Look, kids! "Troll" is also a verb.
Larry Oubre wrote:
> "*Cult*" typically refers to a cohesive social group devoted to
> beliefs or practices that the surrounding population considers to be
> outside the mainstream.
> A group's cult status begins as rumors spread of its novel belief
> system, its great devotions, its idiosyncratic practices, its
> perceived harmful or beneficial effects on members or its perceived
> opposition to the interests of mainstream cultures and governments.
> Persistent rumors may follow relatively small and recently founded
> religious or non-religious groups when they are perceived to engage in
> excessive member control or exploitation.^[/citation needed
> The issue of perception, whether notably positive or negative, is the
> main cause of variation in the use of "cult" as a descriptive term. In
> common usage, "cult" has a positive connotation for the members of
> devotee groups in the domains of painting, music, writing, fiction,
> and fashion devotees, despite or even due to the relatively low
> economic value of the object of art.^
> <http://en.wikiped...; In contrast, when used
> to describe new religious groups, extreme political parties,
> questionable therapeutic alliances and pyramidal business groups, the
> word usually has a negative connotation.^
> <http://en.wikiped...; For this reason, most,
> if not all, non-fan groups that are called cults reject this label. In
> general, translation of the pejorative connotation from modern English
> to use of the same term in other languages can be misleading as they
> (e.g. French) may retain the original meaning.^[/citation needed
> Methodism started as a reform movement in the Church of England -
> mainly concerned with the
> reform of alchoholism and reaching out to impoverished slum denizens.
> Think we owe them some respect for that,
> although I in no way endorse them or their modern proponents.
> Dr Larry A. Oubre
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