Lisa Kendall speaking at FFRF June 30 2015 at O'Connor's
"Lord of the Flies meets Animal Farm"
She was in one called the move of God
Apparently Sarah Palin has ties to this cult
SGA = Second generation adult, that's what she is
She emphasizes the importance of talking to people in cults, and wants to teach us How To. Folks in these situations may really need outside contact and may want to escape but not know how to. By simply having a conversation with them you open the door to their liberation, or at least for sanity to hold on. This completely paraphrased and not at all what she said, but it is what I got out of it.
EXAMPLES OF CULTS, CULT TYPES
Religious cults dominate dt the ease of 501C3 status
Cave Junction survivalists:
Rural, "don't tread on me", "mind your own bizness"
HOW CULTS WIN
information war -- maintain ignorance
no philosophical freeom, no authenticity
dissent is discouraged
"a high demand group"
the joiners get something out of it: structure, community
vulnerable and get sucked in: foster children, abused women, history of abuse, authoritarian family
*need to monitor views/practices of foster families with a mind to preventing brainwashing / exploitation
exploit children, teens, women, SGA's
child labor, slavery
dictatorial; no introspection
polarized social view: us vs. them
leader not accountable to police, outside authorities
end justifies the means
no one on the inside calls it a cult
a family can be cult-like
sexual abuse common; boys not taught about consent
US CULT HOTSPOTS
Oregon is a "hotbed" dt tolerance plus rural
MS, CO, MT, WA, FL, TX
Alaska and Canada
Kent Bergner, cult expert who was present at the meeting, director of the PDX cult resource center. Former Catholic priest has helped many people who have escaped from cults.
Steve Hassen BITE Model; belief, information, thought, emotion
Lawrence Wright book on Scientology
Will has read the first couple of chapters and wants to do nothing but read it
Title: Going Clear
Terry Gross divorced somebody who was a tad too authoritarian?
Rita Swan, ex-scientologist, got a law passed making Healthcare for Children a Legal Duty
Voices from the Edge had a podcast with Ken and Lisa talking about Cults, was on KBOO