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  • Religion and Cult News, Saturday

    Religion and Cult News, Saturday

    The sentences of three German men found guilty for their leadership roles at the infamous Colonia Dignidad cult in Chile have been increased.The cult's founder, former Nazi Paul Schaefer, was sentenced in July 2008 for torturing children.[wpipa id=…
    - 31 Dec 16, 6:54am -
  • Religion & Cults News – Wednesday

    Religion & Cults News – Wednesday

    The Berlin attack is right out of the terror handbooksThe world’s deadliest terrorist groups are increasingly open about their intentions, tactics, and targets. Last month, Rumiyah, the slickest terrorist magazine on the Internet market, was ve…
    - 21 Dec 16, 1:36pm -
  • Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    UK: Churches warned of 'deceptive cult' linked to South Korea infiltrating congregationsHundreds of British churches, including some of the UK’s largest congregations, have been warned against possible infiltration by a group accused of being a…
    - 12 Dec 16, 9:03am -
  • The attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements

    The attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements

    Research: a brief overview of the attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements is an interesting article by Jean-François Mayer, founder and editor of Relioscope -- an independent website that provides 'news and analysis abo…
    - 7 Nov 16, 1:54pm -
  • Does the UK’s anti-radicalisation program alienate Muslims?

    Does the UK’s anti-radicalisation program alienate Muslims?

    Today's edition includes stories about a radicalisation prevention program that may backfire. A protest against Whole Foods over its link to Marc Gafni. Iglesia ni Cristo, a powerful cult of Christianity, endorses presidential candidates. Plus:…
    - 6 May 16, 7:09am -
  • Nobody joins a cult, but it is easy to get radicalized

    Nobody joins a cult, but it is easy to get radicalized

    Today's edition contains stories about the Palmarian Catholic Church, how easily people get radicalised, and what IS jihadists have in mind for Europe's cities. Also: tongue-in-cheek, How do Operating Thetans get in touch with eachother? And is Cr…
    - 28 Nov 15, 5:16pm -
  • Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ADiK74fve8Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 21, 2012 In 1981 this spiritual leader from India spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon a…
    - 18 Jul 15, 12:11pm -
  • Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Going Clear, Alex Gibney's smash documentary that exposes the Scientology cult to daylight, was HBO's highest-rated documentary premiere in almost a decade. By popular demand it is going to be back in theaters.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watc…
    - 16 Jul 15, 7:00pm -
  • Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Scientology quacks at work:After a Church of Scientology-backed group helped organize a campaign against it, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed legislation that would have given Texas doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patient…
    - 15 Jul 15, 9:54am -
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    • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Merrick v. Ryan, (9th Cir., April 17, 2018), the 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an inmate's free exercise and RLUIPA complaints regarding denial of religious materials and practices, finding that the district court properly relied on lack…
      - 15 hours ago 22 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
    • Cert. Denied In Abortion Protester's Case
      Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review in March v. Mills, (Docket No.17-689, cert. denied 4/16/2018) (Order List).  In the case, the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a provision of the Maine Civil Rights Act that prohibits a per…
      - 1 day ago 22 Apr 18, 1:05am -
    • New Study Says Government Services and Religiosity Are Inversely Related
      An interesting new study has been published: Miron Zuckerman, Chen Li & Ed Diener, Religion as an Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (SAGE) (April 18, 2018). T…
      - 3 days ago 20 Apr 18, 11:05am -
    • Settlement Order Entered In Chabad's Dispute With New Jersey Town
      After lengthy mediation, a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Chabad Jewish Center of Toms River, New Jersey and Rabbi Moshe Gourarie challenging Toms River's refusal to allow a Chabad Center to operate out of a large home and…
      - 3 days ago 20 Apr 18, 11:00am -
    • 6th Circuit: Ohio's Cutoff of Non-Abortion Funding To Planned Parenthood Is Unconstitutional
      In Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Inc. v. Himes, (6th Cir., April 18, 2018), the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held unconstitutional a 2016 Ohio law aimed at Planned Parenthood.  ORC §3701.34 prohibits the Ohio Department of Health from c…
      - 4 days ago 19 Apr 18, 12:13pm -
    • More Rulings In South Carolina Episcopal Church Split
      Earlier this week, a South Carolina federal district court issued another opinion in the long-running battle between competing Episcopal Church factions in South Carolina.  While the underlying dispute over which faction owns church property has bee…
      - 4 days ago 19 Apr 18, 11:05am -
    • New Jersey Supreme Court Says Grants To Churches Violate State Constitution
      In Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, (NJ Sup.Ct., April 18, 2018), the New Jersey Supreme Court held that historic preservation grants to 12 churches (totaling $4.6 million) violate the Religious Aid Cla…
      - 4 days ago 19 Apr 18, 11:00am -
    • New Video On Being Muslim In U.S.
      The Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life yesterday released an 18-minute video on Being Muslim in the U.S. The video is based on the Center's 2017 survey of U.S. Muslims as well as on personal stories from Muslims across the U.S.
      - 5 days ago 18 Apr 18, 11:10am -
    • Defendant In Dead Sea Scrolls Debate Avoids Jail
      Yeshiva World reports that a long running prosecution of a literature scholar (who is also now a disbarred lawyer) has ended without a jail sentence for the defendant who was charged with online impersonation growing out of an academic dispute over a…
      - 5 days ago 18 Apr 18, 11:05am -
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    • Muslims in America: Immigrants and those born in U.S. see life differently in many ways

      - 6 days ago 17 Apr 18, 2:39pm -
    • Video: Being Muslim in the U.S.
      This video offers a look inside the beliefs and attitudes of Muslims in America; it features data from Pew Research Center’s 2017 survey, as well as the personal stories of Muslims from across the United States. For more information, read the surve…
      - 6 days ago 17 Apr 18, 2:28pm -
    • El papa Francisco aún es muy apreciado en EE. UU., pero están apareciendo signos de desencanto
      Después de cinco años de pontificado del papa Francisco, la amplia mayoría de católicos estadounidenses siguen teniendo una opinión favorable del pontífice argentino, y la mayoría dice que representa un cambio importante y positivo para la Igl…
      - 48 days ago 6 Mar 18, 2:50pm -
    • Pope Francis Still Highly Regarded in U.S., but Signs of Disenchantment Emerge
      American Catholics continue to have a favorable opinion of Francis. Yet there are signs of growing disenchantment with the Argentine pontiff, particularly among Catholic Republicans.
      - 48 days ago 6 Mar 18, 2:49pm -
    • Acknowledgements
      This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associ…
      - 48 days ago 6 Mar 18, 2:49pm -
    • Methodology
      The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 10 to 15, 2018, among a national sample of 1,503 adults (including 316 Catholics), 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (376 re…
      - 48 days ago 6 Mar 18, 2:49pm -
    • Methodology
      The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2017, among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (377 respondents were intervi…
      - 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • Acknowledgments
      Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Cl…
      - 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life
      Most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few are bothered by this trend.
      - 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • Acknowledgments
      This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from T…
      - 30 Nov 17, 2:46am -

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    • newRohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days
      (AP) — A Rohingya Muslim man among a group of 76 rescued in a wooden boat in Indonesian waters says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.The pos…
      - 12 hours ago 22 Apr 18, 4:06pm -
    • newPope ordains 16 priests, tells them always ‘be merciful’
      (AP) — Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica.The post Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always ‘be merciful’ appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 13 hours ago 22 Apr 18, 3:59pm -
    • newMy open letter to Natalie Portman
      She could have handled this differently -- and wound up being a heroine, IMHO.The post My open letter to Natalie Portman appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 13 hours ago 22 Apr 18, 3:11pm -
    • ‘This is my real life’: Where Trump’s travel ban hits home
      (AP) — As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next week on Trump’s travel ban, its effects are playing out for people from Manhattan to Minnesota to the Middle East. The post ‘This is my real life’: Where Trump’s travel ban h…
      - 2 days ago 21 Apr 18, 3:46pm -
    • For many former Mormons, it’s hard to be “spiritual but not religious”
      - 2 days ago 21 Apr 18, 3:44pm -
    • New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol
      (AP) — The South African Gabola Church, which celebrates the drinking of alcohol, was started eight months ago and has found an enthusiastic following.The post New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol appeared first on Religion News Se…
      - 2 days ago 21 Apr 18, 3:37pm -
    • Photos of the Week
      (RNS) — This week's picks for our weekly gallery of religion photos from around the world.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 2 days ago 21 Apr 18, 10:00am -
    • Earth Day, Exodus and Martin Luther King
      (RNS) — If you want environmental peace, work for environmental justice.The post Earth Day, Exodus and Martin Luther King appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 2 days ago 20 Apr 18, 5:59pm -
    • Opposition to interfaith marriage in India puts many couples at risk
      MUMBAI, India (RNS) — In India, interfaith and intercaste couples are increasingly facing bullying, harassment, familial opposition and even death threats.The post Opposition to interfaith marriage in India puts many couples at risk appeared first…
      - 3 days ago 20 Apr 18, 3:34pm -
    • How MLK was influenced by a black preacher you may have never heard of
      (RNS) — Throughout his life, Howard Thurman wrestled with the question of how the 'religion of Jesus' applied to those 'whose backs are against the wall.'The post How MLK was influenced by a black preacher you may have never heard of appeared firs…
      - 3 days ago 20 Apr 18, 2:13pm -

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    • New Bible Edition Aims to Encourage Christians to Support Israel
      From the Religion News Service:  A new Hebrew-English Bible with a distinctly Israeli flavor will be published in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary. …The Israel Bible “is the world’s first Bible centered around the Land of Israel, the Peopl…
      - 4 days ago 19 Apr 18, 8:33am -
    • The Times Highlights “SyriaHoax” Academics
      Satuday’s front-page splash at The Times: Apologists for Assad working in British universities Top academics claim chemical attacks were fake Senior British academics are spreading pro-Assad disinformation and conspiracy theories promoted by Russi…
      - 6 days ago 17 Apr 18, 9:12am -
    • A Note on US Evangelical Support for Efraín Ríos Montt
      From the New York Times obituary of Efraín Ríos Montt: In the panoply of commanders who turned much of Central America into a killing field in the 1980s, General Ríos Montt was one of the most murderous. He was convicted in 2013 of trying to ext…
      - 21 days ago 2 Apr 18, 8:51am -
    • A Note on the Oldham “Trojan Horse” Libel Claim Outcome
      From the website of Rahman Lowe Solicitors: Rahman Lowe Solicitors have represented Mr [Nasim] Ashraf and Mrs [Hafizan] Zaman in their defamation claim against Associated Newspapers Ltd over MailOnline articles, which has been concluded successfully…
      - 22 days ago 1 Apr 18, 9:23am -
    • A Note on Byline, “Freelance Demonstrators”, and Vote Fair’s Supposed “Link” to Max Mosley
      From the Daily Mail: Freelance demonstrators protesting against Brexit were paid thousands of pounds by an organisation linked to Max Mosley, it emerged yesterday. The campaigners, from a group called the Fair Vote Project, were hired to increase su…
      - 23 days ago 31 Mar 18, 12:33pm -
    • A Note on “Mear One” And Jeremy Corbyn
      From California, a distress call on Twitter from street artist “Mear One”: A UK politician has reignited a smear campaign against me and a mural I painted in Shoreditch over 5 years ago depicting a group of banksters playing a game of monopoly on…
      - 27 days ago 26 Mar 18, 11:01pm -

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