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Regulating religious diversification: a legal perspective

Cranmer, Frank and Sandberg, Russell ORCID: 2022. Regulating religious diversification: a legal perspective. Barker, Eileen and Singler, Beth, eds. Radical Changes in Minority Religions, London: Routledge, p. 135.

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This chapter explores how English and Scots law deal with New Religious Movements and religious schisms within them and within more traditional religions. It contends that, although the law in both jurisdictions is supposed to protect a right to manifest religion or belief in any form, in reality the courts are at times reluctant to recognise new forms of religiosity or doctrinal developments. In particular, although legal provisions are protected as individual rights, the courts readily assume a direct link between creedal belief and behaviour, failing to protect those who profess membership of a religion but adhere to a personalised interpretation of that religion and so feel themselves to be bound to manifestations that are not common within that religion as a whole.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415786706
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2022 08:12

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