Is Oprah Starting Her Own Cult?

Oprah and the Cult

I couldn’t pass this one up. I have long been a non-fan(to say the least) of Oprah’s hokey self-promoting self-centered tendencies. Below are links to a couple articles that help begin to unravel and reveal the self-contradiction that is Oprah.

Is Oprah Starting Her Own Cult?

Oprah’s ugly secret

Good Quotes From the Salon.com article:

By continuing to hawk “The Secret,” a mishmash of offensive self-help cliches, Oprah Winfrey is squandering her goodwill and influence, and preaching to the world that mammon is queen.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women in the world, and one of the most influential. Her imprimatur has helped the authors of “The Secret” sell 2 million books (and 1 million DVDs), putting it ahead of the new Harry Potter book on the Amazon bestseller list. In the time Oprah spent advertising the lies in “The Secret,” she could have been exposing them to an audience that otherwise might have believed them. So why didn’t she? If James Frey deserved to be raked over the coals for lying about how drunk he was, doesn’t Oprah deserve some scrutiny for pitching the meretricious nonsense in “The Secret”?

Oprah has a reputation for doing good — she probably has more perceived moral authority than anyone in this country — and she has done a lot of good. But in light of her zealous support of a book that says, in this time of entrenched, systemic, institutionalized poverty, this time of no-bid contracts for war profiteers and heckuva-job governance, that “you can have, be, or do anything,” isn’t it reasonable to ask about why she does what she does, and the way she does it?

Below are quotes from the Foxnews.com article:

On Monday night, Winfrey conducted her weekly Web “event” seminar with New Age writer Eckhart Tolle. His message: “Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”…Imagine that Winfrey considers her conversations with Tolle, a man with a shady and un-checkable background, more important than her schools in Africa and Mississippi for underprivileged children, more important than her Angel Charity network or her zillion-dollar syndicated TV show. Tolle must be something else!

And what’s different about the Tolle connection for Winfrey is that for the first time in her much-applauded Book Club’s history, she’s gone into business with the author. And the author is not one of a novel, memoir or cookbook; he’s the mysterious creator of a philosophy that Winfrey endorses and suggests her readers live their lives by.

What makes Oprah’s seminars even more creepy are the “study groups” she has lined up for Tolle at bookstores and other locations around the world. They’re all hooked up to the seminars through Skype, and the members can ask questions. They all have that same glazed-over look as people giving testimonials on late-night infomercials.

“I consider this to be a sacred moment when we can all come together … and share in this work,” Winfrey says at the start of seminar 6. And why not? You’ll notice that she, not Tolle, has the sole copyright on the broadcasts. Ka ching!

But don’t worry about Eckhart Tolle. His “power of now” is all about his store. All roads lead to his merchandise, which is prominently featured on his Web site and accessed from Oprah’s.

His is a costly philosophy. Books, tapes, DVDs — all of it becomes quite expensive when added up, making Tolle no different than Scientology, Kabbalah or any other shiny new religion. Tolle even sells teaching tools “for professionals” — “A Guide for the Spiritual Teacher and Health Practitioner” — even though it’s unclear what is the basis of his own educational background.

Are we supposed to take this seriously? As Tolle, himself, says to Oprah, “It’s better to laugh at madness.”

Seriously, go read the actual articles on the sites. Do it, yeah do it.

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~ by bchatcher on April 17, 2008.

5 Responses to “Is Oprah Starting Her Own Cult?”

  1. the scary thing is her personal testimony of how she can’t handle a God that is Jealous. I watched one of her “classes” on a Monday night and can I tell you… SHE IS NOT SAVED!!!! SHE HAS TOTALLY NEGATED THE CROSS… She can not handle the idea of one way to God through Christ but instead “many rivers”… Her “new spirituallity”… i was very disturbed by the whole thing because she has totally thrown out the purpose of the cross and started worshiping self and nature…totally forgetting the creator…

  2. She has scared me for a long time.

  3. All you have to do is Google Oprah and Jesus and you have hundreds of websites dedicated to trashing Oprah as a heretic. I suppose, if I was Oprah I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with Christians. I’m glad to know Oprah isn’t “saved.” What a relief that when I get to heaven she won’t crowd me while I’m hanging out with everyone who thinks exactly the same way I do.

  4. I can say with great certainty that her message is invalid. Her “gospel” is false and her statements about Christianity indicate a thin understanding and a personal syncretism that offends and scares me. I can also say that the Bible has some very strong words against false teachers. But on her being “saved” or not, I just know that deciding who goes to Heaven and Hell is above my pay grade. I’m thankful of that. I’d be crappy at it.

  5. so the issue now is judging salvation ok…i agree I am not the ultimate judge of salvation BUT funny how scripture does talk about looking at fruits of a person…and how Paul talks about if somebody preaches another gospel than the one I have preached…there has to be some sort of measure…as for people being in heaven that thank different than me…crap i know that is going to happen…because only God knows everything. All my statement comes from is looking at scripture on fruits, statements, and basically a strong warning that if somebody can negate the cross, and not stand on the truth of the cross as the only way to God then one has to be concerned…so instead of looking at what I said as disdained by the crew because they think I am judging, I am looking at if there is anything that shows fruit of the Spirit, and well, that does not contradict scripture…

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