Cults

Problems with the ISKCON Krishna Movement

By |2018-12-16T16:22:35+00:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

George Harrison, Shyamasundara Dasa, and Mukunda Goswami in Vrindavan in front of Jiva Goswami Samadhi, 1996 The Truth About ISKCON Despite my profound appreciation for the musical genius of Beatle, George Harrison, ISKCON devotees influenced him. Harrison wrote songs like "My Sweet Lord" and donated large sums of money to the cult. I can [...]

Scripted Violence, Conspiracy Theories and Concerns

By |2018-12-06T13:21:16+00:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been several weeks since Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in his hateful, rage-filled attack against Jews. This week, I had the opportunity to interview Chip Berlet, an investigative journalist, research analyst and scholar of right-wing movements. I had been wanting to interview him so he could explain the concept of scripted [...]

Highlights from my EXJW Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)

By |2018-11-29T13:06:12+00:00November 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Ten Questions & Answers On Monday, November 19, 2018, I participated in my first ever AMA (Ask Me Anything) for r/exjw on Reddit to an overwhelming response. Reddit users interviewed me by posting questions which I then answered on the Reddit forum. I want to thank Kimmy O'Donnell who helped arrange it and everyone for [...]

What is a Cult? Whiteboard Animation Explaining the BITE Model

By |2018-11-22T12:39:37+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BITE Model Since my deprogramming from the Moon cult in 1976, I have come to learn of countless thousands of groups that I have never heard of before. Are they cults? Do they use mind control? Is it brainwashing? I have also been asked to comment on destructive family systems and controlling relationships. Over the decades [...]

A Call to Action for All Who Have Suffered from Mind Control!

By |2018-11-15T12:23:39+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Age of Influence I believe that we are no longer living merely in the "Age of Information" but the "Age of Influence." Information has long been collected, legally and illegally about billions of people, building very sophisticated profiles. With such a persona or profile, influence can be very efficiently used to manipulate people's minds and [...]

The Attempt to Redefine Religious Freedom

By |2018-10-25T13:08:39+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week's blog is an effort to make people aware of a concerted effort to move the United States away from the Founding Fathers' plan in the Constitution. They wanted a solid foundational commitment for a clear separation of Church and State. However, we are currently seeing a trend towards giving rights to religious corporations that [...]

Malice Found by Jury in Montana Watchtower Society Sex Abuse Case

By |2018-10-11T13:50:27+00:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The huge decline in membership due to critical information on the Internet, as well as lawsuits, are forcing leadership of older established clergy organizations, like the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons, to try to find ways to cope. In the case of Watchtower, documents listing predators have been leaked. Also, in the case of the LDS Church, documents are being leaked [...]

Right-Wing Extremist Terrorists Target Humanists Who Teach Critical Thinking

By |2018-09-20T12:10:08+00:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rationalists under threat, Photo by NewsClick Indian Activists Advocate the Use of Scientific, Analytical Thinking, Not Just Superstition This week's blog features an interview with my friend Narendra Nayak who is the President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA). His organization consists of eighty constituent groups who together seek to promote scientific [...]

Tired of Being “On The Fence” With Your Life?

By |2018-08-23T14:36:02+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning to Doubt and Question There are moments when almost anybody can become disillusioned when in a totalistic, or rigid and intolerant, group (or controlling relationship). Losing one’s “faith” can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe they become aware of some discrepancy or hypocrisy in the doctrine or in a leader’s behavior. Perhaps someone [...]

I Happily Join the TEDx “Cult”

By |2018-08-16T13:39:14+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently gave my first TEDx talk on August 1, 2018. I decided to give this blog the funny title to make a point. There are, in fact, many definitions of the word "cult." Most of these have a strongly negative association. However, I wanted to try to help people expand their minds when they hear [...]