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Ordo Templi Orientis

Suit Over “Pedophile Cult” Allegation
The Ordo Templi Orientis, a secretive international society, has sued Melbourne psychologist Reina Michaelson, an anti-child abuse activist, over her internet assertion that OTO is a pedophile cult that practices satanic rituals that included animal and child sacrifices. An OTO spokesman said: “What is contained on the website could incite hatred and lead to violence against members of the OTO.” Michaelson says that OTO beliefs, expressed in its Book of Laws, “are not lawful religious beliefs.”[csr 4.2 2005]

OTO, founded in Germany in 1902 and devoted to the religion of Thalema as taught by the [late] occultist and mystic Aleister Crowley, does not actively recruit or advertise. (Kate Uebergang, Melbourne Herald Sun, Internet, 5/31/05) [csr 4.2 2005]