What is a cult? This is one description- "In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is a social group with socially deviant or novel beliefs and practices, although this is often unclear. Other researchers present a less-organized picture of cults, saying that they arise spontaneously around novel beliefs and practices" Whatever the official meaning, the meaning from a family's viewpoint (when a family member enters a cult) is an experience no less than kidnapping. From a legal aspect it is: exercising freedom of religion and freedom to choose whom they belong to...and that means the "pull" by a cult of a gullible person outweighs a familys love. Religious cults are usually destructive in their manipulative methods, possessive in their intent and with a lust to grow and financially prosper. Ban cults.