A term used by opponents to identify religious movements they regard as malignant or dangerous. Because of its judgmental and controversial use, it was largely abandoned by the academia since the 1980s, and replaced by “new religious movement.” The same derogatory role is played in German (sekte), French (secte), Italian (setta) and Spanish (secta) by words literally translating the English “sect.” In this context each of these terms should be translated as “cult” rather than “sect,” and vice versa “cult” in English should be translated as sekte, secte, setta, secta.
Awards Offered to Snitch on Unregistered Religious Venues
To prevent members of state-run churches from joining unregistered places of worship, the government implements new repressive measures to control them.
Branded: A Woman’s 28-Year-Long Religious Persecution in China
A new film tells the story of a devotee who joined The Church of Almighty God at its beginnings. She was hunted, detained, and tortured ever since.
Farmers Told to Grow Grains to Curb China’s Likely Food Crisis
Battling growing concerns with propaganda, Chinese authorities demand farmers switch to cultivating staple foods, disregarding their needs and circumstances.
Official Catholic Church: State-Approved, Hounded Nonetheless
Joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association does not mean that persecutions end: state-sanctioned venues are also harassed, unduly controlled, and shut.