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
1 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Even though ISIS lost all of its territory, their existence still stands as of October 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.

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

2 Nazis

Apparently, they are. Not to mention they hate Jews, 'gypsies' (Romanies and Sinti), Soviet prisoners of war, Communists, liberals, other political dissidents, the incurably ill, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals. They are pretty much the 20th-century equivalent of both Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Not to mention that Al-Qaeda and the Nazis each had their own evil ruler.

Should be number one! They started World War II, which killed more than all the other cults on the list combined.

3 Al-Qaeda

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

The Islamic terrorist cult that carried out 9/11. I think we can all agree they are the worst.

4 Heaven's Gate
5 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 whom were children. They all drank Kool-Aid filled with cyanide, and they all died. Truly a doomsday cult.

The leader of this cult, Jim Jones, laced Kool-Aid with cyanide and forced all the members of his cult to drink it, resulting in their deaths. Jim Jones is responsible for the deaths of 900 people in that mass murder.

6 Children of God/The Family International

They thought pedophilia was "natural" and "right." They truly were sick and disgusting.

Wait, they supported pedophilia?

7 The Church of Euthanasia
8 The Ku Klux Klan

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.

White supremacy at its 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.

9 The Manson Family
10 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.

The Contenders
11 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.

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.

13 Aum Shinrikyo
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