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One might take the view that society should be tolerant to any religion so long as it conforms to our laws and written constitution At first glance this statement seems as fit an answer as possible to the question of societal limits to religious tolerance Unofrtunately if one were to consider the matter with more caution one would eventually see that the statement could only be part of a greater answer It is without a consideration of some of the elements which constitute cults as well as other factors that one would falter in devising a definitive answer to the question Certain followings or faiths which claim to be religions that are prevalent today are in actuality forms of cults Although most of the practices and elements common to cults are legal they are at best suspect The following should constitute the line of telerance society should not cross Firstly what distinguishes cults from religions is the manner in which they operate Cults are designed with a view of insulating the individual from the rest of society Once a member of a cult in most cases the individual is removed of most if not all of their personal autonomy Most decisions are made by the cult leader access to the outside world is often denied and all information about the outside world is distorted by the leader These types of operations should be intolerable by society Second there should be no tolerance for religions that espouse any form of sacrifice be it human or animal Although historically these practices were more or less prevalent and accepted there certainly is no place for them in modern times Lastly there should be a limit of religious tolerance with regards to the manner in which some display their beliefs Individuals in society should not be subject toa ny violence or restriction of freedom as a consequence
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