Tag Archives | Cults
Have rumors of the apocalypse in China triggered mass panic and inspired a bizarre and horrific knifing spree? Or is the Mayan calendar proving useful for Chinese authorities as a scapegoat and justification for crackdown? Via the BBC:
Chinese police have arrested more than 500 members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumors about the imminent end of the world, state media say.
At least 400 followers of the Almighty God Christian group were detained in western Qinghai province in recent days. Dozens more were held elsewhere. China’s state news agency Xinhua describes the Almighty God Christian group as a cult, saying it was established in 1990 in Henan.
In Henan province, six officials have been sacked after a knife attack by a suspected doomsday cult disciple wounded more than 20 children. The attack sparked widespread anger. The officials sacked had handled the incident improperly, state media said.
What I did with my summer vacation. CBC News reports:
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Youth protection officials from Quebec’s Montérégie region have taken custody of 10 children who had allegedly been living with followers of a self-styled prophet of the apocalypse in Arizona. Border services officials intercepted the children in Vancouver on Monday. The children, who were accompanied by two adults, were heading into Canada from the U.S.
Marcel Pontbriand, a former businessman from Beloeil, Que, who claims he can heal the sick and perform exorcisms, has been living in Marana, Ariz., with his followers and some children. He moved to the Marana area after facing a slew of accusations stemming from an illegal investment scheme he masterminded while living in Quebec.
Mike Kropveld, executive director of Info-Cult — an organization that has been tracking Pontbriand’s activities — said Pontbriand used to operate as healer and claimed to be able to channel spirits while he lived in Beloeil around 1995.
Canada’s CTV News on a bizarre breakaway sect of Mormonism tucked away in a remote Ontario valley, ruled by a violent, domineering man dubbed the “Prophet” who inherited control of the sex cult from his father:
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Carol Christie was 18 when she says her mother, an unstable religious fanatic, drugged and manipulated her into “marrying” Stan King, a charismatic preacher more than twice her age. In the early seventies Stan established his own fundamentalist Mormon sect. His followers called him The Prophet.
Carol moved into King’s farmhouse, and joined his legal wife, and two other “church wives” — one of whom was only 14. According to Carol, Stan had a fondness for group sex. And as time passed, she says King bedded three more “wives” ranging in age from 10 to 17.
In 1977, the church started a printing company in Mississauga, Ont. Within five years, King and his followers bought a 200-acre property, a bankrupt ski resort, simply rechristened “The Property.” They planned to build a temple there, high on a hill.
Scientology looks like it’s taking a page from the Steve Jobs playbook:
This Saturday, Scientologists in the Los Angeles area are being asked to come to a “confidential briefing” that is so secret, they will be asked to sign special bonds at the door.
At that briefing, they will be told for the first time about major changes coming to the Church of Scientology — changes that we first told you about in June.
What has been rumored for months is actually here: Scientology leader David Miscavige is taking one of the biggest risks of his life and is revealing the alterations he is making to L. Ron Hubbard’s “standard tech.”
But is the Church of Scientology actually ready for his “Golden Age of Tech 2″?
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:
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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.
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:
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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.
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.
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
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...