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10 of the Most Dangerous Religious Cults

A cult is defined as a system which venerates one particular individual, ideal or object. They can be a select group of fanatics, or a group of misguided outsiders whose ideals have segmented them fro

What are the most dangerous cults in the world? Before we get to that, let's start with the basics. A cult is defined as a system which venerates one particular individual, ideal or object. They can be a select group of fanatics, or a group of misguided outsiders whose ideals have segmented them from the norm. Many cults don’t begin as dangerous sects – and in fact, if asked, those involved with them wouldn’t describe their group as a cult at all. However, many cults have sinister or extreme agendas that are so far outside they norm they become dangerous. This manifests in mass-suicides, brainwashing, extremist behavior, attacks, abductions, extortion and vandalism. Here are 10 of the most dangerous religious cults of all time.

10 Scientology

Via commons.wikimedia.org

9 The Unification Church

Via ideastream.org

8 The Ku Klux Klan

Via en.wikipedia.org

7 The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God

Via tpitman.blogspot.com

6 Aum Shinrikyo

Via japantimes.co.jp

5 Children of God

Via xfamily.org

4 Order of the Solar Temple

Via youtube.com

3 Branch Davidians

Via npr.org

2 The People’s Temple

Via The People’s Temple

1 Heaven’s Gate

Via foresightinhindsight.com

Followers of this cult believe that enlightenment and salvation can only be achieved by fleeing Earth before the “great recycling.” Since leaving Earth is somewhat problematic, the leaders of this cult preached suicide as the answer to leaving your body and reaching enlightenment. Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles were the leaders behind this strange cult. They prepared videos on how to leave your earthly flesh behind and distributed them to members. Then, in 1997, Haley’s Comet arrived and Applewhite convinced his followers a spaceship was trailing the comet and those who followed him into death would be saved. Applewhite then ordered 38 people to commit suicide in San Diego when he claimed Haley’s Comet was the sign they’d been waiting for.

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