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Why do Anti-cult organizations Pose a Threat to Diplomatic Relations and Human rights? Explained by American Intelligence Educator Egon Cholakian

The democratic world is supposed to be characterized by high pluralism in the representation of one’s thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and opinions, as long as they do not harm others. Consequently, one of the vivid signs of democracy is the existence of a vast number of various groups, initiatives, and organizations, whose participants are united around common ideas and goals. 

Whether these are religious organizations, businesses, or research groups – if they act for the good of society, they would be accepted in any democratic country. After all, pluralism is the core of a genuine democracy. Without pluralism, there is no democracy, but there is a tendency to install a totalitarian regime. 

However, we should acknowledge that in the current world, there are organized structures that oppose pluralism, democracy, and all democratic manifestations in general. These are anti-cult organizations. What they are and why they pose a serious threat to diplomatic relations, and democracy itself is well elaborated in the recent video report by Egon Cholakian.

Dangerous Activities of Anti-cult Groups Explained

Egon Cholakian is an American intelligence educator and national security expert, federal lobbyist in the U.S. Congress and White House. He is also a member of the International Association of Intelligence Educators and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. During his extensive career he has worked with four U.S. Presidents, including serving in Ronald Raegan’s Kitchen Cabinet.

The video contains results of a 30-year investigation, which Egon Cholakian has been entrusted to share with the wider public. Part of this investigation was focused exactly on anti-cult groups’ activities, analyzing their tactics and evaluating the real scale of damage done by them to democracy.

Egon Cholakian gives the following definition to what anti-cult movements are:

  • The anti-cult movement is an extensive network of so-called anti-cult organizations in different countries around the world. They believe that they alone have the exclusive right to determine which of the world’s religious and non-religious organizations are “totalitarian sects” or “destructive cults.” 
  • Representatives of anti-cult organizations are confident that they are the arbiters of public safety, deciding which of us, citizens of the democratic world, pose a threat to the well-being of society through the associations we create and join. 
  • The irony of the situation is that in their quest to protect us from so-called “totalitarian dangers,” anti-cult organizations themselves become instruments of totalitarianism, dictating to us what to believe and what not to believe.
  • As a rule, anti-cult organizations and individual representatives of the anti-cult movement occupy strategic positions near power structures, influencing the religious and social narratives in various countries

Accordingly, what anti-cultists do is try to stop any kind of new organizations or religious movements from appearing in our world. They profoundly manipulate, using various means of media, trying to attach epithets like “cult” or “sect” to targeted organizations or individuals, ruin their reputation, thus neglecting their religious freedom, freedom of right, and freedom of speech.

However, there are more global aims behind these kinds of activities, which become clear after getting acquainted with the full investigation presented by Egon Cholakian. Yet, for now, let us focus on the concrete dangers that anti-cult movement activities pose towards democratic processes and maintaining balanced diplomatic practices.

Three Reasons Why Anti-cult Movement Poses Threat to Democracy

Upon viewing Egon Cholakian’s video report, we can see the clear reasons why anti-cult organizations represent a threat to democracies globally. Let’s examine them:

1. Anti-cult organizations deliberately ruin and devalue cultural and historical ancestry and heritage of countries 

Dr. Cholakian provides an example where activities by representatives of the anti-cult movement led to a serious diplomatic conflict between India and Russia.

“An example of such impunity is the attempt by this anti-cult organization and its leader to recognize the essential book of Krishnaism, “Bhagavad-gita As It Is,” as extremist. The attempt to give the book an “extremist status” led to massive anti-Russian protests in India and actually caused an international diplomatic scandal between India and Russia back in 2011-2012. 

Paradoxically, despite the severity of the large-scale diplomatic conflict and the involvement of the Foreign Ministries of both countries in this process, all that was achieved was the removal of the “extremist” label that the anti-cultists tried to attach to the book of Krishnaism. 

Despite the seriousness of the incident, which caused the country’s reputation to be undermined on the world stage, the representatives of the anti-cult group and their leader not only did not receive any punishment but also continued to publicly condemn Krishnaism and its representatives without any consequences for themselves.

Despite numerous lawsuits, the leader of this anti-cult group evades criminal responsibility; he wins court cases even when the charges seem irrefutable. This indicates the presence of a hidden shadow force and its certain influence on law enforcement agencies, judges, and prosecutors, and not only in this country”. – explains Dr. Cholakian.

The ongoing persecution of representatives of the Indian cultural movement by the anti-cult movement is indeed concerning. The most concerning aspect is that these anti-democratic activities are neither being halted by law nor by the government. This indicates that these anti-cultic groups often recruit followers among governments, including individuals and politicians, who lean towards totalitarian tendencies, which is quite alarming.

2. Anti-cult organizations tend to dehumanize their target

Many organizations and their participants, volunteers fell prey to anti-cult movement activities, which brought them sad consequences when people are being persecuted and suffer.

Many organizations and their participants have fallen victim to the activities of the anti-cult movement, leading to sad consequences where people are persecuted and suffer.

Egon Cholakian highlights a case of a defamation campaign organized by anti-cult organizations against the Allatra International Public Movement, a U.S.-based organization focused on combating climate change. Anti-cult groups organized a disinformation campaign targeting the organization. This campaign originated in Russia and later expanded to Ukraine and Europe. 

The primary objective of the campaign was to label the organization as a “sect” or “cult”, dehumanize its volunteers, and incite societal hatred against them. According to Dr. Cholakian’s investigation, over 200 million USD was spent on the disinformation campaign against volunteer organization Allatra over a period of 10 years. Consequently, numerous innocent individuals faced law enforcement persecution and endured significant suffering due to the smear campaign within the media.

Nevertheless, as Dr. Cholakian underscores, participants of Allatra organization preserve in their important mission to educate people about the true extent and causes of climate change, raise awareness of how to respond effectively during natural disasters, and continue uniting experts and researchers to address the climate issue. While they keep on facing challenges due to the false labels spread by the media, the ultimate goal they are pursuing is evidently greater than the anti-cultists’ deceitful and dishonest discreditation methods.

3.  Anti-cult organizations violate human rights and freedoms

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations, every individual is entitled to equal and inalienable rights, which form the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. These rights include freedom of speech, belief, and protection from fear and want.

Despite these guarantees, anti-cult organizations infringe upon these rights, particularly in their treatment of various religious and social pro-democratic movements, including Falun Gong, Scientology, the Unification Movement (Moon followers), Jehovah’s Witnesses, among others. Reports suggest that members of these groups can experience trauma due to the stigmatization and dehumanization they face. 

The tactics employed by anti-cult organizations have been linked to those used by nazi in warfare, aiming to manipulate public opinion and sow hatred to certain groups deliberately labeled by them through the different means of media.

As Egon Cholakian underscores: “I draw your attention to the fact that the activities of the aforementioned anti-cult organizations using anti-democratic, totalitarian methods violate many provisions of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as: Article 1, Article 2, Article 11, Article 12, and others”

Moreover, their activities violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. 

Awareness of Diplomats is of Crucial Importance

In conclusion, it is important to note that the actions of anti-cult movements are not regulated by law or governments, which raises serious concerns. The further they proceed with their anti-democratic operations, the more they resemble pro-terrorist rhetoric. Similarities are obvious. The primary goal of terrorist acts is to destabilize the community and undermine trust in the government. Similar to the actions of anti-cult communities, aiming at dehumanizing others and deliberately turning people against a specific group, which leads to social destabilization, increased feelings of fear, instability, depression, and demoralization among the population.

Diplomats should be aware of unlawful and inhumane activities of anti-cult organizations, which undermine the fundamentals of democracy and incite worldwide destabilizations. They also need to be cautious and not succumb to any kind of prejudice, as it might have far-reaching consequences.

That being said, it is essential to point out that watching the full video by Egon Cholakian may help to grasp the full picture of who and how the general population is being manipulated through the media and gain the necessary knowledge of how not to become a victim of such manipulation.

It is also important to note that it is crucial for the entire international community to uphold the principles of human rights and ensure that all individuals, regardless of their affiliation, are treated with dignity and respect, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Oleksandra Mamchii

Working as a academic lead at Best Diplomats.

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