In the Philippines children were initially taken out of a “cult” called “Salva Me,” due to claims of abuse and neglect.
However, later Judge Pampio Abarintos ordered them returned to their families, despite their involvement in the strange cult.
But the judge warned cult members, “Do not neglect your children. Your children are not your personal property. If your beliefs interfere with their rights to live normal lives, the government will certainly intervene,” reports The Manila Bulletin.
These words clearly define what can easily be seen as the limits of religious freedom regarding many cults. That is, religious expression does not excuse child abuse, neglect and/or other illegal activities.