Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Those Crazy Cults...

Adult members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stand around as children play with bottles of bubble water at their temporary housing, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, in San Angelo, Texas, Monday, April 7, 2008. Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez.
Texas Sect Earns Cult Status

By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 09 April 2008 11:56 am ET

The allegedly polygamous group whose compound was raided this week in Texas is either a religious sect or a full-blown cult, depending on whom you ask.

The raided compound was founded by jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who took over in 2002 as prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), which broke off from the Mormon church in the 1930s over the issue of polygamy.

Authorities have reportedly taken into legal custody more than 400 children and 133 women, deemed to have been harmed or in imminent danger of harm.

While the media and some sociologists call the group a religious sect, other experts see it as a clear-cut cult, defined by charismatic leadership and abuse. According to news accounts of the FLDS, pubescent girls were forced into "spiritual marriages" to older men. Inside the compound's walls, researchers say, a new reality was born, with members indoctrinated so fully they had no concept of reality outside the walls.

Also from LiveScience, a Top 10 List of Wacky Cults. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not crazy enough to qualify, however...

Heaven's Gate leader Marshall Applewhite

Top 10 Crazy Cults

10. Raëlians

9. Cargo Cults

8. Villa Baviera ...

Raëlian leader Claude Vorilhon
(also known as Raël)

ADDENDUM: The Smoking Gun has posted a copy of the affidavit filed by a Child Protective Services investigator, who charged that children at the FLDS compound were placed at risk of "emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse." Perhaps this group should replace Cargo Cults on the Top 10 List...

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At April 09, 2008 6:57 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Wow, Mr. Salt Lake City pedophile, it sure didn't take you long to comment. The paint is barely dry on this post (i.e., I was still editing it) when you show up as a great exemplar of a crazy cult member...

At April 09, 2008 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good piece, I totally agree. Let's hope Law Enforcement is not corrupted in bringing all these evil pedophile monkeys to justice.

GD sick religion!
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
KILL most pedophiles

ALL the religious ones
no matter what their race

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
all pedophiles castrated

although not necessary
if they get LIFE IN PRISON



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