A tragedy where seven people died during exorcisms performed by an evangelical sect is leading to a broad provision targeting “cults” in general.
After Australia, for the first time a U.S. state introduces a bill that would force priests to report information on child abuse obtained in the confessional.
The Taiwan National Tax Bureau tried to invalidate the results of its own previous open survey through suggestive phone interviews and fax response forms.
In Rostov Oblast, a cleric of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church is prosecuted as a “cult leader.”
Authorities claim that American citizens operating in the U.S. an Ahmadi Web site risk prison sentences up to 10 years.
Data show that they are the #1 target of religious intolerance worldwide. A seminar and two special journal issues explored the question why.
Survivors of sexual abuse have every right to be angry. Sometimes, however, they should consider whether they are not used again, this time to support anticult campaigns.
Both official reports and media often confuse “institutional” abuse in religious settings and abuse happening in families that happen to be religious.
Scholars, former officials, and human rights activists from several countries attended the event organized on the eve of Taiwan’s 78th Judicial Day.