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Cult Watcher Handbook (CIFS)

Cult Watcher Handbook (CIFS)

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Published by AnonLover
This booklet is a collection of papers and articles designed to give you an overall idea of
the identifying marks of a cult , and to impart some strategies should you in some way be
affected by an extremist group. Mirrored from http://www.cifs.org.au/CultAidBooklet.pdf
This booklet is a collection of papers and articles designed to give you an overall idea of
the identifying marks of a cult , and to impart some strategies should you in some way be
affected by an extremist group. Mirrored from http://www.cifs.org.au/CultAidBooklet.pdf

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Contents
What is CIFS?2Introduction3What messages arebehind
today’s Cults
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Brainwashing not justin wartime7What type of personjoins a cult?9Aren’t the Marines a cult?12Domestic Violence /cultic abuse13Differences between achurch and a cult14Unhealthy Faith15Healthy Faith17If you have a cult memberin your family19Repairing the soul20Recovery fromspiritual abuse22Useful web links27The back page28
They believe that theirs is the onlytruth.
They have a belief in prophesywhich is the New word of God fortoday
They are not allowed to disagreewith or question the beliefs of thegroup.
They are forbidden from havinganything to do with ex members.
They are not allowed to read otherliterature than their ownpublications
They have secret beliefs that arewithheld from outsiders and newmembers.
They often believe the end justifiesthe means. Therefore lying andmisrepresenting themselves to thepublic is allowed if it furthers theircause.
 
 
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What is CIFS? What is CIFS? What is CIFS? What is CIFS? 
CIFS
 
is an Australian support and information network based in Sydney NSW. CIFS was initiallyformed by parents and family members of loved ones caught up in abusive groups.The network has grown to include families, friends, former members and concerned individualsworking together towards a common goal, to provide support and develop awareness for thoseaffected by high demand groups or cultic relationships.
 
CIFS aims and objectives are:CIFS aims and objectives are:CIFS aims and objectives are:CIFS aims and objectives are:
To offer support and friendship to persons concerned about family members or friends incults and in particular to put them in touch with persons having similar concerns.
To provide ongoing contact and to meet together at regular intervals for the purpose ofsupporting one another both prayerfully and physically.
To lobby members of parliament and other appropriate people when felt necessary.
To support each other by way of peaceful protests against cults.
To aim at informing the public and in particular the youth of Australia through schools, of thedangers of becoming involved in cults.
Contact Contact Contact Contact 
Cult Information & Family Support Inc. (CIFS)PO Box 385 West Ryde NSW 1685Fax (02) 99901237Website: www.cifs.org.au
e-mail :
info@cifs.org.au 
P.S. CIFS is only made possible by the goodwill and donations of its members. Pleaseconsider helping us to forward our work with either a single donation or membership.
 
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Introduction
This booklet is a collection of papers and articles designed to give you an overall idea of the identifying marks of a cult , and to impart some strategies should you in some way beaffected by an extremist group.This booklet is a ‘not for profit’ publication with one goal, that being, to disseminate goodinformation and hopefully cut through some of the waffle in a concise manner and give abroad overview of the topic.We will look at the topic of “mind control” and see that although this term conjures upmental images of hypnosis and water torture it is a much more everyday occurrence. Weask, “Is there a certain type of person that would join a cult?” the answer of course is bothyes and no. Other questions addressed are;
What is the difference between a church and a cult?
The Marines are controlled and have to obey their officers, why aren’t they a cult?
What are some similarities between domestic violence situations and abusivecontrol?
Finally we look at some strategies for the family member that joins a high demandgroup and the problems encountered by the ex cult member.Control, manipulation and various abuses, whether political, religious or sociological havebeen with us as long as mankind has been on the planet. There are always some whowould take advantage of those in need and exploit them to suit their own ends. Thepattern of exploitation has always been the same however, and while it would beimpossible to list every cult in the world today the pattern they follow is the same.So the trick is to identify the pattern, and if it “looks like a duck and quacks like aduck…?”You will see that cult involvement has more to do with control and manipulation thanwith religious dogma, and that they operate by targeting new recruits using coercion.They isolate new members from family and friends, control their behaviour andinformation while at the same time using organised peer pressure tactics and simplisticblack and white thought processes to gain control of the mind.Presently we live in a society that in many ways is conditioning us and our children to fallinto these traps. We are bombarded with far more information than we can processeffectively; this causes us to feel so overwhelmed we can tend to accept things withouttaking the time to research. It is a complex world with many shades of grey and amultitude of beliefs on offer, to sift through all of this can be quite daunting. Enter the cultleader with simplistic solutions to extremely complex issues and we find many vulnerablepeople can be drawn in and damaged as a result.

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