Religion: To Another Planet--and Back

Cynthia Slaughter was 24, not long out of the University of Texas at Austin, when she fell under the sway of the Moon cult. After two months, she was deprogrammed by Ted Patrick last September, and now frequently speaks out against Moon. She wrote this account of her experience for TIME:

A blind advertisement in the Denver Post read: "Sincere, conscientious person interested in the betterment of mankind call this number..." Out of curiosity I called, and the young woman who answered explained that she worked for an organization similar to the Peace Corps that operated out of a community center in...