Shadow To Light

Many people who have interacted with Gnu atheists have noticed a certain cult-like behavior among many Gnus.  To better assess this, let’s use a check off list from Lalich and Langone’s Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups.  I’ll score each characteristic, as it applies to Gnu atheists, as No Fit, Weak Fit, Good Fit, and Excellent Fit.  Keep in mind, these are my own perceptions rooted in my own experience.  Whether or not my analysis rings true to you is up to you.

Let’s get started.

The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

I’d say this is a Good Fit.  The Gnus have no Jim Jones-like leader, but they do have a set of leaders called the Four Horsemen.  In addition to the Four, there are several…

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