Each year, hundreds of North Americans join one of the increasing,
estimated 3000 unorthodox religions that exist across North America. The
increasing number of cults, to date in North America, is due to the fact
that cults are a social movement that attempts to help people cope with
their perceived problems with social interaction. Cult recruiters target
those who perceive themselves as different from the rest of society, and
give these individuals the sense of belonging that they crave. Cult
literature lures potential cult members by appealing to their desperate
need to socially fit in. Cults provide a controlled family environment
that appeals to potential cult members because it is a removal from the
Cult recruiters prey on those who see themselves as alienated from the
rest of society, and give these people the sense of conformity that they
desire. A common method of recruiters, to obtain new members, is through
chat lines on the internet.
A recorded conversation between a member of the
Divine Light Mission, Fire-Shade, and an 18-year old boy, Jay 18, was
obtained off of the site, IRC Teen Chat.
Jay18: I am a really great poet, but all of the kids in my
class are pretty warped about it. I basically hide it from them
because I don't need that hassle.
Fire-Shade: My family has a great respect for the artist inside
us all. I know you live in Michigan, and our family could
always use new operatives all over the world. You have to
understand what our family is about, it is about always fitting
in and never hiding the truth to be liked or cool. Are you
Jay18: Well maybe
Fire-Shade: Give me your phone number we really shouldn't
talk about this here.
Jay18: I would rather not give my...