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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] 'X' Cults According to one of the seminal American studies on cults, Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, the abusive and deceptive control exerted on followersby the most extreme cult leaders can occur within situations not otherwiserecognisable as cultic. This could be a sexual relationship, within an office, or within gangs and teams. Any interpersonal or social arrangement where a figurehead achieves loyalty through a schizophrenic mixture of violent threats and intense encouragement can qualify. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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