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
Date Written: November 8, 2017
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
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