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.
Two Refugees from Xinjiang Attacked in Kazakhstan
Kaisha Akan was beaten with a heavy iron object, and Murager Alimuly stabbed, confirming that the long arm of the CCP pursues asylum seekers abroad.
Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and the Taxation of Spiritual Movements
Some reflection on the Republic of China’s Judicial Day, from the point of view of a Western scholar.
Plorec-sur-Arguenon, France: Will the Calvary Be Destroyed?
Politicians, citizens try to save the monument after a court ordered its destruction before February 5 next, upholding a claim by a secular humanist group.
Historical Hindu Temple Set on Fire in Northwest Pakistan
The Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj, the most sacred place for the Advait Mat movement, was destroyed by supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.