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 Post subject: The Cult Next Door
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:32 pm 

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Tonight (Thursday) evening on BBC2 at 9 p.m. (or 11.15 p.m. in Scotland) there is a TV programme called The Cult Next Door, which the BBC describes as follows. See

This documentary by acclaimed director Vanessa Engle tells the extraordinary story of a strange cult, which came to light in 2013 when a sensational news story broke about three women emerging from a small flat in Brixton in south London after decades in captivity. Tracing the group back to its roots in the 1970s, the film describes how its leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, a student of Indian origin, believed in an international communist revolution and created a tiny political sect that followed the teachings of China's Chairman Mao.

The film features exclusive interviews with two of the women who escaped - Aisha Wahab, a 72-year-old Malaysian woman who was part of Balakrishnan's group for 40 years, and Katy Morgan-Davies, Balakrishnan's daughter, who was born and raised in captivity. The film documents how this left-wing collective evolved into a bizarre pseudo-religious cult, where members were controlled, threatened and brainwashed so that they were too terrified to leave.

It will become available on the Internet after the broadcast.

 Post subject: Re: The Cult Next Door
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:06 pm 

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The story of this Brixton cult is told in words and photos at ... c21ef0f932 and in video form at ... 3Ab08c3vrx

I noticed several parallels with Exclusive Brethrenism.

The cult had one supreme leader, whom they called Bala, who exercised total authority over his followers.

Like Brethren leaders, he exercised his control partly by deception and fear. He warned of dire consequences for those who disobeyed him.

Like Brethren leaders, he restricted the education of his followers. That made it easier for him to deceive and control them.

Like Exclusive Brethren, the followers were subjected to indoctrination every single day.

Like Jim Taylor, Bala had delusions of power, claiming to exercise covert control over governments. See for instance Readings at Nostrand Avenue and Other Ministry, Volume 1 page 95 (26 August 1970) where Mr Taylor claimed, not for the first time, “We rule the world; we overthrew the government in U.K. through the prayer meeting”. Elsewhere Jim Taylor claimed to be in control of Richard Nixon and Edward Heath, and claimed that he was the source of some of their policies.

Like several of the Brethren leaders, Bala believed that he will one day rule over the world in an official capacity. For instance, see JT New Series Vol. 41 Page 94 “It is not therefore given to us to rule the world now, but we are being trained for it”

One of the most chilling parallels with Brethrenism is that before the followers escaped they did not realise that they were deprived and oppressed. They had been made to believe most fervently that they were specially privileged to be under Bala’s guidance. He not only controlled their bodies: he controlled their minds too.

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