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Religious Cults

My Experience in a 'Christian' Cult

Jake Dagel | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
Jake Dagel

We all have dreams and aspirations, and we often will do anything to achieve those dreams. Because I was not willing to listen to those with more wisdom I fell into a trap that has changed my life forever.

Examining The Conscious Choice Of Joining A Cult

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 09.27.2013 | Home
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 | Home
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.

For Many Trapped in Religious "Cults," Steve Hassan Keeps Hope Alive

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Stewart J. Lawrence

In the past few years, Steve Hassan has worked with hundreds of families -- scoring numerous successes, but sometimes encountering disappointments, including threats of lawsuits -- and he's gone to school on his experiences and kept abreast of the latest academic research.

The Fundamentally Toxic Christianity

John Shore | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
John Shore

The one thing I do want to say for anyone just making their way out of the darkness of Independent Fundamental Baptists is this: that you once so thoroughly bought into IFB is a sign of your strength, not your weakness.

Mexico Religious Sect Blocks Off Walled Community

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 10.22.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — Adherents of a religious sect in western Mexico are physically blocking school teachers from entering their walled community, sett...

Natasha Burton

How My Parents’ Divorce Totally Screwed Me Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Burton | Posted 08.11.2012 | Divorce

We asked adult children of divorce to share how their parents’ splits affected their lives in the long run, for better or for worse. This story came...

Kumaré: Tales of a Phony Guru

Sara Davidson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Sara Davidson

He traveled to India, where he found the swamis "just as phony as those I met in America." He came up with an idea: What if he pretended to be a guru and made a film about it? Would people start following him or see through it?

When I Think of November

Margaret Cho | Posted 01.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Margaret Cho

In November, I think about religious cults. November is when the Jonestown massacre happened. It was 1978 and the worst fall San Francisco had ever had. This final act was too gruesome to imagine.

Mother In Religious Cult Pleads Not Guilty To Starving Child To Death

AP | SAMANTHA HENRY | Posted 08.02.2011 | New York

NEWARK, N.J. — Two women pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of child endangerment a week after an 8-year-old was found dead in their apartm...

A Crime and Justice Wish List for 2011

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the commandment to "Love Thy Neighbor as Yourself" was the only law we needed? Strictly adhered to that would be enough to curb crime in a big way.