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When the Police Took Action against a Cult

Too often, officials fail to act. Citing religious freedom, adult and child protection authorities fail to recognize you can believe what you want, but you cannot commit crimes to practice that belief system.

This is an example of a case where they finally got it right. The ongoing coverage of this bizarre moment in history helps some recognize the harm done by coercive communities.

"1985 documentary update on the Rajneeshpuram in Oregon following the Baghwan and Sheela's arrest. In the early 1980s, there was a takeover of the small Eastern Oregon town of Antelope by thousands of worldwide followers of the Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The group was responsible for the largest bio-terror attack in the United States when they infused salad bars in Wasco County restaurants with salmonella. There were also assassination plots against top Oregon federal and state officials and a newspaper investigative reporter. "


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