Mormon Truth #9-Is Mormonism A Cult?!!-Part 1

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Summary: Mormon Truth #9-Is Mormonism A Cult?!!-Part 1 In this podcast, I go through the cult checklist to once and for all, decide if Mormonism is a cult or not. I'm using the list from the ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association). Here is a quote from the website of the ICSA: "The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. Founded in 1979 as AFF(American Family Foundation), ICSA took on its current name in late 2004 to better reflect the organization's focus and increasingly international and scholarly dimensions." The list that I'm using is entitled "Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups" and was written and created by Janja Lalich, Ph.D. & Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. I'm sure that Mormons will find a way to discredit this website, this list and these people because Mormonism and the Mormon Church just couldn't possibly really be a cult, right? In fact, most members, as I once did, find it extremely offensive to be labeled as a cult and/or cult member. On the ICSA website, it is also states that: "ICSA does NOT maintain a list of "bad" groups or "cults." Their website also says: "We nonjudgmentally list groups on which we have information. Groups listed, described, or referred to on ICSA's Web sites may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign. We encourage inquirers to consider a variety of opinions, negative and positive, so that inquirers can make independent and informed judgments pertinent to their particular concerns." So, with that being said, this group is clearly not "out-to-get" the Mormons or "persecute" them, or "anti-Mormon" in anyway. Mormons seem to love to believe that stuff about anyone that speaks badly of them, as it just further proves that the Church is true in some twisted, jacked up, cognitive dissonance way, because they are being persecuted. Persecution = truth, because that is what the members are taught by their leaders and the cult Hierarchy. If you are involved in a cult and a cult member, you wouldn't know it, unless you knew what to look for and what the signs are. The purpose of cults, is to brainwash and control you, so that you don't think you are in a cult at all and that your life is completely normal. The leaders of cults always reassure their members, that they are normal people and that everyone else in the world is strange and weird and even dangerous and to be avoided. They encourage their members to only have cult friends and only marry someone in the cult, etc, just like Mormonism does. This podcast will help anyone that is in a cult, whether it be Mormonism or some other religion/cult. I strongly encourage everyone to listen to this podcast, Mormon or not and decide for yourselves; "is Mormonism a cult?" Samuel the Utahnite Originally published March 8, 2006