10 Arizona-Based Religions

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With the recent debate over the possible expansion of "religious freedom" laws in Arizona, it's worth noting that the state has a great deal of religious . . . creativity.

Check out 10 religions (or spiritual organizations, or sects, or in some cases, cults) that were born in Arizona:

10.) Scientology

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Not only is there a church of Scientology in Phoenix, but it all started here -- founder L. Ron Hubbard's former home at the foot of Camelback Mountain. "It was there L. Ron Hubbard authored the first basic books of Scientology . . . " according to a Scientology website. "It was also there he convened informal discussions with students attending the seven Advanced Clinical Courses and three Congresses in neighboring facilities." The first formal organization of Scientology was in Phoenix. The house/museum is no longer open to the public, but you can still drive by and see it.


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Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Steve Cook, maybe, but California beats us on weird cults. Not even close. There are also tons of cults in New Mexico. Not just an Arizona phenomena. Most are benign, but cults that basically imprison women and children (FLDS) are something that should bother everyone.

Steve Cook
Steve Cook

Like we need more proof that Arizona is a special kind of crazy.

Alice Deyling
Alice Deyling

yes Phoenix times like p date just found this thanks alice

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Looks like the Freedom of Religion is free and clear here, but if you ask a Right Wing Christian, they'll tell you the opposite LOL!

Mark E Hunt
Mark E Hunt

whoa. some are pretty out there. I'm glad we believe in what we do, right?!?

Billy Ristuccia
Billy Ristuccia

Unfortunately there are even more cults that are here in Arizona. You can add the following two cults to your list: Cult #1 - !!!Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society:!!! One based in Scottsdale but has cult members across the country and in Europe is known by a number of names. The Deer Tribe, or Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society. Created by a guy who called himself Harley Swift Deer. He recently died. This man is a known fraud in both the areas of Native American circles as well as within the martial arts world. There are members of this cult under active investigation that even work for high level positions for the city of Phoenix. There are too many websites to list that expose this man's fraudulent claims and sexual abuses. http://www.psiram.com/en/index.php/Deer_Tribe Your own website has run a story on this cult leader before! http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2002-06-13/news/sacred-orgasm/ This cult runs a fraudulent martial arts school in Scottsdale as well known as the: Ten no Kishi Dojo. Please keep your children away as well as your family members! http://www.ten-no-kishi.com/ The debunking of Swift Deer: http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50839 Cult #2 - !!!Warriorschool aka Bujinkan Yamaneko Dojo:!!! There is a similar cult run by a former military man who has been kicked out of the DEA by the name of Jeffery Prather in Tucson, Arizona. He again abuses his position as a martial arts teacher like Harley Swift Deer mentioned above and pushes a very twisted approach to native American "spiritual" practices. His cult is called "Warrior School." Because of his military credentials he could seem to be a legit kind of guy. However, he ran a large spiritual cult on DEA land, was caught, found guilty of a number of abuses, and has been removed for the DEA. Unfortunately his martial arts teacher in Japan has not kicked him out for his proven crimes. Again, there is a branch martial art school of this cult run by one of his top members Amber Meesenburg here in Scottsdale. There martial cult is known as Bujinkan Yamaneko Dojo. Amber also runs two other programs Women's FightBack and Children's Safe Kids courses through the cult Warriorschool. They use these side programs to eventually indoctrinate their members into their native American spiritual cult activities. Again, please keep your children and family members away! This cult leader operates his main school on the grounds of the U of A in Tucson. Despite the legal actions taken against this man (Jeffery Prather) the University has done nothing to remove these people from operating on their grounds. Again, man sites to get educated about this particular cult... http://warriorschool.blogspot.com/ When it comes to martial arts schools people should really do their homework first before signing their kids up for lessons. Your children and your family members might get much more then you have bargained for!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaa! ... must be the HEAT!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Typical for New Times, they forgot to mention the native american religions (e.g., O'Oodom, Dine', etc.),  In the land we now call Arizona there are a large number of Native American tribes, some represented by tribal governments - there are also many sub-religions among those tribes.  Most tribes in Arizona were NEVER conquered by the US Government and many try to live according to the ancient ways.


Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

The Faithful Word Baptist Church is classified as a "general hate" group by the SPLC. If it's "praying for death" of U.S. presidents whether current or past, and the gay people. Then it's a Satanic church preaching violence, murder and death. 


The Peyote Way Church is just another "hippie" church where it's junkie followers can get high under the disguise of "Freedom of Religion". There is nothing spiritual about this cult. This cult basically hijacked and steals ideals from actual Native American spiritualism. For the sole purpose of abusing a sacred element (substance Peyote).

pierrot.reno
pierrot.reno

yeah just like $cientology - forced abortions, suicides, disconnection, slavery, child labor, human trafficking, fraud, extorsion...

Shadow_Wolf2014
Shadow_Wolf2014

@ExpertShot Mainstream religions like those practiced by whites in Europe where the main causes of "white on white genocide",  global conflicts and societal discord (see: Irish Protestants/Catholics). And you're whining about Native American spiritualism? Then again, NAS is not the Branch Davidians nor cults that engages in apocalyptic mass suicides.


You're a real piece of work.

dlee23
dlee23

Meh, you are just another ignorant fool passing him/herself off as knowing something about these so called religions/sects/cults, etc. When you are hopelessly clueless.

The Faithful Word Baptist Church has nothing to do with modern Satanism, in fact modern Satanism is usually pro - personal responsibility.

As far as members of the peyote church being "junkies", you appear insanely stupid as junkies are junkies because they are addicted to junk aka smack aka heroin, not psychedelics, ya moron. Peyote maybe psychologically addictive but hardly physically addicted.

Besides, who are you to tell others what is spiritual or spiritually correct? I recall this issue being one of t he reasons the USA split from the uk.

And for the record, I question the intelligence of anyone involved with or believing any of these so called religions.

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