The Anti Cult Movement is an 80’s era hysteria that dehumanizes members of minority religions.
It’s time to stop it.
Video Transcript of The Anti Cult Movement
Hi. It’s Alanzo from AlanzosBlog.com
I’ve got my IPhone. I got my white wall. I got my open window. Let’s do a video.
So I was a member of the the anti cult movement without really knowing what it was and how it was made up… what its history was… for many years, maybe even a decade, before I realized that I was a member of it.
I had adopted its ideology and its belief system. I felt a kinship and an allegiance to a bunch of different people who were also fighting cults that I really didn’t have very much in common with. I didn’t really realize this. I just knew that we were on a quest to get rid of injustice that destructive cults were causing to people. And we were freeing people from the chains! And all the cult brainwashing!
I did that because I like logic and I like debate. And you know, cult brainwashing is kind of the ultimate in debate, right? If you can change a person’s mind when they’ve been brainwashed into believing it – that’s the ultimate rhetorical victory, right?
The anti cult movement has been around for a long time – hundreds of years, actually. But it wasn’t until the 1960s and the 1970s that they kind of took on this veneer of being scientifically validated.
Prior to this, it was clearly ideologically motivated. The anti-cult movement is made up of a bunch of ideologues. If you begin to examine it you’ll see Christian ministers, you’ll see practicing Jewish rabbis, you’ll see staunch atheists like Tony Ortega, who are all after minority religions – mostly because they have less power than the majority ones do.
They’re not going after the Episcopal Church. They’re not going after the abuses in the Catholic Church. They’re going after Scientology and Mormons and JW’s because they have less power. They’re minority religions.
Cult brainwashing is the underpinning, the foundation, of basically everything in the anti cult movement. Cult brainwashing would be the ability of the cult to apply certain techniques to you that make you decide things in the cult’s favor rather than in your own self-interests.
Eileen Barker, of the London School of Economics, in the late 70s and early 80s studied this. The claim was that the Moonies were applying cult brainwashing techniques in their three-day seminars where they were recruiting people. So Eileen Barker, as a sociologist, went and counted the number of people in the room. And she continued to count them. And she counted the ones that joined up and she found that 90% of the people who’d been subjected to this so-called cult brainwashing during these three day recruitment seminars for the Moonies, ninety percent of those people did not sign up. And of the ten percent who did sign up? They were all gone within two years.
So if cult brainwashing exists as anything other than a belief, where’s its POWER?
If cult brainwashing is being used during a recruitment seminar – and it really exists – then those people will be making decisions against their own self-interests and for the cult. And they will be signing up, right? Yet when you study this so called cult brainwashing, and when it’s studied over and over, it doesn’t make people do that.
So if something like cult brainwashing has so little power, does something like cult brainwashing actually exist?
I say no. I say it’s a belief only. And it’s one of the beliefs that you, as an ex, were offered when you got out of Scientology and you used it to explain everything you were too embarrassed about yourself to admit.
I’ll tell you what – just go on to Wikipedia and type in “anti cult movement”. Just read that article. If you’re an anti Scientologist, or even a staunch Ex-Scientologist, and you’re not aware that you’re a member of the anti cult movement, you will be after you read that.
See, a minority religion is just a minority religion. No one was brainwashed into it. No one is brainwashed now. They are no more brainwashed than a staunch Catholic, or a staunch Buddhist, or a staunch atheist for that matter. They’ve got an ideology, and they’ve adopted it. It’s a sense-making device that helps them to understand the infinite multitude of the world coming at them. And that’s all that’s going on. There is no cult brainwashing like the anti cult movement teaches.
These beliefs actually cause their own trauma loops. You can see that, right? “I was brainwashed!” You know? “I was brainwashed!” “I was brainwashed!” You sit there and you tell yourself that enough and pretty soon you’re destroying yourself! You’re actually denying your own power of choice – to yourself!
Another trauma loop that’s caused by accepting the beliefs of the anti cult movement is “I wasted 30 years of my life!… Ten years of my life!” Whatever it is. However long you spent in the brainwashing cult – you wasted. That’s a trauma loop, as well.
I’m sure that you can find some of your own trauma loops that don’t come from your experiences having anything to do with Scientology – they come from your adoption of the belief system of the anti Cult Movement.
Everything should be able to be examined, right? We should be able to examine the beliefs of the anti cult movement, right? Or the beliefs of anti-scientology, even the beliefs of ex Scientology. Just like were able to examine the beliefs of Scientology after we got out, we should be able to do that, too.
If you can see the damage that these kinds of ideas, and controlling people into adopting these ideas, and not being able to think freely and discuss them freely – if you can see the damage that causes to somebody who was in something like Scientology – where they did that to them, too – then you’ll understand why I’m so rebellious about all of this.
I should be.
And so should you.
If there’s one reason that I’m doing these videos, it’s because these ideas from the anti cult movement are destructive to an Ex-Scientologist, or an Ex-member of any minority religion that they call “cult”. And they’re just beliefs – they’re not not facts.
There are other ways to believe. There are alternative explanations for what you did when you were a Scientologist and this is why I’m saying what I’m saying.
When I call somebody a fanatic, I don’t call them a fanatic because it’s in their DNA. I specifically say that they don’t need to be a fanatic. They don’t need to run these anti cult movement beliefs on people, and control all the message boards so that everybody only espouses the beliefs of the anti cult movement – which is what all the Snow Suzi properties do. I’m against that.
I’m not for David Miscavige. David Miscavige is a violent psychopath. He should not be running the Church of Scientology. He shouldn’t be running a taco stand!
It’s the anti cult movement beliefs that I’m talking about.
They’re do-do. They’re poop!
When you examine them, they just evaporate.
And that leaves you with an alternative way to explain your involvement in Scientology to yourself that is much more productive, much more positive and constructive. And actually more true, as well.
I’ll be showing in future videos how these alternative ways of explaining your past spiritual pursuit are more true, okay?
Thank you very much. Over and out.