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5 Active Cults Worth Knowing

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

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.

Raelism

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.

Scientology

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.

And If You Needed Another HomePod Review…

Alex McEvoy | Society Staff Writer | am329413@ohio.edu

Sometimes it’s hard to determine while using the HomePod whether a feature is intentionally missing or is a victim of what seemed to be a hectic development schedule. That might be the key takeaway of the HomePod at the moment. Every feature is either absolutely perfect and impresses immediately or an embarrassing failure for Apple.

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Please Stop Glamorizing Serial Killers

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

The past few months have brought a widespread trend of featuring movies about popular serial killers. In November, “My Friend Dahmer” was released where Ross Lynch portrayed a young Jeffrey Dahmer. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is a biopic about Ted Bundy. Zac Efron is starring as Bundy and filming is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio. An independent film “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” is set to release in 2019 in which Hillary Duff is to play Sharon Tate. Tate was brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969 with next year marking the 50th anniversary of the horrific event. In addition, Charles Manson’s death in November further sparked his notoriety for the killings and the cult following that he spearheaded.

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Putting the “O” in Mushroom

Cultural Staff Writer | Kalila Bell | kb740513@ohio.edu

Women everywhere can rejoice; a breakthrough in medical science has been discovered and it reportedly comes with a side of cosmic orgasms. Every news site from Maxim to Popsugar has picked up a story on this orgasmic organism. The organism is no longer than a few inches, resembles another known sexual stimulator, and its cousin can be found at the local food market. An orange head PHALLUS INDUSIATUS, also known as the Long Net Stinkhorn, is a tropical mushroom that has everyone hot and bothered.

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Avian Bird Flu Helping Small Local Farm

Culture Staff Writer | Laura Frey | lf585911@ohio.edu

Egg prices have been on the rise in recent months due to a virus that has caused chicken famers to kill over 48 million chickens, according to US Department of Agriculture. Chicken farms that have been hit the hardest have been large poultry farms that have more than 10,000 chickens. Small, local chicken farmers have been lucky enough to escape the flu, and are benefitting from the large poultry farms losses.

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Drunkorexia: More Than a College-Trend

Sydney Dawes | sd983213@ohio.edu | @sydneydawes_95

Drunkorexia gives the phrase 'Drink responsibly,' a new light. Source: WebDonut via Pixabay
Drunkorexia gives the phrase ‘Drink responsibly,’ a new light. Source: WebDonut via Pixabay

With Halloween fast approaching, Ohio University students are looking forward to the night Court Street is alive with music, masked-men and women, laughter and plenty of drinking. Many Bobcats fail to recognize a hidden element to all the merriment, though: eating disorders.

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Sex Drug for Women

Culture Staff Writer | Grace Hermanns | gh296311@ohio.edu

Addyi, said to be the female Viagra, will make its grand debut on October 17, 2015. Developed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals and approved by the FDA, the “little pink pill” is slated to help pre-menopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD, and who can find no other cause for their low libido. Many are championing the release of Addyi, which has previously failed twice to get FDA approval. While some see it as a win for women’s heath, skeptics question the efficacy. The question on some people’s minds is, how can this new pill provide a quick fix for something that is really quite complicated: sexual desire?

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Planned Parenthood: More Than Just Abortion Services

Sydney Dawes | sd983213@ohio.edu | @sydneydawes_95

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Protestors attend a Pink Out rally to show their support for the health organization. Source: Women’s eNews via Flickr

At its court hearing in September, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards defended the organization’s funding, which was nearly cut back because of the fetal tissue video scandal that happened in the summer.

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Farms Wet for Weeks Causes Worsened Tomato Blight

Culture Staff Writer | Grace Hermanns | gh296311@ohio.edu

The excessive wet weather during the months of June and July had pronounced effects on tomato crops for the rest of this past summer season. Tomato plants usually need about six to eight hours of sunlight per day, allowing the sun to dry off any rain on the plants before nightfall.  But with precipitation far surpassing the monthly averages for June and July, tomato crops, especially organic crops that receive no fungicide or herbicide treatment, were hit harder with diseases such as early and late blight.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: What You Need to Know

Lifestyle & Culture Staff Writer | Emma McCallister | em542612@ohio.edu

A bird’s eye view of a section of the Trash Island. Image via ClimateActionProgram
A bird’s eye view of a section of the Trash Island.
Image via ClimateActionProgram

It’s funny the things you remember from childhood. For example, watching your grandmother so diligently cut up one of those beverage carriers; the plastic six-pack rings. Years later, I too feel the urge to carve up the piece of plastic the moment I lay eyes on it. “SAVE THE DOLPHINS!” my inner activist screams.

Although the dolphins now have many crusaders on their side and most plastic six-pack rings are biodegradable, still not all interaction between society and marine life has had a positive impact. The trash we continue to throw away actually has a serious impact on marine ecosystems and the life that inhabits them. In case nothing majorly detrimental is popping into your head, look no further: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. Continue reading The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: What You Need to Know