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The Ku Klux Klan.

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A cult is a type of religious organization that stands apart from the larger society. These groups often have a charismatic leader and they create their own radical beliefs. A cult that is very widespread in the United States and claims to be largely apparent throughout the world is the Ku Klux Klan or the "KKK". The Ku Klux Klan is a cult that claims to be promoters of white Christian civilization. The original Ku Klux Klan was organized to oppose the Reconstruction policies of the radical Republican Congress and to maintain white supremacy. After the Civil War, when local government in the South was weak or nonexistent and there were fears of black outrages, informal armed patrols were formed in almost all communities. The KKK was organized at Pulaski, Tenn., in May 1866. Its strange disguises, silent parades, midnight rides, mysterious language and commands, were useful in playing upon fears and superstitions. ...read more.

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The most notable of these were Mississippi's White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, led by Robert Shelton. The newly revived Klan groups were responsible for violent attacks against blacks and civil-rights workers in cities throughout the South. In spite of its efforts, the new Klan was not strong, and by the end of the decade its power and membership had declined to practically nothing. Although a resurgence of support for the Klan was manifest in the surprising popularity in the early 1990s of David Duke of Louisiana, actual membership in Klan organizations is estimated to be in the low thousands. The Klan's beliefs are: * The White Race is the irreplaceable hub of our nation, our faith and the high levels of western culture and technology. * America should always be first before any alien influences or interest. * The Constitution, as originally written and intended, is the finest system of government ever conceived by man. ...read more.

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Furthermore, early incarnations of Robb's site reprinted the "Franklin Prophecy," a vile, anti-Semitic speech falsely attributed to Benjamin Franklin." The Klan claims to follow a form of Christianity and they say they are needed because history repeats itself. They make themselves appear greater than what they are by distorting and fictionalizing their past and comparing themselves to other religions and associating themselves with famous, well-respected people. The Ku Klux Klan is very easily labeled a cult because they have had very many charismatic leaders, they create their own radical beliefs and they have an "us vs. them mentality". The Klan has been present in the United States for over 130 years and has maintained itself throughout many ups and downs. Based on the facts that ignorance and racial discrimination is a part of our society and will always be present in the United States, I think that the Ku Klux Klan will always exist in the United States in one way, shape or form. ...read more.

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