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A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

Rick Ross uses Religion News Blog's Twitter feed as a source for his own efforts
To those who have contacted us: Yes, we know that ‘cult expert’ Rick Alan Ross (who is known for, among other controversies, his vicious and ongoing attacks on cult experts he disagrees with) uses Religion News Blog’s Twitter feed as a source for his own efforts which are then, apparently, posted to his Twitter stream as well.

We have some identifying measures in place which help document the copying. But in addition to those measures, there are many other indications of abuse (e.g. the timing of the posts, the amount of time between the posts, the amount of time it would take to find and post the copied material, the sources, etcetera).

Some who have reported the plagiarism to us say that “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”

Examples of plagiarism by Rick Alan Ross

We have documented that Rick Alan Ross plagiarizes Religion News Blog's Twitter stream

Two people jokingly said his behavior reminds them of a statement attributed, wrongly, to Samuel Johnson: “Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.”

Others have pointed out the hypocrisy of using a source he constantly denounces.

We ourselves find it interesting to note that someone who claims he’s never been busier in his 30 years in the field finds so much time to spend to spend on Twitter. Perhaps a lack of time leads him to violate Twitter’s rules? (It should be noted that automated posts to Twitter from other sources are still subject to Twitter’s do’s and dont’s).

Regardless, the constant copying is one of many reasons we remind people to be careful when selecting a cult expert.

There are hundreds of examples in which Rick Alan Ross copies @religionnews on his own Twitter stream

There are hundreds of examples in which Rick Alan Ross copies @religionnews on his own Twitter stream

Hint: Stay away from one-man ‘institutes’ or ‘networks’ and carefully research whether someone who declares himself an ‘expert’ is actually accepted as such by, say, the professionals associated with the International Cultic Studies Association.

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Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

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Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

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Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church. [Read more...]