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    Cult Busters
    How governments decide whether a religion is real or not.

    By Christopher Beam | Slate
    Posted Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at 6:51 PM ET

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    A French court fined the Church of Scientology $888,000 on Tuesday after a couple claimed they'd been manipulated into buying between $30,000 and $73,000 worth of church products. The verdict is "a historical turning point for the fight against cult abuses," said the leader of France's "government cult-fighting unit." How does this special cult-busting unit distinguish between cults and bona fide religions?
    France has a long history of going after cults. The rise of groups like the Hare Krishna movement and the Unification Church in the 1970s led the prime minister of France to request a special report on cults in 1983. After the famous mass suicide by members of the Order of the Solar Temple in Switzerland in 1995, the French National Assembly created the Parliamentary Commission on Cults in France, which drew up the now-infamous cult list. In 1998, the government created an agency that eventually became Miviludes—an acronym for Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires, which translates to "Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances"—dedicated to identifying and monitoring what the government considers dangerous religious sects.

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    This is a long standing tradition, dating back to the Knights Templer and even before.
    Let us not forget that France decided Joan of Arc was in league with the Devil for leading it's army to victory.
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    That is a point well taken Mr Shadroch.
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    Whew, glad thats in France, not here. Is the CIA on that list? Cult of Personality?
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