Nov 30, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 11/30/2021 (Shincheonji, Korea, Legal, Mother of God, LGBT, Conversion Therapy, France)

Shincheonji, Korea, Legal, Mother of God, LGBT, Conversion Therapy, France

BBC: 'Wait a second, am I in a cult?'
"There are believed to be as many as 2,000 suspected cults currently operating in the UK and many of them recruit students.

Jess, a former physiotherapy student, was recruited into the Shincheonji Church of Jesus on the campus of the University of Salford.

Jess says she "didn't recognise herself" when she was with them.

A spokesperson for Shincheonji says they are not a cult and deny controlling or manipulating members.

The University of Salford says its campus is open to the public which can cause challenges with external organisations."

The Guardian: South Korea: cult whose leader 'heals' by poking eyes at centre of Covid outbreak
At least 241 people linked to religious community test positive for virus.

"A little known sect led by a pastor who pokes eyes to heal is at the centre of a Covid outbreak in South Korea, as the country reported a new daily record of 4,116 cases and battles a rise in serious cases straining hospitals.

In a tiny, rural church in a town of 427 residents in Cheonan city, south of Seoul, at least 241 people linked to the religious community tested positive for coronavirus, a city official told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We believe the scale of the outbreak is large …" the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said in a statement.

About 90% of the religious community are unvaccinated and the majority are in close contact through communal living.

Many of the congregation are in their 60s and above and are unvaccinated, the city official said. Just 17 out of the 241 confirmed cases had been vaccinated."

Rolling Stone: From 'Mother God' to Mummified Corpse: Inside the Fringe Spiritual Sect 'Love Has Won'
"Amy Carlson was supposed to be the incarnate of Marilyn Monroe, Joan of Arc, and Jesus Christ. When she shed her Earthly body for the latest time, authorities found her followers still worshiping it — shedding light on the group many have called a 'cult''"

RFI: Gay conversion therapy victims push France towards banning 'medieval' practice
"As a teenager, Frenchman Benoit Berthe was subjected to sessions led by a charismatic Catholic movement to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Traumatised, he went on to co-found Rien à guérir (Nothing to heal) – a collective that has helped bring a bill before parliament criminalising conversion therapies in France."

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