Most of the groups listed on our group page have only a few, or even one article, in the member e-library. Some, however, have dozens or hundreds of articles. We do provide a list of about 25,000 article titles arranged by group. ICSA members have special access to this database of group articles..Nonmembers may gain temporary access by completing a brief survey. However, first please read the information below.
This site, icsahome.com, does contain pages on some specific groups. These pages contain press summaries and, when available, links to outside sources and to articles on this site. To access these group pages scroll down after the reading the comments that follow.
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.
We encourage inquirers to consider a variety of opinions, negative and positive, so that inquirers can make independent and informed judgments pertinent to their particular concerns.
Views expressed on ICSA Websites are those of the document's author(s) and are not necessarily shared, endorsed, or recommended by ICSA or any of its directors, staff, or advisers.