Who thinks JW is a cult?
We have a winner!
The JWs are, with out a doubt, a cult.
For any lurkers out there who may be wringing their hands trying to determine whether JWs are a full-on cult, or merely a high-control group, I ask:
Does it matter?
Whatever the category, it's unhealthy and it's destructive. It hurts those who are in it, and those who know them.
When people ask, I tell them I grew up in a cult. JWs are a cult. They worship their lord and master the "Society."
Since they are sensitive about being a cult and have to defend their cult status, it seems it shows they are a cult.
i knew it wasn't out of my mind.
Now there is a key phrase for getting out of cultish thinking. It wasn't out of YOUR mind, it came from some yahoo or conglomerate of yahoos that came up with this thing called a belief system, you for whatever reason just happend to buy it.
absolutely. cult status. realizing that was an important step for me in breaking free finally.
Internal control, the amount of internal political power exercised by leader(s) over members.
Wisdom claimed by leader(s), the amount of infallibility declared about decisions.
Wisdom credited to leader(s) by members; the amount of trust in decisions made by leader(s).
Dogma, the rigidity of reality concepts taught; the amount of doctrinal inflexibility.
Recruiting, the emphasis put on attracting new members; the amount of proselytizing.
Front groups, the number of subsidiary groups using names different from that of the main group.
Wealth, the amount of money and/or property desired or obtained; the degree of emphasis on members' donations.
Political power, the amount of external political influence desired or obtained.
Sexual manipulation of members by leader(s); the amount of control of sex lives of members.
Censorship, the amount of control over members' access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines, or its leader(s).
Dropout control, the intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.
Endorsement of violence when used by or for the group or its leader(s).
Paranoia, the amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies, the perceived power of opponents.
Grimness, the amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines, or its leader(s).
Wow - society in general is one big cult then
I lump them in with vegans, animal rights activists, AIDS activists, global warmers and Branch Davidians. High Control nutters relying on very dubious Junk Science to back up their flimsy ideologies.
Sorry if I offended anyone with that
Black sheep, that was about the most mindless comment I've seen posted in this forum.