Oct 7, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/2/2020

Videos, Ramtha, QAnon, Channeling, Covid, Orthodox Jewish Community, Twelve Tribes, Legal, Australia

Cults in the Occulture: Is Ramtha Real?
"After my [Joseph Szimhart] video on Channeling someone asked me to address Ramtha channeled by JZ Knight since 1977. I use the book Finding Enlightenment by J Gordon Melton (1997) as reference in which Melton tries to describe and explain the new Gnostic teachings of Ramtha. Melton arranged for Stanley Krippner, a parapsychologist with his team to test JZ to rule out fraud and pathology, which Melton claims they did. I argue that they did not because there was no serious peer review and no similar studies with professionals character actors to compare. To me, Ramtha is nothing writhing JZ Knight performing the character."

Cults in the Occulture: QAnon
"I [Joseph Szimhart] express my views on QAnon, the now notorious pro-Trump Internet conspiracy fad that had bled over into a pseudo reality that people believe. Families have been torn apart, ex- Qs claim it's a brainwashing cult, and people on the religious right and left are being manipulated from within the context of QAnon websites. I refer to Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, the Federalist Papers, and Sir Francis Bacon. And I wear a tin hat to illustrate my point."

Cults in Occulture: Channeling
"Channeling or spirit possession has ancient roots in human religious behavior going back beyond oracles in Greece to the first shamans. Channeling takes many forms like infusing life forces into crystals using mental power to perform on a stage before thousands of devotees as if your body is possessed by an angel. Agency and influence formation are features of most channeling cults. Examples mentioned are Book of Mormon, OAHSPE, Seth Speaks, Ramtha, Lazaris, and Silva Mind Control Method."

NY Times: New York Threatens Orthodox Jewish Areas With Lockdown Over Virus 
"Facing a worrying spike in coronavirus cases in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, New York City health officials began carrying out emergency inspections at private religious schools on Friday and threatened to impose an extraordinary lockdown in those communities that would be the first major retreat by the city on reopening since the pandemic began.

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the Police Department and the Sheriff's Office to enforce public health guidelines in several Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, where residents often do not wear masks or engage in social distancing. But community leaders said residents have been resisting the guidelines because of hostility toward Mr. de Blasio and the growing influence of President Trump, whose views on masks and the pandemic have been widely embraced.

The crackdown is occurring shortly before Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, which begins on Sunday night, and it was not immediately clear the impact that the measures might have on the ability of people to gather in synagogues. The Health Department said that if significant progress toward following guidelines did not occur by Monday, officials could issue fines, limit gatherings or force closings of businesses or schools.

"This may be the most precarious moment we are facing since we emerged from lockdown," Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, the city's health commissioner, said at a news conference in South Brooklyn.

Officials this week released statistics showing that the positivity rate in some Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods had grown to anywhere from 3 percent to 6 percent, significantly more than the city's overall rate of between 1 percent and 2 percent. Officials are especially worried about the positivity rates in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Midwood and Gravesend, which they have referred to as the "Ocean Parkway Cluster."

Mr. de Blasio said on Friday on The Brian Lehrer Show that the city had closed four yeshivas over violations of social distancing rules."

"A lengthy NSW Police investigation into religious sect Twelve Tribes is expected to continue for several more months.

Strike Force Nanegai was established in September 2019 following allegations of unreported stillborn children. It is illegal not to report the births of stillborn children under the Birth, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995.

Police are now investigating additional allegations against Twelve Tribes and have been gathering information since raiding two of the sect's properties in March, said Blue Mountains Police Area crime manager Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine.

Officers from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command first executed a crime scene warrant at the sect's headquarters at Peppercorn Creek Farm, on Remembrance Driveway in Picton on 3 March, 2020.

Days later, police entered the sect's remote property, Mount View Farm, surrounded by thick bush on Bigga Road in Bigga, two hours north of Canberra.

They worked through the day and under lights by night to dig for the remains of the alleged unreported stillborn children.

No remains were found at Peppercorn Creek Farm, while details of findings at Bigga have not been revealed by NSW Police.

Despite no arrests, the investigation is ongoing and should conclude at the end of 2020 or in early 2021, said Detective Inspector McAlpine.

The Bigga property was deserted by Twelve Tribes members during the March raid, however dozens of adults and children have slowly returned and are living there full-time in two sheds."

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