Long ago, I decided to avoid using the word “cult” because I could not think of a non-indexical way of distinguishing between cults and “real” religions, and as I am benignly tolerant of real religions that mind their own business, I extended the tolerance outward to encompass all sorts of things, just to avoid difficult questions of definition. I’ve even found myself more tolerant than I would otherwise be toward all sorts of things, once some opponent of them calls them a cult.
But I’ve since had a thought. How can you tell the difference between a religion and a cult? Religions own hospitals. Cults don’t.