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Re: UFO Cults - A research question...

From: Roger Evans <moviestuff@cyberjunkie.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 17:27:43 +0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 09:52:27 -0500
Subject: 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

Previously, Scott had written:

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

John responded:

>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.


>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.

(I know this is drifting away from topic, ebk. Sorry.)

Hi, John.

In many respects I totally agree with your assessment. I'm not
very religious as I personally take issue with many of the
"control" aspects that seem to be at the heart of most organized
religions. Beyond that, I've always wondered how far science
would be now if the Catholic church hadn't censured key
scientists centuries ago.

But to be fair, I think mainstream media uses the term "cult"
when talking about groups that live via a "doomsday" credo.
Granted, even Christianity expounds about the coming of
Revelations and the end of man. However the taking of one's own
life, or someone else's, isn't an everyday part of bringing
about prophecies with your basic "white-bread" religions such as
Christianity or Judism.

Are mainstream organized religions harmful? They certainly can
be, depending on the individual and their need to be accepted or
involved. But this is really more of a reflection of the
individual's flaws and a given religion's desire to capitalize
on this situation.

My sister is very religious and happy and well adjusted as are
many people that I know. They tolerate and care about me even
though I'm a pagan! But your point is well taken. We should keep
our eyes open for any group that makes "control" an issue and
seeks power over the masses whether they be served by angels on
wings or aliens on jet packs.


Brother Roger

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