 
Tags: Embassy of God,Sunday Adelaja, abuse,church-abuse, clergy-abuse, Africa 

"Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here." 
Tags: religion, comparative religion, religious studies 

"Avatar Adi Da Samraj has given humanity a Way to live in alignment with the Divine Reality.”
Tags: Adi Da, Da Free John   


Information on the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Tags: children

Former member website critical of Aesthetic Realism
Tags: aesthetic Realism, Eli Siegel, ex-member 
 
AIS is a private, independent, nonprofit organization, recognized as a mental health care center. It was founded in 1977 and since the beginning has focused its prevention and care activities on disorders caused by sectarian relations and other processes of psychological manipulation.
Tags: abuse-psychological 

“Saiguru.net is an independent website to expose the allegations and controversy surrounding the Indian Guru Sathya Sai Baba.”
Tags: Sai Baba, ex-member, meditation

"These pages document one man's journey through the abyss of religious fascism. It is dedicated to my mother and father who remembered me so well that, through them, I have been reborn. It is also dedicated to the thousands of young men and women whose uniformed idealism and hunger for righteousness have been turned against them by cynical cult leaders. These parasites wantonly manipulate the openness, generosity and essential belief in goodness of their young followers. It is my hope that this web site may in some way interfere with the emotional and psychological slaughter which is the coin of the realm on the road to Xanadu"
Tags: Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon    


The "Dark Side" of Hindu-Buddhist-New Age Pseudoscience.
Tags: Sri Chinmoy, NRM 

"Plain-language explanations of how our mental health and behavior play a role in everyday issues such as: aging, depression, eating disorders, emotional health, marriage, divorce, parenting, sexuality, sleep, stress and trauma."
Tags: children, counseling, marriage, medical, memory, mental health, sexual-abuse, suicide, trauma 
  

"What you need to know before doing the Amway Global business."

Tags:  Amway, Equinox, Advanced Marketing, MLM,  business 




"The information that Amway and Amway distributors don't want you to see"

 Tags: Amway, Equinox, Advanced Marketing, MLM,  business 




Publisher: Eric Walker

"Welcome to the Introduction to Scientology World Wide Web page. Designed to present a critical but open-minded viewpoint, this page is for the curious and the uninformed."

Tags: Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, free speech 




“This letter was compiled by a group of eleven former members of the Nityananda Institute based in Portland, Oregon. Another fifty-three former members contributed by sharing their experiences. We left the organization after realizing that Swami Chetanananda was abusing his role as guru and Abbot of the Institute. In light of the Dalai Lama’s 1994 proclamation that students should speak out publicly when spiritual teachers abuse their leadership roles, we feel it is our duty to ourselves and others to tell the truth here….”
Tags: Nityananda Institute, Swami Chetanananda, ex-member, sexual-abuse, spiritual-abuse 

“The following information is presented as a service to those who are interested in learning more about Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), the Ananda Church and the Ananda communities.”
“Overveiw and background:The Ananda Awareness Network offers information about Ananda, also known as the Ananda Church of Self-Realization.
Tags: Ananda, Kriyananda, Ananda Marga, Ananda Church of Self-Realization, Swami Kriyananda, meditation
  


"Andrew Skolnick's science & medical resources on debunking claims of the paranormal, pseudoscience, the occult, parapsychology, superstition, cults, homeopathy, Transcendental Meditation, alternative medicine and quackery."
Tags: parapsychology, superstition, cults, homeopathy, Transcendental Meditation, alternative medicine and quackery."

"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is a classic in paranoid, racist literature. Taken by the gullible as the confidential minutes of a Jewish conclave convened in the last years of the nineteenth century, it has been heralded by anti-Semites as proof that Jews are plotting to take over the world. Since its contrivance around the turn of the century by the Russian Okhrana, or Czarist secret police, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion has taken root in bigoted, frightened minds around the world." 
Tags: Israel 

Apologetics Research
Greater Grace World Outreach (GGWO). 
Tags: Greater Grace World Outreach, Bible Speaks, Carl H. Stevens

Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood (AJRB) aims to “educate Jehovah's Witnesses, their family members, friends and health care providers regarding the irrational aspects of the Watchtower Society's policy on the use of blood and blood products. To promote reform of the Watchtower's policy so that each Jehovah's Witness can have a free and informed choice regarding their health care - without fear of control or sanctions from the Watchtower Society (and member congregations) that can separate them from their family members and friends.”
Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, children, faith healing, medical, medical-neglect


Association of Religion Data Archiveshttp://www.thearda.com/

"Baha'i - Learn the basic beliefs and practices of this religion. What are their views and is it compatible with Christianity?" 
Tags: Baha'i,  religion

“The Bahai Faith and what they dont tell you about it. The Bahai Truth. Was Bahaullah a Prophet or God? Islam versus the Bahai Faith. The Bahai Faith misguides and deceives Muslims." 

Tags: Baha'i,  religion




"Dieter came to Shropshire as an orphan during World War II and was looked after by a religious community on Clee Hill. Find out what he thought of the Bruderhof and why he would never go back."

Tags: Bruderhof, Eberhard Arnold, children 


Carol Giambalvo
Carol Giambalvo’s Cult Information and Recovery.

Church of Scientology Money Project
"The goal of The Scientology Money Project is to demand total financial transparency from the Church of Scientology. To this end, all possible publicly available financial and legal documents will be compiled."
The author of this blog is Jeffrey Augustine, a long time critic of the Church of Scientology.



CIAOSN
The CIAOSN is responsible for studying the phenomenon of organizations harmful sectarian in Belgium and their international links.

The Centre has a library comprising several thousand works of reference, encyclopedias, journals, reports, press folders of documents, videos, cd-rom ...


Access to the public library on appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday DE09: 00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 5:00 p.m. hrs.


Belgian Federal Agency created by Act of 2 June 1998 giving effect to the recommendations of the inquiry Parliamentary "To develop a policy to fight against the practice illegal sects and the danger they pose to society and to people, especially minors ages " calling for the creation of an observatory of sects in Belgium, the CIAOSN installed since the summer of 


2000 the building space located Jacqmotte 139 High Street in the center of Brussels.



Cult Information Brisbane

“We are a group of ordinary Brisbane people, who have experienced cult or destructive group involvement first hand, or have a particular interest in this phenomenon.

The Cult Information Service has the following goals:



  • Provide, free of charge, an information service by phone for members (or supporters or members) of unhealthy groups.
  • Make known that we are here to help the people of Brisbane, particularly students at the University of Queensland, QUT and other tertiary institutions.
  • Provide support groups, conferences and seminars.
  • We are available to provide speakers for schools and interested groups.”



“What is Cult Information Centre (CIC)?
CIC is a charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media. CIC was founded in 1987 and became a registered Charity (No. 1012914) in 1992. It was the first charitable organisation, established in the United Kingdom, focusing critical concern on the harmful methods of the cults.”


Cult Information Service, Inc. is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational, self-help organization. It is made up entirely of volunteers and dedicated to:


  1. Educating the public about the danger and harmful effects of mind control used by destructive cults.
  2. Providing support and referral to victims and those affected by destructive cults.
  3. Providing information for professionals and people interested in researching destructive cults and cultic behavior.

It is important to note that the Cult Information Service limits its concerns about destructive groups to unethical or illegal practices. It does not pass judgment on doctrine or beliefs.

To get help, call (201) 833-1212 or email cultinformationservice@yahoo.com.

The group started by Raymond Armin aka Leo who was once a London cabdriver and self proclaimed visionary. 

"This site has been compiled by a group of people from the international template network who have pursued the work and development of the Emin for many years, and who, together with others, steadfastly pioneer its way today.

In our Emin companionship we find a mutuality of shared values and intention, where collective intelligence can be gathered towards the continued refinement of this ever-opening endeavour. We are motivated in our own personally religious quest to become the best that God and Creation has given us the opportunity to be, and seek to make the fullest response to this summons."


Exit is a project within the non-profit organization Fryshuset. Our aim is to help and provide support to those who wish to leave a nationalistic/racist/nazi oriented groups and movements.

What we do:


We provide hands-on support for persons wanting to leave a neo nazi or racist environment by cooperating with various housing corporations, the police, social services, legal system and also with the client’s own family and friends. The support that Exit offer is naturally always depending on our client’s individual wishes and needs.

We aim to prevent recruitment to such groups. The preventative work is mainly focused on information towards and dialog with Swedish schools and governmental authorities. We also hope to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms behind involvement in racist groups. This we do by giving lectures, seminars and workshops on our empirics and other experiences.

We educate and help professionals, organisations and others working with people wanting to leave nationalistic/white power/nazi oriented groups.

Those who leave a neo nazi movement often share similar difficulties. Therefore Exit assist the government, municipalities, schools and other non-profit organisations in understanding our target group’s premises and particular needs so that they may offer the help that is required.

Last but not least, Exit offer counseling to parents, siblings, partners and others that are close to our client.


Family Acceptance ProjectAlthough there is an increasing amount of information about the risks and challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) youth (and much less information about transgender youth), we know far less about their strengths and resiliency, including the strengths of families in supporting their children's health and well-being. Even though the family is the primary support for children and youth, and family involvement helps reduce adolescent risk, there have been no previous comprehensive studies of how parental, caregiver and family reactions contribute to their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children’s risk and well-being. Prior to this study, little information was available to show how families respond to an adolescent's coming out and how family and caregiver reactions contribute to health, mental health and development for LGBT young people.



Freedom of Mind cult expert counseling services information.
Steven A. Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC has been involved in educating the public about mind control, controlling groups and destructive cults since 1976.   He holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).


Holding Out HELP exists to assist those from a polygamous background with the resources necessary to meet their physical, emotional, and educational needs. Primarily we help those transitioning from a polygamist community into an independent and self-sufficient life by providing access to housing, food, clothing, counseling, mentoring, job training, education and referral services.

http://holdingouthelp.org/



Info-Cult is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1980 based in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) that offers help and information about cults, new religious movements and related groups and subjects.


Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.



Inform is an independent charity providing information that is as up-to-date and reliable as possible about what many call cults, sects, new religious movements (NRMs), non-conventional religions, alternative religions, spiritual or esoteric movements and/or self-religions.

Jewish Community Watch protects our children from child sexual abuse, and helps victims heal.
  • We Educate the public to promote child safety, increase awareness, and eliminate stigma.
  • We actively Prevent abuse of children by warning about suspected predators and working to put them behind bars.
  • We help victims Heal by getting them the support they need.

Blog about the Legion of Christ.

The Kingston Clan
A site critical of  the Kingston Clan. News, documents, investigations.


http://kingstonclan.com/


The Open Minds Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organisation, established to raise awareness of and educate on the dangers of undue influence, to reduce its impact, and preferably eliminate it all together.

Open Minds is a community of almost 150 people from a wide range of backgrounds, including academia, healthcare, therapy / counselling, cult information, law and community leadership, as well as those with a personal experience of undue influence. Collectively, we share a concern over the prevalence of undue influence in modern society and the speed at which is it growing.

We are registered in the US as Open Minds Foundation and in the UK as The Open Minds Organisation Limited.



"Promoting a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs."

Polygamy and Trafficting
Christine Marie Katas is a survivor of “polygamy” and human trafficking. She started this digital information center in 2009.



"My goal was to send a wake up call to the public about how religious coercion can be more powerful than a loaded weapon, and how thousands of vulnerable, believing people are enslaved in “the name of God” by their ecclesiastical fiduciaries.

Due to my personal experiences, I felt like an expert on the overlooked relationship between patriarchal polygamy and human trafficking. I have referred countless people here over the years, have had thousands of visitors pouring through these pages and am overjoyed that finally this message is starting to take root in law enforcement, in human rights conversations, in government agencies and in trafficking organizations.

Religion is a way for predators to “legally” exploit, manipulate and enslave people. Spiritual advisors, cult leaders, religious leaders or clergy of any sort NOT involved in polygamy can also use undue influence and deceptive and/or coercive practices to manipulate their followers to achieve slave-like obedience – thereby gaining access to their bodies, resources, and labor. Such ecclesiastical exploitation can result in human trafficking and a violation of human rights."
http://polygamyandtrafficking.com/




Radha Madhav Dham is the main U.S. center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. It is located on over 200 acres of scenic land in the Hill Country south of Austin, Texas. Radha Madhav Dham is home to Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple, and is the largest Hindu temple and ashram complex in America. It is Graced by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and is a place of pilgrimage for millions of devotees living in the West. People come to Radha Madhav Dham from all over to experience its Divinely serene atmosphere, to see the breathtaking temple architecture and shrine, to enjoy the beautiful grounds and scenery, to participate in our grand Hindu celebrations and festivals, and to learn about the teachings of Hindu religion and bhatki to Radha Krishn.



Former: “Barsana Dham is the main U.S. center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. With the Gracious blessing of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj (Shree Maharajji), Barsana Dham was established by H.D. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati (Shree Swamiji) in 1990.

The temple and ashram complex of Barsana Dham is situated on a beautiful 200 acre property.” 
Tags: Barsana Dham, ISDL, meditation, New Age, Prakashanand Saraswati 

ReGAIN: Regnum Christi and Legion of Christ Awareness International Network

ReGAIN's mission is to outreach, unite and support those touched or adversely affected by the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement. Past and present members and all those who quest for justice and truth, resolution and healing are invited to join in this endeavor.



An Organization of Former Members of the International Churches of Christ (ICC) (ICOC), Boston Church of Christ/"Boston Movement", and Crossroads Church of Christ/"Crossroads Movement"



reFOCUS is a secular, non-profit tax-exempt organization which provides a network of support and referrals for individuals recovering from the effects of a destructive cult, or other closed, high-demand group or relationship.


Religion Research HUB

The best practice Center: theories, concepts & measures.

http://wiki.thearda.com/tcm/

SAVE - Sisters Against Violent Extremism
A World Without Terrorism: Women Know How
SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) is the world's first female counter-terrorism platform. Headquartered at the Women without Borders offices in Vienna, Austria, the SAVE initiative brings together a broad spectrum of women determined to create a united front against violent extremism. SAVE provides women with the tools for critical debate to challenge extremist thinking and to develop alternative strategies for combating the growth of global terrorism.

The Skeptic Tank
"The Skeptic Tank is a BBS which maintains extensive archives on destructive groups, individuals, and ideologies with special focus on religion's impact upon history as well as religion's impact upon rights, liberties, health, and safety of the world's populace in contemporary times. Newspaper articles and information about various groups and individuals and their destructive ideology-drive activities are provided upon request free of charge to serve the community. 

This service is free because The Skeptic Tank is a charity service intended to benefit researchers and the common person. Eventually we hope to be a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity with additional staff to help assist in accumulating and distributing research materials. 


The Skeptic Tank also maintains as a primary focus the scientific debunking of claims of the paranormal. This includes all testable claims of the paranormal from aliens in flying saucers to vague, ill-defined conspiracies. Untestable claims of the paranormal are really of no interest as metaphysical queries are pretty tiresome and pointless and there's enough testable claims being made by paranormalists that should be addressed. The activities individuals perform as the results of those beliefs, however, are subject to scientific inquiry as as such The Skeptic Tank considers such its venue. 



These two areas of focus are somewhat diametrically opposed in some ways, you might have noticed. Religion's venue is with claims that are untestable (always factless) whereas claims of the paranormal are usually testable using scientific method to derive the closest approximation of truth that is possible. Since most skeptics are Hume-class skeptics, the archives attempt to exclude debates of untestable religious and paranormal claims and tend to focus upon the destructive attributes which belief in those claims yield." 

Sound Choices Coalition (SCC) was established in the fall of 2012 by Kristyn Decker. Kristyn is the daughter of Owen A. Allred, former leader of the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB), a polygamist cult with members living predominantly in Utah, Arizona, Montana, and Mexico. Kristyn spent fifty years in polygamy before leaving to make a new life.

In 2012, Kristyn became impatient with the pro-polygamy propaganda that was appearing in the media. From her own experience and from speaking to many former members of other polygamist cults, she knew that the image being presented was far from the truth. SCC was born as a way of informing the public about polygamy’s realities and as a means to lobbying lawmakers on behalf of the victims of polygamy–particularly children. SCC is a group of like-minded people liaising with sister organizations to bring about a more just society free from the abuses of polygamy.

You will find articles from our writers, links to news articles and academic research relating to polygamy in the U.S. and worldwide, our mission statement, resources from other organizations helping families and individuals leaving polygamous cultures, how to book speakers for your organization, and how to donate to our cause. Thank you for visiting! Please share this site with your friends.


TM-Free Blog: Skeptical Views of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Insider information about the Transcendental Meditation™ techniques, the TM movement and its late founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Our bloggers take independent, skeptical and critical views of TM claims and research. We report allegations of deception by TM organizations and reports that some individuals experience harm from involvement.




The USC Center on Public Diplomacy comprises faculty, staff and students of the University of Southern California, as well as visiting scholars and non-resident researchers who support the Center's mission to advance and enrich the study and practice of public diplomacy.

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