Gothamist interviews Rick Ross, cult expert and head of the Rick Ross Institute For The Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements. In it he dispells some myths about cults.
“Not all cults are religious, visibly strange and/or have compounds where members live together in a restricted community. Some so-called “cults” may be benign. Wicca, witches and Satanists are often portrayed as “destructive cults” largely by those who don’t appreciate their beliefs. However, most if not all of the stories about the allegedly evil acts of these groups or movements have proven to be little more than urban myths.”