virus: Cults and religions

David McFadzean (
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 23:25:09 -0700

This checklist was on the front page of my newspaper this morning
in an article about Heaven's Gate.

Differences between a cult and a religion
(attributed to the Cult Information Service Inc.)

- Deceit in recruitment
- Totalitarian society
- Destroys family unit
- Isolates membership
- Keeps non-believers out
- Intimidates critics

- No deceit in recruitment
- Allows freedom of thought
- Promotes the family unit
- Does not isolate members
- Encourages participation
- Welcomes criticism

I thought the Church of Virus was a cult, but it turns out
it is one of a very few religions in the world.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus