Posts tagged "cults"

Attack their Ideology

Malcolm Nance tells Rachel Maddow that the best way to defeat Al-Qaeda is to spread understanding of their doctrine throughout the Muslim world. They're a cult, says Nance, determined to radicalize Islam, not support Muslim governments and law as they exist. "Break their Muslim support," he says, by ending their manipulation of...

Waiting for John Frum

31 January 2006 The Washington Post’s Peter Carlson previews the Smithsonian’s report on John Frum Day, the high holy day of one of the last so-called “cargo cults” — religious movements formed during the WWII era among South Pacific islanders reacting against the influence of white colonialists or missionaries, and simultaneously focused on the goods, or cargo, that...

Cultists Are People, Too

02 December 2004 Why journalists push new religious movements to the edge. Sean McCloud, Making the American Religious Fringe: Exotics, Subversives, and Journalists, 1955-1993 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) Reviewed by Gal Beckerman In 1976, The Saturday Evening Post ran an article sure to startle a group of readers who could probably do without something else to worry...