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5 Active Cults Worth Knowing

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor |

Cults are a part of American history. During the 60s and 70s, a multitude of cults developed from the underground, believing in several ideologies ranging from the afterlife to various gods. The more infamous cults are The Peoples Temple and The Branch Davidians. The Peoples Temple, or ‘Jonestown’, led by Jim Jones, believed in a capitalist utopian society. The notable defining moment in the Guyana cult is the mass suicide where 918 people drank Kool-Aid mixed with cyanide. The Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh and Benjamin Roden, was a cult in 1995 that divided between the Shepherd’s Rod and Davidians. It is most associated with FBI sieging Waco, Texas, in 1993. FANGLE investigates five active cults that have a following.


Claude Vorilhon called himself Rael and believed that in 1974, an alien spacecraft landed in southern France and told him that human beings were the future. The head alien, Yahweh, rationalized that the Old Testament was an account of humanity’s earliest existence. Vorilhon was told to build an embassy so the aliens could be formally welcomed to their second coming in 2035. Raelists believe that the scientists who came to Earth from another planet “were considered as gods by our primitive ancestors” and often referred to them  as ‘Elohim’ which in ancient Hebrew meant ‘those who came from the sky.’ In 2002, a company called Clonaid claimed to clone a baby girl named Eve. The movement states that they’re completely independent from the situation. “Clonaid is the name of a project, and it is managed by a raelian member named Dr. Brigitte Boisselier,” states the movement. However, the Raelian Movement supports cloning technologies.


Founder Ron Hubbard was a failed science fiction writer who based the book into what is now known as Scientology. The movement, certified as a “religion,” believes that there are levels to enlightenment — the Eight Dynamics of Life. They are self, creativity, group survival, species, life forms, physical universe, spiritual dynamic, infinity.  Celebrities recruit membership, like Tom Cruise, however, there is an emphasis on secrecy that proves to ruin lives if an individual decides to leave.

Xenos Christian Fellowship

Xenos Christian Fellowship is a non-normative, non-denominational church based in Ohio. Each “cell,” called a “home church,” encompasses 15-60 members. The church does have multi-house church gatherings called “central teachings.” “If you’ve ever attended a home church group, you probably noticed a tendency to make you the center of attention – everyone would circle around you and display lots of interest in your thoughts and ideas. This is a tactic that cults use called “love bombing,” reddit user amesjamersonson shares. “And by attending a home church meeting, you had notes taken about you by the leader including your name and who brought you. These notes are shared at regular Xenos leadership meetings. I’m not making this up, I’ve read the notes and the meeting minutes.”

Twelve Tribes

Founded by Gene Spriggs, the Twelve Tribes is an international collection of religious groups, springing out the Jesus Movement in 1972. The group has had many names ranging from the Vine Christian Community Church to The Yellow Deli People. The name “twelve tribes” stems from Acts 26:7. The group trusts in three eternal destinies. It believes that after original sin, each individual is given a consciousness and they die, no matter the faith. At the second coming, they will be brought back for a thousand years to rule with Yahshua, before the last judgement day. The “righteous” will fill the universe for eternity while the “filthy and unjust” will be sent to the Lake of Fire, presumably Hell. The active cult has had allegations of child abuse and child labor. 

Westboro Baptist Church

Founded by Pastor Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, is an old-school Baptist church. “Even though the Arminian lies that “God loves everyone” and “Jesus died for everyone” are being taught from nearly every pulpit in this generation, this hasn’t always been the case,” states WBC. “If you are in a church that supposedly believes the Bible, and you are hearing these lies, then your church doesn’t teach what the Bible teaches. If you care about your never-dying soul, you will carefully read every word of this web site, along with the entire Bible.” They are notorious for their sidewalk demonstration criticizing the homosexual lifestyle, the American government and general sinfulness. When asked if Jesus died for everyone, they respond with “No. Jesus died only for His sheep (John 10). His church (Ephesians 5:25). His elect (I Peter 1:2). If He died for everyone, everyone would go to heaven. All sins of all people would be forgiven. But obviously, all sins aren’t forgiven, because people are burning in hell.” Although dubbed a “recognized church,” many denominations don’t recognize WBC as a church because of its hatefulness and ignorance.

Stay safe out there.

Everything You Need to Know About the Zuck Getting Grilled

Kailee Missler | Culture Staff Writer |

On April 10, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Congress to answer questions about his multi-billion-dollar company he is the CEO of: Facebook.  The two, five-hour long congressional hearings took place back to back, where members of both the House and the Senate asked Zuckerberg hard-hitting questions in regards to data storage, concerns with user privacy, and the Cambridge Analytica breach.

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Self-care for Activists

Destiniee Jaram | Society Staff Writer |

The typical week for a college student is hectic. Between class, working, clubs and meetings, the extra duties of an activist are not easy. Chronic stress can manifest into unhealthy physical and emotional symptoms. Examples include feelings of worthlessness, poor digestion, excessive or a lack of sleep, eating problems, depression, muscle tension and exhaustion. At times, it feels like the world is a constant stream of negativity, thus it can be easy to forget self-care.

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From Student to Activist: School Shooting Culture

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Jamie Clarkson |

We always say the same thing to ourselves. Sure, school shootings happen. But they would never happen to me. While violent attacks on college campuses are less prevalent, they cannot be ruled out. All students must face the possibility.

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In The Wake of Another Tragedy, When Will We Take On Gun Control?

Mackenzie Kane | Society Staff Writer |

On Oct. 1, 2017, what has been said to be the deadliest mass shooting in America occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The shooting left 58 people dead and over 500 others injured. Fifty-eight people died at an event they attended with family and friends to have a good night. This is not the first time something like this has happened in America, and if changes aren’t made, it will not be the last.

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Silent Majority? More like Silent Minority!

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Amber Huntzinger |

 *EDITORIAL NOTE: “Names within the article were changed or withheld by request of the interviewees for reasons regarding safety and privacy.”

Protests have been dominating college campuses all over the world, as students feel increasingly scared and anger. People are looking to change and stop President Donald Trump’s policies.

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What Really Was the Women’s March?

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Josephine Celeste|

You all have heard something about the march – whether it be positive or negative. You probably even know someone who went to one, considering there were over 600 sister marches. I went to the march in D.C. with my mom, cousin, and aunt while staying with my godfather and his family – just a few metro stops from where the march occurred.

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OU Students attend Women’s Marches all over Midwest and DC

Lifestyle Staff Writer| Ben Vizy|

On January 21, 2017, the newly inaugurated President Trump’s first full day in office, millions of women took to the streets all over the country in protest against the man they feel will put their rights in danger. Over 500 cities hosted marches, including at least seven major cities in Ohio. Among this crowd were women of all walks of life, including — quite often — college students.

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Bobcats React to 2016 Election Results

Tonight’s winner of the 2016 election had some horrified and some ecstatic. One thing is for sure, this has been an election like no other.

With baited breath, Bobcats on and off campus have stayed awake to see the winner and here it is….. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the U.S.

trump_wins_optionSource: Wikimedia Commons 

Here’s what students had to say about this historic moment and where they stood before and after the votes were counted.

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