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Cults and new religious movements

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The Anti-Cult Movement (a.k.a. ACM)

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"Religious Cult: The church down the street from yours."
Quotation taken from a B.C. cartoon, 1994-APR-30

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Overview:

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.

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Topics covered by this essay:

bulletIntroduction: Terminology, history, beliefs, influence, status
 
bulletThe Cult Awareness Network (CAN™)
bulletThe old CAN
bulletThe new CAN
bulletBooks and videos sold by the "old CAN"
bulletLeadership of the "new CAN"
 
bulletRecent ACM activities:
bullet"Heaven's Gate" suicide and the appearance of cult "experts"
bulletRecent activities in North America
bulletRecent growth of the ACM in Europe
 
bulletOther topics:
bulletIs an ACM needed?
bullet Religious movements that require strict discipline from their members
bulletA list of ACM groups
bulletBooks and articles on the ACM and New Religious Movements

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Latest update: 2011-OCT-16
Author: B.A. Robinson
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