• Statement concerning Email Be Scofield

    Our staff at Culture or Cult would like to transparently address a part of a recent threat that came to us through an email sent from Be Scofield.

    Be Scofield’s toxic rant:

    “I will unmask anyone involved in this site and it will haunt each of you forever, and making it publicly known the people who have written for this site. You have declared war–lifelong war. You think you can hide behind all this but you can’t. Your identities will be unmasked and put into the world. Jobs and money will be lost. Your reputations will be publicly ruined! You will be found and you and your families will lose a ton of money.”

    Culture or Cult’s response:

    Be Scofield, we at Culture or Cult are many, and are not intimidated by your efforts in the least manner. We are a free platform provider that offers Journalists and honest reporters an opportunity to write their concerns regarding most any issue that might be of value to our world today. We will also, occasionally, allow private individuals to post their grievances or successes in a free environment, where they will not be censored or threatened by any entity, private, governmental, or commercial, so to bring their story forward. This site is dedicated to the voice that otherwise gets trodden under by the prevailing doctrine that governs our fake news media outlets today.

    We will not censure or contribute to any posted material, written, recorded, or visual, that the writers who contributed to this platform present. We do not employ any of the authors who write these articles. We are not responsible for the current trend that seems to be turning sharply against your unique and dark efforts at destroying spiritual leaders or organizations reputations and lives at random to serve and aggrandize your reputation as a cult or guru killer. We cannot and will not involve ourselves in the work of those authors who have chosen to stand up and to post here in favor of that trend. We find it ironic and hypocritical that you would threaten us, an open provider platform, for allowing the freedom of those research journalists who work without profit to expose your tactics, when you make your living in working to destroy real person’s reputations.

    We are also not under the sway of US Jurisdiction. Threatening us with nonsensical legal action is of no consequence. We are amply protected under Belgian Law. Before posting any articles, photographs, or recordings from a journalist or writer, we first vet them to see if they are real. We, therefore, require an email and phone number in order to contact, and if necessary, speak with the author. Once we feel satisfied that that person is indeed real, we cross-check to see if the presented article pertains to some form of whistle-blowing or an acceptable cause. We also do not make these decisions singularly, we make them in council, as a group. Our guarantee of absolute privacy is won through securely deleting all of the author’s personal information, including any personal phone records, IP, or email contacts, within a single week after contact. In this way, we assure anonymity, if the author so chooses.

  • An actual Cult: Trump’s America viewed from a former Cult Victim

    We should probably say “potentially dangerous group” instead of “actual cult”. But wait, the “potentially” might actually be wrong in this context.

    Either way, if you ever wondered about behavior usually associated with “potentially dangerous groups” or really dangerous groups that would be called cult by most people in Trump followers, here’s a really good article for you, by Cyndy Etler, published on the Independent: As a former member of an American cult, I know why so many white Christian women fervently support Trump

  • Why No One Should Ever Use the World ‘Cult’

    Psychology Today published a really important article about the word “cult” in July 2016. Here’s a little teaser:

    We all know what a cult is, right? It’s one of those weird organizations founded on crazy ideas. It also may be exploitative or dangerous. But wait, something’s not quite right here. If we step back and take an honest look at how this label is applied it’s plain to see that nothing more than popularity and power separate cults from “normal” religions. The application of this term is prejudice in practice. The vast canyon of meaning that people imagine exists between cults and religions is not there. It is a fabrication of sloppy thinking.

    One should not have too much difficulty recognizing “cult” as an unsavory stealth word with an unjust mission. This is verbalized bullying that demeans less popular groups and distances them from more popular groups. Labeling a group a cult is a cowardly way of tolerating, condoning, appeasing, or promoting favored religions while simultaneously rejecting and disparaging a minority religion. A religion’s conduct, safety, and validity of claims mean nothing when it comes to determining who gets slapped with the “cult” smear. Only the length of membership rolls and political/economic/social influence count.

    People argue that some groups deserve the cult insult because of their potential danger to members and/or others. But how does this make “cults” special when the world’s most widely respected religions have helped cause and inspire hate, violence, and destruction on a massive scale for centuries and still do today to a significant degree?

    Continue reading the full article at Psychology Today: And now for something different: A skeptic defends cults

  • How to find a true Spiritual Teacher without falling for a false Guru

    This is one of the big questions on the spiritual journey, especially if you just got started on your spiritual search. But even later, when you have studied for a while with different teachers, you might be asking yourself if you are on the right track. There are many good teachers out there and it is sad, that often fear of bad teachers stunts the beginning or even the advanced journey. Nevertheless, there are narcissistic individuals out there who seek the admiration and money from their followers.

    We would like to invite you to collaborate with us and collect “signs of a good teacher” and “signs of a narcissistic teacher”. So, if you would like to contribute, please join the discussion on Reddit, and we might add it to our list.

  • Cult or Culture is Born!

    Finally, after almost six months of preparation, various discussions on the direction we are taking with this, and finally, the technical implementation, our baby culture-or-cult.com is born! We are very happy to have you here and hope you will enjoy your stay.

    May this site help you separate truth form illusion, light from darkness, spiritual culture from cult!

    Make sure to read our Mission Statement, and if you have something you want to share with the world, you are welcome to Participate!

    We will carefully review the incoming articles and can’t wait to see what we will publish first.

    Sincerely,
    Your Culture or Cult Staff