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Transcript of Cults
a system of religious veneration and devotion towards a specific figure/object.
Group of people having religious beliefs or practices seen as strange by others.
a person/thing that is popular or fashionable, amongst a specific society.
Examples of cults include:
Formation & Structure of Cults
There is a given leader(s).
Some cults are safe, while others are violent.
Many cult leaders are often fantasizing negative visions.
Other leaders can be opportunistic men/women, manipulating their followers for personal profit.
Relationship between the leader and his followers:
any member of the group who questions the leader is usually seen as wrong and negative to the group.
Destructive cults usually have an "us vs them" mentality.
People being recruited into cults can vary from the rich to the poor.
Cults manipulate people using different forms of media and blackmail.
Descriptions & Practices within Cults
Usually are organizations such as churches.
Tend to not be violent.
Have many beliefs.
Usually look up to a god or a god like figure.
Social aspects of cult-like behavior
Have specific days for holy events/festivals.
Almost complete trust in the leadership.
Control of members actions through propaganda.
Isolation, or somewhat of a separatist movement.
Things taught in the group drilled into the members head.
Gender roles may differ from the society norm.
Appearance standards where women/men have to dress a certain way
Leaders seen as individuals with connections to God.
Helps a person trust someone else for their spiritual beliefs.
Has everyone's respect
Has control of the group, and has the final say.
Many cult leaders are deemed to have negative visions.
Leading mental health professionals to question their sanity.
The KKK (Ku Klux Klan)
The Ku Klux Klan otherwise known as the KKK is:
Racist, anti-Semitic movement that is extremely violent
Achieve its goals of racial segregation and white supremacy.
Founder: Confederate Civil War veterans Captain John C. Lester, Major James R. Crowe, John D. Kennedy, Calvin Jones, Richard R. Reed, & Frank O. McCord
Headquarters: Each different Klan group has its own headquarters.
Size: May be as many as 5,000 members and associates of the KKK.
Klan is strongest in the South and in the Midwest.
Criminal Activity: A lot of criminal activity, ranging from hate crimes to acts of terrorism.
Control: Mail, social blackmail and other propaganda.
Public rallies and protests and other attention seeking activities are ways they get attention.
Ideology: White supremacist ideology similar to the nazis although it's more about christians.
Arrived after the Civil War as America’s first true terrorist group.
Early on the KKK were:
Violent against African-Americans.
White Americans who stood up for them.
Against the federal government who supported their rights.
Klan added more enemies including Jews, Catholics, homosexuals, and various immigrants.
1964; 3 civil rights workers were ambushed and shot to death with the help of the police in Mississippi.
1963; Bombed 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama. 4 girls killed & bombing helped pressure the President to sign the Civil rights act.
The Ku Klux Klan
Seen as a racist, separatist movement.
Jews, gays, Catholics, other religious groups & immigrants.
Gatherings in which they share there hatred and plan other activities.
Relatives and family members are actively recruited.
Kids recruited from an early age.
Conduct spying/research on potential recruits.
The burning cross was a symbol of threat towards enemies.
The leader of the KKK was called Grand Wizard of the Empire.
During the late 30s and early 40s, the Klan was financed by Nazi Germany.
The Klan's membership in 1965 was 40,000.
Speech about holocaust.
Members of the KKK were often dressed in a white robe covered from top to bottom.
Like many cults the KKK had a dress code as well.
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