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    Too many people believe the heyday of destructive cults in the U.S. has come and gone.  It's simply not the case.  This matter with the FLDS shows us something far worse than simple theocracy or unconstitutional establishment of religion.  This is about more than the imposition of beliefs, it's about multiple violations of basic human rights.  Cults like these are problems because of what they do, not because of what they believe.  Religious beliefs are just one possible justification that a cultic group can use for their behaviors, as is the case here.

    I've been on a long mission to increase awareness and understanding about the cult problem among my fellow mental health professionals, and recently devoted my own dissertation project to that goal.  I also gave a roughly 90-minute presentation on my work before a professional audience a couple of months ago.  Those who found this diary compelling, as I did, might be interested to see video of that presentation.  If so, it can be viewed here.

    May this diary sit on the rec list for a good long spell.

    "I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." --Marcus Aurelius

    by electric meatball on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:35:36 AM PDT

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