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Cult Tragedies

Reading Time: 6 minutes By James A. Haught This is the eighth segment of a nine-part series on religious horrors, cruelties, atrocities and tragedies of all types. Cults are the ugly stepchildren of religion, usually one-man churches run by lone gurus. And they often produce horrors. Here are some: JONESTOWN The most sensational cult catastrophe was the horrific 1978 […]

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The Story Behind Waco’s Tragedy

Reading Time: 4 minutes By James A. Haught Most Americans remember the historic 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian cult compound at Waco, Texas, which left eighty cultists and four federal officers dead. But did you know that the story actually began 150 years ago with a famous fiasco? Since watching weird religion is my hobby, I’ll tell you […]

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Atlas Shrugged: To a Gas Chamber, Go

Reading Time: 5 minutes Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter X Even as John Galt is outwitting his torturers at the State Science Institute, outside, the capitalists’ non-altruistic rescue mission is underway: Dagny walked straight toward the guard who stood at the door of “Project F.” Her steps sounded purposeful, even and open, ringing in the silence of the path […]

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling, Part II

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s more good news in the saga of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an especially nasty totalitarian religious cult that splintered off from Mormonism. The sect’s former ruler, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence for facilitating rape, and his absence seems to be destabilizing them. As I wrote last year, […]