Cult Expert Calls Spiritual Group Love Has Won ‘Particularly Pernicious’
Sisters Chelsea and Tara say they fear their sister, Amy, who heads the spiritual group Love Has Won, is actually leading a “cult” and may even be mentally ill. Amy, who calls herself God, denies the accusations and says she has been called to bring peace to the planet. Watch their stories here and here.
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On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil is joined by Rick Alan Ross, CEO of Cult Education Institute and the author of Cults Inside Out, who offers his thoughts about Love Has Won.
“I think this is a particularly pernicious group,” Ross tells Dr. Phil. “This is a group that kind of operated a bait and switch online. They recruit people online, and then they bring them into a very tight-knit, cloistered kind of community in which they have control over the environment, their sleep, their work habits and so on … no matter what Amy does or says, it’s reinforced by the group as right, as God-like, and in fact, to disagree with Amy is to disagree with God.”
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Hear more from Ross in the video above. And, Dr. Phil offers his thoughts.
On Tuesday’s episode, hear from Amy and some of her devoted followers. Check here to see where you can watch.
According to media reports, “Mother God” - the spiritual leader of the group “Love Has Won” - was found dead and mummified in a mobile home in their Colorado headquarters on Wednesday, April 28. Amy Carlson, 45, reportedly had been dead for weeks, was in a sleeping bag and adorned with Christmas tree lights, glitter makeup and her eyes were missing. Seven group members have been taken into custody.