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UBF discussions in Russian language 
13th-Jun-2006 11:15 pm
Dilbert
It seems people start to discuss UBF in Russian, too. Is was made aware of a thread at jesuschrist.ru, where somebody wonders why UBF is considered like a normal church when UBF members made UBF propaganda on that forum, and nobody complained about UBF being a cult. From that, a whole discussion thread started, with some ex UBF members and some current members jumping in to defend UBF. I noticed the same patterns we know so well from our old forum. When the ex member pointed out the problems, he was attacked personally. When the ex member asked concrete questions, they were not answered. When he pointed out several concrete events which showed that UBF is a cult, they told him he only remembers the bad things and is not thankful for the good things he experienced. If anybody is interested, I can translate some passages.
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14th-Jun-2006 06:51 am (UTC) - Re: good news!
The internet is great. Viva Le Internet!! Viva Le Revolucion!!

Yes, the Internet is for UBF something like letterprint for the Catholic church about 500 years ago.

Of course, the Internet has also it's bad sides, so it's easy to demonize the Internet per se by cults with their black&white logic. Yet cults also use the Internet to gain new recruits, make propaganda, gain credibility.

UBF is doing exactly this now. After long years in which the UBF has been largely ignored by the leaders, now they understand they can also use it. Yes, UBF has changed. They officially added two new strategies to their program, namely "Internet mission" and "business mission." They really take all efforts to have professionally looking web sites now. That's amazing. However, it does not make UBF less cult-like. They rather become more similar to cults like the Moonies.
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