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the Center for Studies on New Religions, is an international network
of associations of scholars working in the field of new religious
movements. Its director is the Italian scholar Massimo Introvigne.
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and is working independently as a part of the international CESNUR
and human cultures are constantly being renewed and invigorated. This
Religious Movements site provides a foundation for understanding how
religious groups emerge, grow, stagnate, reinvigorate themselves,
and sometimes die. While the focus of this site is on "new" religions,
our concern with the processes of change and development leads us
to an examination of groups that are older than the major Western
monotheistic traditions, and some that are so new that they have few
members and appear to exist primarily as web sites. We also explore
groups that are not really religions, but have characteristics that
are very much like religions. Scholars typically identify them as
quasi-religions, or para-religious organizations. In addition to creating
a foundation for understanding religion, this site also seeks to promote
tolerance and appreciation of all religions without preference for
any particular faith tradition. Our goal is to create accurate and
America's founders believed religious
freedom to be the "first liberty." The content of this site is
concerned with issues of religious freedom in the U.S. and around
the world. Whether you seek information about religious freedom
in a particular nation, or are interested in theoretical and historical
issues, you will find significant resources to help you pursue
your inquiry on this site.
tolerance, we mean that everyone - Christians, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans,
and others -- should be able to follow their own religious beliefs
and practices freely. Being tolerant does not require that we accept
other beliefs as true. Religious diversity is increasing throughout
North America. We need to develop a religiously tolerant culture,
or the U.S. and Canada are headed for disaster. We believe that: Religions
are very different. Religions teach very different perceptions of
God. Some religions and their followers have committed terrible atrocities.
All religions cannot be absolutely true. This site describes both
the positive and negative aspects of religions. This site describes
dozens of faith groups, from Asatru to Christianity to Wicca to Zoroastrianism.
We cover new religious movements, including dangerous cults. We describe
ethical belief systems, like Agnosticism, Atheism and Humanism.
We are committed to providing quality, social scientific religion
research information that is helpful for religious leaders and the
House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a clear voice for democracy
and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs
and publications, Freedom House is working to advance the remarkable worldwide
expansion of political and economic freedom.
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Its object is to promote democracy, the rule of law and the rights of the
individual - man, woman and child - everywhere in the world, by every appropriate
means. Nobody carrying out a political mandate (including representing a
political party in exile) or being a cleric can be a member of the board
Forum 18 News Service www.forum18.org is a Christian web and e-mail initiative to report on threats and actions against the religious freedom of all people, whatever their religious affiliation, in an objective, truthful and timely manner. The name Forum 18 comes from Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and we are based in Oslo, Norway. We have been mainly concentrating up to now on the states of the former Soviet Union, including Belarus and Central Asia, and also have published well-received reports on Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, Cuba, Burma, China (including Xinjiang), Laos, Mongolia, North Korea, and Vietnam. Anyone may subscribe free-of-charge to the weekly news summary, or the almost daily edition, via our the website www.forum18.org.
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