A religious group that (a) has been established at a comparatively recent date (although some include groups founded in the 19th century) and (b) significantly diverges for its beliefs and practices from the oldest, traditional, “mainline” religions with which it coexists in a given geographical area.
Deprogramming in Japan: Damages Awarded in Unification Church Case
Japanese judges confirm that kidnapping and detaining believers for the purpose of coercively “de-converting” them is a crime.
Pakistan Threatens to Prosecute Blasphemy Committed Abroad
Authorities claim that American citizens operating in the U.S. an Ahmadi Web site risk prison sentences up to 10 years.
Panama: Anti-Cult Amendment to Criminal Code Introduced
A tragedy where seven people died during exorcisms performed by an evangelical sect is leading to a broad provision targeting “cults” in general.
French Law on “Republican Principles”: What if It Would Promote More Freedom of Religion?
A new “White Paper” by Frédéric-Jérôme Pansier, Willy Fautré, and Massimo Introvigne, asks to use the law to modernize the French definition of religion.