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When is an organisation a religion or a cult?

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?

30% (58) Caring for ones fellow men and women
7% (15) Doing good works
1% (3) Believing in an afterlife
0% (1) Giving to the poor
32% (62) Believing in a God
0% (1) Loving your parents
0% (0) Giving up material goods
4% (9) Going to church
0% (1) Not eating meat
5% (10) Communing with nature
0% (1) Believing what your parents told you
8% (17) None of the above
7% (14) Other

192 voters have answered this question.

What do you associate with the word cult?

24% (50) Mind control
0% (0) Sleep deprivation
0% (0) Loving kindness
4% (9) Guru worship
0% (2) Offering help
1% (3) Charging large fees
11% (24) Mental entrapment
2% (5) Grandiose claims
2% (6) Effective leadership
0% (1) Solemn prayers
0% (0) Happy members
0% (2) Unhappy followers
0% (1) Sad parents
0% (1) Abuse of children
0% (0) Dirty tricks
25% (51) Brainwashing
6% (13) Narrow mindedness
0% (2) Media control
0% (1) Love of life
0% (2) Gentle believers
0% (2) Wise teachers
5% (11) Ugly bigots
3% (7) None of the above
3% (8) Other

201 voters have answered this question.

Which of these do you consider to be a religion?

7% (14) Buddhism
3% (6) Hinduism
0% (1) Yoga
44% (84) Christianity
6% (13) Nature worship
0% (0) EST
14% (27) Judaism
1% (2) Jainism
0% (1) Moonies
2% (5) Islam
1% (2) Confucianism
1% (3) Taoism
2% (4) Scientology
1% (2) Holy Rollers
1% (2) New Age
11% (21) Wicca

187 voters have answered this question.

Which of these do you consider to be a cult?

1% (2) Buddhism
0% (0) Hinduism
0% (1) Yoga
18% (33) Christianity
1% (3) Nature worship
5% (9) EST
0% (0) Judaism
0% (0) Jainism
21% (38) Moonies
2% (4) Islam
0% (1) Confucianism
0% (0) Taoism
33% (61) Scientology
5% (9) Holy Rollers
3% (7) New Age
6% (12) Wicca

180 voters have answered this question.

If cults are dangerous, why is that?

25% (49) They destroy your ability to think
3% (6) They split you apart from family and friends
2% (5) They take your money and leave you with nothing
11% (23) They give you a false view of the world
3% (6) You are prevented from leaving
1% (3) They will attack you if you complain
1% (3) They keep their activities secret
1% (2) They despise the normal world
3% (6) They say bad things about the ones you love
7% (14) They ruin people's lives
15% (30) They claim to give freedom but only entrap
5% (11) They claim to educate but create ignorance
7% (14) They talk about truth but tell only lies
4% (9) None of the above
5% (11) Other

192 voters have answered this question.

What shoud be done with cults?

1% (3) Give them more donations
6% (13) Allow them free reign to do as they please
2% (5) Control their activities
0% (1) Elect their members to government
1% (2) Let them take over our schools
6% (13) Ban them completely
22% (44) Make them accountable to the law
5% (10) Make them subject to tax
36% (71) Continually expose their activities
6% (13) None of the above
5% (11) Other
1% (3) None of the above
1% (3) Other

192 voters have answered this question.

What group do you belong to?

2% (5) Buddhism
0% (1) Hinduism
0% (1) Yoga
36% (67) Christianity
4% (9) Nature worship
0% (0) EST
5% (11) Judaism
0% (0) Jainism
0% (0) Moonies
0% (0) Islam
0% (0) Confucianism
0% (0) Taoism
0% (0) Scientology
0% (1) Holy Rollers
2% (4) New Age
6% (12) Wicca
5% (11) Atheist
2% (5) Humanist
5% (10) Agnostic
20% (37) Other
5% (10) I'd prefer not to say

184 voters have answered this question.

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