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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 frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Wildfire A lesbian 'Utopia-in-the-making' based in New Mexico which turned cultic before disbanding in 1993, Wildfire was typical of many small, short-lived cults that spring up around one figurehead. Set up by a radical feminist called Sonia Johnson, Wildfire was initially meant as a penis-less sanctuary with appropriately fierce rally cries from its founder: "I don't need one more fucking second of the destructive hateful, ugly shit that men have done." Johnson won the unquestioning devotion of the followers who joined her in New Mexico. One woman said: "She is so articulate. She is brilliant with concepts, with words, with her intellect." Another supporter said: "She is rapturous. She is like an aura - and she preaches. And we fall in love with the preacher who lights our fire." Money was decreed a tool of patriarchal sadomasochism at Wildfire and all funds and property deeds were pooled. Johnson also used a 'spirit woman' at meetings who would dance in a trance-like state and 'channel' decisions and comments on the day- to-day arrangements of the commune. Other members have described the escalating terror of Johnson's leadership as 'the nightmare of my entire life'. Some have accused Johnson of 'brainwashing' and most now view Wildfire as having turned into a cult. Eventually all but one devoted follower left the sanctuary. Johnson still hopes to create Womantown, a female-owned, female-run town in which women would forge new rules of community and economics. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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