If your taste in religion or spirituality tends to lean toward the more unconventional side, or if perhaps you’ve misplaced an impressionable, quasi-delusional uncle over the holidays who is likely to get wrapped up in one cult or another, you may be interested in gathering a list of the cults making their presence known in social media so that you know exactly what it is that you’re up against. Hang in there, Uncle Elwood, help is on the way. Here’s a list of ten examples of cults using Facebook:
Scientology – Tom Cruise may beg to differ on this one, but then we aren’t proclaiming Scientology to be a cult while jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch either, so there’s that. Anyway, this group has been brainwashingauditing heads since 1953; all in hopes of helping you remember your true nature.
Heaven’s Gate – We thought this cult had died off (ba-dum-bump), but apparently reports of its demise were grossly exaggerated and it hasn’t quite kicked the bucket yet. Instead it’s still encouraging members to learn and rise to the next stage of existence. Not surprisingly, its Facebook profile lists the TV show UFO Hunters among its likes.
Unification Church – Sun Myung Moon’s version of Christianity, this church began in Korea back in the 1940′s. One of the tenets of the Divine Principle for Moonies states that Lord of the second coming must be Korean-born, circa early 20th century.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) – The official Facebook profile for the Mormon church, a religious movement that began based on visions of Joseph Smith in Upstate New York. This one is very much alive and thriving. The church’s headquarters reside in Salt Lake City, Utah now, but there are locations worldwide for believers to attend.
Desteni – Destonians, as they refer to themselves, are a group that believes there will one day be a world financial collapse. At that time, they will rise to power, and institute an “equal money system”.
Israelite Church of God and Jesus Christ – A religious sect, also known as Black Hebrew Israelites. They claim to be the true Biblical Jews, and to be racially superior to Caucasians, having divine inspiration and destiny.
Ordo Templi Orientis – Let’s be clear, this links to the unofficial fan page of the organization founded in the early 20th century. Aleister Crowley, the English author and proclaimed Satanist, was a member. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” is the group’s credo.
Creativity Movement – A white supremacist cult who believe in racial eugenics and deny the Holocaust ever happening. Some members have been involved in terrorist plots against Black and Jewish landmarks in Boston, and murder plots against judicial figures.
Hare Krishna – ISKCON – You may remember this group for their ubiquity at airports across the nation back in the 70′s. Yellow-robed, shaved head devotees of Krishna chanting blissfully while panhandling for their god, Krishna.