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
exterior society. 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...