Cassandra Szklarski from THE CANADIAN PRESS published that Facebook has “emerged as one of the most popular ways to connect with friends, family and long-lost acquaintances …” Although many suggest Facebook “has played a more negative than positive role in society,” ‘Facebook Groups’ are exposing Scientology and other dangerous cults around the globe at lightning speed.
Some have compared the ‘Cult of Scientology’ and dictator, David Miscavige, to "a cross between the Moonies and the Mafia." Miscavige, living in royal fashion like Moonies leader, Sun Myung Moon, on one hand, and Mafia criminal behaviour on the other, makes for an insidious disease – treacherous to unwary followers and potentially dangerous to critics.
A recent comment from Likitha stated: “We can improve ourselves by sharing our ideas, information and knowledge and by discussing with the people, who have same interests, even if they are so many miles away from us.”
What we tend to forget is that Facebook has transformed the way we connect with that human touch. When was the last time you mailed a hand written letter to a friend?
“Since launching as a university-only website in 2004, Facebook has exploded into a cultural phenomenon claiming to have more than 70 million users worldwide.”
One group recently added to Facebook, ‘CULTBUSTERS’, has already attracted and welcomed 213 members to share their ex-Scientology stories of abuse, intimidation, and cult harassment episodes.
SPs 'r' US formed a Facebook Group last June, 2012 -- prior to the ‘Dublin Offlines’ conference where ex-members of the Scientology organisation spoke out against the fraud and abuses. SPs 'r' US now boasts a whopping 924 members and growing.
The ‘Anonymous Collective’ has countless Facebook pages from across the globe, with Anonymous International ‘standing tall’ with 13,194 current members.
Although ‘Closing Time’ for dangerous Cults eventually arrives, it’s a gradual process of continual speaking out against these evil practices. The closing years of a Cult are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped and ‘Sunshine’ exposes truth to those once suppressed and abused.
It appears Facebook is indeed, an avenue of concern and bad PR for Scientology and other dangerous cults who prey on the vulnerable and desperate. Social media is interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Something that David Miscavige and other cult leaders can NOT stop.