Oct 7, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/1/2020

Japan, Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse, Legal, neo-Nazi, Cult Leaders, Cult Recovery, NXIVM, ISIS
"A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan.

The civil lawsuit, filed this week in Sendai District Court, seeks 56.1 million yen ($534,000) in damages. It accuses a priest, who has not been charged or penalized, as well as a bishop who counseled the woman in recent years about the alleged abuse.

The suit, which also accuses the Diocese of Sendai in northeastern Japan, says the church refused to take the complaints seriously, causing psychological pain."

"Attorneys for a Montana real estate agent are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic online "troll storm" that he orchestrated against the Jewish woman and her family, court filings show.

More than a year has passed since a federal judge in Montana entered a default judgment against Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer's founder and publisher. Plaintiffs' lawyers say the Ohio native has failed to pay any of the monetary award to Tanya Gersh.

Gersh's attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center say they intend to identify any of Anglin's assets that could be used to satisfy the judgment. Trying to seize Anglin's assets will be "time-consuming and extremely complex" given his lack of cooperation and history of holding assets in cryptocurrency rather than more traditional forms, law center lawyers wrote in a filing last month.

In August 2019, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered Anglin to pay $4 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages to Gersh. The judge also ordered Anglin to permanently remove from his website the posts in which he encouraged readers to contact Gersh and her family. Anglin eventually complied with that part of the judge's order, according to Gersh's lawyers.

Other targets of Anglin's online harassment campaigns also secured default judgments against him after he failed to respond to their respective lawsuits.

In June 2019, a federal judge in Ohio awarded $4.1 million in damages to Muslim-American radio host Dean Obeidallah, who filed a libel lawsuit against Anglin for falsely accusing him of terrorism. Obeidallah said he received death threats after Anglin published an article that tricked readers into believing he took responsibility for the May 2017 terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert."
  • Cult leaders have psychosis or narcissistic personalities that drive them to preach a message and convince others to follow, according to therapist Rachel Bernstein.
  • Bernstein treats former cult members, like those who were in NXIVM and Scientology. She has also met a number of cult leaders.
"HBO's new docuseries "The Vow" examines how NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere was able to first sell self-improvement courses as a multi-level marketing scheme, and then used the courses to brainwash followers into providing blackmail, branding themselves, and having sex with him.

Raniere was arrested on seven charges including sex trafficking in June 2019, but before that, he captured hundreds of followers over decades with his charismatic personality and teachings.

According to Rachel Bernstein, a California-based therapist who works with former cult members including eight from NXIVM, there are three main types of cult leaders that rise to power. Some are self-centered narcissists, while others have delusions that they believe so deeply, they're able to get others on board too.

The delusional martyr

Bernstein said she considers a delusional cult leader the most dangerous because they can use their unyielding beliefs to convince others to buy into the delusion.

She gave the example of Heaven's Gate in San Diego, a cult where 39 members committed mass suicide as instructed by leader Marshall Applewhite in 1997. Applewhite, who previously reported having a near-death experience, was convinced a UFO would soon come to earth and help humans leave their bodies for a higher existence."
"Federal investigators filed a complaint last week alleging two men intended to attack locations around the country, including the New York Stock Exchange and Trump Tower in Manhattan, on behalf of ISIS.

The FBI identified Jaylyn Molina and Kristopher Matthews, from Texas and South Carolina respectively, face charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to a quarter of a million dollars.

Detailed in a 14-page criminal complaint filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, the investigators allege Molina and Matthews engaged in encrypted communication for several months discussing anti-American sentiment and detailing specific plans to coordinate attacks in the U.S.."

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