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The Earliest and Weirdest LA Cult Stories: 1700s to 1940s - Curbed LA

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:55

Curbed LA

The Earliest and Weirdest LA Cult Stories: 1700s to 1940s
Curbed LA
It'd be close to impossible to tell the story of every wacky cult or fringe religion that popped up in Los Angeles before World War II—weird spiritual beliefs have been wildly popular in the city since the 1920s and con men and the genuinely deluded ...

Oliver Burkeman: spiritualism - The Guardian

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:00

The Guardian

Oliver Burkeman: spiritualism
The Guardian
And isn't it a problem for the forces of reason that “if someone wakes up tomorrow feeling boundless love for all sentient beings”, the only groups to take him or her seriously will be religions or cults? Yet Harris is equally firm that he's not using ...

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Café Gratitude and the Cult of Commerce - Curbed LA

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:32

Curbed LA

Café Gratitude and the Cult of Commerce
Curbed LA
The organization is firm on its website that "Neither Landmark nor its programs are spiritual, religious, or cult-like in any way." While they may emphasize recruitment, they certainly don't isolate anyone from their families, sacrifice helpless ...

North State Voices: Brainwashing, dictators, cults ... and other spooky things - Chico Enterprise-Record

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:36

North State Voices: Brainwashing, dictators, cults ... and other spooky things
Chico Enterprise-Record
There were also their kissing cousins, religious fanaticism and fundamentalism, to worry about. My parents shared a wariness of organized religion. This, coupled with the fact I often walked home across the Berkeley campus, meant my exposure to the ...

The 10 Most Frightening Found-Footage Films Ever Made - Decider

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:11

The 10 Most Frightening Found-Footage Films Ever Made
Decider
Three journalists — Patrick, Sam, and Jake — investigate a religious cult recently joined by Patrick's sister Caroline, a recovering addict. At first, their documentary is going well, until the leader of the cult decides he no longer wants a film ...

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Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults? - Curbed LA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:48

Ask the Experts: Why Does Los Angeles Attract So Many Cults?
Curbed LA
Mike Davis: Well, one person's cult is another person's religion, so the term itself is pejorative. Christian Science, Latter [Day] Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Four Square Gospel (even the Catholic Church in 250 AD) ... for example, were all held to ...

The Pasadena Haunts of the Occultist Who Cofounded JPL - Curbed LA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:13

Curbed LA

The Pasadena Haunts of the Occultist Who Cofounded JPL
Curbed LA
This home functioned as both a boarding house for "less-than-desirable" tenants and as an Agape Lodge of the fraternal/religious order Ordo Templi Orientis, famous for its connections to Aleister Crowley. (Parsons's close friend, Scientology founder L ...

Kenyan Parties Resemble Cults - The Star

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:06

Kenyan Parties Resemble Cults
The Star
A cult is a religious, social or political group with socially deviant and unique beliefs and practices who unite around a strong authoritative figure. Cults, like many other organisations, attempt to expand their influence for the purposes of power ...

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8 Notorious Los Angeles Cult Locations: Then and Now - Curbed LA

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:01

Curbed LA

8 Notorious Los Angeles Cult Locations: Then and Now
Curbed LA
FUN FACT: Speaking of fucking, the Children of God used "Flirty Fishing," a form of religious prostitution, to convert men to their cause. Women who participated in Flirty Fishing were referred to as "God's Whores." The practice lasted until 1987, when ...

Cults Week - Curbed National

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:25

Cults Week
Curbed National
But Point Loma was probably not really a cult. It's hard to find the differences between a cult and a religion once you start looking for them, but City of Quartz author Mike Davis gave us some pretty useful criteria in an email: "I think the key ...

Religion Unites and Divides - Huffington Post

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:26

Huffington Post

Religion Unites and Divides
Huffington Post
The producers did have us notice and portray some murders in America of abortionists by religion-inspired fanatics, and feature a couple of "cults" that offered suicidal or murderous examples for the camera and the audience. But add up the fatalities ...

West must engage with progressive Muslim world to end malaise - The Australian

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:14

West must engage with progressive Muslim world to end malaise
The Australian
ISLAMIC State, Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Qa'ida and several more Islamist cults that have cropped up in the past couple of decades and are running amok — destroying lives and communities, devastating economies and regions, and ruining peace and ...

Get PJ Media on your Apple - PJ Media

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:01

PJ Media

Get PJ Media on your Apple
PJ Media
Editor's Note: This series attempts to juxtapose the high and the low, surveying each day's trashy headlines and disturbing crime stories and comparing them with with the religious practices of nature-worshipping death cults. Yes — it's celebrity ...

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Movies Feature Re-Viewed: Logan's Run changed sci-fi blockbusters forever - Digital Spy UK

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:19

Digital Spy UK

Movies Feature Re-Viewed: Logan's Run changed sci-fi blockbusters forever
Digital Spy UK
In that 1970s light, the plastic surgery sequence becomes satirical, while the whole concept of the renewal procedure (essentially a mass ritual suicide, with each participant believing they'll be saved) has definite echoes of religious cults. If you ...

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Re-Viewed: Logan's Run - Digital Spy UK

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:03

Digital Spy UK

Re-Viewed: Logan's Run
Digital Spy UK
In that 1970s light, the plastic surgery sequence becomes satirical, while the whole concept of the renewal procedure (essentially a mass ritual suicide, with each participant believing they'll be saved) has definite echoes of religious cults. If you ...

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Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation - American Thinker

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 02:16

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation
American Thinker
Zionism arose in Europe in the nineteenth century with religious thinkers, says Lord Sacks, but then it became a nationalist phenomenon in which, as it were, Jews heard the call of God. When, in 1881, vicious pogroms broke out in more than 100 Russian ...

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WATCH: Glenn Close Shares Life Growing up in a Cult - Charisma News

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:01

Charisma News

WATCH: Glenn Close Shares Life Growing up in a Cult
Charisma News
Glenn Close, seen here at the "Guardians of the Galaxy" premiere in Hollywood in July, recently talked about her childhood in a cult. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni). Glenn Close, the 67-year-old, Oscar-nominated actress, grew up in a religious cult called the ...

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Controversy…Preachers' where art thou? - New Pittsburgh Courier

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:24

New Pittsburgh Courier

Controversy…Preachers' where art thou?
New Pittsburgh Courier
These so-called spiritual liberators have given a new meaning to the old Sidney Portier, Harry Belafonte movie classic; “Buck and the Preacher” because now all that really seems to matter are bucks and the preachers. In the brothel of some religious ...

A conversation with an ex-Mormon who started his own cult - Salt Lake City Weekly

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:47

Salt Lake City Weekly

A conversation with an ex-Mormon who started his own cult
Salt Lake City Weekly
I know the word cult is coming, so it's best to just use it yourself and reclaim it. You know, this is sort of a counter-culture religion, and one element of counter culture is to reclaim things from the mainstream that are negative and make them seem ...

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel: Review - National Post

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:04

National Post

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel: Review
National Post
British Columbia-born novelist Emily St. John Mandel assuredly knew about Ebola — a viral strain first identified in 1976 — when she imagined her “Georgia Flu” in her novel Station Eleven. But the Georgia Flu — named after the former Soviet republic ...

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