Guess what they have in common…
Internet "terrorists," according to Introvigne,
"demonize" or "dehumanize", publish "false statements", launch "conspiracy
theories" and draw up "hit lists" of individuals, though he does kindly
add that this is not necessarily finalised to homicide. Now it is
interesting to see exactly which "terrorists" Introvigne has picked out
for his study, among the many hundreds of cult-critic sites on the Web:
Yes, that's right, you guessed what eight out of the nine sites have in common.
Introvigne tells us very little about each site, merely listing whatever seems unpleasant about each.
Greenwood is accused of distortion, gross exaggeration, racism and character assassination.
Schaefer, we are told, aims at "demonizing" Opus Dei and uses "inflammatory" speech.
We are simply advised that there is "controversy" about Scientology, but Tilman gets a page-sized paragraph for his "demonizing" of Mr Miscavige's business empire. When Introvigne wants to say something really nasty, he always has a third party say it: the fact that Tilman makes information on the US transnational corporation available to the German public "mirrors the rhetoric used by National Socialists to attack Jews", Introvigne has somebody else say.
Introvigne then moves on to Watch Unto Prayer. This site has nothing to do with any of the others, and is of course totally unknown to cult critics. The owners of this site once collected and published a good deal of primary material on the network of American right-wing politicians who pushed through the infamous "Religious Freedom Act", a project which also marginally involved CESNUR. This site once quoted us (Introvigne's typically multiplies this one-time mention of one CESNUR-critic, saying that Watch Unto Prayer is "frequently quoted in European controversies […] non-Christian anti-cultists such as Miguel Martinez have co-operated with it and expressed support").
I have no interest whatsoever in Watch
Unto Prayer's theology, and have clearly written so. Introvigne however
devotes a very long paragraph to analysing precisely this theology. His
paper explains a lot of curious things about the Archangel Michael, the
Stuart family and the Priory of Sion, whatever that may have to do with