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When is an organisation a religion or a cult?

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How do you decide if a group merit the title religion or if they should be labelled a cult?

What do you consider to be the most religious activity?

38% (7) Caring for ones fellow men and women
16% (3) Doing good works
0% (0) Believing in an afterlife
0% (0) Giving to the poor
22% (4) Believing in a God
0% (0) Loving your parents
0% (0) Giving up material goods
5% (1) Going to church
0% (0) Not eating meat
0% (0) Communing with nature
0% (0) Believing what your parents told you
11% (2) None of the above
5% (1) Other

18 voters have answered this question.

What do you associate with the word cult?

33% (6) Mind control
0% (0) Sleep deprivation
0% (0) Loving kindness
5% (1) Guru worship
0% (0) Offering help
0% (0) Charging large fees
5% (1) Mental entrapment
5% (1) Grandiose claims
0% (0) Effective leadership
0% (0) Solemn prayers
0% (0) Happy members
0% (0) Unhappy followers
0% (0) Sad parents
11% (2) Abuse of children
0% (0) Dirty tricks
27% (5) Brainwashing
0% (0) Narrow mindedness
0% (0) Media control
5% (1) Love of life
0% (0) Gentle believers
0% (0) Wise teachers
5% (1) Ugly bigots
0% (0) None of the above
0% (0) Other

18 voters have answered this question.

Which of these do you consider to be a religion?

11% (2) Buddhism
11% (2) Hinduism
0% (0) Yoga
50% (9) Christianity
0% (0) Nature worship
0% (0) EST
5% (1) Judaism
0% (0) Jainism
0% (0) Moonies
0% (0) Islam
0% (0) Confucianism
0% (0) Taoism
5% (1) Scientology
0% (0) Holy Rollers
5% (1) New Age
11% (2) Wicca

18 voters have answered this question.

Which of these do you consider to be a cult?

0% (0) Buddhism
0% (0) Hinduism
0% (0) Yoga
18% (3) Christianity
0% (0) Nature worship
0% (0) EST
6% (1) Judaism
0% (0) Jainism
6% (1) Moonies
0% (0) Islam
0% (0) Confucianism
0% (0) Taoism
56% (9) Scientology
0% (0) Holy Rollers
0% (0) New Age
12% (2) Wicca

16 voters have answered this question.

If cults are dangerous, why is that?

35% (6) They destroy your ability to think
11% (2) They split you apart from family and friends
11% (2) They take your money and leave you with nothing
5% (1) They give you a false view of the world
0% (0) You are prevented from leaving
0% (0) They will attack you if you complain
0% (0) They keep their activities secret
0% (0) They despise the normal world
0% (0) They say bad things about the ones you love
5% (1) They ruin people's lives
5% (1) They claim to give freedom but only entrap
0% (0) They claim to educate but create ignorance
17% (3) They talk about truth but tell only lies
5% (1) None of the above
0% (0) Other

17 voters have answered this question.

What shoud be done with cults?

0% (0) Give them more donations
0% (0) Allow them free reign to do as they please
12% (2) Control their activities
0% (0) Elect their members to government
0% (0) Let them take over our schools
25% (4) Ban them completely
6% (1) Make them accountable to the law
0% (0) Make them subject to tax
37% (6) Continually expose their activities
12% (2) None of the above
0% (0) Other
6% (1) None of the above
0% (0) Other

16 voters have answered this question.

What group do you belong to?

15% (3) Buddhism
0% (0) Hinduism
0% (0) Yoga
26% (5) Christianity
0% (0) Nature worship
0% (0) EST
5% (1) Judaism
0% (0) Jainism
0% (0) Moonies
0% (0) Islam
0% (0) Confucianism
0% (0) Taoism
5% (1) Scientology
0% (0) Holy Rollers
0% (0) New Age
5% (1) Wicca
26% (5) Atheist
0% (0) Humanist
10% (2) Agnostic
0% (0) Other
5% (1) I'd prefer not to say

19 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2002-05-06 17:12:03 by kaneix
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