We also have a page containing links to information on several hundred other groups: Miscellaneous Groups.
Groups vary significantly and different persons will respond differently to the same group. We urge inquirers to read our essay on definition to avoid the temptation to oversimplify.
Although we try to keep abreast of important news regarding groups on which we have pages, readers should keep in mind that updates to news summaries (e.g., a conviction may be successfully appealed) may not have come to our attention. Therefore, do not treat our news summaries on a specific group as definitive or complete. Seek out supplemental sources of information. Feel free to send us any news stories that you believe are important and missing from our site.
ICSA does NOT maintain a list of “bad” groups or “cults.” We nonjudgmentally list groups on which we have information.
A listing on ICSA’s web site does not mean that ICSA perceives any group to be a cult, practices coercive or destructive tactics, or is in violation of any law. It simply means that ICSA has information on the group and/or has received inquiries from current and former members, their families, professionals, researchers, the media, or the general public.
Groups listed, described, or referred to on ICSA’s Web sites may be mainstream or nonmainstream, controversial or noncontroversial, religious or nonreligious, cult or not cult, harmful or benign.