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The State and New Religious Movements

Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel 115 (Shai Feraro and James R. Lewis eds., 2017)

18 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2017  

Masua Sagiv

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Law Faculty

Date Written: November 8, 2017

Abstract

The chapter will discuss the attitudes the State of Israel maintains towards New Religious Movements (NRMs) through the actions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. It will show that, governmental attempts to control the activity of NRMs notwithstanding, under the current legal framework NRMs are not seen as a threatening phenomenon that is worth of the state's special treatment.

The chapter begins by outlining governmental attempts to control the activity of NRMs by inter-ministerial reports. It then examines existing legislation and proposed Bills involving NRMs or their members. Finally, the chapter describes the judiciary's approach towards NRMs, as reflected in selected constitutional and criminal law cases from the last ten years.

Keywords: New Religious Movements and Law

Suggested Citation

Sagiv, Masua, The State and New Religious Movements (November 8, 2017). Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel 115 (Shai Feraro and James R. Lewis eds., 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3067288

Masua Sagiv (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Law Faculty ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

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