Cult Group Controversies: Introduction

Established religions have always viewed new religions with suspicion. Not infrequently, they have labeled new religions as doctrinally heretical and socially dangerous.

While the past fifty years has witnessed a growing acceptance of the principle of "universal human rights," this same period has ironically witnessed steady growth in opposition to new religions. Secularly grounded opposition has been added to traditional religious opposition.

This segment of the Religious Movements Page examines the issues and organizations that fuel the "cult controversies." The Religious Movements page is under active expansion and revision.

In addition to the topics indexed to the right and below, we invite you to examine the Controversial "Cult" Task Force proceedings in the State of Maryland. Over 95 documents from the proceedings have been archivered here.
J.K. Hadden (02/11/22)

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