Sun 11th July 2010, 1:52am
QUOTE(HRIP7 @ Sat 10th July 2010, 10:05pm)
Cirt also portrayed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith as Scientologists, compiling lots of references linking them to Scientology, and studiously avoiding any mention of the fact that they both have emphatically said they are not Scientologists (even in the articles Cirt cited).
As with the Wikipedia, cults bring upon themselves their nemesis by their own hubris.
It is pretty fair to say that the unifying factor amongst all cults is that,
a) they say, "we are not a cult"
b) they claim that no one has to leave their own religion to join their new religion
c) their adherents present themselves, occupy and are pushed into ambiguous position relating to membership ... as 'membership' has varying degrees of legal rights and responsibilities.
The object of my sporting interests, the Nuclear Powered 'End of the World' spiritualists called the Brahma Kumaris
(BK), will regularly claim to have an inflatable 1,000,000 'members'. Then when one looks are their articles, they clearly state "we have no members" ... as having members would give their adherents some legal and democratic rights.
They don't. It is run by a tiny undemocratic and largely unaccountable 'chosen few'. An elite often not even on the paperwork ... those on the paperwork generally being just dispensable fall guys (or gals). The adherents have no rights ... they are just a resource to be tapped for money, property and free labor on the basis of earning an worldly inheritance for the Golden Age on Earth after the imminent "Destruction" of impure humanity. (Why exactly a cult needs expensive freehold properties when the world is going to end in 2 years is beyond me ...
).Of course, where I am going with this is to draw obvious parallels to the cult-like structure, and religious expansionism, of the Wikipedia.
That the BKs call their supremacist and millenarianist mediumistic ramblings, "The Knowledge" (as do other cults), and so does the Wikipedia appeal to its adherents on the basis of the "sum of all Knowledge", it makes me consider that the world "Knowledge" ... as in Knowlegde is Power
... must have some magical property over the tribes and serfdoms that are attracting to working for cults for free.
Just as the Scientologist look at non-Scientologers as lower class "wogs" (a word laced with racist sentiments), so the BKs call non-BKs "shudras", the lowest Hindu caste (a hate word on a par with 'nigger'). So the Wikipedians have their own derogatory and divisive language which an elite can bandy about, separating them from newcomers.
Given all the Starving Children in Africa® Will Smith's $67,500 to the Scientologists' New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the Scientologists' Celebrity Center in Hollywood, $5,000 to the Scientologists's ABLE offshoot and also supported of a Scientologists' private school called New Village Academy ... it would hardly seem WP:OR to suggest some kind of affinity.Oh, yes, cult members lie like hell and are often surprising malicious for "divine beings". It is one of the job requirements when you first go to sign up. They are definitely not reliable source and, especially, should not be allowed to have power on something like the Wikipedia.