Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) …

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated. What cultural and historical circumstances allowed Shoko Asahara to gain power in Japan? How did he persuade people to follow him and stay in Aum Shinrikyo? How does this relate to the Diane Benscoter’s experience as a member of the Unification Church (aka Moonies)? After leaving the Moonies, was Benscoter’s role as a deprogrammer different from the role of a religious specialist who indoctrinates followers into a particular belief system? Why or why not? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. If possible, choose one post that feels that there should be strict government regulation of fringe religious groups and another that favors more religious freedom.