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Apr 17, 2009 Literary review / Cult cock-OUP — Private Eye (UK) More: private-eye.co.uk, link
Private Eye (UK) Scientology Edited by James R. Lewis (Oxford University Press, £18.99) THE clock starts striking 13 very early in this book, which claims to consider Scientology from a standpoint of scholarly objectivity. In the opening essay, "Birth of a Religion", J. Gordon Melton sets out "an overview of the life of L. Ron Hubbard anchored by the generally agreed facts". The general tone can be deduced from his conclusion: "After a suitable pause to acknowledge the founder's life and accomplishments, the church ... Mar 20, 2009 Did Charles Manson's murder gang strike in Britain? — Daily Mail (UK)
Sep 1, 2003 Scientology and the European Human Rights debate: A reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force study — Marburg Journal of Religion
Jan 31, 1999 Scientology: A church and its foes / Bitter partings — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California) More:
link Jan 1, 1999 "When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Clarifying contentious issues / A rejoinder to Melton, Shupe, and Lewis / Stephen A. Kent and Theresa Krebs — Skeptic magazine More:
link Jan 1, 1999 "When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Let the scholar who is without sin cast the first stone / James R. Lewis responds — Skeptic magazine More:
link Jan 1, 1999 "When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! / J. Gordon Melton responds — Skeptic magazine More:
link Sep 1, 1998 When Scholars Know Sin — Skeptic magazine More:
skeptic.com Apr 3, 1994 Inside the cults of mind control - — Sunday Age (Australia)
Sunday Age (Australia)
Louise Samways has spent the past decade investigating the many mind-control techniques of Australia's cults, gurus and personal development courses. She is also familiar with their tactics to keep critics quiet. The brick that slammed through the psychologist's car windscreen recently was a reminder that there are other, older methods of persuasion. She was frightened: "I'd like to hope it was just schoolkids playing stupid games, but when these things come one on top of the other, I don't think I'm ...
Mar 10, 1993 When worlds collide / For some, cults hold all the answers — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
Disenchanted with college, unsure about a career and turned off by his Orthodox Jewish upbringing, Henry Kriegel hitchhiked around the country 16 years ago on a personal and spiritual quest that ended at a lecture sponsored by Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Church Universal and Triumphant. As he listened, something clicked that hadn't with the other philosophies he'd explored–and after several months of study and reflection, Kriegel joined the controversial sect, which came to be widely known for its massive Montana bomb shelter. ...
Nov 1, 1979 How cults bilk all of us — Reader's Digest More: link
Because they don't have to file annual financial reports with the IRS, unscrupulous sects can — and do — ignore the law with impunity. Let's close this tax loophole HOW CULTS BILK ALL OF US
SOME THREE MILLION AMERICANS have joined cult churches in the last decade, a phenomenon attributed to everything from the breakdown of the family to loss of faith in traditional institutions. One thing is certain: these cults could not have experienced their spectacular rise to wealth and ...
Feb 1, 1979 Uncovering the cult conspiracy — Mother Jones
Dec 3, 1969 Cult leader was Svengali — 'Girls all obeyed him' — Press-Telegram
"Charlie was like a Svengali ... he could get anything he wanted from anybody in his 'family' ... what he said was law. He once put several of his girls in a hillside cave, with only water, for a week. They stayed. Nobody disobeyed Charlie ..." Twenty-four-year-old Juan Flynn, an employe [sic] of the Spahn Ranch where members of the kill-for-thrills hippie cult lived for two years, talked freely of the man they called "Jesus". "Jesus" is Charles Manson, leader of ...
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