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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 v…
    - 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…
    - 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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  • newThe Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers | Editorial
    Across much of the world, millions of people are persecuted for their beliefsThe massacre in churches in Sri Lanka forms part of a global pattern of religious persecution and hostility. To target Christian churches on their holiest day of the year is…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 5:30pm -
  • newAs the bookseller said to the archbishop | Brief letters
    Extinction Rebellion | Bookstore surprises | Rabbits | Comedians in power | BrexitYour coverage of the Extinction Rebellion protest has been exemplary. In line with their demand to “tell the truth”, perhaps headlines about climate change affectin…
    - 14 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 4:27pm -
  • newSri Lanka needs exemplary leadership during this national catastrophe | Dilrukshi Handunnetti
    Bickering and passing the buck for government failures will not help either the country or families of bombing victimsThe bombings in Sri Lanka, targeting Christians as they prayed on Easter Sunday and tourists in hotels, have struck the country like…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 3:07pm -
  • newBrunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU
    Kingdom’s mission to bloc calls for tolerance and understanding over penal codeBrunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, claiming convictions will be rare as…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 12:30pm -
  • Man arrested for racist graffiti attacks on Lancashire mosque
    Police say a Preston man has been arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health ActA 47-year-old man has been arrested after racist graffiti was scrawled outside a mosque entrance in Lancashire. Police had received three reports of graffiti being wr…
    - 2 days ago 21 Apr 19, 5:18pm -


Public Religion Research Institute

  • Manager of External Affairs

    Manager of External Affairs

    Position: Manager of External Affairs Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C. Reports to: Director of Communications and External Affairs FLSA Salary Classification: Full time; Exempt Position Summary: The Manager of External leads and overs…
    - 95 days ago 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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Religion Clause

  • newSupreme Court Will Decide Whether Title VII Protects Gays and Transgender Individuals
    The U.S. Supreme Court today granted review in three cases involving important questions of LGBT rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  First the Court granted certiorari in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, (Docket No. 17-1618) (…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 3:14pm -
  • newRecent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:John Vlahoplus, Foreign-Born Children of Disloyal Parents: Adam Muthana, Mary Arcedeckne and the Natural Born, (St. John's Law Review, Forthcoming).Eliza Bateman, 'His Garden a Wilderness' - The Balance between Equality and Freedom of Relig…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Apr 19, 11:00am -
  • DC Circuit: House Can Exclude Secular Invocations
    In Barker v. Conroy, (D Cir., April 19, 2019), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected an Establishment Clause challenge to the rule in the House of Representatives that limits invocations to those that are "religious" rather than se…
    - 3 days ago 19 Apr 19, 6:23pm -
  • White House Announces Annual Easter Egg Roll
    The White House today announced this year's Easter Egg Festivities, which will be held next Monday.  The press release, supplementing information elsewhere on the White House website, says in part:First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Tru…
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 4:33pm -
  • Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Challenges City's Required Disclosures
    Suit was filed in a Connecticut federal district court yesterday challenging the constitutionality of a Hartford (CT) Ordinance that requires pregnancy resource centers to make required disclosures on signs, websites and when patients make appointmen…
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 4:24pm -
  • Emergency Order Requiring Measels Vaccination Upheld
    In C.F. v. New York City Department of Health, (Kings Cty. Sup. Ct., April 18, 2019), a New York state trial court judge rejected challenges to the recent emergency order by the New York City Health Department requiring everyone living or working in…
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 11:10am -
  • Enforcement of Mahr Provision In Islamic Marriage Contract Upheld
    In Seifeddine v. Jaber, (MI App., April 16, 2019), a Michigan state appellate court rejected a challenge to a trial court's enforcement in a divorce action of the mahr provisions of an Islamic marriage certificate. The provision required the husban…
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 11:05am -
  • NY Guidelines For Yeshiva Educational Requirements Are Struck Down
    Yesterday a New York state trial court judge struck down the state's controversial Guidelines adopted last year aimed at  assuring that yeshivas, as well as other non-public religious and independent schools, comply with state law requiring them to…
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 11:00am -
  • 8th Circuit Hears Arguments Over Title VII's Applicability To Sexual Orientation
    Yesterday, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Horton  v.  Midwest Geriatric Management (audio of full oral argument). As reported by the National Law Journal, at issue is whether Title VII's prohibition on discriminatio…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 19, 11:00am -
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  • Darwin in America
    Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution
    - 76 days ago 6 Feb 19, 3:34pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Direc…
    - 76 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth
    Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.
    - 76 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • 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…
    - 82 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Appendix A: Methodology
    This appendix provides an overview of the data sources and analytic approaches used in the report. The general population data underlying this study were sourced from three survey datasets: The World Values Survey (WVS) Wave 6 (2010-2014), the Intern…
    - 82 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World
    People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from th…
    - 82 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center with data collected by CQ Roll Call. Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. This report is a…
    - 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • Faith on the Hill
    The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.
    - 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out
    How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out.
    - 5 Dec 18, 3:08pm -
  • What keeps us going
    We asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life. Their responses were rich, thoughtful and varied.
    - 20 Nov 18, 2:55pm -

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  • Mormon leaders reverse LGBT policy, raising the question: What is revelation?
    (RNS) — Just over three years ago, Mormon leaders touted a controversial LGBT policy as revelation. Now its reversal is also being presented as revelation.The post Mormon leaders reverse LGBT policy, raising the question: What is revelation? appea…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 6:09pm -
  • New Mormon policy no longer calls same-sex marriage ‘apostasy’
    (RNS) — Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer consider same-sex marriage 'apostasy' and will allow the children of LGBT Mormons to be blessed and baptized. The post New Mormon policy no longer calls same-sex mar…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 5:11pm -
  • New LDS domain name may spark brand war over ‘Church of Jesus Christ’
    SALT LAKE CITY — Along with dropping the 'Mormon' nickname, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed its website from ldschurch.org to churchofjesuschrist.org.The post New LDS domain name may spark brand war over ‘Church of Je…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 3:38pm -
  • In Robert Alter’s majestic Bible translation, the achievement is in the details
    (RNS) — With an accurate, understandable translation that captures the unique sentence structure, style and syntax of the ancient language, Alter has set a new standard for biblical scholarship.The post In Robert Alter’s majestic Bible translati…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 1:44pm -
  • Washington gets Wilton Gregory, a great bishop
    (RNS) — Washington should rejoice to have such a good bishop; too bad we may not have him very long.The post Washington gets Wilton Gregory, a great bishop appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 12:32pm -
  • Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory tapped to lead Washington, DC, Catholics
    WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'It’s a reason to break a Lenten fast and pour a drink, because it’s great news for the Archdiocese of Washington, which has been mired a bit in all kinds of stuff,' the Rev. Ray Kemp said of the announcement.The post Atlant…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 12:27pm -
  • US Methodists plot ways to resist new LGBT rules
    (RNS) — On Thursday (April 4), a group of 30 clergy, bishops and activists led by megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton will gather in Decatur, Ga., to strategize a future for those churches that cannot remain in a denomination that denies LGBT rights.…
    - 19 days ago 3 Apr 19, 9:39pm -
  • How 15 millennial coed Catholics live in unity in a New York City brownstone
    NEW YORK (RNS) — Even in an expensive city that breeds unusual living arrangements, this is not your average New York roommate situation.The post How 15 millennial coed Catholics live in unity in a New York City brownstone appeared first on Religi…
    - 19 days ago 3 Apr 19, 9:12pm -
  • Prayer that mentioned Jesus 13 times sparks debate in Pennsylvania Legislature
    (RNS) — A prayer that mentioned Jesus 13 times — given just before the swearing-in of a Muslim state legislator — has caused controversy in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The post Prayer that mentioned Jesus 13 times sparks debate…
    - 19 days ago 3 Apr 19, 8:04pm -
  • Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Transparency
    (RNS) — It's unlikely that Catholic bishops will ever regain credibility until they have adopted full disclosure, made amends and done penance for their and their predecessors’ failures.The post Taking stock of the clergy sexual abuse crisis: Tr…
    - 19 days ago 3 Apr 19, 6:56pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • ISIS loyalists regroup in a Syrian refugee camp
    A militant band of women loyal to the Islamic State is terrorising others who fled the battlefront for this sprawling camp in northeastern Syria, demanding they adhere to the strict codes once enforced by the group and creating a...
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 8:40am -
  • The real story of Jesus Christ's crown of thorns
    Jesus Christ's crown of thorns was among prized relics saved from the inferno in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, but how did it get there? Jesus Christ's crown of thorns was among prized relics saved from the inferno in Notre Dame...
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 6:36am -
  • Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines
    WARNING: Graphic Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering.Four...
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 19, 12:59am -
  • Christchurch mosque shootings: Inside Al Noor's area for women
    A month after the Christchurch mosque shootings Lana Hart was invited to the women's prayer session at the Masjid Al Noor, where 42 people died. There are a handful of clues of the bloody atrocity at Masjid Al Noor.A month on...
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 5:00pm -
  • Easter message: Love overcomes hatred - life conquers death
    The recent massacre at the mosques in Christchurch has brought shock and dismay to all New Zealand.As Auckland church leaders we condemn this evil attack and are horrified that such an atrocity should take place on New Zealand soil,...
    - 4 days ago 19 Apr 19, 5:00pm -
  • Rugby star Billy Vunipola dragged into Israel Folau fallout as club disciplines player
    England rugby star Billy Vunipola has been disciplined after coming out in support of Israel Folau following his anti-gay comments on social media.The Saracens number 8 refused to "unlike" Folau's social media post featuring the...
    - 7 days ago 16 Apr 19, 12:19am -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • 2001: The News of the World and a “Huge Police Dossier” of Celebrity Abuse Allegations
    Simon Just of Real Troll Exposure has drawn attention to an interesting News of the World article from November 2001, which was published in the wake of record producer Jonathan King’s conviction for underage sex abuse against five complainants:…
    - 6 days ago 17 Apr 19, 12:12pm -
  • Watts, Wedger and Brees vs Private Eye
    Staying with the latest issue of Private Eye magazine (No. 1493), page 13 has news from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which for the past three weeks has been taking evidence relating to allegations about “VIP sex abusers” conne…
    - 8 days ago 14 Apr 19, 6:30pm -
  • Private Eye Explores New Edward Heath Accuser
    UPDATE (18 April): The second half of this post has been updated several times in the last few days in the light of new information. In a quote provided to Private Eye magazine (1), former TV journalist turned conspiracy theorist Anna Brees has expl…
    - 19 days ago 4 Apr 19, 10:16am -
  • Jon Wedger Promotes Satanic Ritual Abuse Conspiracy Theorist Wilfred Wong
    Wong claims that sceptics are themselves Satanists who will be “exposed” Back in October, I noted self-described “police whistleblower” Jon Wedger’s increasing interest in Satanic Ritual Abuse allegations, following his video interview wi…
    - 26 days ago 28 Mar 19, 11:10am -
  • The Caroline Farrow “Misgendering” Controversy
    From the Evening Standard: A devout Catholic and mum-of-five faces being questioned by police after being reported for using the wrong pronoun to describe a transgender girl on Twitter. Caroline Farrow, 44, has been told police in Surrey want to con…
    - 32 days ago 22 Mar 19, 1:05pm -
  • Tommy Robinson Lashes Out at Critic after Lawyer Arranges Service Stunt
    From Mike Stuchbery at the Independent: For the last few months, I have written about the methods used by “Tommy Robinson” to intimidate and harass those who dare to criticise him. I do this because he’s the most visible figure in a surging UK…
    - 48 days ago 6 Mar 19, 10:31am -

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