Xena I am going to make the plain and simple for you:
Methods and Practice is where you draw the line.
You mention Catholics, today a harmless major religion. Catholics believe the same basic things as they did 500 years ago. But 500 years ago, if you refused to convert they would kill you. You would be forced off to war if the Pope saw fit. And you would be forced to renounce scientific facts if it conflicted with the church's doctrine.
So is the Catholic church a dangerous cult? Not today. Members come and go as they please, Catholics believe different things, and John Kerry even supports abortion.
What is the difference? Methods and Practice. The belief is not effected.
There are methods and practices that are identified with mind control. These methods and practices are what should be outlawed. Not the beliefs. Do you see the difference?
Another example: the US military. It is not difficult to see that the military practices mind control when indoctrinating new recruits. Hopefully those who volunteer understand that going in. There is full disclosure that you are "property of the US" when you join.
But the modern US military is a cake walk compared to ancient Sparta. Babies would be killed if they phyiscally defective. Boys would be removed from their mothers at age 7 to be raised in a military barracks and taught deprivation in order to survive any physical challenge. We are way beyond the draft here. Sparta was a nation under mind and body control for the purpose of military strength.
Do you think Spartan children had any choice? No doubt they craved to be military heros, but they didn't know any better. They were victims of mind control. Do you see that I am not arguing war or the reasons for war? I am exposing the methods and practices for recruiting warriors.
So please, believe that Jesus returned in 1914 and that only 144,000 will go to heaven. Believe you have the only religion that God has approved. I have no problem with your beliefs! But if you are going to get your children and others to believe the same by using dangerous methods and practices, that's were you draw the line.