Jan 4, 2022

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/4/2022 (Marjoe Goetner, Religious Research, Mormons, QAnon)

Marjoe Goetner, Religious Research, Mormons, QAnon

The story of Marjoe Goetner: Trained as a child to be an "evangelist" , without even being a Born Again Christian!!
"He used church goers to gain money and fame and only stopped when bothered by his conscience. He filmed this picture at the end of his scam, in order to demonstrate to his MANY followers his true nature, and even today, some of them do not believe he was a False Prophet."

RNS: How religious are Gen Z Mormons in the US? The results are mixed.
"A new study of Americans ages 13 to 25 shows teenage and young adult Latter-day Saints to be traditionally religious . . . and also not. And in that, they are similar to other Americans who still consider themselves religious but are in many ways disengaged from their faith traditions.

"The State of Religion and Young People 2021: Navigating Uncertainty," conducted throughout 2021 by the Springtide Research Institute, argues that "for a large and growing segment of young people, religiosity is increasingly decoupled from institutions, even as they express high levels of religious belief, practice, and identity."

Over the course of the year, more than 10,000 young people were surveyed, including a total of 470 who self-identified as Latter-day Saints or Mormons. Of that group, 134 also received an additional set of questions about their experiences and views.

So, as always when interpreting data about Mormons, keep in mind that when the sample size is small, the margin of error is high. For each finding discussed below, I'll indicate the n, or sample size, for that particular question.

Let's start with the positive findings — what many stalwart members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would consider to be good news.

Mormons reported the highest participation rate in what the study called "youth group" activities, at 43%.

This indicates that even in a time when many young people are disengaging from organized religion, programs like Young Men and Young Women, seminary, and Institute are still a factor in the lives of many young Latter-day Saints."

"QAnon acolytes in Dallas are now drinking toxic chemicals from a communal punch bowl, according to the family of a woman who joined the Texas "cult" that's waiting for the supposed resurrection of President John F. Kennedy and his late son, JFK Jr.

Numerous members of the Leek family told the Dallas Observer that the woman, who reportedly abandoned her husband and children in Delaware last month to follow Trump-supporting QAnon leader Michael Brian Protzman to Dallas, has been quaffing a mixture containing chlorine dioxide—industrial bleach—which she apparently distributes among the group.

"She was proud to tell us that she was the one mixing it up and giving it to everybody," one of her relatives told the outlet.

The woman got into the QAnon movement back in 2018, said her son, Sean Leek, who was unable to be reached by The Daily Beast on Monday. While the family didn't specify why the group was drinking the potent chemical mixture, they said their relative is an ardent anti-vaxxer.

"She's always been into, you know, natural remedies, getting aluminum out of deodorant, things like that," Leek said in a Dec. 10 interview. "But that led to anti-vaxxing, and anti-vaxxing led to QAnon."

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chlorine dioxide has "not been shown to be safe and effective for any use, including COVID-19, but these products continue to be sold as a remedy for treating autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and flu, among other conditions, despite their harmful effects."

It is sold online under various names, including "Miracle Mineral Solution," "Miracle Mineral Supplement," "Master Mineral Solution," and "Chlorine Dioxide Protocol." Ingestion can lead to respiratory failure, potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms, life-threateningly low blood pressure, acute liver failure, and the rapid destruction of red blood cells. Members of a Florida family hawking chlorine dioxide through their Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton were arrested by federal agents in 2020. They reportedly earned more than $1 million from sales of their "miracle" elixir."

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