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Is Entrepreneurship turning into a cult?

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Sriya Chakravarti

"There are lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there's only one good, legitimate reason, and ...it's to change the world." - Phil Libin, CEO o...

Eerie Sci-Fi Short Explores Quest To Feel 'Connected' With A Surprising Star

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Religion

An intense new sci-fi short from filmmaker Luke Gilford follows a woman's determined quest "to feel connected to anything, something." The 10-minute v...

Donald Trump Is 'Greatest Collaborator' of ISIS

Steven Hassan | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Steven Hassan

We need a more coherent counter-terrorism response than Donald Trump's call to "close down" parts of the Internet in response to ISIS recruitment, his labeling of free speech advocates as "foolish," and his calls to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

Accused U.S. Cult Leader Reportedly Attempts Suicide In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.20.2015 | Crime

Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshals' "Most Wanted" list, has reportedly attempted suicide in his Bra...

Parents Arrested After 19-Year-Old Dies In Church 'Counseling Session'

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Two teenage brothers were brutally beaten in church - one of them fatally - in an effort by their parents, sister and other ...

The Art of a Good Con

Scott Terry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Terry

The further the con went, the deeper involved I became and the less willing I was to voice my concerns. Hossain had found the art of a good con.

Are We Mormons a Cult?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I have begun to wonder if it might not be useful for Mormons to understand more clearly why so many people think of Mormonism as a cult. Are these reasons that are true and are things we embrace? Are they true and things we might want to change? Are they simply not true and things we need to correct people about?

Cult of Patriarchy

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Melissa Charles

His family, fans, and a politician have weighed in talking about how this was a 'teenage' mistake. And that God challenged them. They talk about how hard it is for Josh. About his victims? *crickets*

David Lohr

Kirtland Cult Killings Were 'Mandated By God,' Former Member Says

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 04.17.2015 | Crime

Twenty-six years ago this Friday, Ronald Luff, the former right-hand man of self-appointed prophet and cult leader Jeffrey Don Lundgren, assisted in t...

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Accused Of Child Molestation Captured In Brazil

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime

The leader of a cult-like religious sect who was on the U.S. Marshall's Most Wanted List has been arrested by Brazilian authorities and faces extradit...

Fighting the Master Cult of Jihad

Ben Barber | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ben Barber

The latest reports from Europe about ordinary, normal young men suddenly shifting to become jihadis -- throat cutters, suicide bombers, assassins of children and women -- reminds me of the way cultish holy men formed their slavish followings in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

A Letter to Mrs. Frost: Part II

Scott Terry | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

Today, I find myself thinking about teachers in general and the enormous responsibility that comes with their duty to teach and protect children. Is it a burden, I wonder?

A Letter to Mrs. Frost - Part I

Scott Terry | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

For the last few years, I've been feeling an overwhelming desire to contact some teachers from my past. That's typical for cult or abuse survivors like me, I think.

Fugitive Minnesota Cult Leader Spotted In Washington

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Washington say they have received a "credible tip" as to the location of Victor Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who i...

Parents Allege Their Daughters Were Indoctrinated Into A Cult By High School Teachers

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

A family in Avon, Connecticut, has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges teachers at Avon High School indoctrinated their daughters into a cul...

MANHUNT: Fugitive Cult Leader Allegedly Said Sex With Kids Normal 'Because It Was In God's Word'

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

State and federal authorities are searching two states Wednesday for Victor Arden Barnard, the leader of a cult-like religious sect who is accused of ...

David Lohr

Woman Blames Satanic Cult For Mom's Stabbing

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime

Katie Nichols, a Tennessee woman accused of stabbing her mother and leaving her for dead, isn't to blame for her actions –- a satanic cult is, Nicho...

At 85 Years, She's as Passionate About Helping Families as Ever

Rich Polt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Molly Brown Koch possesses a résumé that chronicles the sweeping arc of her career from the 1950s to the present. That long document could be boiled down to a three word phrase: heroic family advocate.

Faces of Moral Courage

Antonia Marrero | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Antonia Marrero

Moral courage is speaking truth to power within your own community -- for the sake of the greater good.

Becoming Prey To Cults

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Carol Smaldino

If we are all capable of violence and submission -- especially when we are out of touch with our own shadows (and how could we tame them if we don't even know what they are?) -- then I too could be vulnerable to a cult.

Cults Come In All Kinds: The Head Is Not A Great Neighborhood To Live In

Lama Surya Das | Posted 09.28.2013 | TED Weekends
Lama Surya Das

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'm not foolish enough to say, either explicitly or implicitly, that mine is better than yours. I'm talking about fanaticism and criminality, not beliefs and opinions -- which are harder to judge and impossible to legislate.

When Organized Religion Becomes a Cult

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Eliyahu Federman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt was either the modern unknown world, or their family. If they chose not to return, their family would disown them. Leaving their loved ones behind was not seen as an option. Sadly, that is the definition of a cult.

Examining The Conscious Choice Of Joining A Cult

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Jayanti Tamm

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAre they victims? Only those on the outside and ex-members view them that way. To the devout, the concept that they are 'victims' is a direct insult. How can they be victims when they have chosen their path?

How Cults Gain Power Over An Individual: A True Story

Lisa Kerr | Posted 09.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Kerr

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat makes a bright young woman join a cult and sacrifice her life to someone else's dreams? For starters, nobody joins a "cult." From the outside Master's Commission looked like the quickest path to change the world.

Another Show Is Back From The Dead

Posted 05.24.2013 | TV

"Cult" lives! The CW series, starring Matthew Davis and Jessica Lucas, was pulled from the network in April, but the final six episodes will see th...