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- n. Plural form of sectant.
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It is telling that Carol Clouser chose to defend the sectants of Mea Shearim.
Of course, the Satmars and Mea Shearim’s sectants, as far as I know, have never killed anybody, and are not in the habit of taking hostages; one can rather safely walk the streets of Mea Shearim and even apply for an interest-free loan, and get one from one of many charities thereunless one tries to drive there on Saturday - his car would be stoned without regard to the car’s occupants’safety.
Mea Shearim is not that small population-wise as it is very densely populated, and there are also other towns where religious fanatics, only slightly milder than Mea Shearim’s sectants, hold the sway.