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1979 the Cult Phenomenon in the United States - Daphne Green

1979 the Cult Phenomenon in the United States - Daphne Green

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The Cult Phenomenon in the United States - 1979 - Joint-Congressional Proceedings, Chaired by Senator Bob Dole. IFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES, February 5, 1979, 318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The Cult Phenomenon in the United States - 1979 - Joint-Congressional Proceedings, Chaired by Senator Bob Dole. IFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES, February 5, 1979, 318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

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The Cult Phenomenon in the United States (1979) ("Statement of Daphne Green.")Joint-Congressional Proceedings,statements by Daphne GreenINFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES, February 5, 1979,318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. P.80-84. of Transcript ofProceedings.Senator Dole. Our next witness is Daphne Green.STATEMENT DAPHNE GREEN, PAST CHAIRMAN, GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION.Senator Dole. Daphne Green is past chairman of the Graduate Theological Union,resigned from all employment to devote time to investigative reporting regardingcults.She does some deprogramming. She is past director of the Life Sciences of theHastings Institute.Ms. Green. Thank you, Senator Dole. When I appeared before you in 1976, I wasn'tsure what a cult was, and I certainly couldn't accept the term "brainwashing."I had been deluged with the Manson family , the SLA, and other organizationsheaded by God figures, which I dismissed as kooks.At that time my primary concern was not what cults believed in, but why they coulduse deception in recruiting and fundraising and get away with it.It became apparent that because they called themselves a church, they were freefrom public scrutiny.Since that time through further study, research and scores of former members fromevery state of the union, specifically the members of the Unification Church,accompanied by my heartrending personal experience, I was forced to accept thefrightening fact of life facing every free American today.I'm talking about mind control.Mind control which is subtle, it is ruthless, scientific, and very sophisticated.The majority of people who join cults are well-educated, well-adjusted mean andwomen whose only mistake was to be spiritually or intellectually open to newideas.Behind the misery and destruction isa power-mad God figure counting millions ofdollars, seeing our misery and confusion, and laughing at our respect for civilliberties.You, representing the private citizen, cannot ignore what you see and read fromformer cult members, as well as the subcommittee's report on internationalrelations.In my work, I have seen the residue of mind control -- of the mind controlprocess. Hundreds of distraught and helpless parents and relatives suddenlyconfronted with lies, contradictions, and the deception of their loved ones. Theysee sincere, frightened, mindless people who have been conditioned to respond tothe push-button control of their leaders.The State Department saw this when they left Jonestown, describing the people as,
 
I quote, "happy and hardworking."The State Department didn't lie. It didn't cover up when it reported exactly whatwas staged for them to see.The happy button had been pushed.Later, the violent button was pushed and over 900 are dead.Their free will had been amputated. The fact that an American Congressman -- asany one of you up there -- could in good faith go down on an investigating tourand be killed, cannot be dismissed by either you or by the citizenry of thiscountry.The cults have managed to build financial empires with the ability to hire lawyersto protect their vast enterprises, and their holy armies by standing on FirstAmendment rights.To those skeptics, I can only say that I witnessed my own daughter's attempt atsuicide with a broken bottle rather than expose herself to love and reason.The events of the People's Temple came as no surprise. Indeed, it was highlypredictable and was merely a harbinger of what is sure to happen as cults seethemselves threatened by actions of an aroused populace.This is no passing fad. It is a fact of life getting stronger. More families arebeing harassed. A rattlesnake in a mailbox; guns for protection; dying for thecause; and a rampant paranoia are no strangers to the families of -- and friendsof cult members.They are part of the common experiences.If I achieve anything today, I would like it to be a message to you and to theAmerican people who believe in freedom and the First Amendment not to beintimidated. We cannot live under the fear of retaliation. Only the tacit supportof the American people keeps cults alive.We give them money; we give them tax exemptions, and we have laws to protect ourcitizens. It is the enforcement of those laws that I ask for. Enforce our statutesagainst fraud and deception.We must protect freedom of belief, but not ignore that freedom because we arefrightened by the words "church" and "religion."We have laws to protect our citizens. We don't have laws to protect the crook witha bible in his pocket.I stood stubbornly against the deprogramming, because I could not accept nor couldI understand mind control. Scores of defectors pleaded with me to listen to theirstories of fraud, deception and violence.The brainwashing and violence were too unreal for me to accept. Then I spent aweekend with my daughter and finally saw for myself what they were talking about.The end product of mind control can best be described by that weekend.I saw my daughter walk in the fear of Moon, satan and evil, when once she wouldexplore the world with love and spontaneity that was contagious to all around her.

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