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Are We Mormons a Cult?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | 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...

Cult's Robert Knepper on Method, Prison Break, and Unleashing the Dark Side

Andrew Fish | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

Knepper doesn't pull any punches. He's an intense guy with great stories, strong opinions and not a hint of the malevolence many expect from the man who channeled T-Bag with such brutal realism from 2005 to 2009.

Bad News For The CW's 'Cult'

Posted 02.28.2013 | TV

The CW is moving freshman drama "Cult" to Friday nights at 9 p.m. EST beginning March 8, the network announced Wednesday. The Matt Davis mystery a...

Ratings Woes: 'Smash,' 'Body Of Proof' Hit Lows

Posted 02.20.2013 | TV

"Smash" is not a hit in the Nielsen ratings. The NBC musical drama -- and other NBC shows -- continued to spiral downward in the ratings Tuesday night...

'Cult' Vs. 'Zero Hour': Can You Tell Them Apart?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.22.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Television fans, we've been doing things all wrong. When we prioritize what we want to watch, we've asked ourselves: Is this show entertaining? Is it thought-provoking? Is it funny? Is it surprising, suspenseful or reassuring? Will my life be a little richer for having seen it? All along, we should have been asking this question: Does this show have Nazi babies?

Laura Prudom

Matt Davis On Leaving 'The Vampire Diaries' & The Appeal Of 'Cult'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Prudom | Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

The CW's latest series, "Cult," has drawn its fair share of comparisons to Fox's "The Following," as both shows center around a charismatic leader who...

Ferris Bueller Does The Harlem Shake (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.13.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

It all started with this crazy video from music producer, Baauer. Then, everyone wanted to do it. And now, pop culture's favorite parade-crasher Ferris Bueller is jumping on the dance meme bandwagon, courtesy of What's Trending!