The anti-cult movement is made of people with varied ideological affiliations who attack & vilify minority religious & spiritual pursuits. They can hide their ideological affiliations and never be questioned for them as part of the “anti-cult movement”.
The anticult movement belief system is often made available to Exes of minority religions so they can “re-think” their involvement. Although brainwashing has been thoroughly debunked by science, the anti-cult movement seeks to promote this insidious belief, much to the detriment of Ex-Scientologists and others.
It uses pejorative terms such as “cult”, and stereotypes such as “brainwashed cult member” to dehumanize and marginalize members of minority religions.
To be sure, abuses have occured in minority religions. But have they occured to the extent that abuse has occured in the majority ones? Do members of ‘cults’ commit suicide more often than members of majority religions?
These are some of the questions we explore here at AlanzosBlog.
Adopting the beliefs of the anti-cult movement dramatically changes the views and attitudes of those who experience a loss of faith. Those changes have a profound effect on how Exes make sense of their own past. So we must ask: How helpful is the ideology of the anti cult movement in making sense of your life?
Most all of the witnesses against Keith Raniere in his criminal trial went through government deprogramming before they testified. Studies have shown this re-deculturization greatly effects the Ex-cultist’s attitudes toward their experience.
This is the level of thought that is acceptable by those who believe in the AntiCult Movement’s ideology about minority religions. This is not critical thinking – it’s the sociological equivalent of an AntiVaxer rant.