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Questions for Cult Recruiters

Extremist groups have trained followers to inculcate and legislate their beliefs upon the rest of us.  The practice of witholding relevant information until the victim has been won over by emotional ploys or an orchestrated conversion experience is unconscionable.

Followers of extremist religions have been trained to use stealth and emotinoal manipulation to recruit others.  Initial representations are designed to conceal and attract. 

Therefore it becomes essential to ask specific questions before undergoing any indoctrination process.

  • Is this social invitation the first step to religious recruitment?
  • If you are non-denominational, where can I learn about your specific doctrines and practices?
  • Is important information and unique aspects of your religion revealed to newcomers?
  • Do you in any way promote the notion that the Holocaust didn't occur or that Hitler was God's punishment upon unconverted Jews?
  • Do you want to legislate your religious views into laws for others?
  • "You can increase your true potential by taking this special course."
  • "Come and see what miracles God is performing through so-and-so."
  • "Join us at a non-denominational Bible study."
  • "You can become more relaxed by using our techniques."
  • "Come on over for a free dinner and discussion group."
  • "Help us help mankind."
  • "It'll be the most valuable weekend of your life."
  • "You have to experience it to understand it."
  • Do you believe everything outside of your group is evil, of the devil, or worldly.
  • Are you willing to engage in conversation with me that may question the group and its leaders. Do you see such criticism as satanic.
  • Does this group discourage questions concerning its leaders or doctrines.
  • Is doubt about these things equated to an attack by the devil upon the follower's mind. 

While some of these invitations may be worthwhile and legitimate, always first seek outside information and criticism before joining a group or making a commitment to invest time, energy, or money. If you are curious about some group that is giving a lecture or presentation, but suspect that something is askew, take this advice.

Bring a trusted friend, spouse, parent, or child and sit in the back.

  • Don't participate in anything.
  • Don't let anyone separate you from your companion.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, stand up and say, "I feel manipulated. Does anyone else here feel manipulated?" Then walk out. Others may follow your example.