Topic / Cults

Movie glorifying billionaire evangelist fails to fill cinemas

Nada a Perder (Nothing to Lose) is an authorised biopic of Edir Macedo, founder and spiritual leader of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God worldwide and owner of RecordTV in Brazil – but despite millions of tickets reportedly being sold, the movie is playing to empty cinema seats. When I saw a Guardian […]

Cult leader Hopeful Christian, a ‘dirty old man’, dies aged 92

The founder of a New Zealand cult who changed his name from Neville Cooper to Hopeful Christian, died today, leaving behind a trail of controversy, a sexual abuse conviction, and questions over the future of the sect called Gloriavale, located in Haupiri Valley, on the South Island’s West Coast. According to this report, the current leader, […]

Sex slaves rescued from SA cult after shoot-out with police

South Africa’s National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole, above, has confirmed that no fewer than 100 sex slaves, among them girls as young as 12, were freed after police were involved in a gun battle at the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry Church on Friday. According to this report, the incident occurred after five police officers […]

Dangerous Danish cult recruits ‘world famous’ singer Lou Bega

The photo above shows Lou Bega, right, praying with Torben Sondergaard, leader of ‘a really dangerous’ cult called The Last Reformation, based in Denmark. The picture was taken from a recent The Last Reformation promotional video on YouTube in which Bega speaks of finding Jesus and dragging his family into the cult, which says: Lou […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses hit with a massive child abuse lawsuit

A $66 million class-action lawsuit has been launched against the the Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership, claiming that its policies protect members who sexually abuse children. The lawsuit, according to this report, was filed in Ontario on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse across Canada, where more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses reside. Said Bryan McPhadden, the […]

Scientology’s new UK ‘church’ met with a hostile response

Protesters, many of them former members of the wealthy international cult, gathered in Birmingham at the weekend to loudly decry the opening of a luxurious new Church of Scientology HQ in the city. According to this report, the cash-grabbing cult – which insists it is a “true religion” and not a cult – bought the […]

US cult leader faces lawsuit over alleged slave labour

Royall Jenkins, above, ‘spiritual’ leader of an organisation called The Value Creators and a man who likes to be call ‘Allah’,  is being sued by a woman who claims she was forced to work without pay for a decade — from the age of 11. According to this report, Kendra Ross, who is now 26, alleges […]

Guru’s rape case: religious sects must be better controlled

In the wake of deadly riots this week in India by followers of celebrity godman ‘Saint’ Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50,the Hindustan Times said in an op-ed yesterday that the authorities need to take a look cults such as his that become ‘almost uncontrollable’. According to the BBC, at least 23 people were been […]

New Mexico cult: four more ‘aggressive’ Christians arrested

Following the recent arrest of members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps – including Peter and and ‘General’ Deborah Green, above – four more members the paramilitary religious sect were detained by police this week. According to this report, the arrests came four days after authorities raided the ACMTC’s Fence Lake compound and arrested […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]