Sects: the seemingly legally
The activities of sects have very often a semblance of legality. Typical clerk holds up a law and it is very difficult to distinguish him as far as in cases of sects that right is violated – said Tom Sackville.
Sects: the seemingly legally
HENRY PRZONDZIONO / GN AGENCY
Silesian Centre for Information on Sects
Under the auspices of the European Federation of Centres for. Research and Information on Sects (FECARIS) 7 May in Warsaw held an international conference on the problems of sects. The meeting Fri. “Systemic abuse in cults: testimonies and evidence” was attended by approx. 150 people, including representatives of European countries, the United States and Canada.
Tom Sackville represents the British association of FECRIS The Family Survival Trust (Families who survived the sect). The conservative politician and former Minister of Health in the UK noted that low interest governing the issue of sects, primarily due to the ignorance of politicians. Sackville admitted that only the governments of the three countries support the activities of FECRIS-in and understand the seriousness of the situation: France, Belgium and Austria. – In the democratic countries respect the human rights and at the same time respect the rights of individuals. And we know that all totalitarian sects are, so they want their influences to embrace the whole person. The governments of these countries that understand and care about the interests of the unit – said the caller KAI. Tom Sackville acknowledged that cooperation can also count on the Russian side, though he added that Russia is not fully democratic state.
Lack of support for the activities of FECRIS from the authorities of other countries is also due to the fact that the sect use democratic legislation, citing human rights, eg. To religious freedom. “Activities sects have very often a semblance of legality. Typical clerk holds up a law and it is very difficult to distinguish him as far as in cases of sects that right is violated, “- said the President of FECRIS. Tom Sackville added that many ministers feel they are more important things than the activities of sects. Even mentioned the issue of immigration, drugs, or any crime.
Pointing out how to distinguish a sect of religion, Sackville said that one of the main principles of this first evacuation of children from their families. – The criterion in assessing whether the group is a cult is its impact on young people. In this way, the sect is doing great harm to whole families. Their leaders use religion for their own purposes, while the true religion, like Catholicism, teaches people not only believe in God, but also points to doing good things and leaves human freedom. Meanwhile, the sect impact on the psyche, for example. Conducive to sexual exploitation of children, forced into prostitution, or attract money for themselves.
Sackville said that in Europe the sect’s most began to spread in the 90s of the twentieth century. When asked about what was the cause, the caller KAI pointed to a reduction in influence of the Church. “The weakening of religious life contributed to the fact that people have started to feel the emptiness. But man needs spiritual experience. And that’s what leaders have used sects, proposing to fill this void, “- stressed the president of FECRIS.
European Federation of Centres for. Research and Information on Sects was founded in France in 1994. This international organization brings together organizations from 40 countries that work to prevent the activity of sects. Polish representative in FECRIS is the Movement for the Defence Family and the Individual. Since 2010 FECRIS is a party to the Forum on the Rights of the European Union.