Should governments penalize cults that encourage destruction of family ties?
Certain cults teach that it's loving discipline to engage in shunning if a member does not do what is expected. While freedom of religion and belief is important, when teachings are psychologically damaging to familial relationships and cross reasonable boundaries should steps be taken to protect people?
Certainly not by the government. As we've seen time after time in every region of private life onto which we have allowed it to trespass, once permitted through any clear boundary it knows no limits.
The government should protect us from invading nations and provide roads. It is hard to imagine what other real function they should have .... but certainly they have no business interfering with individual families and beliefs. IMO.
Teaching should be done at home where parents should educate children of the dangers aspect of cults.
From my years of growing up and meeting with many different encounters, I sincerely believe that parents can put in a better effort to talk with their children about lives and their encounters. With parents past experiences to convey, I do believe children will understand of what are dangerous and not to be involved with.
It is always important for parents to play a part in their children's lives as they are growing up and learning new things. Parents should act a role as friend to guide.
my general POV is "freedom of religion" should not be "100% unlimited"-- if it's truly harmful to someone, the government/law SHOULD intervene. religions that teach beating children, withholding lifesaving medical treatment, etc.
however, I have no idea what the government/law could actually do in situations like shunning-- religious or otherwise.
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