And there are SO many predacious cults around us, all prepared to capture our minds and hearts to further their agendas, wealth, and power. It is almost impossible to avoid being a cult victim at some point.
One doesnt have to be recruited into a cult to be victimized by one. Here are various examples people have described on this message board over the past 11 years.
A) You pay your taxes on time. But many exploitative and deceitful groups/cults do not pay tax because they filed as tax exempt entities. You, dear tax payer indirectly subsidize them. So as an outsider who pays or files tax, you have every citizen right to take an interest.
Other ways to be victimized
*Your spouse or business partner, lover or business partner, becomes involved with a cult. You get dragged along. If you have children, they get dragged along to. If you protest, you risk a divorce, and your ex may have legal support from the cult--and once you are kicked to the curb and paying alimony or child support, the cult gets access to the money.
*You are in jail or prison and the yoga program is actually run by a cult.
*You or an elderly person you love is in a nursing home. The local cult church has ties to the place and sends in people to proslytize you and you cannot just get out and leave. Rick Ross got into the cult education field because he discovered his grandmother, in her nursing home was being hit on by cult proslytizers.
*Your teenaged son or daughter is taking terrible risks and you are at your wits end. The counselor advises sending your child to a troubled teen program that is based on a cultic and abusive ideology. You're the typical overworked stressed parent, and you have not been taught to how to fact check.
*A boss or manager makes it a condition of your employment to go to a Large Group Awareness Training
*You are in a city with expensive rentals and limited vacancies. You at last get a share rental for a an apartment. Then your master tenant pressures you to participate in a Large Group Awareness Training
*Your professor at school pressures you (per above)
*Psychotherapists who are members of a guru led cult are given workshops at the ashram on how to introduce the belief system into their therapy practices so as to lure clients into the belief system (SYDA Yoga, as reported by Daniel Shaw, LCSW, a former disciple)
*You own your own property, mind your own business. Then some oddball group in your area begins enlarging thier own property or bringing in more converts and it becomes more difficult to find parking spaces, traffic becomes a major hassle, and property values go down, right when you or someone in your area has planned to sell their property and retire.
*You have a child and are looking for a non sectarian school that encourages creativity. The Waldorf school in your area looks charming. You are expected to donate volunteer services as a parent, along with paying tuition. You are not
told that the school is run according to the religious/occult ideology and strange child development philosophy of someone named Rudolf Steiner who called his belief system Anthroposophy.
*And that its members feel entitled to conceal all this from non believers on the principle that mere exposure to an Anthroposophy environment will 'karmically benefit' parents adn children kept ignorant of its doctrines--who might otherwise refuse to participate.
*You get involved with a charming sustainable gardening project or a Green housing project and its tied to Anthroposophy--which, by the way, has its own bank--Triodos. Steiner had his own theory of money and political change.
*You lived in Antelope Valley, Oregon, ate at the salad bar of a local restaurant and got sick from salmonella, because followers of a guru named Rajneesh contaminated the food hoping to get lots of people sick and homebound, so they'd not be able to vote and thus skew the election in favor of candidates who favored Rajneesh and the asram.
*You were related to anyone who was involved with Jim Jones or David Koresh.
*You were in Tokyo on the subway, during the Ashahara cult's sarin gas attack.