Cults Essay

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Cults Many people feel that cults are nothing more than a nontraditional religion, because of beliefs, organization, and interest. Cults are much more than just little religions. They are a dangerous, and in the United States there is little we can do about it. The term cult has many different meanings. According to Jan Groenveld, a cult researcher and author, Christians define a cult as anything that differs from traditional orthodox teachings, but the general definition is that, a cult is defined as a pyramid structured group with a single, often charismatic leader. If the cult is religious in nature then often the group will claim to be the one true religion (Groenveld). In order for cults to continue to exist they…show more content…
It is believed by experts that this is done out of fear. Cult leaders fear that they seeking treatment will be “brainwashed” away from the group. Refusing medical treatment can allow a little illness to become a major one. If left untreated the illness may affect other members of the cult, thus allowing disease to run rampant within the cult (Groenveld). In some cults, members are made to sign that they will be members of the cult until death. Any attempt to leave the cult will mean physical harm (Singer). In some cases when the cult leader feels that their power is threatened they might order a mass suicide of the cult’s members. Jim Jones, the founder of the Jonestown cult, did this. According to Mary McCormick Maaga, who’s Ph.D. dissertation was on the Jim Jones’ Cult, when Jim Jones got scared that more people would begin to leave Jonestown and that his power would be less, he ordered the mass suicide of more than 900 people. This mass suicide allowed Jim Jones, at least in his eyes, to keep the power he had. Cults sometimes are able to escape the normal rules of law because they claim to be a religion. The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of

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