This post originally appeared in VICE UK
Cults will always be associated with the big names. Your David Koreshes, your Jim Joneses, your Charlie Mansons—the guys you’ll have seen hogging half the Netflix documentary section like they’re the only megalomanic sociopaths to ever grace a fortified compound. But there are plenty of other, more humble, groups out there still suckering people in and fleecing them for all they’re worth.
Ian Haworth, an ex-cult member, has been running the UK-based Cult Information Centre since 1987. There, he and his team provide information, guidance, and assistance to those who want to leave a cult, those who have already left one, and to concerned friends and families. I caught up with him recently to get an insight into how a modern-day cult operates. Continue reading
I worked for 20 years to get the City of Louisville to honor my friend Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
It finally happened. GonzoFest 2014 was 6 days 6 nights 17 venues, early April, This was the 4th GonzoFest I helped produce with my longtime friend Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench, Gonzo Headquarters.
The City of Louisville came on board for GonzoFest 2014. Mayor Greg Fischer presented me with an official proclamation renaming Louisville to Hunter’s Gonzoville. Continue reading
By: Kidman J. Williams
Human cruelty and special needs has come to an all time high in (you might think I’m going to say Florida) Michigan. Close enough right? The Michigan House passed a “license to hate” bill, just one day after stalling a proposal to add gay rights protection to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law because of a dispute over including transgender state residents. This new “hate license” could give the right to refuse service to anyone of the LGBT community IF it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
The Low Down
This very broadly written piece of shit…legislation known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act , could very well allow an EMT to refuse emergency treatment to an LGBT person, a pharmacist to refuse to refill medications, not to mention restaurants being able to say no; all because God says that gays should be put to death. It should be noted that God did also state that you should “love thy brother” and He is the only who can pass judgment. Religious fools always seem to forget the rules that don’t serve their twisted causes Continue reading
By: Kidman J. Williams
In light of the holiday season, Illinois politicians are willing to give residents a new law that they slipped through as a surprise during the battle for a higher minimum wage. It seems that these little fat pigs decided that it was fine to pass a law against recording police officers on the street.
Earlier in the year the Illinois Supreme Court stopped the eavesdropping law because of just how unconstitutional it was. Well, Illinois with all of their wonderfully ego driven politics decided, “Hey, why don’t we amend this and shoot it right back through the backdoor. Continue reading
BOSTON — A federal appeals court has rejected a petition by anti-gay activist Scott Lively to dismiss a complaint that alleges he violated U.S. law by influencing the laws of a foreign country.
In a first-of-its-kind case, advocacy organizations Sexual Minorities of Uganda(SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against Lively in 2012, charging him for “crimes against humanity” and for “helping spread propaganda and violence” in Uganda. Continue reading