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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Exclusive Brethren Often referred to mistakenly as 'Plymouth Brethren', the Exclusive Brethren is in fact an extremist offshoot of the former. Founded in 1825 by a clergyman dissenter called John Nelson Derby, the Plymouth Brethren always had strongly predeterminist views - it was the duty of God's chosen to avoid all contact with the ungodly. Friendship, business or even eating with those outside the Brethren was forbidden. The founders of Exclusive Brethren believed that this isolationism should not be compromised in any way - today's members are not allowed television, radio, newspapers, fax machines or computers. They do not vote, join unions, take civil office or allow their children to take part in sports or social activities at school. Men wear jacket and tie; women must have long hair, modest clothes and no make-up. Sunday worship begins at 6am in Brethren Meeting Rooms (which have blocked-out windows) and goes on all day. There are shorter meetings each night of the week. The cultic elements of the movement are those of isolationism rather than recruitment. Members are not allowed to communicate with relatives who have left the movement. There are estimated to be 10,000 members of the Exclusive Brethren in the UK. The movement has enjoyed a string of strong leaders and is currently under the command of an Australian called John Hales. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer:


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