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21st May '17 9:21:31 PM PaulA
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* The book ''Leaving Fishers'' by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a girl who joins a cult called Fishers of Men. Among the many other things wrong with it, one thing she finds out at the end [[spoiler:when she de-coverts]] is that the head of the cult is using their donations to support a lavish lifestyle, while making it out as though he can barely afford things. [[spoiler: The main character admits to having given the cult her college savings...]]

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* The book ''Leaving Fishers'' by Margaret Peterson Haddix Creator/MargaretPetersonHaddix is about a girl who joins a cult called Fishers of Men. Among the many other things wrong with it, one thing she finds out at the end [[spoiler:when she de-coverts]] is that the head of the cult is using their donations to support a lavish lifestyle, while making it out as though he can barely afford things. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The main character admits to having given the cult her college savings...]]
20th May '17 11:57:27 AM nombretomado
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* The usual game plan of the BigBad of the last four ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games. The most obvious example is the [[ChurchOfHappyology Fellowship]] in Britannia, but he pulls the same trick in at least three other worlds to weaken them for conquest. Where he succeeds the scam quickly metamorphoses into a ReligionOfEvil.

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* The usual game plan of the BigBad of the last four ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games. The most obvious example is the [[ChurchOfHappyology Fellowship]] in Britannia, but he pulls the same trick in at least three other worlds to weaken them for conquest. Where he succeeds the scam quickly metamorphoses into a ReligionOfEvil.
1st May '17 10:32:42 PM Fireblood
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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.

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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
1st May '17 10:31:51 PM Fireblood
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* There's a form in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. The B'Omarr Monks have a degree of scamming built into their way, though they would argue that, for example, having new initiates walk over "coals" with the belief that the faith would protect them when said "coals" are harmless is just a way to get them on the right track. The ''real'' scam, though, is run by [[spoiler: Grimpen]], who flatters interested people, rushes them through some of the rituals, and [[spoiler: removes their brains, puts ''those'' in [[BrainInAJar spider droids]], and puts the brains of criminals into their skulls]] as part of an elaborate scheme. It's resolved in part by the other monks being {{blackmail}}ed about the coals thing.

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* In Literature/TheHanSolo trilogy of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, the T'landa T'il can produce a state of complete pleasure in a person. This state of pleasure is highly addictive. Normally it is used to attract T'landa T'il females, but instead the self-appointed clergy use it to lure their victims to Ylesia. They go from planet to planet and recruit people. People who experience it and are not strong enough to resist it are drawn into it and become addicted. The pilgrims become slaves in the Ylesian spicemines. The revival is a major part of their day where the pilgrims get their daily fix. These poor slaves are completely brainwashed and can not live without their drug. The faux religion that the T'landa T'il have established is just a ploy to get free slaves and spice. The whole operation is owned by the Hutts. When the slaves are brainwashed and dependent enough they get shipped off to the spice mines of Kessel or sold as sex slaves in a brothel.
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There's a form in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. The B'Omarr Monks have a degree of scamming built into their way, though they would argue that, for example, having new initiates walk over "coals" with the belief that the faith would protect them when said "coals" are harmless is just a way to get them on the right track. The ''real'' scam, though, is run by [[spoiler: Grimpen]], who flatters interested people, rushes them through some of the rituals, and [[spoiler: removes their brains, puts ''those'' in [[BrainInAJar spider droids]], and puts the brains of criminals into their skulls]] as part of an elaborate scheme. It's resolved in part by the other monks being {{blackmail}}ed about the coals thing.
9th Apr '17 9:55:50 AM nombretomado
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2nd Apr '17 3:01:28 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Persona 3}}'', the Moon Social Link for [[FanNickname Minato]] at one point requires a "salvation fee" of 320,000 yen [[spoiler:which you don't actually have to pay.]] You can even later call out the person you share the link with.

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* In ''{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Persona3'', the Moon Social Link for [[FanNickname Minato]] at one point requires a "salvation fee" of 320,000 yen [[spoiler:which you don't actually have to pay.]] You can even later call out the person you share the link with.
26th Mar '17 6:26:22 PM TonyG
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* On ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', an aquarium that Tina frequents is about to close because they can't even pay their own taxes. After hearing that churches get tax exemptions, Louise convinces the woman who runs the aquarium to register as the Church of Aquaticism. Unfortunately, they do such a good job of convincing the IRS agent that he wants to join.
6th Feb '17 10:50:01 PM CountDorku
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* In ''Literature/{{Paratime}}'', as part of the "Home Timeline comes first" approach of Paratime users, they periodically set up fake religions to cover their exploitation. To be absolutely fair, though, the one scam religion we do see at least tries to be reasonably positive in doctrine if not in background.
26th Jan '17 11:10:41 PM PaulA
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* One stage of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'s'' plan to rebuild the Galactic Empire was to create a scam religion whose fanatical technician-priests know how to use and maintain the Foundation's LostTechnology but don't know how it works or how to recreate it. They also lend the petty kings of the surrounding regions a measure of Divine Right, but only so long as they support the Foundation. When one kingdom attempts to start a war with the Foundation the priests running their ships and infrastructure go on strike and incite riots among the devout populace.

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* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'': One stage of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'s'' Foundation's plan to rebuild the Galactic Empire was to create a scam religion whose fanatical technician-priests know how to use and maintain the Foundation's LostTechnology but don't know how it works or how to recreate it. They also lend the petty kings of the surrounding regions a measure of Divine Right, but only so long as they support the Foundation. When one kingdom attempts to start a war with the Foundation the priests running their ships and infrastructure go on strike and incite riots among the devout populace.
17th Jan '17 2:13:40 AM Emperor_Oshron
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* A Catholic priest ([[spoiler: who is actually an impostor]]) manipulates a group of hidden Christians to this end as the main plot of the ''SamuraiChamploo'' episode "Unholy Union". There's a whole scene of him showing off all the extravagant pieces of art and other items he bought for his own enjoyment using alms given to him by the actually faithful Christians, naming all of each item and how much they cost.
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