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The New Heretics of France – Minority Religions, la Republique, and the Government-Sponsored ''War on Sects'' - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The New Heretics of France: Minority Religions, la Republique, and the Government-Sponsored ''War on Sects''

Susan Palmer


Since the Age of Enlightenment, France has upheld clear constitutional guidelines that protect human rights and religious freedom. Today, however, intolerant attitudes and discriminatory practices towards unconventional faiths have become acceptable and even institutionalized in public life. This book offers an examination of France's most stigmatized new religions, or sects, and the public management of religious and philosophical minorities by the state. The book tracks the mounting government-sponsored anticult movement in the wake of the shocking mass suicides of the Solar Temple in 1994, ... More

Keywords: Age of Enlightenment, France, human rights, religious freedom, public life, sectes, anticult movement, Solar Temple, the Church of Scientology, Raelian Movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Palmer, author
Dawson College