Record number of cult organisations flock to Berlin to convert “godless” locals

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According to Berlin’s Sekteninfo, a state-run platform that offers to counsel cult escapees, fundamentalist organisations are doubling down on recruitment in the capital.

In 2022 Berlin’s Sekteninfo platform, which offers guidance to people who have left or been in contact with cults operating in the city, received the highest number of requests since its inception seven years ago. In 2022 the organisation responded to 643 contacts, 100 more than in the previous year.

According to Karol Küenzlen-Zielinski, who works at the organisation, the number of help requests related to the Church of Scientology has decreased in comparison to the previous year, when ties to the one organisation dominated appeals.

Instead, more and more service users are reporting involvement with evangelical Christian bodies, extortionately expensive life-coaching services and esoteric organisations.

A far cry from pious Bavaria, for some religious groups, Berlin is viewed as a city teeming with atheists. In December 2022, the local newspaper Berliner Zeitung reported that in the city of 3,645 million, only 18.018 Berliners were still a member of the Roman Catholic or Evangelical church.

According to Küenzlen-Zielinski, the number of requests related to evangelical, Christian fundamentalist and pentecostal groups in Berlin has “risen fiercely”. Service users who have left such groups have reported an atmosphere of immense hostility towards sexual minorities as well as physical and psychological abuse.

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  1. It often turns out that the cults recruiting have leaders guilty of unethical or immoral behavior. Maybe they need to convert themselves first before preaching to others?

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