Archive for the ‘Cults’ Category

Michael Myers Is A Softy: 7 Truly Horrifying, Real-Life Halloween Villains

November 4, 2008

Posted at 9:00 AM Oct 29, 2008

By Kevin Smith

As Halloween approaches, we’re constantly reminded of ghouls, witches and zombies. But the worst creatures our imaginations can conjure aren’t fictional. After all, evil is an inherent part of human nature. Think about that strange old man who lives down the hall from you. You keep telling yourself he’s just a kooky lost soul in need of a friend, when in reality he probably just ate a cat last night… and you’re next. Nor are maniacal, murderous impulses reserved purely for the Hitlers and bin Ladens of the world.

True evil seems to emerge when human desire is mixed with power, insanity and wanton disregard of social mores. To be sure though, it has nothing to do with the dead walking the earth to suck our blood or haunt our houses. Vampires hate mirrors, Frankenstein’s monster just wants love and Wolfman’s got nards. The living are way, way scarier then anything that bumps in the night. And here are seven truly terrifying, often overlooked figures from history that make Michael Myers look like he’s merely in need of some behavioral therapy. But if you try use any of these nutjobs as inspiration for a costume idea, don’t say we didn’t warn you about the offended stares and vitriolic epithets. (more…)

Ultra-Right Wing Is Now The New Taliban.

October 12, 2008

Posted by Mikey on October 11, 2008

They are cultlike in their recruiting practices, brainwashing members to believe they are of no substance outside of the organization. They claim to be a form of ‘unorganized’ religion, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. They disseminate information forcefully through sermons characterized by the faithful being rewarded with eternal life and the unfaithful being punished with eternal damnation by fire and brimstone in the depths of hell. They teach that they are unjustly persecuted by the evil of society and stress that a faithful and good member will fight for the will of God to be carried out. They reach out to the poor, distraught, and needy and promise health, happiness, and fellowship.

Sounds pretty familiar to what the Muslim extremist teach their suicide bombers, doesn’t it? (more…)

10 Most Crazies Cults ……

July 25, 2008

Raëlians


If you believe UFOs spawned most religions, mind transfer is possible and cloning can lead to reincarnation, then you might be a candidate for the Raëlian Church, started in France in the 1970s. A Raëlian follower made headlines in 2003 when she claimed to have conceived the first cloned human, but the event was later called a hoax.

Cargo Cults


If you’re an island native isolated from modern society, encountering an AM/FM radio – or a boat full of symbol-clad soldiers – can be quite a shock. Many societies form a cult-like obsession with the technologically advanced “cargo.” Some South Pacific islanders reportedly tote wooden guns and paint “USA” on their chests in rituals to attract more of the mysterious objects.

Villa Baviera


Also known as “Colonia Dignidad” (Dignidad Colony in English), Villa Baviera is a commune of German immigrants that was founded in 1961 by Paul Schäfer Schneider — a former Nazi party member. Human rights groups argue Chile’s secret police used the compound to torture and interrogate subjects, and former members have since issued apologies for molesting children as well.

Order of the Solar Temple


Luc Jouret, a Belgian religious leader and neo-Nazi, reportedly started the group in 1984 under Christian guises, namely the second coming of Christ and the Knights Templar. Jouret and other leaders in a Swiss village allegedly sacrificed a child they thought to be the antichrist in 1994, days later committing suicide with dozens of followers. The French consider the organization to be criminal today.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s Communities


Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh founded several cultist towns in Oregon through the 1980s – strangely, communities chock full of Rolls Royce cars. Shree allegedly poisoned hundreds in Dalles, Oregon, with Salmonella bacteria in 1984 to rig local elections in his cult’s favor. It’s considered the first bioterrorist attack in the United States.

Branch Davidians


Considered to be a major split from Seventh-day Adventist Church, Branch Davidians are famous for a 1993 FBI raid on their Waco, Texas, compound that left 76 dead. The event more or less resulted in the disappearance of what many consider to be a cult, which believed in an imminent apocalypse.

Manson Family


Charles Manson, who learned to play guitar in prison, formed his infamous “Family” of criminals in 1968. Manson thought an apocalyptic race war between whites and blacks would occur in 1969, after which the commune would rule the new world. When it didn’t happen, he sent his followers on a string of murders to “show blacks how to do it,” but the victims Manson selected were those who had not helped him with his music career.

Heaven’s Gate


Followers of the Heaven’s Gate cult, led primarily by Marshall Applewhite, thought Earth and everything on it were about to be “recycled” to a clean slate, and believed hitching a ride on comet Hale-Bopp in March 1997 could allow them to survive. Thirty-nine members (including Applewhite) poisoned themselves in shifts in a California mansion wearing Nike’s sneakers and armbands that read “Heaven’s Gate Away Team.”

Aum Shinrikyo


Founded some time in the mid-1980s, Aum Shinrikyo is famous for attacking Tokyo’s subway system with Sarin gas in 1995, killing 12 and injuring more than 5,000. The cult’s beliefs are often described as a hodge-podge of destructive aspects of various religions, and while many followers thought they would develop supernatural powers, others relished the chance to fight Japanese materialism.

Peoples Temple


Reverend Jim Jones started the Peoples Temple to help homeless, jobless and sick people of all races, but former members claimed widespread abuse within the group. To remove his group from further scrutiny, Jones started a colony in the jungles of Guyana, where he hoped to build a tropical utopia. When a congressman visited the commune with three journalists to investigate the abuse claims, they were shot and killed when trying to leave. After the shootings, 913 commune members – including hundreds of children – drank poisoned Flavor Aid in a mass suicide.

Something Atheists and Christians can agree on . . .

July 2, 2008