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1979 the Cult Phenomenon in the United States - Rabbi Maurice Davis

1979 the Cult Phenomenon in the United States - Rabbi Maurice Davis

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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 Rabbi MauriceDavis.")Joint-Congressional Proceedings,statements by Rabbi Maurice DavisINFORMATION MEETING ON THE CULT PHENOMENON IN THE UNITED STATES, February 5, 1979,318 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. P.74-80. of Transcript ofProceedings.Senator Dole. Congressman Ottinger would like to introduce the next witness.Mr. Ottinger. The next witness is a constituent of mine, Rabbi Maurice Davis. Hecomes from White Plains, a Rabbi of the Jewish Community Center. He is a facultymember at Manhattan College. He has been actively involved with working with youngpeople to deprogram them from cults for over five years. He is responsible forseparating some 128 young people from these organizations.I would just like to take the opportunity to welcome a very distinguishedconstituent.STATEMENT OF RABBI MAURICE DAVIS, SENIOR RABBI, JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, WHITEPLAINS, NEW YORK.Rabbi Davis. Thank you, Congressman Ottinger. Thank you, Senator Dole.There is a touch of deja vu about this gathering. Three years ago you convenedjust such a meeting as this is at which I was privileged to speak. I thanked youthen. And I thank you now.Between then and now the Fraser Subcommittee has published its report declaringthat the laws of this land have been systematically violated by the UnificationChurch; we have watched the cults proliferate; we have witnessed the horror ofJonestown; and we cannot help but ask when is something going to be done.Now, I am a Jew, and I am a Rabbi, and I cherish -- as do my people -- thegrandure of the First Amendment. That amendment prevents, and properly so, thegovernment from investigating the beliefs of any group that calls itselfreligious; but it does not prevent the government from investigating theactivities of any group, whatever its name might be.No man and no group in this country is above the law. Indeed, for 1000 years andmore my people have lived with the Hebrew phrase, "Di nai delma cultna de nai."[Phonetic.]"The law of the land is the law."Unless that law is upheld and enforced, we all of us are victims and we Jews knowthis very well.I have here, Senator Dole and gentlemen, resolutions from the Union of AmericanHebrew Congregations, the New York Federation of Reformed Synogogues, and theCentral Conference of American Rabbis, all pointing out the very real dangersimplicit in the cults that plague our land.In the interests of time, I shall not read these, but I shall hand them to you,Senator Dole.In fact, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has established a NationalCommission on Cults which it is my privilege to chair.
 
We are concerned, gentlemen. We are deeply concerned with cults. So let me beginby offering not a definition of cults since everyone has said you must not dothis, but let me offer you a description of cults.It seems to me that any cult has to have the following characteristics:One, a dictatorial leader, often called charismatic, who has total and unlimitedcontrol over his group.Two, followers who have abdicated the right to say no, the right to pass judgment,the right to protest, who have sold their souls for the security of slavery.Three, possibly the most dangerous doctrine known to our civilization, that theend justifies the means; therefore, any thing from the Moonies' heavenly deceptionto the violence of Synanon to the theft of government documents by Scientology, tothe brutality of the Children of God, all the way to the murder-suicide ofJonestown, all is permitted because the ends justify the means and there is no onethere to tell them no.Four, unlimited funds. The Unification Church with its some $50 million brought ineach year by its mobile fund raising teams is duplicated by the Hare Krishnasdressing as Santa Claus or the Children of God sending out their women as fishersof men.Five, the instilling of fear, hatred, and suspicion of everyone outside the camp,of the entire outside world in order to keep the victims in line.You put them all together gentlemen --Voice. That is not true --Rabbi Davis. You have a prescription for violence, for death, for destruction. Itis a formula that fits the Nazi Youth Movement as accurately as it describes theUnification Church.Voice. That's a lie.Rabbi Davis. Or the People's Temple.I do not address myself to the responses in the audience. I do not address myselfto their religious beliefs. That right they have, and I defend it; but I will notdefend their right to violate the law of this land or the mind of the young.During the last five years I have helped rescue 128 young men and women withoutever once violating the law, without ever once resorting to force or restraint;but I tell you what I have done: I have peeled off the surface and entered into anunderworld of madness, and you have to see what I haev seen to understand thehorror of it all.You have to see a young man hearing that his mother was dying and calling out tohim and believing it, simply turning aside and saying, "Sorry, I am just toobusy."You have to hear them bragging about how they took the last dollar from a poor manby telling him lies.You have to hear my midnight phone calls promising that I would be killed by noon

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