What experiences led to your opinion that RSE is, or isn't, a cult ? Address issues; no flaming tolerated.
Lost in Space
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Unread post by Lost in Space » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:24 pm

Isaac Bonewitz is a Neo Pagan/Witch/Wiccan. That being said, he is not pushing anything on anyone, and has come up with a really useful, IMO, tool by which to evaluate high demand groups/cults. I have subjectively rated a number of groups, including RSE, using this checklist. Mr. Bonewitz's website: ... cs&id=2877
So, how would you rate RSE? :-?
The Checklist:

The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame
(version 2.6)

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1 Internal Control: Amount of internal political and social power exercised by leader(s) over members; lack of clearly defined organizational rights for members. 1 _________________________

2 External Control: Amount of external political and social influence desired or obtained; emphasis on directing members’ external political and social behavior. 2 _________________________

3 Wisdom/Knowledge Claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared or implied about decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations; number and degree of unverified and/or unverifiable credentials claimed. 3 _________________________

4 Wisdom/Knowledge Credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations made by leader(s); amount of hostility by members towards internal or external critics and/or towards verification efforts. 4 _________________________

5 Dogma: Rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility or “fundamentalism;” hostility towards relativism and situationalism. 5 _________________________

6 Recruiting: Emphasis put on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing; requirement for all members to bring in new ones. 6 _________________________

7 Front Groups: Number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of main group, especially when connections are hidden. 7 _________________________

8 Wealth: Amount of money and/or property desired or obtained by group; emphasis on members’ donations; economic lifestyle of leader(s) compared to ordinary members. 8 _________________________

9 Sexual Manipulation of members by leader(s) of non-tantric groups; amount of control exercised over sexuality of members in terms of sexual orientation, behavior, and/or choice of partners. 9 _________________________

10 Sexual Favoritism: Advancement or preferential treatment dependent upon sexual activity with the leader(s) of non-tantric groups. 10 _________________________

11 Censorship: Amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines or leader(s). 11 _________________________

12 Isolation: Amount of effort to keep members from communicating with non-members, including family, friends and lovers. 12 _________________________

13 Dropout Control: Intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts. 13 _________________________

14 Violence: Amount of approval when used by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s). 14 _________________________

15 Paranoia: Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; exaggeration of perceived power of opponents; prevalence of conspiracy theories. 15 _________________________

16 Grimness: Amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines or its leader(s). 16 _________________________

17 Surrender of Will: Amount of emphasis on members not having to be responsible for personal decisions; degree of individual disempowerment created by the group, its doctrines or its leader(s). 17 _________________________

18 Hypocrisy: amount of approval for actions which the group officially considers immoral or unethical, when done by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s); willingness to violate the group’s declared principles for political, psychological, social, economic, military, or other gain. 18 _________________________

A Dutch translation of this is available at Bonewits' Geavanceerde Raamwerk ter Evaluatie van Sektegevaar

A German translation of the 2.0 version of this is available at: Isaac Bonewits' Sektengefahr Checkliste.

A French translation of the 2.6 version is available at: Grille avancée de Bonewits pour l'évaluation du danger potentiel d'une secte.

An Italian translation of the 2.6 version is available at: Documento Avanzato di Isaac Bonewits per la Valutazione del Pericolo del Culto.

A Polish translation of the 2.6 version is available at: Zaawansowany Kwestionariusz Bonewitsa Oceniajacy Niebezpieczenstwo Sekty

A Portuguese translation of the 2.6 version is available at: A Ferramenta Avançada de Bonewits para Avaliação de Seitas.

Other translations will be posted as they are done.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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