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Cults Are Misunderstood Organizations

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 07:53:51 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 07:53:51 -0400
Subject: Cults Are Misunderstood Organizations

Source: The Rocket - Slippery Rock Unniversity, Pennsylvania, USA



Cults Are Misunderstood Organizations
By Lisbeth Wells-Pratt
Rocket Columnist

With the passage of the 10-year anniversary of the Heaven's Gate
"cult" mass suicide, as a country, we seem to have forgotten the
merits of a nation that allows such an act of natural selection
to take place. There is debate about what exactly defines a
cult, however.

Many people consider a cult a religious group with unorthodox
ideas that approach the station of taboo. The term cult is often
used to describe a group in which the participants adhere to the
organization, rather than the ideology, while those who are
religious are said to adhere to the ideology over the

One of the cults I find most interesting is the aforementioned
Heaven's Gate. They had a quirky ideology, and quite a few
interesting characters involved. They prove that cults can be
more than just scary-they can be exciting and flashy, just like
any other religion.

They strapped on identical Nike tennis shoes and then killed
themselves, believing that there was a UFO behind the Hale-Bopp
comet (which, of course, was carrying Jesus). The reason being
that their souls would take the UFO to their afterlives.

The "Away Team," as they so cleverly called themselves, was
headed by Marshall Herff Applewhite and his friend, Bonnie
Nettles. They were known together as "Bo and Peep."

Now, I know it would be hard for me to take two people calling
themselves that seriously, but it seems that they managed to
find a lot of people who could. They hoped to follow Bo and Peep
into the afterlife, and who is to say that they didn't?

As creatively unusual as the Heavens Gate ideology was, the
truth is that no one really knows what happened to them. Maybe
their souls were truly whisked away to enjoy an afterlife with
Jesus on the Hale-Bopp comet.

It seems that the difference between cults and religions is a
blurred line. But either way you slice it, mass suicides show
that nature really does have a way of natural selection. Those
who believe in an ideology so strongly that they'll kill
themselves in a mansion are Darwin Award candidates. I'm just
glad that they have a particularly interesting story to back up
their actions.

Lisbeth Wells-Pratt is a freshman undeclared major and a regular
contributor to The Rocket.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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