The "C" word is CULT. Merriam Webster (http://www.m-w.com/) defines it as:
Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivateDefining a cult, from a universal (non-Christian) POV (from http://www.ex-cult.org/General/identifying-a-cult) we get this:
CULT - Any group which has a pyramid type authoritarian leadership structure with all teaching and guidance coming from the person/persons at the top. The group will claim to be the only way to God; Nirvana; Paradise; Ultimate Reality; Full Potential, Way to Happiness etc, and will use thought reform or mind control techniques to gain control and keep their members.There are a number of organizations (most of them have websites) that rail against what they perceive to be "cults." In many cases, these so-called cults are simply non-Christian religions, which seem to them to be sufficient criterion. There are also a few individuals who are making a living at defining and speaking about cults. From all these sources have emerged many versions of what to look for in a cult. You may want to visit:
http://www.factnet.org/headlines/destructive_cult_warning_signs.html?FACTNetIs SGI a cult? For the purposes of this website, we will be addressing and responding to the eight "Warning Signs of a Destructive Cult."
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