Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths by James T. Richardson, François Bellanger

By James T. Richardson, François Bellanger

New non secular events (NRMs) and different minority faiths have frequently been the point of interest of felony circumstances worldwide in contemporary many years. this can be the 1st e-book to target very important elements of the connection of smaller faiths to the societies within which they functionality by utilizing particular criminal situations to envision social regulate efforts. The felony situations contain crew leaders, a teams' practices or alleged abuses opposed to contributors and youngsters within the workforce, criminal activities introduced by way of former individuals or 3rd events, assaults opposed to such teams by way of outsiders together with even governments, and libel and slander activities introduced through non secular teams as they search to shield themselves. those situations are often milestones within the relation among country specialists and non secular teams. Exploring situations in several components of the realm, and assessing the occasions inflicting such circumstances and their outcomes, this ebook bargains a pragmatic perception for knowing the family of NRMs and different minority religions and the legislation from the point of view of criminal situations. Chapters concentrate on criminal, political, and social implications. together with contributions from students, criminal practitioners, genuine or former contributors, and gurus concerned about such instances from a variety of jurisdictions, this e-book provides an goal method of figuring out why such a lot of felony activities have concerned NRMs and different minority faiths lately in western societies, and the implications of these activities for the society and the non secular workforce in addition.

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4314 of December 2, 1996, case number RG 1315/95. 36 Legal Cases, New Religious Movements, and Minority Faiths Corte d’Appello di Milano (Court of Appeal of Milan). 2000. In re Bandera and others. Sezione I Penale (First Criminal Section), decision no. 14780 of October 5, 2000, case number RG 4291/1997. Corte di Cassazione (Supreme Court of Cassation). 1995. In re Segalla and others. Sezione II Penale (Second Criminal Section), decision no. 163 of February 9, 1995, case number RG 30971/1994. Corte di Cassazione (Supreme Court of Cassation).

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In his article Judges Shouldn’t Judge Sins, Argentine journalist and human rights specialist Ruiz Nuñez deemed the Appeals Court resolution in favour of Family members a ‘valuable judicial tool, reaffirming respect for minorities and rebuffing the use of the penal system to persecute such groups’. He also warned that ‘the penal code is not a book of catechism and sin is not synonymous with crime. To confuse the boundaries of these areas and to meddle with the application of these standards is not only unacceptable, but is socially dangerous’ (Ruiz Nuñez 1993).

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