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Is Mormonism a cult?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Inky_Wretch, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    A prominent Perry backer said so today at the Value Voters Summit.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/us/politics/prominent-pastor-calls-romneys-church-a-cult.html

    Perry distanced himself from the comments.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20117465-503544.html
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Um ... no.
     
  3. Mr. Sluggo

    Mr. Sluggo Member

    Yes. I'ts the future.

    Not yours though.
     
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Evangelical Christianity is considered a cult by some, so I don't get Jeffress' point.
     
  5. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Joseph Smith: Hall of Famer or overrated compiler?
     
  6. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    All I know is that if Smith doesn't get in, then Hubbard shouldn't even get a look.
     
  7. YGBFKM

    YGBFKM Guest

    Haha, I initially thought to make that exact comparison.
     
  8. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    The problem is the religion HoF doesn't let many prophets in. And yet you have the Catholic Church so over-represented because of the saints.
     
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    What's his Value Over Replacement Prophet?
     
  10. Mormons ain't got shit on Jehovah's Witnesses and the Salvation Army.
     
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    What's the distinction between cult and religion -- number of followers?
     
  12. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Here's a useful analytical tool: http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm

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    <i>The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

    ‪ Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

    ‪ Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

    ‪ The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry—or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).

    ‪ The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar—or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).

    ‪ The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

    ‪ The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).

    ‪ The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members' participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).

    ‪ The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.

    ‪ Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.

    ‪ The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

    ‪ The group is preoccupied with making money.

    ‪ Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.

    ‪ Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

    ‪ The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.</i>
     
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