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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? 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…
    - 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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    • Lawsuit Challenges Adoption Agencies' Refusal To Place Children With Same-Sex Couples
      Today two same-sex couples and a Michigan taxpayer filed suit in a Michigan federal district court challenging the state's practice of contracting out foster-care and adoptive placement to social service agencies that apply religious criteria in plac…
      - 1 day ago 20 Sep 17, 5:21pm -
    • Michigan Civil Rights Commission Stymied In Effort To Issue Interpretive Opinion On Law's Coverage
      In June, Equality Michigan wrote the Michigan Civil Rights Commission asking it to issue an interpretative statement finding that the ban on sex discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rig…
      - 1 day ago 20 Sep 17, 11:10am -
    • 7 U.S. Senators Write Netanyahu Over Jewish Pluralism In Israel
      As reported by JTA, on Monday seven U.S. senators (all of them Jewish) sent a letter (full text) to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing concern over Israeli governmental recognition of Orthodox Judaism over the more liberal branches…
      - 1 day ago 20 Sep 17, 11:05am -
    • Suits Against Kim Davis Move Ahead
      In two similar cases, Yates v. Davis, (ED KY, Sept. 15, 2017), and Ermold v. Davis,(ED KY, Sept. 15, 2017), a Kentucky federal district court allowed plaintiffs to move ahead with their damage actions against Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis,…
      - 2 days ago 20 Sep 17, 11:00am -
    • State May Require Inspection of Release Time School Buses
      In CBM Ministries of South Central Pennsylvania v. Richards, (MD PA, Sept. 19, 2107), a Pennsylvania federal district court held that to the extent state school bus inspection regulations apply to buses of a religious organization, the regulations d…
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 17, 8:34pm -
    • Report Claims DOJ Was Divided Over Whether To File Amicus Brief In Masterpiece Cakeshop
      As previously reported, earlier this month the Department of Justice filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, siding with the Christian bakery owner who refused to design and creat…
      - 2 days ago 19 Sep 17, 11:05am -
    • Trump Issues Jewish High Holy Day Greetings
      President Trump yesterday issued a Jewish High Holy Day Message (full text), saying in part:  "On behalf of all Americans, I want to wish Jewish families many blessings in the New Year."
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 17, 11:00am -
    • Recent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Aziz Z. Huq, Judging Discriminatory Intent, (Cornell Law Review, Vol. 103 (2017)).William E. Thro & Charles J. Russo, Odious to the Constitution: The Educational Implications of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, (Education Law Reporter (201…
      - 3 days ago 18 Sep 17, 11:05am -
    • Israel's High Court Erodes Rabbinate's Monopoly On Kosher Certification
      By a vote of 5-2, last week an expanded panel of Israel's High court of Justice handed down a ruling which moves toward breaking the Chief Rabbinate's monopoly on designation of which restaurants in the country are kosher.  As reported by Haaretz …
      - 4 days ago 18 Sep 17, 11:00am -
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    • newSatanic Ritual Abuse Conspiracy Theorists to Gather in London
      Hoaxtead Research has followed up on my post about Rainer Kurz, the chartered psychologist whose conference abstract on “The Satanist Cult of Ted Heath” was published by European Psychiatry, the official organ of the European Psychiatric Associ…
      - 14 hours ago 21 Sep 17, 8:52am -
    • On Jonathan Cahn’s Claim that the Bible “Pinpointed the Exact Date” of 9/11
      After an extensive build-up, Jonathan Cahn’s Christian book The Paradigm has at last been published. According to a promotional website, the work promises to answer the following questions (emphasis added): Is it possible that this ancient parad…
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 17, 10:00am -
    • A Note on Yellowstone Park and Apocalyptic Fearmongering
      Alarming news from WND: NASA plan to stop supervolcano sparks doomsday fears Amid a summertime swarm of hundreds of earthquakes underneath Yellowstone National Park, NASA is developing a plan to tame a “supervolcano” that some experts believe i…
      - 3 days ago 18 Sep 17, 12:48pm -
    • Jonathan Cahn on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Biblical “Paradigm”
      Right Wing Watch has the latest from Jonathan Cahn: During a recent appearance on “It’s Supernatural with Sid Roth,” Cahn told guest host Michael Brown that the elections of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Donald Trump had all been foretold in t…
      - 8 days ago 14 Sep 17, 9:15am -
    • Sex Abuse Allegations: How John Hemming’s Name Was Publicised by Activists in 2015
      A detail from John Hemming’s statement regarding the allegations made against him by Esther Baker: It is bad enough to have false allegations made about yourself to the police, but to have a concerted campaign involving your political opponents and…
      - 10 days ago 12 Sep 17, 8:21am -
    • Edward Heath Sex Abuse Allegations: Media Circus Continues
      Today’s Mail on Sunday front-page splash by the paper’s political editor Simon Walters brings on a sense of déjà vu: Sex abuse probe WILL investigate Ted Heath over paedophile claims: Public inquiry set to look at explosive report by Chief C…
      - 12 days ago 10 Sep 17, 8:19am -

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