future topics coming soon regarding our SM viewpoints (I doubt I can get to the last few topics without turning to FMR):
1. Vegetarianism – is it an effective, practical mean to ending global warming?
2. Animal protection – blatant discrimination against lesser life forms (a.k.a. life forms without fur).
3. Karma – cause and effect, correlation, or pulled out of uh, thin air?
5. Demise of the Martians
The very first thing I noticed about this website is the low-key names of their websites: “SupremeMasterTV”, “GodsDirectContact”. Typically these send up red flags indicating a cult, as true unbiased websites usually do not assume authoritative names. However nothing is clear until examined critically, so I press on.
First stop, background check. Read what the organization is all about. I find this official release:
It is difficult to finish as it seems to be an unending parade of flagrant flaunting of donations, seemingly for the primary purpose of publicity and photo opportunity.
Most charities and religious organizations devote the vast majority of the press literature to advancing their cause, not touting how much money they have given and how many pictures were taken with leaders. This alone does not make it illegitimate, but it shows where their priories are.
The “Supreme Master” title is apparently self titled as there is certainly no academic or official organization authorized to grant such a title. For a supposedly simple spiritual leader, at 60 years old she sports a head of blond hair that either came from excessive spiritual enlightenment resulting in hair enlightenment, or more likely, from fashionably bleaching it blond. She also apparently designs and sells an expensive clothing line, questionable paintings, lighting hardware, and trinkets. The site seems to focus quite excessively on the personal appearance of a charismatic leader.
There is no mention of the nature of the organization (registered corporation? non-profit? religious?) nor the source of the funds, so I do some quick due diligence and find:
It does seem that the self-proclaimed prophet is willing to splash funds of unknown source (merchandise of THAT quality is unlikely to generate that kind of cash). Apparently according to the Metro reporter, the followers cough up more dough than they can afford after indoctrination.
So far the cult meter reading is pretty high. However even if this were to be a cult, it doesn’t mean that the message is invalid. For that, I will pick a few topics to elaborate upon in future blog postings. There is a wealth of blatantly incorrect, unsubstantiated, misleading, and outright fraudulent material here, mixed in with some correct and factual information.