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Can you create a Cult?
Posted: 20 February 2011 07:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I can show you how, but only in person - how soon can you sell all your possessions and bring all your money to my compound?

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Posted: 20 February 2011 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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It ain’t that hard. One of my uncles did it in the 1980s. He convinced a few dozen people Jeezus was returning anydaynow. They sold all their possessions and waited in his house for two weeks. Jeezus never showed up. The only reason he didn’t get his ass sued is because they first thing they teach in lawyer school is never sue anyone who doesn’t have any money. vampire

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Posted: 21 February 2011 12:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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DarronS - 20 February 2011 10:30 PM

It ain’t that hard. One of my uncles did it in the 1980s. He convinced a few dozen people Jeezus was returning anydaynow. They sold all their possessions and waited in his house for two weeks. Jeezus never showed up. The only reason he didn’t get his ass sued is because they first thing they teach in lawyer school is never sue anyone who doesn’t have any money. vampire

Sounds like good advice. Although, didn’t he have all of THEIR money? Even if they did sue, he could have gotten a high priced lawyer with his newly discovered Jesus fund.

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Posted: 21 February 2011 12:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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DarronS - 20 February 2011 10:30 PM

It ain’t that hard. One of my uncles did it in the 1980s. He convinced a few dozen people Jeezus was returning anydaynow. They sold all their possessions and waited in his house for two weeks. Jeezus never showed up. The only reason he didn’t get his ass sued is because they first thing they teach in lawyer school is never sue anyone who doesn’t have any money. vampire

What was his excuse? Did he ‘save the world’ or did Jeezuz change his mind? If he changed his mind, why didn’t they let him know before they bankrupted themselves?

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Posted: 21 February 2011 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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None of them had anything that amounted to much. This uncle has never been successful at anything.

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Posted: 21 February 2011 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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I think Darron’s example points out that cult leaders fall into two distinct classes:  the con men who want power, wealth and control; and the charismatic crackpots who get a strange delusion and convince other people to accept it but don’t necessarily profit.

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