Tag Archive for cult

The myth of Satanic cults still affects the US

Worth a (long) read: America’s dark days in fear of secret Satanism, cults, horrific animal and child abuse. It never happened. Psychotherapists continue the same flawed methods that resulted in innocent people jailed for decades. What does the Church of Satan have to do with this? How quack psychology helped pundits invent the Satanic Panic of…

Florida cops become cult “experts” regarding triple homicide (UPDATE: Wicca conflation)

Allegations of a witchcraft sacrifice during a full moon? This story is FULL of doubtful “facts” that propagate harmful myths. A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a “Wiccan ritual killing” related to the “blue” moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check…

Congregation appears to drink gasoline, pastor says he’s made it harmless

Megalomaniacal preacher encourages his followers to drink petrol under the guise of a miracle. If it burns, it AIN’T pineapple juice. This guy can’t even do a conjuring trick and may be willingly poisoning people. Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation | The Citizen. During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria,…

Raelians help fund FGM reconstructive surgery in Africa (UPDATE: Trouble)

Originally posted Feb 10, 2014 See update. This is something else. But also, a bit dubious. In Burkina Faso, 58 percent of girls have been subjected to the practice of genital mutilation before it was banned in 1996. A new clinic offers reconstructive surgery for free, promising… miracles. UFO cult backs Africa’s first clitoris restoration…

3Cs: Christian, chiropractor, cult

A charismatic chiropractor is fronting a doomsday cult, say parents of college-aged girls now involved in his massage therapy practice. Christian chiropractor’s ‘commune’ of women part of discount massage ‘cult,’ parents say. Parents and friends of college-age women in Michigan believe that a local chiropractor uses his business as a front for a doomsday cult.…

Teacher associated with cult murder causes concern in KC high school

“There are official background checks, and then there are teenagers with Google.” Tyler Deaton, whose wife was slain in KC area, suspended from Texas teaching job [S]tudents at Lancaster High School near Dallas Googled the new, young pre-calculus teacher and found news stories from Kansas City with allegations that [Tyler] Deaton’s wife, Bethany, 27, was…

Spiritual abuse: Not your typical cult

Another case of what we can call religious fraud. Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’. Karen Wanjico had no choice. Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or be exterminated by God at Armageddon — which could come any moment — with no hope of resurrection. Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz.,…

Self-described Messiah connected to suicide of young follower

Metro Detroit family blames fringe religion for Redford woman’s suicide | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com. Kelly Pingilley was trying to make sense of the voices in her head when she went looking for answers on the Internet. She stumbled upon a website promoting a religion that believes in UFOs, vampires, conspiracy theories and doomsday…

Scientologists’ PR drive to improve their image

Call me cynical but I don’t think this is going to work. Church of Scientology plans publicity drive to quash ‘misconceptions’ about being secretive, controlling and believing in alien ancestry. The Church of Scientology is planning a publicity drive in Australia to challenge what it calls “misconceptions” among the public and the media. The controversial…