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I couldn't put it better than Steven Hassan:
A destructive cult is a pyramid-shaped authoritarian regime with a person or group of people that have dictatorial control. It uses deception in recruiting new members (e.g. people are NOT told up front what the group is, what the group actually believes and what will be expected of them if they become members). It also uses mind control techniques to keep people dependent and obedient.
Scientology is a cult, but it may eventually get its own listing here.
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"CIFS is an Australian support and information network. CIFS was initially formed by parents and family members of loved ones caught up in abusive groups. The network has grown to include families, friends, former members and concerned individuals working together towards a common goal, to provide support and develop awareness for those affected by high demand groups or cultic relationships"
Exposing the Con of Scientology
Mainly about Jehovah's Witnesses and The Watchtower Society
Lisa McPherson, a Dallas native, a line dancing enthusiast, and a dedicated Scientologist for most of her adult life, died on December 5, 1995, after 17 days in the custody of the Church of Scientology. She was 36 years old. This site presents the information collected by the Clearwater Police Department in their investigation of Lisa's death.
Narconon is an international drug rehabilitation organisation which claims a presence in 26 countries around the world. This website offers a critical examination of Narconon's claims, contrasting them with the strong body of opposing evidence.
No more denial, shame or embarrassment. No more confusion. No more blaming the victim. No more resignation. And absolutely no more fear. Pyramid Scheme Alert is the first consumer organization to confront the abuses and trickery of pyramid scheme perpetrators.
"The Web's largest public collection of Quixtar and Amway information"
"A database of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements"
"This website explores the beliefs and practices of Scientology, then compares those beliefs and practices to those of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism"
"I think Scientology is breaking the law and hurting people, and I want them to stop".
"to expose and elucidate the Scientology enterprise's Suppressive Person Doctrine, to defend Suppressive Persons, to unite them against this pernicious doctrine and its Scientologist proponents, and to participate in the process of eliminating this doctrine"
"If you're a Scientologist or if you're interested in the technology of Scientology but have some concerns about outpoints within the Church of Scientology, this site is intended for you".
"A summary of what all that motivation lingo really means"