Monday, May 05, 2008

Nat Geo's 'Inside a Cult': Would you drink the kool-aid?

"Cults are different because they cross the lines of propriety. They are renegades to society and basic human rights, mostly women and children, and are unified by their leaders' hubris, hucksterism and sheer strength of mind power.

"The leaders are God's con men. They are usually always male, charismatic, some are very attractive; they communicate and express their prophecies and beliefs with utter conviction. 

"They are masters of manipulating the broken, the weak, gullible, psychologically damaged and feeble-minded around them in their zeal for what they purport as their rightful leadership as the anointed God-human deity in the presence of their flocks. "

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