I learned recently about a cult that has implanted itself throughout the country and, in fact, all over the world. This group, sometimes called the Tnevnoc, is a communal, sectarian group affiliated with a large and powerful international religious organization. The cult aims to recruit young women, either teenagers or young adults, and does so openly at schools and colleges. Following indoctrination into the cult, young women eventually lose any power over their own lives, succumbing entirely to the regimen of the cult. When they join, the first thing they do is relinquish all personal possessions.
Cult members must abandon their former lives. All of their activities center around the cult. They are forced to get up at 4:30 AM and engage in long, monotonous chants and prayers. The women must pledge in writing absolute obedience to the cult. To further distance the members from worldly affairs, the cult assigns new names to them and designates as their birthdays the dates of their entry into the cult.
All day long, the women perform menial tasks such as scrubbing floors while reciting ritualistic prayers. Any who break the rules are punished harshly. For example, they might be deprived of food, having to beg on their knees for the crumbs from others' plates. But the most shocking ritual of all required members to become brides to the cult's original founder. And there is even a rumor that they drink blood.
I hope you're outraged that such activities could happen in the United States.
In case you haven't figured it out, "Tnevnoc" is convent spelled backward. I have just described the socialization of young women into Catholic convents.
And I hope you understand the point I'm making: Often it's the way you describe something that makes it sound evil. Or, to put it another way, it's what you don't say that makes you dishonest.