11 Most Infamous Cults and Cult Leaders in American History

Cults have been around about as long as there has been religion, starting as a splinter group that goes against conventional beliefs, sometimes growing into a mainstream religion and sometimes never achieving anything more than sideshow status. They are everywhere in the world, and America is not an exception. Now, if you are curious about cults, you should check out the article of Insidermonkey which featured, the 11 Most Infamous Cults and Cult Leaders in American History.

The United States has had its share of infamous cults. The term “cult” is one disputed by among theologians, authorities, and deprogramming experts. In fact, some use the phase new religious movement, because they feel cult has too many connotations or isn’t accurate enough. Most governments take a stance on legitimate churches and cult activities by the level of coercion and brainwashing used to maintain membership. Their distinctions are often for tax purposes, but also have a major bearing on whether a cult will face persecution. Of course cults are populated with extremists, but they do tend to form in communities with a lot of religious energy, so you may also want to check out the 10 most religious cities in America.

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