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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A DESTRUCTIVE CULT AND A RELIGION

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CULT, CULTIC GROUP

RELIGION

Deceit in recruitment

Information offered up front

Totalitarian

Allows freedom of thought and members have a say

Destroys that family unit

Promotes the family unit

Isolates its members

Works within society

Keeps non-believers out

Open to general community

Limits development of individual

Interested in promoting potential

Exploits and manipulates its members with mind control techniques

While there are guidelines members are not systematically controlled

Commitment is encouraged during recruitment process

Thought before commitment is encouraged as part of conversion process

Criticism is met with threats of legal action

People are free to speak out against the tenets of a religion

Leader and follower consider leader to be above reproach

Clergy are expected to be responsible for their words and actions

Questioning the leader, or basic tenets, is not allowed

Critical thinking is allowed and sometimes even encouraged