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Steven Hassan
Steven Hassan is the author of "Combatting Cult Mind Control" (1988) and Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (2000) and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). His website is Twitter @cultexpert

Entries by Steven Hassan

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:29 PM

Who is drawn to join violent terrorist groups and why? Could it be the violence itself? Last week The New York Times suggested that the group calling itself Islamic State has adopted a 'cult of sadism' -- using its brutal images of rapes, crucifixions and beheadings to attract throngs of...

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From Rwanda to Libya: Who's Calling Whom a Cockroach Now?

(17) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 12:18 PM

Recently in the news is political cult leader Muammar Gaddafi calling the Libyan people "cockroaches" -- the very term used by radio hosts to dehumanize Tutsi in Rwanda on the cusp of the hundred-day slaughter in 1994. How could people turn on their friends and neighbors, and murder them?


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Beware the "Main Street Bubble" of Multi-Level Marketing groups without U.S. Government Protection

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 1:33 PM

Consumers, beware! Guard your minds and your wallets carefully. Quixtar, a former subsidiary of Amway, one of the largest multi-level marketing (MLM) companies in the world, has agreed to a $150 million class action settlement. The settlement points out the serious risks that face consumers who fall for...

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Why the Reported Sale of the Moonies Washington Times for $1 Requires Greater Scrutiny!

(12) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 3:44 PM

The Washington Post has recently reported that Moon is personally trying to buy the Washington Times back from Unification Church International (UCI), after having turned it over to his son, Hyun-jin Moon in 2006. Sun Myung Moon, through his loyal agent Doug Joo, has made an agreement to...

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The Disturbing Mainstream Connections of Yogi Bhajan

(16) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 10:14 AM

In an article in the Santa Fe Reporter, "Khalsa vs Khalsa," journalist Corey Pein reported on the dramatic schism erupting between the students and family of the late Yogi Bhajan, who are feuding in Oregon courts over control of Bhajan's religious and financial empire. The group's largest...

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Can Utilizing Knowledge of Cults Help Us with Terrorist Groups?

(73) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 3:39 PM

When is it time to start recognizing that Al Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups are cults? The Times Square bombing attempt is another example of a well-off American who was recruited into the black and white, us versus them and good versus evil thinking that cultists use. We ought...

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It's Time to End the Church of Scientology's Tax-Exempt Status

(362) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 5:18 PM

For more than 25 years, the IRS denied tax-exemption to the Church of Scientology. The long-running policy flowed from an IRS determination in 1967 that Scientology was in fact a commercial entity operated solely for the benefit of founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In 1993, seven years after Hubbard's death,...

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