Religious sects may be banned for political or religious reasons. They may be thought to be subversive politically or to cause dissension from national policy. If there is a state religion or an accepted moral code the doctrines and practices of the sect may be thought to be contrary to morality.
Banned sects may include occult sects, experimental religion, and minority sects, which may be fundamentalist, exclusive or otherwise separatist. As examples, the Jehovah's Witnesses were banned from Malawi in 1967 and The Church of Scientology has been banned from several countries.