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Send Your Children On A Scientology Caribbean Cruise

Via the The Underground Bunker, Tony Ortega reveals an email sent out by the Church of Scientology soliciting members to send their children on a recruiting trip on the church’s private cruise ship. Presumably there may be pressure aboard to sign one of those notorious billion-year contracts:

Dear Young Scientologist or Scientology Parent,

I wanted to make sure you were informed about an incredible convention we are holding for young Scientologists. Enjoy 7 days of action-packed, fun-filled excitement in the Caribbean while you attend specially created seminars designed to help you achieve your goals more easily.

SEMINARS WILL TEACH YOU:

• How to talk Scientology with your non-Scientologist friends.
• How to achieve your goals more easily using a precise LRH tool design for this purpose.
• How to create a successful second dynamic that forwards your expansion across your dynamics.
• How to motivate yourself in life and actually achieve what you want without too much effort.

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Scientology-Linked Oklahoma Drug Rehab Center Facing Lawsuits Over Rash Of Patient Deaths

Operating a chain of addiction clinics based with detox regimens based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard appears to be working out very badly, Tulsa’s KJRH reports:

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Scientology-linked Oklahoma rehabilitation center in the wake of recent deaths at the facility.

Shirley Gilliam, whose son died in Narconon of Oklahoma care last October, filed the third suit against the organization in three months. Stacy Murphy’s family sued earlier this month; Hillary Holten’s parents sued in August. Gilliam’s son, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves, of Claremore, was found dead in his room at the Pittsburg County facility.

The suit alleges Graves “requested over-the-counter pain relief and permission to see a physician” earlier that day for a headache and was denied and told a physician was not on staff. The lawsuit targets the facility’s connection with Scientology, calling the center a “corporate sham and illusion” which misrepresented to potential patients the care they would receive.

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A Secret Look Inside Mormon Temple Rituals

Supposedly filmed via hidden camera, this footage of sacred, closed-to-the-public Mormon rituals -- which come across as quite bizarre viewed from an outsider perspective -- has been making waves. Prayers to the planet Kolob, horned oxen, baptism of the dead, golden curtains, secret handshakes, and everything else you might hope for are included:
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More Arrests in Dominican Republic Following Shoot-Out with Doomsday Sect

Picture: US DOD (PD)

Another day, another doomsday cult:

Dominican Republic authorities are still rounding up suspects following a shoot-out between law enforcement personnel and a group of German citizens said to be members of a doomsday cult called the Academy for Future Health. The shoot-out took place in an exclusive neighborhood popular with German immigrants. One of the cult members was killed in the firefight. The cult’s leader, Peter Brunck, was taken alive. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of his arrest. A cache of weapons, including grenades, rifles and crossbows, was discovered in the house.

Brunck’s son Daniel was taken into protective custody last week. Daniel’s girlfriend Isabella Dietrich was also arrested.

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The Academy for Future Health website is in German, but an admittedly poor translation to English via Google describes Brunck as a successful speaker and man who knows “the truth” about “situations”.… Read the rest

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Billy Graham Takes Mormonism Off List Of Cults

So what did Mitt promise Billy in return for this? Colleen Curry reports for ABC News:
The prominent Christian evangelist Billy Graham has taken public steps to embrace Mitt Romney for president this week, removing Romney’s Mormon religion from a list of cults on his website and taking out an advertisement that appears to urge people to vote for Romney. Graham’s Evangelistic Association removed the word Mormon from its website, where it used to be listed along with Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientology as a cult...
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Police Narrowly Prevent Mass Suicide By Brazilian Doomsday Cult

Soup, rather than Kool-Aid, was likely the method to be utilized. The Daily Mail reports:

Police swooped on a Brazilian doomsday cult just 10 minutes before more than 100 followers were about to commit mass suicide by drinking poisoned soup.

Elite troops burst into a building where self-proclaimed prophet Luis Pereira dos Santos had barricaded himself in after predicting the world would end at 8pm. There was believed to be an exchange of gunfire between the group and police who used gas bombs and pepper spray during the assault. Santos was arrested as officers took away a tub containing a sweet paste made from Caju fruit which they suspected contained a toxic product.

Known to his flock as Daddy Luis, Santos had claimed an angel visited four years ago telling him the exact time the world was going to end. Last month, the 43-year-old spiritual leader instructed his 113 followers to leave their jobs, give away all their possessions and take their children out of school, police confirmed.

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The Wit And Wisdom Of Sun Myung Moon

The International Cultic Studies Association has a roundup of life advice from the just-deceased reverend, whose spiritual insight led to a multibillion-dollar business empire, millions of devotees, and the admiration and friendship of presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush:

On Democracy: “My dream is to organize a Christian political party including…all the sects. Then, the communist power will be helpless before ours….But when it comes to our age, we must have an automatic theocracy to rule the world.

On Lies: “If you tell a lie to make a person better, then that is not a sin.”

On Race: “Father thinks about the three races, yellow, black, and white. Orientals can contribute in the spiritual aspect, white people can contribute in the analytical, scientific area, while black people can contribute in the physical area.”

On Marriage: “You will be happy to die on the earliest possible date. You will be pleased, won’t you?

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Christian Cult Leader And Business Tycoon Sun Myung Moon Dies

His ideas were insane and his vast influence dangerous, but viewed as performance art, his mass weddings of thousands of international strangers at basketball arenas must be appreciated. Via the Los Angeles Times:

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed Messiah from South Korea who led the Unification Church, one of the most controversial religious movements to sweep America in the 1970s, has died. He was 92. At the height of his popularity, he claimed 5 million members worldwide…followers [who] were mocked as “Moonies.”

Moon offered an unorthodox message that blended calls for world peace with an unusual interpretation of Christianity, strains of Confucianism and a strident anti-communism. He was famous for presiding over mass marriage ceremonies.

What also made Moon unusual was a multinational corporate vision that made him a millionaire many times over. He owned vast tracts of land in the U.S. and South America, as well as dozens of enterprises, including a ballet company, a university, a gun manufacturer, a seafood operation and several media organizations, most notably the conservative Washington Times newspaper.

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Government And Police Department In Colorado City Accused Of Operating As A Branch Of Polygamist Cult

Chilling, imagine traveling the Southwest and accidentally wandering into a extreme theocracy. Via ABC News:

Police in Arizona are beginning daily patrols in Colorado City, a polygamist community that was once home to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) leader Warren Jeffs.

The patrols come after a complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against the Colorado City government and local marshal’s office alleging…the Colorado City Marshal’s Office “routinely uses its enforcement authority to enforce the edicts and will of the FLDS; fails to protect non-FLDS individuals from victimization by FLDS individuals; refuses to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies’ investigations of FLDS individuals; selectively enforces laws against non-FLDS; and uses its authority to facilitate unlawful evictions of non-FLDS, among other unlawful conduct.”

In April, the Arizona House of Representatives killed a bill that would have replaced local police in the town with Mohave County sheriff’s deputies.

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Dozens Of Children Freed From Subterranean Islamic Cult In Russia

Led by a delirious, bedridden, elderly self-described prophet, the so-called “catacomb sect” was attempting to establish an underground kingdom. Via the BBC, a likely preview of how we will all be living in twenty years:

Four members of a breakaway Muslim sect in Russia’s Tatarstan region have been charged with cruelty against children for allegedly keeping them underground.

Police discovered 27 children and 38 adults living in catacomb-like cells in an eight-level underground bunker. The sect was uncovered last week in a suburb of the city of Kazan during an investigation into recent attacks on Muslim clerics in Tatarstan, a mainly Muslim region on the River Volga. Prosecutors said some of the children had lived there for more than a decade.

The sect’s elderly leader, Faizrakhman Sattarov, who had declared himself a Muslim prophet, had reportedly wanted to build his own Islamic caliphate beneath the ground. He and his followers began to shun the outside world in the early part of this century.

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