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a.k.a. New Religious Movements.

Are they Spiritual, Positive, Gentle, Harmless,
Heretical, Mind Controlling, Dangerous,
Homicidal.... or all of the above?

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Topics covered in this section of the Website:

bullet star Introduction to Cults and New Religious Movements (NRMs) < Please read this first
bullet Attitudes towards minority religions:
bullet By Americans

bullet By American Christians

bullet Three approaches: religious pluralism, exclusivism & inclusivism
bullet General Information about "Cults":
bullet Definitions of terms: cults, sects and denominations

bullet Levels of mind control within high-demand religious groups

bullet Coercive techniques used by high-demand religious groups

bullet Brainwashing in religious groups - is it possible?

bullet The case of Elizabeth Smart: was she brainwashed?

bullet Academic studies of new religions

bullet Joining a "cult": Religious conversion to a legitimate faith group, or criminal entrapment by an evil cult?
bullet Negative aspects of dangerous new religious groups:
bullet Destructive, doomsday cults:
bullet Descriptions of ten destructive or potentially destructive cults

bullet FBI "Megiddo Project" about doomsday religious cults

bullet CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) report on dangerous cults

bullet Safe sects? Early warning signs of "bad religions"

bullet star Isaac Bonewits' "Cult Danger Evaluation Frame"

bullet Common signs of destructive cults
bullet Organizations targeting new religious movements:
bullet For their unorthodox theological beliefs:
bullet The Counter-Cult Movement (CCM)
bullet The groups that the CCM Targets

bullet CCM criticism of this web site
bullet For allegedly criminal activity:
bullet The Anti-Cult Movement (ACM)

bullet The Satanic mind control Hoax
bullet Attacks by national governments on new religious movements
bullet Overview

bullet Decline of religions freedom in parts of Europe

bullet Belgium

bullet France

bullet Germany

bullet Greece

bullet Russia

bullet U.S. statement on government religious oppression in Europe

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bulletThe main faith groups which have been unjustly targeted by the ACM, CCM and oppressive governments are listed below. Please note that some of these faith groups make major demands on their membership. However, they are well-established new religious movements and NOT dangerous, doomsday cults.

bullet The Brethren

bullet The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

bullet Christian Science
bullet Church of Scientology

bullet Eckankar

bullet Falun Gong/Falun Dafa

bullet The Family, formerly called The Children of God


The "Garbage Eaters": common derogatory name for The Bretheren: Part 1 Part 2

bullet Hare Krishna - ISKCON

bullet Jehovah's Witnesses

bullet Neo-Paganism

bullet New Age

bullet Santeria

bullet Satanism

bullet Unification Church

bullet Vodun (Voodoo)

bullet The Way

bullet Wicca
bullet Other topics:
bullet Books about New Religious Movements

bullet Churches that reject medical treatment in favor of prayer

bullet Are the ACM and CCM a positive or negative influence?
bullet "Cult" news:
bullet Articles in the media about "cults"

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