Persecuting religious sects

Threatening existence of sects

It is by no means clear what comprises a cult or a sect. The definition of a cult or a sect is in the eye of the beholder (and that eye, when it belongs to a 'normal' modern person, often designates in advance a sect as a frightening, absurd and dangerous group, which is almost certainly a prejudice). When we define a sect as a religious, high demanding group, in which by authoritarian leadership a strict and 'strange' doctrine is taught, the number of that kind of groups in Western Europe is not high. Neither is the number of adherents. Even if one thinks of 'new religious movements' and if one includes self-development groups and small congregations in mainstream religion, the total number for e.g. Great Britain does not exceed the 1000. Recent figures on the membership of sects in Germany, for instance, are (2004): 350 devotees for ISKCON (Hare Krishna), 500 for the Divine Light Mission, 600 for the Unification Church, 20 for the Family. Even the 5000 'members' of the Church of Scientology do not form an impressive number.

Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality