Most Evil Cults in History

A religious cult can be defined as a social group with unusual religious or philosophical beliefs. Some cults like Al-Qaeda or the Peoples Temple can be identified as a terrorist or destructive cult. These cults have intentionally killed or physically injured other people, or sometimes, even members of their own. Religion is one of the most important things in life, but is also one of the most dangerous, and many of these cults have given religion a bad name. Take the Ku Klux Klan for example. They're a white supremacist terrorist group who hates black people. Most Christians are not like that. Don't let the KKK or Fred Phelps and his small group of followers at Westboro (not a cult, just an extreme church) define Christianity for you. Most Christians are against the two. This was probably the most difficult list for me to make, It's been a while since I've made a list, but I like to take my time to come up with good ideas and do some research. That's why I don't publish lists very often on TheTopTens.

The Top Ten Most Evil Cults in History

1 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Like Al-Qaeda, ISIS is an Islamic terrorist cult. They may be even worse than Hitler. - shadomatrix

Even though ISIS lost all of it’s territory, their existence still stands as of 10/2/2019. They have caused attacks on many places around the world, made the ongoing Syrian Civil War take a worse turn, and killed a lot of people. Let’s not forget about that. - JoeBoi

2 Al-Qaeda

The Islamic terrorist cult that did 9/11. I think we can all agree they are the worst. - shadomatrix

Responsible for killing 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks. That’s what makes them infamous. - JoeBoi

3 The Ku Klux Klan

White supremacy at it's finest. These so-called "Christians" have killed and tortured thousands of black people and Jews. They aren't the most sinister people but they're the ones that give Republicans a bad name. - shadomatrix

Yeah but they were at there worst in the late 1800s and the early to mid 1900s now they are a shell of there former self as soon as the media stops reporting on them they will eventually drift away - RawIsgore

Well, the reconstruction-period Klan targeted and lynched blacks, but unlike that Klan, the 1920s one also targeted and killed Jews, gays, immigrants, and even Catholics. The present day Klan isn’t any better than the other ones. - JoeBoi

4 Order of The Solar Temple

The Temple of Mass Murders in several countries including France, Switzerland, and Canada, all for their satanic "rituals" makes this one of the most evil religious groups of all time. They even killed an innocent 3-month-old infant once because they thought he was the Antichrist. - shadomatrix

5 Nazis

Should be number one! They have started ww2 which killed more than all the other cults on the list combined. - Votebotingsucks

Apparently they are. Not to mention they Hate Jews, 'gypsies' (Romanies and Sinti), Soviet prisoners of war, Communists, liberals, other political dissidents, incurables, Jehovah's Witnesses and homosexuals. So Pretty much, They're Pretty much the 20th Century Equivalent to both AQ, and ISIS. Not to mention that AQ and the Nazis had their own Evil Ruler. - Rainbowkid38

6 The Peoples Temple

This religious/socialist cult was led by an evil man named Jim Jones who orchestrated a mass suicide of all 900+ of his followers, many of which were children. They all drank Kool-aid filled with cyanide, and they all died. Truly a doomsday cult. - shadomatrix

The leader of this cult, named Jim Jones, laced kool-aid with cynaide and forced all the members of his cult to drink it so they could die. Jim Jones is responsible for the deaths of 900 people in that murder. - JoeBoi

7 Children of God/The Family International

They thought Pedophilia was "natural" and "right". They truly were sick and disgusting. - shadomatrix

Wait, they supported pedophilia? - DarkBoi-X

8 Branch Davidians

This cult was led by David Koresh, a false "final" prophet and child abuser. The FBI eventually found them and tried to force them out of their base. The building caught fire and Koresh along with 79 of his followers died. - shadomatrix

False Prophet and Child Abuse... Sounds Familiar? - Rainbowkid38

Worst - DenyYourMaker

9 Heaven's Gate

They believed in UFOs and killed themselves just so they could reach "another level". - shadomatrix

Their beliefs are so hilarious 😆😆 - Ananya

10 The Church of Euthanasia

Not truly evil, but very extreme. Their slogans include "Save the Planet, Kill Yourself" and "Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus". Not even Westboro could compete with them. - shadomatrix

That sounds like something PETA would say if they were to create a church. - IceFoxPlayz

The Contenders

11 The Manson Family
12 Church of Scientology

Can't tell if they're an actual church or a for-profit business. Either way, many unusual deaths have been linked to this cult. - shadomatrix

13 Aum Shinrikyo
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