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Heaven's Gate and "Business Mission" 
28th-Mar-2007 10:34 am
Pigpen
cultsoncampus.com has a series of links to articles on the Heaven's Gate mass suicide 10 years ago. Interestingly, Heaven's Gate had a business front called "Higher Source", which did web design work, with proceeds going to the cult and cult leader, their version of what is now shamelessly called in UBF "Business Mission".
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3rd-Apr-2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Concerning "business mission", I cannot believe that "The Profit" is one of only two films currently banned in the United States. How can the USA ban such a highly educational movie and allow all kind of smut otherwise? Is this information correct?

"If you want to make some real money... you gotta start your own religion." Actually, I think you don't even need to start your own religion. Using an existing religion as the purported background might be even more tactical and powerful. Take a look at Peter Popoff, Benny Hinn or UBF.

(By the way, do you notice how Benny Hinn is holding the Bible in his left hand on his homepage www.bennyhinn.org, just as Samuel Lee used to do?)

4th-Apr-2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
According to the Wiki article, there is an injunction against the movie's distribution due to a pending court case in Florida and concerns that it could influence the jury pool - which is really ridiculous, but the Church of Scientology has a lot of money and a lot of lawyers.

According to US law, a movie (or other artistic work) cannot be banned outright. Local laws can restrict obscene works, but those laws have to be very specific or they are generally overturned by court decisions due to the first amendment of the US Constitution. The scientologists are using a technicality - a court order is technically not a law - to keep this movie from being seen. But an injunction for a special purpose such as this cannot be extended indefinitely - it expires once the special purpose no longer exists.

(I'm a pre-law student, this was a response I couldn't resist!)
4th-Apr-2007 04:47 am (UTC)
As previously discussed, the Unification Church has taken "Business Mission" and made it an art form. It may be fair to ask what legitimate groups use the strategy of fund raising using business fronts. Does Billy Graham's group do this? Does the Campus Crusade for Christ do this? Does Intervarsity do this? Does the Prison Fellowship do this? The answer is No to all of the above. So who is into "Business Mission?" Heaven's Gate, the Unification Church, other cults...and UBF.
4th-Apr-2007 05:14 pm (UTC) - legitimate businesses
mainstream churches have a number of businesses that they run as non-profits such as hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, orphanages, feed the starving, etc. these are different from ubf and other cults in that they are run as legitimate businesses. they maintain required records, they file tax returns, they pay employees and remit payroll taxes. the ubf and other cults do not file tax returns, they do not pay taxes, they do not respect laws for banking, income taxes, payroll taxes. another big difference is that ubf business does not serve society in any positive way. (if they do, someone please explain how) there are indications that ubf business is actually a menace to society and harmful to its 'customers'.
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