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New nontraditional spiritual pursuits are the main most probably teams to offend mainstream tradition and the least prone to have representatives in govt to make sure that their liberty is safe. those new non secular routine are often ostracized and topic to varied types of discrimination. As the US turns into extra more and more pluralistic, with a growing number of teams contributing to the nation's non secular mosaic, new spiritual events may perhaps play an expanding function during non secular liberty in the USA, simply as teams reminiscent of the Jehovah's Witnesses did previously. This publication explores the issues and percentages posed by means of new spiritual hobbies for non secular liberty in the US.

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New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America

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The movement was Pentecostal and members spoke in tongues, although that is hardly worth noting. But those kinds of theological and biblical ideas, while mildly unconventional, do not seem to justify the outpouring of opposition that The Way experienced. After all, denial of the Trinity occurs in quite a few bodies of Christians, the most numerous of them, like the Way, of a Pentecostal persuasion. It may not matter much any longer, since the Way seems to be in serious decline following a good deal of internal turmoil that began in the 1980s.

Violations of religious liberty for members) take longer to receive attention by state prosecutors. Hence the task of defending any NRM or its members often falls to private attorneys in civil suits where both NRM and ACM advocates argue over such issues as NRM members’ “mental stability,” NRMs’ alleged deceptive fundraising, and so forth. In other words, defending the religious freedoms of unconventional groups is often left to private individuals and groups, not government. 42 The Cult Awareness Network Religious pluralism, therefore, sets the context for groups like CAN to emerge and operate.

The general condition of the financial records is deplorable. Documents are not in chronological order or in keeping with standard bookkeeping practice, making tracking a monumental feat. There are substantial gaps and pertinent items, statements, canceled checks, audits, and so forth that are missing. The list is significant. There are no itemized journals or ledgers of income or expenditures (standard accrual accounting), merely sporadic incomplete lists. The financial records are highly questionable and are at best professionally sloppy.

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