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Its chairman, N. , has made numerous media appearances, including appearances on television, in which his face and full identity were hidden from the cameras. Concerned Parents Against Cults has published its own leaflets, containing information about various new religions. The leaflets refer to est as a cult; their general level of accuracy and sophistication is rather low. N. B. has also been active in addressing letters to newspapers whenever any neutral or favorable mention was made of any of the new religions.
There is a careful screening process, and candidates for membership are asked to leave, during the six-month probationary period if they stray from Emin norms. This reinforces the 32 Despair and Deliverance feelings of members that they are the elect and they alone hold the keys to the only real knowledge about the mysteries of the universe. Nonmembers are regarded as inferior in knowledge and, because they are also electrically unclean and may contaminate members, mixing with them is not advised.
We are also open to give demonstrations in other areas, such as 'Sacred Dance,' Choir and the arts of human expressions" (The Emin Society Israel, December 1982, original in English). In the summer of 1983, the Emin Society started offering the public a variety of open activities at various locations. These included cleanups of historical sites and evenings of Israeli folk dancing. Such an evening took place on Saturday, August 13, 1983, in the largest public park in Tel Aviv. In a letter to the Commission of Inquiry investigating cults, the Emin Society spokesman stated (August 15, 1983) that the society had been engaged in volunteer activities of this kind, in an attempt to promote the values of honesty, honor, altruism, and cleanliness.