Sep 10, 2019

CultNEWS101 Articles: 9/10/2019

NXIVMCharles Manson, Multi-Level Marketing Schemes, Transcendental Meditation (TM) Quiet Time Program 
"The state Health Department has revoked the medical license of a physician who conducted human brain-activity experiments and other unsanctioned research on people associated with the NXIVM corporation.

Brandon B. Porter, who has been involved with NXIVM for many years, was served with 25 misconduct charges by the state Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct in April 2018, a month after NXIVM leader Keith Raniere was arrested and charged with multiple federal crimes, including sex trafficking. The board that reviewed his case sustained 24 of the charges.

In June, at the end of a two-month trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Raniere, 58, of all the charges he faced, including racketeering acts of identity theft, obstruction of justice, wire and visa fraud, forced labor, human trafficking, money laundering, child exploitation and possession of child pornography.

Porter, 45, who attended medical school at the University of Iowa, has been living in a Waterford residence owned by NXIVM associates and working in a private sector job. His license to practice medicine was suspended when he was served with the misconduct charges last year."

"Fifty years after the world first heard Charles Manson's name, the infamous cult leader is seemingly everywhere, again. Season 2 of Mindhunter has just been released, and what would a show about profiling serial killers be without making mention of the Manson Family figurehead. Ever since the horrific Manson Murders involving seven victims – carried out at the behest of Manson – in Southern California during the summer of 1969, Hollywood has attempted to capture Manson's madness for both the big and small screen.

The first season of Mindhunter was praised for its chilling casting of Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) as it delved into some of the first investigations into serial killers. In fact, FBI agent Holden Ford only ended up meeting Kemper because he was denied an interview with Manson who was at the top of Ford's list of murderers he wanted to interview. Most of season 2 is focused around the Atlanta Child Murders that took place from 1979-1981, which means Manson would have been anywhere between six to 10 years into a life sentence in prison at the time.
With the anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders, a surge of portrayals of Manson have been released in the past couple years culminating in a series of projects put out just this summer including Charlie Says, Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood, and now Mindhunter."

"Selling products from home - a cult? Is it possible that Multi-Level Marketing schemes selling products such as make-up, vitamins, cleaning products, etc, could actually be alarmingly similar in structure to a religious cult?

ALEXANDRA STEIN, Ph.D, is a writer and educator specializing in the social psychology of cults and other dangerous social relationships.

MARK from TalkBeliefs chats with Alexandra on MLMs, how they work and why the way they are organized are frighteningly similar to the coercive structure of cults."

"A recent article in the New York Post mentions that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Quiet Time Program will soon be taught in New York schools.

A highly critical article on TM's Quiet Time program in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

The story reports on a presentation to the CPS by a former staff member at Bogan High School in Chicago, who interviewed 60 students enrolled in Bogan's Quiet Time program. A 14-year-old student also addressed the Board about her experiences in the program. There are also allegations of coercion, inducements and 'bribe rewards' offered to students who wanted to quit the program.

As is made clear in the presentations, TM is a Hindu-based religious practice. Along with individual 'mantras,' which are the names of Hindu deities, Quiet Time requires each student to participate in a Hindu ceremony known as a 'puja.' which TM describes (incorrectly) as a secular ceremony.

The David Lynch Foundation wants a million public school children in its Quiet Time program, despite two court rulings that TM programs in public schools violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. (Malnak v. Yogi, 592 F.2d 1977). When TM lost the case, it appealed the decision to a higher court and lost again. The puja was one of the main reasons the Court cited in its ruling:

Although defendants have submitted well over 1500 pages of briefs, affidavits, and deposition testimony in opposing plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, defendants have failed to raise the slightest doubt as to the facts or as to the religious nature of the teachings of the Science of Creative Intelligence [TM's Hindu underpinnings] and the puja. The teaching of the SCI/TM course in New Jersey public high schools violates the establishment clause of the first amendment, and its teaching must be enjoined.

The website: ( has a section on TM in public schools. Of particular note is a letter by a parent whose child was a student in a Quiet Time school. She describes how her concerns about her son's exposure to Hinduism were met with a threatening letter from a TM attorney. There is a second letter from a parent in a California high school who was instrumental in turning down a $175,000 Quiet Time grant from the Lynch Foundation. There are also video clips that demonstrate that the upper echelons of TM share many aspects of cultic organizations."

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