Reading Time: 11 minutes Today, I want to show you something called an affinity scam, and then draw some comparisons between those cons and what’s happening in the MLM world.
The Problem of Wingnuts: How One Untrue Belief Inevitably Becomes Many
Reading Time: 8 minutes Untrue beliefs only proliferate. That’s really the quintessential Problem of Wingnuts: What gets weird can only get weirder. Today, let me show you how it happens–and why.
Yes, MLMs Are A Cult (LSP #71)
Reading Time: 7 minutes I saw a video lately about multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs) and their similarity to classic religious cults. I want to show you this idea in detail–and maybe offer some hope for those who love people who’ve gotten sucked into this predatory business model. Today, Lord Snow Presides over the weird similarity of cults and MLMs!
Xenos Christian Fellowship: Turnt Up For Jesus
Reading Time: 11 minutes Christian cults sound so weird and alien to most people. But this one will probably sound even more sinister than the culty norm. It’s called Xenos Christian Fellowship, and it’s taken root in Ohio thanks to a philosophy that’s unique even by Christian-cult standards. Here are the details, just in time for Spooky Week.
The LuLaRoe Train May Finally Be Wrecking (LSP #64)
Reading Time: 8 minutes Just six short months ago, the train began to derail for a business that once seemed too big to fall. Now it seems like this gigantic multi-level marketing scheme (MLM) might actually be toppling! Today, Lord Snow Presides over a terrible lesson in the School of Hard Knocks–one that its pupils are unlikely to heed.
Arrested: wife of Idaho pervert chose prayer over police action
Reading Time: 4 minutes Sarah Kester, 50, a member of the Followers of Christ Church, told police after her arrest last week that her religious beliefs prevented her from reporting her husband – Lester Kester Jr, 48 – to the police for sexually abusing their daughters. According to this report Lester Kester told detectives on July 11 that he […]
Deadly Oregon faith healing cult claims another victim
Reading Time: 3 minutes Travis Lee Mitchell, 22, and Sarah Elaine Mitchell, 25, were today sentenced to more than six years in prison for failing to get proper medical care for their newborn baby, who died last June. The couple – members of the deadly Followers of Christ Church in Oregon – pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and […]
Lord Snow Presides Over Christian Weight-Loss Plans (LSP #47)
Reading Time: 10 minutes One of the more recent Lord Snow Presides (LSP) posts was about vegetarianism. It provoked a lot of discussion about eating styles in general–and with it, weight loss (and gain). And this might not surprise you much at all, but Christian hucksters have infested diet systems too! Today, Lord Snow Presides over conjobs in Christian weight loss. We’ll look at a few of these hucksters, and examine why they’re so toxic to their adherents.
Movie glorifying billionaire evangelist fails to fill cinemas
Reading Time: 2 minutes Nada a Perder (Nothing to Lose) is an authorised biopic of Edir Macedo, founder and spiritual leader of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God worldwide and owner of RecordTV in Brazil – but despite millions of tickets reportedly being sold, the movie is playing to empty cinema seats. When I saw a Guardian […]
Cult leader Hopeful Christian, a 'dirty old man', dies aged 92
Reading Time: 4 minutes The founder of a New Zealand cult who changed his name from Neville Cooper to Hopeful Christian, died today, leaving behind a trail of controversy, a sexual abuse conviction, and questions over the future of the sect called Gloriavale, located in Haupiri Valley, on the South Island’s West Coast. According to this report, the current leader, […]