This is what a cult is, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary:
So let’s examine the facts:
Well, Hoaxteaders are certainly “a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices”.
They are definitely “regarded by others” – by most, in fact – “as strange”.
They certainly “impose excessive control over their members”, as we have seen with Saskia Whitfield, Dave Conaghan and others who have tried to distance themselves from the group and from that poor couple who dared to remove their names from the petition and faced an avalanche of harassment and intimidation from Sabine et al. And if you want to see obsessive control freaks, look no further than Abe, Ella, Christine, Neelu, Jacqui, Angela and the aforementioned Sabine. Just read their blogs or watch their videos for confirmation of that.
As for “a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing”, look no further than their bizarre obsessions with tattoos, genitals, child porn, skulls and baby blood. And as Judge Paulfrey’s report stated, “All the signs are that those responsible for posting material derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from attracting interest to their spiteful work from many thousands of people. It’s akin to the sensation, I imagine, of a Facebook user receiving an indication that some posting or other has been ‘liked’.”
And bashing the good folk of Hampstead has most definitely become “popular and fashionable among a particular group or section of society” (i.e. Hoaxteaders).
So are Hoaxteaders a cult? You decide.