What is the difference between a religion and a cult?

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    The size of the congregation. :D
     
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    i'll agree with that definition.

    it seems to match the historic pattern of popular dogmas
     
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    The corporate media will be sure to clear it up on individual cases, whenever it becomes necessary to push an agenda.

    Scientology - not demonized
    Branch Davidians - demonized as horrible evil people

    But what's the difference between the 2, really?
     
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    scientology is not demonized?


    im not sure I agree with that at all.
     
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    In the MSM?
     
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    um, yea.

    is scientology really something that people admire or smirk about when talking about tom cruise?


    glib, yo.
     
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    Reading the definition of a cult pretty much ensures every religion falls in the definition.
     
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    I'd say that supports my stated distinction rather nicely. :cool:
     
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    Scientology has been demonised (rightly) by the MSM for a long time. Sometimes newspapers and magazines get put off because the "church" is quite litigious. But they do rightfully cop a lot of bad press - and its "stars" especially so of late!
     

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