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Re: UFO Cults - A research question...

From: John W. Ratcliff <jratclif@inlink.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 10:46:23 -0600
Fwd Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 13:20:51 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Cults - A research question...

>From: Scott Carr <sardonica@erols.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: UFO Cults - A research question...
>Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 12:51:14 -0800

>I am beginning to devote a great deal of time to studying the
>cult phenomenon


I guess it's just my queer perspective, but I always begin to
get a little uneasy when the term "cult" gets bandied about.
Not that I don't believe in cults, and not that I don't think
they are worth paying attention to, but rather how this
derogative term is used demonize one person's belief system
against another's.

Let's be completely fair.  UFO cults include all versions of
Judaism, Christianity (with a strong paranormal contribution by
Catholicism), Mormonism, and Hinduism.  These are powerful cults
with belief systems so far whacked out that the Urantia book
seems sane and sober by comparison. They include visionary
experiences, UFO encounters, miracles of faith, fictional
histories, imaginary entities, and all manner of bizarre
paranormal belief systems.  The dogma of these groups flies in
the face of all that we have learned through the scientific
method and careful study of human history.  Moreover, these
cults directly deny experiential reality, defying in their dogma
basic fundamental scientific facts of reality.

These cults are massive, with members combined in the billions,
they control people's minds, bodies, and spirit.  Most of them
utilize brainwashing through cult indoctrination from birth.
They use extortionist threats to force their members to tithe
money so that these cults can grow to become massive
institutional powers.

Mormonism which started with one stupid alien abduction/UFO
encounter/visionary experience then spawned a massive cult
followed by millions and worth billions.  Christianity, which if
only Saul of Taurus not had a powerful contact experience, would
have hopefully died out with the massacre in 70ad.  Instead
human history has been savaged by this cult for nearly 2,000

So, my question in all of this, is why do we piddle about a
handful of people who form belief systems based on UFO
experiences, visions, encounters, or just empirical research by
members of this list?  Why do we label them 'cults', when their
belief systems pale in comparison to the mainstream cults of
conventional religions?

Yes, there is the occasional group, like Heavens Gate or Solar
Temple, who commit mass suicide based, almost always, upon the
controlling influence of a singular dominant leader.  Some
individual who controls and dominates their lives.  This is a
concern whatever the belief system is based in, whether it's
Jesus Christ as promoted by the likes of David Koresh, or space
aliens as promoted by little Bo and Peep.  However, in most
instances these are adults making conscious decisions of their
own free will.  If they have a particular belief system which
includes offing themselves to reach some higher spiritual plane,
who am I to criticize?  Well, I criticize about the time
children are involved, thus explaining my deep concern about
these massive cult indoctrination camps which are exercised
across the country known as "Sunday School."  Breeding ground
for a life time of pain and suffering at the hands of powerful
religious cults bent on controlling every aspect of their human
lives, from birth till death.

Crafting a belief system around Atlantis, UFOs, or spirit
guides, is no more cult like than crafting one around Jesus
Christ, Joseph Smith, the Virgin Mary, or those weirdoes that
used to fly around in Vimannas.

Let's either stop throwing this term 'cult' around in an effort
to demonize a group's belief system, or let's be fair, call a
spade a spade, and focus on the truly influential cults of the
world, the largest and most powerful, starting with the Pope an
his edicts, and ending with the fanatical followers of Islam.

John W. Ratcliff
Hysterical Anti-Religious Zealot and Cult Leader Of One

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