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2 • BENNETT BANNER - APRIL 18, 1997
• OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION •
Best protection against
cults is to be careful
The mass suicide involving “Heaven’s Gate” 39 cult members
in California seems to have taken everyone by suprise, and I can
not figure out why. Think back. Some time ago
a large group of lack and white men, women
and children committed suicide by drinking
soft drinks laced with poison. Four years ago,
the broadcast media showed the fiery
destruction of a compound located in Waco,
Texas where another group of "religious zealots" had been
living. The truth is cults have been in existence for years and
they are everywhere.
People who give up everything and join cults are easily led
id gullible. That explains why one person can persuade another
to make him or her abondon God, society and family and join
an organization that has a belief in aliens and an outside world.
Maybe it is time for us to rethink and reevaluate ourselves.
We should take time to examine ourselves and determine what
influences us. We may discover that some ideas may sound good
at the time, but may have a negative impact on our lives later. If
we don't take that look then maybe we are just as weak-minded
as those 39 people who committed suicide in California.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a cult as... "a
religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or
bogus: followers of such a religion or sect..." The government
can not eliminate cults because the Constitution protects
everyone's freedom of religion.
Therefore, we must protect ourselves against a cult -- which
could be within walking distance of our school.
The opinion expressed in this column is that of the
author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of
the Bennett Banner staff.
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What is your opinion about religious cults?
The recent mass sucide in California and the anniversary of the
Waco incident four years ago has brought a lot of attention to the
topic of cults.
MAJOR: ELEM. ED.
HOME STATE: MISSOURI
People who join religious
cults are just looking for
something to belong to. Cult
leaders look for individuals
searching for love and
companionship. It is all just
HOME STATE: FLORIDA
I am in no position to
question or judge people and
their religious beliefs.
Whatever reasons an
individual has decided to join
a cult is based on their own
morals, standards and their
own set of rules.
HOME STATE: WASH. D.C.
Not all religious cults
promote suicide and
euthanasia, some promote
religious beliefs of
Christianity, sisterhood and
brotherhood. We are in no
position to judge a man for
his religious beliefs.
MAJOR: MASS COMM.
HOME STATE: WASH.D.C.
Religious cults are of Satan.
I bind them up in the name of
Jesus and send them back to
the pits of hell where they
HOME STATE: S. CAROLINA
Religious cults are pointless
because I do not need to be in
a group to know that there is
a higher being and to know
that / am devoted to the Lord.
CADENCE M. TAYLOR
HOME STATE: OHIO
Just like people fault
Christians for believing in
the Holy Trinity and call us
crazy - religious cults are
just as crazy. These people
are just sick.