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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=…
    - 57 days ago 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…
    - 67 days ago 21 Dec 16, 1:36pm -
  • Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Large checkmark w/ headline: 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…
    - 76 days ago 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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  • newChurch closure threatens masterpiece by Jewish artist who fled Nazis
    Leading art figures appeal to bishop of Salford to preserve masterpiece by Georg Mayer-MartonAn outstanding mosaic of the crucifixion, created by a notable Jewish artist who fled from Nazi persecution, is in danger of being lost because the Roman Cat…
    - 8 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 12:04am -
  • newBiologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century
    Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken. That is the…
    - 11 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 8:37pm -
  • Small part of Manchester that has been home to 16 jihadis
    Area around Moss Side formerly known for gang culture has produced at least 16 Isis recruits now convicted or dead In the small pocket of Manchester where the suicide bomber who killed himself in Iraq this week grew up, many before him had trodden th…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 7:00am -
  • Opponent of female priests urged to decline bishop of Sheffield post
    Senior C of E theologian calls on Philip North to stand aside before consecration to avoid ‘public damage to the church’A senior Church of England theologian has called on the newly appointed bishop of Sheffield to stand aside ahead of his consec…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 9:00am -
  • Catholic leader says not 'remotely enough' supervision to prevent child sexual abuse
    Sydney archbishop Anthony Fisher says he can’t be assured priests are ‘not misbehaving again’ and struggles with financially supporting abusersSydney’s Catholic archbishop says he can’t pretend there is remotely enough supervision of abusiv…
    - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 4:38am -

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    • Canadian Christian leaders denounce Franklin Graham ahead of his Vancouver trip
      More than 30 prominent Christian leaders in the Vancouver area, including the Vancouver Catholic archbishop and evangelical leaders, issued a public letter Friday expressing concerns about evangelist Franklin Graham ahead of a rally he p…
      - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 3:40am -
    • With Jews nationwide watching, the FBI works to crack the case of phoned-in bomb threats
      Again and again, the calls have come in. In Miami, hundreds of young students fled their school building. In Foster City, Calif., parents scrambled to pick up preschoolers whose school suddenly closed for the day. In West Hartford, Conn., elderly wom…
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 17, 9:43pm -
    • Make America benevolent again
      As President Trump and his administration create their first budget request for Congress in the coming weeks, they have an opportunity to fund fully the U.S. international affairs account — a decision which is not only the smart choic…
      - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 12:00pm -
    • Pope Francis suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic
      On a typically busy morning at the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke at least twice on Thursday in ways that recognized the values of other religious outlooks while he promoted the faithful practice of Catholicism. The subject of Francis’s homily at the…
      - 3 days ago 23 Feb 17, 3:57pm -
    • Why Muslims could actually thrive under President Trump
      This feels like the worst of times for Muslims in America. While hatred for and visceral fear of Muslims began long before President Trump’s campaign hatched, his odious rhetoric and reckless decisions promise a potentially horrifying c…
      - 3 days ago 23 Feb 17, 12:00pm -
    • ‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump’s rally, pastor says
      A Florida pastor who took his 11-year-old daughter to a campaign-style rally for President Trump said he hoped the event would serve as a civics lesson — but that it turned instead into a spectacle where “demonic activity was palpable.” Joel…
      - 4 days ago 22 Feb 17, 4:21pm -

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    • newSouth Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

      South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably

      By Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all…
      - 8 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 12:00am -
    • newMore Egypt Copts flee jihadists in Sinai

      More Egypt Copts flee jihadists in Sinai

      Egyptian Coptic Christians fled the Sinai for a second day Saturday following a string of apparent jihadist attacks, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed his government to help shelter them. A church official said more families arrived in th…
      - 11 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 8:30pm -
    • newPhotos of the day - February 25, 2017

      Photos of the day - February 25, 2017

      Iraqi security forces transfer displaced Iraqis who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq; Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish flags during a campaign…
      - 12 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 7:45pm -
    • new7 Reasons Why We Love MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

      7 Reasons Why We Love MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

      Watch Yahoo Beauty Director, Dana Oliver, try on the 7 new shades of the MAC Retro Matt Liquid Lipcolour line. Here's why we love them so much!
      - 16 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 4:00pm -
    • newBoosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

      Boosting Erdogan powers will make 'strong Turkey': PM

      Prime Minister Binali Yildirim urged Turks to approve constitutional changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Saturday, saying it would make Turkey stronger. "For a strong Turkey, lasting stability, our choice is 'yes'. This is o…
      - 17 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 2:21pm -
    • newBest Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

      Best Mildew-Resistant Paint for Your Bathroom

      Remodeling a bathroom is messy and expensive, about $9,300, on average, according to And in some metropolitan areas, $20,000 is what it takes. After all that work and expense, yo...
      - 21 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 11:00am -

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    • newAnti-Muslim Hate Crimes Are Spiking In The U.S. Donald Trump Won't Speak Up.
      After much pressure, President Donald Trump finally conceded this week that the rise in anti-Semitism around the country “has to stop.” But some American Muslims are wondering ― does the president have our back, too? Since Trump entered the W…
      - 14 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 5:21pm -
    • newMuhammad Ali's Son Detained At Airport, Asked 'Are You Muslim?'
      The son of the late boxing great Muhammad Ali was detained at a Florida airport this month and asked about his religious preferences, a family friend says.Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, was returning to the U.S. from Jamaica with his mother, Khalilah Camac…
      - 14 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 5:15pm -
    • Somebody Set Fire To Another Mosque In America Last Night
      Authorities in Florida say arson is to blame for a fire at a mosque early Friday morning, marking the third time in less than a year that a Tampa-area Islamic center has been set ablaze.Corey Dierdorff, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Fire an…
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 17, 11:00pm -
    • That's Probably Raquel Welch, Not Kourtney, In That Kardashian Photo (UPDATE)
      UPDATE: Feb. 24 ― A short video clip shared Friday on Snapchat by Kourtney Kardashian panned across a photograph, hanging in sister Khloe’s home, of a woman on a cross. The photo prompted speculation that it was Kourtney herself who appeared in t…
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 17, 10:28pm -
    • Here Are The Jewish Community Centers Victimized By Bomb Threats
      Since January, Jewish community centers have been terrorized by anonymous bomb threats.There have been at least 69 bomb threats called into 55 centers across the country as of Feb. 24. The majority of the threats have come in waves and often feature…
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 17, 10:21pm -
    • Swastika Written In Human Feces Found In Bathroom At RISD
      A top U.S. art school is investigating an act of anti-Semitism on campus that may make some stomachs turn.A swastika drawn in human waste was recently discovered in a gender-neutral bathroom in a dormitory at the Rhode Island School of Design.“Thi…
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 17, 9:34pm -
    • Parents Shift From Fear To Defiance As Bomb Threats Target Jewish Centers
      Kara Nelson has been going to the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for more than 20 years. She likes that they have karate and ballet courses. Sometimes she takes art classes. Her children, 5 and 7, have attended camp there. Nelson and her kids ar…
      - 2 days ago 24 Feb 17, 7:23pm -

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    • newA lesson from Azerbaijan about life in a global Church
      Salesian Father Vladimír Fekete, the Apostolic Prefect of Azerbaijan, recently made a couple of statements that may seem puzzling to Western ears. Walking a mile in his shoes, however, is basically the price of admission to life in a global Church.
      - 2 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:22am -
    • newAmid hustle and bustle, Ash Wednesday forces us to think
      Normally the day-to-day demands of life compel us to focus on other things, but Ash Wednesday invites a concentration on who we are and what our legacy in this life will be. For those with an open heart, Ash Wednesday creates a time of renewed purpos…
      - 2 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:22am -
    • newGod’s Gamble: The Gravitational Power of Crucified Love
      In his book 'God’s Gamble: The Gravitational Power of Crucified Love', Gil Bailie invites his readers to raise the ante and persuade the world that God is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In order to highlight the central role of Christ in history…
      - 2 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:22am -
    • newRome’s Anglican pastor: Papal visit an exciting, but normal, step
      Jonathan Boardman, pastor of All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, said that in his opinion, the reason a papal visit to an Anglican parish is possible now rather than in the past is likely due to “the fact that we’ve got Pope Francis.”
      - 2 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:22am -
    • newSurvivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case
      The sanctions the Vatican imposed against Luis Fernando Figari, the whistleblower Pedro Salinas said, amount to a "golden exile, where he can live comfortably with all his needs taken care of." As a layman, Figari was not subject to the same defrocki…
      - 2 hours ago 26 Feb 17, 5:21am -
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    • Leah Remini: 'If I'm such a liar, why haven't they sued my a**?'
      Scientology says she's a bitter ex-member, lying about a religion that no longer wanted her; who hangs with "deadbeats, admitted liars, self-admitted perjurers, wife beaters and worse".A "washed-up" actor trying desperately to be...
      - 8 days ago 17 Feb 17, 10:34pm -
    • Church of England gay marriage vote thrown into chaos
      The Church of England's crucial vote on gay marriage has been thrown into doubt after the Bishop of Coventry admitted he accidentally voted against the report and several others may have made the same mistake. The Right Reverend...
      - 9 days ago 16 Feb 17, 7:47pm -
    • Rachel Smalley: Tolerance of others' beliefs comes through understanding
      Here's a question for you. To what degree do you understand the key principles of the world's major religions? Judaism. Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism? And how did you develop that knowledge? Through school? Your...
      - 12 days ago 14 Feb 17, 6:21pm -
    • Fire at St John's Church caused by failure of fluorescent lights
      The fire at Rotorua's St John's Church was not deliberately lit but was caused by the failure of a set of fluorescent lights, an investigation has found.Fire Service Central-Lakes region assistant area commander Hamish Smith and...
      - 13 days ago 13 Feb 17, 6:13am -
    • Myanmar Rohingya crisis: The horror the world isn't watching
      Beaten, abused, raped and killed. With nowhere to turn these people are not even classified as citizens. And the world is doing nothing about it.Regarded as "the most persecuted people on the planet" the plight of the Rohingya was...
      - 15 days ago 11 Feb 17, 1:30am -
    • Gloriavale through the lens
      When photographer Cameron McLaren visited the reclusive Christian community of Gloriavale, he expected to be told what he could and could not photograph and to have an ever-present guide.But McLaren, who spent two days at the Haupiri...
      - 16 days ago 10 Feb 17, 5:00pm -

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    • newDaily Caller Seeks Milo Yiannopoulos’s Catholic Priest
      From the Daily Caller: Where Is The Priest Who Sexually Abused Milo Yiannopoulos? Lost in the crushing sound of Milo Yiannopoulos’ fall has been the revelation that he was sexually abused by a priest named “Fr. Michael.” …Milo was raised Cat…
      - 17 hours ago 25 Feb 17, 2:25pm -
    • Bill Maher Under Fire Over Long-Known Views on Female Teachers and Statutory Rape
      A headline from the Boston Globe: Bill Maher, who aided Yiannopoulos’ fall, also defended sex with children While from USA Today: Like Milo Y, Bill Maher once defended sex between adults and minors And so on. Allegedly “soft” views on the subje…
      - 1 day ago 25 Feb 17, 12:19am -
    • Some Notes on Milo Yiannopoulos and George Takei
      From the Independent: …Milo Yiannopoulos has attacked liberal media organisations for not scrutinising comments Star Trek actor and LGBTQ activist George Takei made about his own sexual abuse. The former alt-right hero apologised for his quotes t…
      - 3 days ago 23 Feb 17, 3:02pm -
    • Time for Milo Yiannopoulos to Contact Kent Police?
      A further post on Milo Yiannopoulos’s Facebook page: This week, for political gain, the media and the Republican establishment accused a child abuse victim of enabling child abuse. It’s sick. This, of course, is Yiannopoulos’s new perspective…
      - 4 days ago 22 Feb 17, 11:37am -
    • Milo Yiannopoulos Regrets: When a Provocateur Turns to Damage Control
      From the Facebook page of professional provocateur and controversalist Milo Yiannopoulos: I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim. …I am horrified by pedophilia and I have devoted large portions of my career as a journalist to exposing child abus…
      - 5 days ago 21 Feb 17, 10:42am -
    • A Note on Melania Trump and The Lord’s Prayer as a Rallying Cry
      From Fox News: Melania Trump attacked for reciting ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ at campaign rally Leftists on social media tore into First Lady Melania Trump, mocking her accent and religion and branding her everything from a hostage to a whore – all…
      - 6 days ago 20 Feb 17, 10:31am -

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