Cults & Heresies

If you were curious: Mormonism has really annoyed some left-handed people

"... a talk that President Dallin Oaks gave in Chicago to a group of youth. In his remarks, he said he felt prompted to teach them something of great importance: 'I had an impression from the Spirit of the Lord to teach something to each of you.... And today, I saw quite a few of the deacons take the sacrament with their left hand. Don’t do that, because you set the wrong example for the congregation if you do that.'" - RNS 

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The Nazi State Church

Berlin, 1933. Wikimedia

The Third Reich’s persecution of Christian churches began shortly after Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the Weimer Republic, in January 1933. This story has been told in many books. See especially William L. Shirer’s account in his epic The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.1 The following article appeared in the New York Times on January 3, 1942:2

BERNE, Switzerland, Jan. 2—Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, long the antireligious polemist of modern Germany and the protagonist of the “new national church,” has just released for publication a thirty-point program that will form at the same time the program and tenets of the “religion of National Socialism.”

The Nazi religious concept is founded not on the worship of Wotan and Valhalla, dear to the memory of General Erich von Ludendorff, but surprisingly enough, in view of Dr. Rosenberg’s past attacks on Christianity and its teachings, on a partial worship of God, whose works are “eternal.”

Briefly but succinctly he outlines the organization and teachings of the church in the following phrases—for which, as the Swiss Socialist newspaper Volksrecht of Zurich points out, “one needs to be no ecclesiast to draw his own conclusion”:

1. The National Reich Church specifically demands the immediate turning over to its possession of all churches and chapels, to become national churches.

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is not much like Trump's America, but it does resemble Elisabeth Moss' Church of Scientology

"The goal of the faith, founded in 1954, is ostensibly to achieve “spiritual enlightenment.” Yet, former members report abuse and coercion from within." - Washington Examiner

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Church leader wants people to stop using 'Mormon' and 'LDS' as substitutes for full name

"The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called 'Meet the Mormons' and uses 'Mormon' in its official website addresses. But on Thursday, church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using 'Mormon,' or 'LDS' as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." - USA Today

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