Christian group makes legal appeal for charity status

Guardian James Gray A legal appeal will decide if the Charity Commission was right to deny charitable status to the Brethren movement – the case hinges on whether its doctrine and practices are compatible with public benefit January 3, 2013 Last month saw the formal start of a charity tribunal appeal that could redefine the ...

Beyond belief

The Observer, Saturday 11 December 2004 With the likes of Madonna and Guy Ritchie giving celeb cred to Kabbalah, cults have never been more fashionable, nor more contentious. Nick Johnstone meets US cultbuster Rick Ross who, for a fee of $5,000, offers to deprogramme ‘victims’ and return them to their families This is a story about ...

Logic-Tight Compartments: How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence

michaelshermer.comMichael Shermer How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence January 1, 2013 IF YOU HAVE PONDERED how intelligent and educated people can, in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence, believe that that evolution is a myth, that global warming is a hoax, that vaccines cause autism and asthma, that 9/11 was orchestrated ...

Aspects of Recovery

          Recovery from cults is a multifaceted process; initially it is the separation from the group, group practices, and meetings that bound us to the group. Therapy  helps address the emotional aspects of group involvement – feelings of betrayal, abuse and vulnerability to recruitment. It helps to develop and understanding of how the group’s doctrine ...

"Crazy" Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work?

Excerpts from the book by Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer and Janja Lalich The Therapeutic Relationship                The relationship between patient and therapist is unique in important ways when compared to relationships between clients and other professionals such as physicians, dentists, attorneys, and accountants. The key difference is present from first contact: it is not clearly ...

James Ray’s attorneys seek to exclude witnesses

Arizona Family, January 26, 2011 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a self-help guru facing manslaughter charges are asking a judge to keep two of the state’s witnesses from testifying at trial. James Arthur Ray’s attorneys say the testimony of a man who studies cult behavior and a corporate risk management expert is irrelevant ...

Scientology and Its Discontents

October 2, 2011 Scott Lauder, Hulton Archive, Getty Images In 1968, L. Ron Hubbard used his Electrometer to determine whether tomatoes experience pain. He concluded that they “scream when sliced.” Enlarge Image By Seth Perry This past spring, in a course I called “American Scriptures,” my students and I listened to excerpts of a recording ...