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

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

    Today: 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 Crossfit a religion?…
    - 28 Nov 15, 5:16pm -
  • Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers. A few years later some of his followers w…
    - 18 Jul 15, 12:11pm -
  • Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    'Sister Wives' sugarcoats polygamy. 'Escaping Polygamy' shows what the lifestyle is really like. Come to think of it, that's also what Alex Gibney did in his Emmy-nominated documentary, "Going Clear,' which exposes the Scientology cult to daylight…
    - 16 Jul 15, 7:00pm -
  • Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Scientology quacks urged veto of Texas mental health bill. Watch how dozens of Yazidi women and children escape from the clutches of ISIS barbarians. Why a Wheaton chaplaincy staffer quit the evangelical college: same-sex celibacy and the church.…
    - 15 Jul 15, 9:54am -
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

    Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

    The people behind Facegloria -- said to be a sin-free alternative to Facebook -- want to take on Facebook, Twitter, and the world. Aimed initially at Brazil's booming 'Evangelical' movement, the service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the p…
    - 6 Jul 15, 11:32am -
  • International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is unique in how it brings to…
    - 6 Jul 15, 6:07am -
  • Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

    Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

    The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon have been ordered to pay $135.000 to a lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for. Aaron and Melissa Klein said their refusal to bake for the lesbian couple was prompted by their Christian belie…
    - 6 Jul 15, 3:26am -
  • Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

    Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

    The insular Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) is building a "fortress-type" wall around its meeting house in Colorado City, Arizona. Observers believe the wall is being erected on the orders of cult leader Warren Jef…
    - 3 Jul 15, 10:50am -
  • Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

    Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

    Cult leader Lia Eden claims that a UFO piloted by the archangel Gabriel wants to pick up her followers. She has therefore requested that Indonesia's President and Jakarata's Governor grant the UFO permission to land at the country's National Monume…
    - 1 Jun 15, 7:12am -
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    • newFather Daniel Berrigan obituary
      Radical Catholic priest and writer who led protests against the Vietnam warThe American Jesuit priest Father Daniel Berrigan, who has died aged 94, formed a radical partnership with his younger brother, Philip, that energised the movement against the…
      - 13 hours ago 2 May 16, 11:46am -
    • newGlastonbury Beltane celebrations – in pictures
      The Beltane celebrations at Glastonbury take place on May Day, as part of a pagan tradition to celebrate the coming of spring. People dressed in costumes dance and follow a procession of dragons and druids in this Celtic festival Continue reading...
      - 17 hours ago 2 May 16, 8:30am -
    • new'There was nobody to help me stop my son joining Isis'
      Families of foreign jihadis killed in Syria are helping a deradicalisation programme to bring young men back from the brinkScrolling through photos on her mobile phone, Saliha Ben Ali stops at a picture of her son, Sabri, as a three-year-old sitting…
      - 20 hours ago 2 May 16, 5:00am -
    • Megachurches: photographing America's drab new cathedrals
      Lisa Anne Auerbach created a ‘megazine’ of structures reminiscent of shopping malls or warehouses, hidden away from city centers, where thousands of people worship every week“I started photographing megachurches as an oppositional idea,” expl…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 11:00am -
    • Daniel Berrigan, priest and anti-Vietnam war peace activist, dies
      Berrigan and his younger brother, Philip Berrigan, emerged as leaders of the radical anti-war movement in the 1960sDaniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 2:48am -


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    • newUSCIRF Issues 2016 Annual Report On Religious Freedom Abuses Around the World
      The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom today released its 2016 Annual Report (full text). The Report recommends that the Secretary of State re-designate 9 countries as "countries of particular concern," i.e. countries that engage in o…
      - 11 hours ago 2 May 16, 1:51pm -
    • newRecent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Caroline Mala Corbin, Speech or Conduct: The Free Speech Claims of Wedding Vendors, (Emory Law Journal, Vol. 65, No. 241, 2016).Elizabeth Sepper, Gays in the Moralized Marketplace, (7 Ala. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. 129 (2015)).Mark L. Movsesian,…
      - 14 hours ago 2 May 16, 11:00am -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Isakhanova v. Muniz, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55649 (ND CA, April 26, 2016), a California federal district court allowed a suit by the mother of a Muslim inmate to proceed.  While visiting her son in prison, the mother was held for several hours on…
      - 1 day ago 1 May 16, 1:18pm -
    • When Are Prison Chaplains "State Actors"?
      In an opinion recommending dismissal of an inmate's First Amendment and RLUIPA claims, a California federal magistrate judge held that some decisions by prison staff chaplains do not amount to "state action" for constitutional purposes.  In Wolcott…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 12:54pm -
    • Christian Retreat Center Not Subject To Hotel Room Tax
      In Susquehanna County Commissioners v. Montrose Bible Conference, (PA Commonwlth. Ct., April 21, 2016), a 3-judge appellate court panel upheld a lower court's ruling that a retreat center operated by a Christian religious organization is not subje…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 3:20am -
    • GITMO Judge Defers Lifting Order Accommodating Muslim Detainees After Remarks By Top Brass
      As previously reported, early last year a military judge at Guantanamo Bay issued an interim order requiring authorities to stop using female guards to move 5 defendants held in a top-secret Guantanamo unit back and forth to meetings with their lawy…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 2:02am -
    • President Sends Greetings For Orthodox Christian Easter
      In a White House press release (full text) yesterday, President Obama sent greetings to members of the Orthodox Christian community who are celebrating the Orthodox Easter this week end, saying in part:Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members…
      - 2 days ago 1 May 16, 1:39am -
    • Michigan City Restores Cross On Sand Dune-- Sort Of...
      As previously reported, in a controversial move last year that was unsuccessfully challenged by citizens, the city of Grand Haven, Michigan agreed to remove a 48 foot cross that had been displayed periodically on a city-owned sand dune for 50 years.…
      - 4 days ago 28 Apr 16, 9:16pm -
    • EEOC Sues Hospital Over Arbitrary Deadline For Religious Accommodation Requests
      The EEOC announced today that it has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Mission Hospital based in Asheville, North Carolina.  At issue are requests by 3 employees for religious exemptions from the hospital's requirement that all employ…
      - 4 days ago 28 Apr 16, 8:35pm -
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    Religion Books: New Releases

    • new#7: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

      #7: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

      Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living Krista Tippett (Author) (5)Release Date: April 5, 2016 Buy new: $28.00 $14.81 58 used & new from $13.04(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative inform…
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#1: About the Night

      #1: About the Night

      About the Night Anat Talshir (Author), Evan Fallenberg (Translator) (2)Buy new: $4.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#2: The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

      #2: The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

      The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own Joshua Becker (Author) (1)Release Date: May 3, 2016Buy new: $17.99 $10.47 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product…
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#9: Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

      #9: Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

      Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me Ron Miscavige (Author), Dan Koon (Author) Buy new: $12.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#3: The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti

      #3: The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti

      The Journey Within: Exploring the Path of Bhakti Radhanath Swami (Author) (5)Publication Date: May 17, 2016Buy new: $24.99 $14.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current ra…
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#6: Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

      #6: Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

      Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me Ron Miscavige (Author), Dan Koon (Author) Release Date: May 3, 2016Buy new: $26.99 $16.19 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this produc…
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -
    • new#4: Broken Angels

      #4: Broken Angels

      Broken Angels Gemma Liviero (Author) (4)Buy new: $5.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 3 mins ago 3 May 16, 1:02am -

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    • Democratic Delusion or the Wisdom of the Crowds?
      Democracy is no better or worse than the state of its decision-makers: the people. So it is best thought of as a majority-driven political technology for birthing the spirit of the age.
      - 4 days ago 29 Apr 16, 4:27am -
    • Political Identity and the Problem of Democratic Exclusion
      Democracies need strong cohesion around a political identity. This provides powerful temptation to exclude those who cannot or will not fit easily into the identity which the majority believes alone can hold them together.
      - 4 days ago 29 Apr 16, 3:41am -
    • The End of Just War: Why Christian Realism Requires Nonviolence
      American advocates of just war presume that democratic societies place an inherent limit on war that more authoritarian societies cannot. But America seems unable to set limits on war precisely because it is democratic.
      - 7 days ago 26 Apr 16, 6:16am -

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    • China: Mogao's Grottoes of the Buddhas
      It took some time to adjust to the gloom after the bright sunshine outside. I used the weak beam of my torch to look around and suddenly realised I was standing beside a giant foot, around 6m long.As my eyes slowly adjusted, a huge...
      - 13 days ago 20 Apr 16, 7:00am -
    • Exorcism pastor assault claim: 'It was slap, punch, I'm going to get this demon out of you'
      A nurse has described a bizarre community exorcism in Auckland where a travelling pastor allegedly punched her in the face to cleanse her of demons.Ketina Chivasa, who works at Auckland City Hospital, said the close-fisted punch...
      - 13 days ago 20 Apr 16, 12:00am -

    Bartholomew's Notes

    • Some Notes on John Whittingdale, Byline, and Eric Li
      - 13 days ago 19 Apr 16, 1:24pm -
    • The CPS, The Police, and the Dead
      From The Brief (a legal newsletter helpfully extracted here by @BarristerSecret): Senior prosecutors have invoked new policy in rejecting a request from police that they consider charging a dead suspect with the 40-year-old murder of a teenage girl.…
      - 25 days ago 7 Apr 16, 8:46pm -
    • Daily Mail Attempts to Whip Up Controversy over Oxford Theology Degrees
      From the Daily Mail: Oxford theology students won’t have to study Christianity throughout their degree – but dons deny it’s being ‘marginalised’ Students and lecturers have overturned 800-year-old university tradition The changing way reli…
      - 29 days ago 3 Apr 16, 6:55pm -
    • Plan to Display Digital Recreations of Palmyra Arch in London and New York Prompts End-Times Fears
      From Charisma News: A Gateway Could Be Opened When the Temple of Baal Is Erected in Times Square In April, part of the Temple of Baal that stood in Palmyra, Syria, will be reconstructed in Times Square in New York City and in Trafalgar Square in Lo…
      - 34 days ago 29 Mar 16, 7:55pm -
    • World Congress of Families Heading For Georgia
      From Christian Newswire: Patriarch Ilia II, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, who has been called “the most trusted man in Georgia,” gave his blessing to World Congress of Families and will give the keynote address at World Congress of Famil…
      - 36 days ago 28 Mar 16, 9:56am -
    • Operation Midland Finally Closes Down
      From the Metropolitan Police: A man in his 60s who was previously interviewed under caution has today, Monday 21 March, been advised by officers working on Operation Midland that he will face no further action. Operation Midland has now closed. In Oc…
      - 42 days ago 21 Mar 16, 7:05pm -

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