[SERIOUS] What strange cult is still active today?

[SERIOUS] What strange cult is still active today?

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  1. Financial pyramid schemes like World Financial Group. Can’t convince they aren’t a cult. Shady business practices preying on family and friends for “investments”.

  2. New Life Church. A former friend of mine got talked into going with his new wife and they’ve brainwashed the both of them. I’m gay and I get messages from her every once in a while telling me to join them and repent for my “sins” (being gay) because she wants me to “join them in heaven” and “experience the church’s and gods love”

  3. Westboro Baptist Church.

    The TL;DR of them is that they are a small (70 person) Ultra Calvinist ‘church’ in Kansas, US, started by lawyer Fred Phelps that became infamous for protesting military funerals because the gays are evil or some bullshit. Several members actually have law degrees so they can basically bully others out of pressing charges. I recommend you look them up.

  4. I just finished watching a podcast over this cult.

    Love Has Won is apparently still semi-active even after their cult leader was found mummified in glitter. There’s a branch of the original cult that split off and is now forming a new cult although it’s tiny.

  5. FLDS – fundamentalist mormonism. Child brides. Assigned marriages. Polygamy. Their cult leader is running the show from prison, where he rots due to raping a child bride. They still exist & still believe in him and their celestial heaven.

  6. There’s a cult that operates in the graveyard in my neighborhood, on Friday nights I’ll make a quick 2 minute walk to the graveyard for the silence it provides and they talk to me and always ask me to join them no matter how many times I say no it’s too the point of if I see a candle a few meters away from me at night I don’t even panic because I know it’s the same recruiter everytime and I always decline

  7. southern texas rural churches. dont know if anyone here has ever been to anyone but that shits literally cult like. on a more serious note those mega churches are literally basically doing what cult leaders did, proffiting off the weak minded

  8. So let me tell you about [the Urantia Book](https://www.urantia.org). This is, according to [the Wikipedia entry on it](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Urantia_Book):

    >The book aims to unite religion, science, and philosophy, and its enormous amount of material about science is unique among literature claimed to be presented by celestial beings. Among other topics, the book discusses the origin and meaning of life, mankind’s place in the universe, the relationship between God and people, and the life of Jesus.

    There isn’t *quite* a full-blown organised religion around it, but there is [the Urantia Foundation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urantia_Foundation), who are focused on publishing the book and getting its message out. The book is out of international copyright, but they’ve trademarked the logo, so you can have your found-on-the-Internet copy of the Urantia Book, or you can have your Official Copy.

    It was first published in 1955, and it got a bit of a following among hippies in the 60s. Jimi Hendrix liked it. Jerry Garcia liked it. Stevie Ray Vaughn, okay, not a hippie, but he liked it too.

    And a bunch of hippies up in Colorado found it and really liked reading it. And liked making herbal tea. Which is why [your Sleepytime Tea says it has “celestial seasonings”](https://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2021/01/the-insane-true-story-of-the-racist-eugenics-book-your-inspirational-teabag-tag-might-be-based-on/).

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