Does the Government need to start regulating and monitoring new Churches that behave like Cults?
In the news recently, two brothers were savagely beaten and one died due to his injuries in an upstate NY church. They were beaten so they would confess their sins.
It was not one of the recognized Christian denominations and seemed to be private. in fact, the catholic priest next door, stated that they didn't welcome newcomers. Is that a sign of trouble and should they be monitored by state child welfare workers for possible abuse?
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cultli … ar-AAfwRJ0
According to the First Amendment to our Constitution, government is barred from making any laws regarding churches or religion.
But there are laws against beating your kids and killing them which these parents and others were arrested for.
This is why churches are not allowed to make our laws. If so, then some religions would have us killing 'witches' and 'homosexuals' among other so-called sins.
But it goes both ways. Religious people are allowed to BELIEVE whatever they want to, but they MUST obey the secular laws of this country just like any other citizen.
Religion has no place in the justice system that oversees all religious and non-religious people.
Our country is founded on "government FOR the people and BY the people" It was NOT founded on 'Christianity' or ANY religion.
This country was founded on Freedom from religious tyranny.
There are many people who cannot distinguish good from evil. They are weak minded,depressed and directionless and are looking for guidance in their lives.
Should they have some protection against unscrupulous religious organizations?
That is why we have "social services", child protection agencies, and other public and private groups. Unfortunately, no one can predict criimes before they happen.
I remember coming across that article a few days ago. It sure gives Christianity a bad name, doesn't it?
Because the US as we know it was founded by people who were persecuted for their beliefs, we tend to shrink in horror from regulating religion. As a result, we are free to practice any weird religion we wish, but no law protects us against cults. We can even throw away our future if we want to, just like my niece did when she dropped out of high school. However, we are not free from the consequences of our choices (the cult isn't helping her now!). When cult practices break the law, they should be punished like any other criminal. They may see it as "persecution", but if they don't like it, they can establish their own country on some desert island!
I think the best we can do as Christians is to continue to renounce cults and all forms of false doctrine. I think it would be more helpful for Pastors to address the issues of cults and warn their flocks of the dangers they cause.
Also for parents and maybe even teachers to explain to their children that cults are dangerous and hurtful.
I think these might be more effective than government regulation.
Because Christianity lends itself so well to cults, many Americans have a hard time understanding what a cult is. A cult is a mind control medium. They lead people into doing things that defy logic regarding positive living. Suspect NE such religion!
True. Especially since many do not see any difference between popular religions and cults. I would like to see more studies on cults. I applaud those who escape cults and come forward to teach and warn others.
I was in a cult once. I'm still trying to understand what happened, and why I made the choices I did. That's why I wrote about the world's 10 most practiced religions. I found that helped my understanding a lot.
I grew up in a very cult-like family environment, also the denomination I was a part of was borderline cult. I don't think you can see until you leave.
by Jack Lee 20 months ago
In discussion here on hubpages, we hear some accuses religion people of being judgemental and more over accuses religious people of forcing their believes and policies on the American people through laws...That is not the religion or people I know. Where is this disconnect coming from?Could it be...
by arthriticknee 9 years ago
There is no Atheist text.This ensures Atheists can't manipulate the ambiguous writings from 2,000 - 3,000 years ago to justify their actions.As far as I am aware, no one has committed mass murder in there name of there being no God.The vast majority of modern religions have had countless atrocities...
by Eric Graudins 9 years ago
It's going to be hard for me to write objectively about this, but I'll try.I've recently seen a documentary about the child witches in Nigeria. I think it's just about the most terrifying and horrendous thing I've ever seen.The diagnosis and labelling of a child as a witch is pretty simple.If...
by Castlepaloma 7 years ago
Most predominate religious countries are more war like, yet Religions claim they have the higher moral grounds. USA has 5% of the world population in which is 85% Religious and they have 50% of the world’s military budget. Nuclear war is the greatest threat to mankind and the USA has enough to...
by Marc Lee 2 years ago
Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious, and what do you see as the difference?
by Jacqui 3 years ago
Why is it assumed that Morals are dictated by Religion? Doesn't that scare you?It is mentioned a lot that Morals are dictated by Religion, and the inference (or the direct statement occasionally) is that therefore Atheists are immoral. What makes people think this? I'm curious. Has anyone...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|