Oct 23, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/23/2020

"Scientology is a word that leaves a poor taste in some people's mouths. Opinions of the Church of Scientology are divided, with critics on one side and devoted members on the other. Some people refer to the religious movement as a cult.

Some high-profile members advocate for the organization. One celebrity that joined the church years ago was Chicago P.D. actor Jason Beghe. He came out years ago about being a member and why he left."

NXIVM cult founder Clare Bronfman has barely been in jail a week, and she's already asking a federal judge to let her out.

The Seagram's heiress, who's being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, requested Thursday that she be released from custody while she appeals her 81-month sentence.

Her lawyers took issue with the stiff sentence of more than six years, since federal prosecutors only asked for five years.

"Her sentence of eighty-one months of imprisonment is disparate with the sentences received by other individuals who pleaded or were found guilty of similar non-violent crimes," wrote Bronfman's lawyer, Ronald Sullivan."

" ... Former NXIVM member Sarah Edmondson, who was coerced into being branded with leader Keith Raniere's initials, told Insider that executives of the group wouldn't allow licensed psychologists to come to the group's training.

Leaders also barred life coaches or consultants, except for certain cases if top officials interviewed them and deemed them acceptable.

High-ranking NXIVM members told lower-ranking ones that therapists were barred because Raniere's self-improvement methods were so helpful and original, psychologists would steal them and use them as their own.

However, Edmondson, whose mother is a therapist, now believes that this rule (and the explanation for it) was a cover-up used to protect Raniere."

" ... William Wasmus was a Grove City evangelical minister who conducted services on Public Access Television back in 1994.

"He referred to himself as God's prophet in the land of the last days," says former church member Dave Wexler. "His ministry was a miracle healing ministry."

Wexler later discovered Wasmus was using his ministry to connect with children who he molested and even raped."

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