In Reply to: Re: Reminder posted by Coordinator on September 12, 2008 at 11:56:55:
Maybe I'm missing something here, but it seems to me that you, Coordinator, as well as Youth-ish, might be over-reacting to this "youth" issue. Maybe it got lost in translation, or maybe I just read the posts too quickly, but I didn't read anything offensive in the idea that young people should be forewarned about the dangers of cults.
Of course everyone, regardless of age, is vulnerable to the recruiting tactics and public relations lies of cults and extremist groups. But that is no reason to disparage someone who supports educating young people (as opposed to "old farts") on the dangers of cults.
Again, maybe I'm missing something, but I just don't get why such a big issue is being made of this, and why whitehorse is being singled out for criticism.
Here's an interesting article on this topic by Alexandra Stein, a board member of RISE International:
Note the sub-title, which makes clear there is no single demographic or psychological profile of those vulnerable to cultic influences. Yet the article focuses on the need to "... teach young people how to recognize totalitarian groups."
So what's the difference between that article and what whitehorse is trying to say (I think)?