Minority religion

A minority religion is a religion held by a minority of the population of a country, state, or region. Minority religions may be subject to stigma or discrimination. An example of a stigma is using the term cult with its extremely negative connotations for certain new religious movements.[1] People who belong to a minority religion may be subject to discrimination and prejudice, especially when the religious differences correlate with ethnic differences.

Laws are made in some countries to protect the rights of religious minorities, such as protecting the minorities' culture and to promote harmony with the majority.

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  1. ^ "Why the Bruderhof is not a cult - by Bryan Wilson | Cult And Sect | Religion And Belief". Scribd. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
Christianity in Christmas Island

Christianity is a minority religion in Christmas Island. There is an Anglican presence on the island, which falls within the Australian Diocese of Perth. There are also Roman Catholic adherents, under the Archdiocese of Singapore. There are also groups of Methodists, Congregationalists and Presbyterians on the island.

Christianity in Tajikistan

Christianity is a minority religion in Tajikistan.

Christianity in Yemen

Christianity is a minority religion in Yemen. The Yemeni constitution mentions religious liberty. There are 3 churches in Aden.

Hinduism in Cuba

Hinduism is a minority religion in Cuba. Hinduism is followed by 0.20-0.21% of the population of Cuba. Iskcon also has a presence in the country.

Hinduism in Estonia

Hinduism is a minority religion in Estonia followed by only 0.027% of its population.Hinduism and Buddhism were registered in the 1990s.

Hinduism in French Guiana

Hinduism is a minority religion in French Guiana, introduced and practiced mostly by the descendants of the Indo-Guyanese, who in 2014 numbered around 360,000.As of 2010,Hinduism is followed by 1.6% of the population of French Guiana.

Islam in Botswana

Islam is a minority religion in Botswana, where most people follow Christianity and indigenous beliefs. Islam came to the country through Muslim immigrants from South Asia, who settled in the area during the British colonial rule. According to the 2001 census, there are around 5,000 Muslims in Botswana, which is less than 1 percent of the population. The relations between the different religious groups remain peaceful and friendly despite rising inter-religious tensions in the other parts of Africa.

Islam in Burundi

Islam is a minority religion in Burundi where approximately 90 percent of the national population are followers of Christianity. Between 2–5 percent of the population identifies as Muslim, according to a 2010 estimate by the United States Department of State. The same year, the Pew Research Centre estimated that there were 230,000 Muslims in Burundi, equivalent to 2.8 percent of Burundi's 8.4 million inhabitants.

Islam in Cape Verde

Islam in Cape Verde is a minority religion with a small but growing community. Most Muslims are immigrants from Senegal and other neighboring countries, and are active in small-scale commerce and souvenir trade.According to A Semana, Cape Verdean Muslims celebrate Muhammad's birthday through the country.

Islam in French Guiana

Islam is a minority religion in French Guiana. The Islamic population is made up of mainly Arabs from Lebanon, and Afghan Muslims. In Cayenne, the capital of the region, and Kourou, there is an Islamic centre and a Muslim school. Majority of the Muslims belong to Sunni denomination. There are a few Ahmadi Muslims who established themselves in the region in the year 2007.

Islam in Nepal

Islam is a minority religion in Nepal. According to the 2011 Nepal census, Nepal has 1 million Muslims comprising 4.4% of the population of Nepal.Islam is thought to have been introduced by the Bangladeshi Muslims, Indian Muslims and Pakistani Muslims settling in Nepal. Ahmadis maintain a small presence in Nepal.

Islam in Papua New Guinea

Islam in Papua New Guinea is a minority religion, with over 5,000 followers. The majority of the Muslims are Sunni, while a small number are Ahmadiyya.

Islam in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

According to the United States Department of State, Islam is a minority religion in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with 2,000 Muslims (approximately 1.5% of the total population) living in the island nation.

Islam in South Sudan

Islam is a minority religion in South Sudan. Most Muslims welcomed secession in the South Sudanese independence referendum. The last census to mention the religion of southerners dates back to 1956 where a majority were classified as following traditional beliefs or were Christian while 18% were Muslim. The most recent Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life report from December 2012 estimated that in 2010, there were 610,000 Muslims in South Sudan, comprising 6.2% of the country's population.

Islam in Tonga

Islam in Tonga is a small minority religion in the country. Muslims in Tonga belong to Sunni denomination. The number of Muslims was estimated at less than 1000 in 2010 by the Pew Research Center in a population of about 108,000, while a report by the Fiji Muslim League estimated that in 2002 there were about 70 Muslim Tongan nationals out of a Muslim population of 100.

Islam in Vanuatu

Islam in Vanuatu is a minority religion. Roughly 1,000 Muslims according to online estimates

Islam in the Solomon Islands

Islam is a minority religion in the Solomon Islands. The religion first entered the country in 1987, when a Ghanaian missionary belonging to the Ahmadiyya movement visited Guadalcanal island on a reconnaissance trip lasting three years. Today, there are two major denominations in the country - Ahmadi Muslims and Sunni Muslims. According to a 2007 report by the United States Department of State's International Religious Freedom Report, there are approximately 350 Muslims in the country. However, different reports suggest that there may be 1000 Ahmadi Muslims in the country alone.

Jainism in Japan

Jainism, unlike the closely related Buddhism, is a minority religion in Japan. At present, there are three Jain temples in Japan, with the Kobe Jain temple being the most famous one.

Sikhism in Thailand

Sikhism is a recognised minority religion in Thailand, with about 70,000 adherents. The religion was brought by migrants from India who began to arrive in the late 19th century. There are about twenty Sikh temples or Gurdwaras in the country, including the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Bangkok.

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