"Religious Cult: The church down the street from yours."
Quotation taken from a B.C. cartoon, 1994-APR-30
The Anti-Cult Movement (ACM) consists of
individuals and groups who attempt to raise public consciousness about what they
feel is an extreme danger. As they see it, the threat mainly comes from small, coercive, manipulative groups -- mostly new
religious movements -- who use deceptive recruitment practices and use advanced psychological manipulative techniques to reduce their followers to near-zombie state. They entrap followers within the group and destroy their ability to think logically.
Although they have been largely discredited in North
America, their beliefs are accepted in many other countries, notably China and
some countries in Western Europe.