Posts filed under “cults”

Ron Paul

Well, it didn’t take long for someone to bring up Ron Paul in my post on being liberal. In all candour and with no offense intended to my readers who support him, let me put this as gently as I am able: screw Ron Paul. He led on his support base of conspiracy-obsessed crypto-racist neoconfederate […]

Clouds, Anonymous, Nader

Back in my old apartment I would often leave my webcam on the window ledge, pointed up at the sky to record passing clouds as timelapse sequences, the best of which I compiled into a single video: I uploaded the video to Google, left it open to saving and embedding for anyone who might want […]

Banahaw in US News

Happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to open up this week’s U.S. News and World Report to page 60, where you’ll find my article “The Draw of a ‘Holy Mountain,’” on Mount Banahaw in the Philippines, part of a larger series on Sacred Places. I’ve never actually been to the “pilgrimage” parts of Banahaw myself, (though my […]

On Tachmonites

Update: “Why the Westboro Baptist Church is a Scam” — interesting insight from a SomethingAwful Forums thread, surmising that the “Church” is actually a litigatory racket whose modus operandi is provocation aimed at collecting income from free speech settlements. Most people assume that Fred Phelps (of Westboro Baptist Church/”God Hates Fags” infamy) is an over-zealous […]

On Unitarian Ground

Saturday night, Amy and I watched La Fenice play early baroque music — that’s the best kind of music — at Baltimore First Unitarian. Wonderful polyphonies from Monteverdi, Rossi, and others, all played on authentic instruments like the cornetto and the viola da gamba. It was also our first time inside a Unitarian church. We […]

Ecleo Passes Go

Ruben Ecleo out on bail. Ecleo was the leader of a cult which revered him as a reincarnated Messiah, even after the bloody gunfight which accompanied his arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife. One million pesos (about $18,000) bail was granted, ostensibly for “health reasons,” though Ecleo’s health seems well enough for him to […]

Not in the Machine

I’ve fallen prey to this myself: Postmodern Christianity and The Matrix — it’s not what you get out of it so much as what you put into it. On the other hand, that’s not so different from some people’s treatment of Scripture. The Iglesia ni Cristo interpretation of Isaiah 43:5, for example. But then, that’s […]

Cultic How-To’s

Sparticus has a quick primer on cult-starting: Part 1, Part 2. Kaanibs and Benevolents should take note. Speaking of which, my two favorite Filipino cults have a web presence once again:, your *cough* “Christian community portal” is back, with stories of a festive mood and a wip of fresh spirit. (Never fear that the […]

Battlestar Galatter-Day Saints

Sci-Fi is showing Battlestar Galactica, which I haven’t seen since I was a kid. Or as some like to call it, Mormons in Space. More details here, including the fact that Glen A. Larson was with the LDS. Me, I’m not worried that the background nuances of a late-70’s science fiction could possibly inculcate cultic […]

Yahoo! Shoo! Ah!

Heresy Hunters, take note that the Ang Dating Daan cult’s official church name has changed from “Iglesia ng Dios Kay Kristo Jesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan” to “The Church of YHWH and YHWSA HMSYH.” It seems that Eli Soriano has jumped onto the Sacred Names bandwagon in an effort to lend his belief system […]