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Most governments take a stance on legitimate churches and cult activities by the level of coercion and brainwashing used to maintain membership. Their distinctions are often for tax purposes, but also have a major bearing on whether a cult will face persecution. With that in mind, here are the most famous and infamous cults in American history.
Koresh joined the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists, but was expelled due to his radical views. Among these views were the fact he was a messiah and all women were his spiritual wives.
Wielding a guitar, David Koresh went on to form the Branch Davidians, who believed the end of the world was near and Koresh spoke the word of God.
They located to Waco, Texas and began to amass an armory of weapons.
Every day, the media reported how much money the raid was costing the government, while pressure mounted on new Attorney General Janet Reno to be strong and decisive. Finally, tanks were used to inject tear gas into the sides of building in the compound.
Soon, flames began to erupt throughout the compound. In the end, 77 Branch Davidians died in the fire. Among those were 20 children. Gun advocates took a dim view of the Feds seizing weapons, while the American public was appalled at how the Clinton Administration handled the events.
Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, supposedly as payback for the raid. This war would be won by the African Americans, but they would soon turn to whites for leadership. Charles Manson and his cult would hide out during the war, emerging afterward to lead the victors.
To help instigate the race war, Manson ordered killings in the nearby area as a frame job for African-Americans.
Nine people were murdered, including coffee heiress Abigail Folger and actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of Hollywood director Roman Polanski. Applewhite had a near-death experience in the early s and claimed to have had a vision.
Bonnie Nettles was his nurse at the time. The entire group committed suicide by taking cyanide and arsenic, phenobarbital mixed with pineapple juice, and finally vodka. Peoples Temple Jim Jones is the most infamous cult leader in American history.
Jim Jones had certain Pentecostal beliefs, but his preaching attracted many African-Americans from the s to the s, mainly because he had progressive views on racial equality.
By the s, he had denominations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Jim Jones actually had a certain amount of political clout. Knowing justice would soon arrive from U.
Over members of the Peoples Temple drank poison mixed with Flavor Aid, though some might have drunk the punch at the point of a gun. This is what L. Ron Hubbard was quoted as saying to a science fiction convention while complaining about being paid a penny a word for his writing.
Scientology was founed in by science fiction author L. Dianetics was supposed to be an alternative to modern psychology, which Hubbard claimed was lacking.
Thetans are also a race which created the universe for their own enjoyment, but at higher levels, members are introduced to the story of Xenu, a tyrant who rules the Galactic Confederacy.
It can be argued the Church of Scientology is not a cult, based on its recognition by the IRS as a church for tax purposes. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, and a number of other countries have recognized Scientology as a church. At the same time, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, and Canada have all deemed Scientology a cult and refuse to recognize its legitimacy.
Preaching on behalf of this new faith in the wake of the Japanese withdrawal from Koreak at the end of World War II, he was arrested and put in a North Korean prison camp.
He escaped when the U. Army overran the camp in and made his way to America, where he became a Presbyterian. Reverend Moon told his flock that only he could choose their marriage partners after 7 years in the churchand he became infamous for his mass marriage ceremonies.The Constitution of the United States The Bill of Rights & All Amendments A highly accessible, easy to use online version full text transcript including the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Amendments with both sequential and subject indexes.
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