It’s becoming increasingly clear to me why the government of The United States of America (and its servant/partner nations like Israel and Britain) and radical Islam are at each others’ throats – it’s because they’re both run by fanatics. So much in common: Two fundamentalist religious ideologies, one rich and overtly dominant, the other poor and characterized by guerilla desperation, in a struggle for the hearts and minds of the world. We all know that radical Islam is a cult, and a violent one; however, the Republican Bush administration also behaves like a cult, not least in the way in which it refuses to be self-critical.
Read through the list below and ponder. (I’ve highlighted my favorites):
BELIEFS HELD BY CULTS
- The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.
- The group is preoccupied with making money. (LOL – Rick); or, to put it another way: Cults, particularly in regard to their finances, are shrouded in secrecy.
- If one questions the beliefs of the group or the leaders of the group, one is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to even question
- The group is elitist, claiming it is the only one that has the truth, often claiming a special revelation. Members are the chosen people and are spiritually superior to other members of society; and further, the rest of the world is not saved, not Christian, not transformed (whatever) – the only valid source of feedback and information is the group
- The group refuses to consider that it might be wrong.
- Such groups often have a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with society.
- The group believes its exalted status or ends justify the means the group uses to achieve the ends. This is even though such means might be considered unethical or illegal by members of society, or members prior to their indoctrination.