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  • Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

    Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

    Travis and Wenona Rossiter have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the faith healing death of Syble Rossiter, their 12-year-old daughter. The couple belong to the Church of the First Born -- theologically a cult of Christianity based on its ex…
    - 35 days ago 22 Dec 14, 9:02am -
  • Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

    Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

    November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists. Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here's the Internet Movie Database listin…
    - 46 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:22am -
  • Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member

    Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member

    A former Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult member awaiting trial after 17 years on the run is still brainwashed. Also: Destiny Church's controversial, self-appointed 'bishop' Brian Tamaki told his devoted followers that God wanted them to give high-denomi…
    - 50 days ago 7 Dec 14, 3:36pm -
  • Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism

    Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism

    A woman and here family prayed for the resurrection of their dead husband and father for 6 months. Plus: how will religious fundamentalist react to robots? Also: is the man who shot up downtown Austin buildings a member of a 'Christian Identity' ha…
    - 55 days ago 2 Dec 14, 4:59pm -
  • Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed

    Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed

    A court in Haarlem, Netherlands, has postponed its decision on the extradition of controversial rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted in Israel on sexual abuse charges.Full story: Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed
    - 56 days ago 1 Dec 14, 2:20pm -
  • Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

    Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

    Prosecutors have dropped charges against Micah Moore, who falsely confessed to the murder of Bethany Deaton, the wife of his spiritual leader. Deaton's death had been ruled a suicide before Moore's admission. Prosecutors now say they will keep the…
    - 86 days ago 1 Nov 14, 1:14am -
  • A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

    A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

    Join 14,400+ people (and one plagiarist) who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed.Full story: A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog
    - 87 days ago 30 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola?Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians wor…
    - 88 days ago 30 Oct 14, 5:29pm -
  • Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim. In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they a…
    - 90 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:20am -
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  • Atheism, agnosticism and belief: Thoughts on going with or without God
    The Times' front-page article Monday on Ryan Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist minister nearing the end of his "year without God," prompted dozens of readers to ruminate on religion, spirituality, atheism and agnosticism. The handful of letters...
    - 31 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:44pm -
  • Godless? This group wants to hear from you
    The billboard went up the other day, just in time for Christmas. It rang in a different kind of cheer, from a group that insists the holidays have been hijacked by the heavens. The advertorial shows a picture of Earth from space, with the words:...
    - 33 days ago 24 Dec 14, 11:09am -
  • Unfinished Spanish cathedral is being built on 53 years of faith
    There are hundreds of magnificent cathedrals across Europe, so why do streams of visitors journey to a Madrid suburb to see an unfinished cathedral being built largely with discarded materials and without blueprints by an eccentric, elderly man? My…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:03pm -
  • Religion in America: Good without God?
    There are certain topics on which our letter writers and online commenters talk past the author of the piece who prompted them to respond. They don't address points raised in the original article; instead, they use the piece as a way to express whate…
    - 48 days ago 9 Dec 14, 4:56pm -
  • Diocese of Orange gets $20 million for Crystal Cathedral renovation
    An anonymous donor has given the Diocese of Orange $20 million to help transform Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral into the county's center of Catholic life — the largest cash gift it has received. The money, given to the Orange Catholic F…
    - 52 days ago 4 Dec 14, 9:00pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Application deadline: Feb. 1. Young Organists Competition, co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, scheduled for May 17 at the monastery. Three organists will be selected from…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 10:03pm -
  • Religion events around the Washington area
    Application deadline: Feb. 1. Young Organists Competition, co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, scheduled for May 17 at the monastery. Three organists will be selected from…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jan 15, 4:06am -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Application deadline: Feb. 1. Young Organists Competition, co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, scheduled for May 17 at the monastery. Three organists will be selected from…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jan 15, 10:29pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Daily through Tuesday, 10 a.m.: Cathedral creche exhibition, an annual display of Nativity scenes from around the world. Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 o…
    - 23 days ago 3 Jan 15, 2:26am -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Daily through Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.: Epiphany, an Episcopal Church in Herndon, hosts a hypothermia shelter for Fairfax County’s homeless. Operated by FACETS, a Fairfax County-based poverty relief organization, the shelter can serve as man…
    - 30 days ago 26 Dec 14, 10:33pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will sponsor a dinner on Christmas from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. for those who are alone or in need. Volunteers are needed to feed the expected 1,600 people. Some will be fed in the basilica…
    - 36 days ago 21 Dec 14, 5:13am -

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  • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Davila v. Marshall, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6167 (SD GA, Jan. 20, 2014), a Georgia federal magistrate judge dismissed on mootness and qualified immunity grounds an inmate's complaint that he was denied a Santeria bead necklace and his bible.In Gre…
    - 14 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • newNew Report On Antisemitism Presented To Israeli Government
    Jerusalem Post reports that the Coordination Forum For Countering Antisemitism today presented to the Israeli government its 2014 Report on antisemitism. (Full text of report.) Here is an excerpt from the Report's Overview:2014 was marked by an alarm…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 2:14pm -
  • District Court Invalidates Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Bans
    In Searcy v. Strange, (SD AL, Jan. 23, 2015), an Alabama federal district court invalidated Alabama statutory and constitutonal provisions that bar same-sex marriage.  The court found that the provisions are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jan 15, 1:20am -
  • California Judicial Ethics Code Changed To Bar Judges From Membership In Boy Scouts
    As reported by the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday, the California Supreme Court approved a recommendation of an ethics advisory committee to strengthen the prohibition in California Code of Judicial Ethics, Sec. 2.C. that prohibits judges from holdi…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jan 15, 12:31am -
  • Police Sued For Requiring Muslim Woman To Remove Hijab While Being Booked
    The Detroit News reports on a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Michigan federal district court by a Muslim woman who was required by Dearborn Heights (MI) police to remove her hijab while she was being booked on a traffic misdemeanor charge.  Malak Kaza…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 11:39pm -
  • Judge Pressures Husband To Give Jewish Divorce Document
    A New York trial court judge has again raised the issue of how far a civil court may go in pressuring parties in a divorce action to perform a religious act.  Yesterday's New York Post reports that Brooklyn judge  Esther Morgenstern, in divorce pr…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:20pm -
  • USCIRF Criticizes Pending Legislation In Burma
    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in a press release yesterday strongly condemned a package of race and religion bills being considered by Burma's Parliament. USCIRF argued that the bills restrict religious freedom and discrimina…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:15pm -
  • Legal Documents In Eruv Litigation Now Available Online
    Beginning in 2011, individuals and groups opposed to Jewish organizations placing eruvs in three Long Island, New York towns have been involved in litigation attempting to prevent their creation.  Now O'Dwyers has created a page with links to all…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:10pm -
  • Proposed Oklahoma Bill Would Eliminate Marriage Licenses
    Oklahoma State Representative Todd Russ has introduced a bill into the Oklahoma legislature that would create a unique response to federal decisions requiring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  As reported by KSWO News, his bill…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:05pm -
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  • new#7: The Third Target

    #7: The Third Target

    The Third Target Joel C. Rosenberg (Author) (139)Release Date: January 6, 2015 Buy new: $26.99 $14.84 82 used & new from $13.59(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.…
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#1: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

    #1: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

    Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All Karen Ehman (Author) (63)Release Date: January 6, 2015 Buy new: $15.99 $12.42 79 used & new from $8.28(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authorita…
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#2: Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

    #2: Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

    Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life Ruth Soukup (Author) (100)Release Date: December 30, 2014 Buy new: $15.99 $9.59 75 used & new from $9.32(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative informatio…
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#9: The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness

    #9: The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness

    The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness Frank Lipman M.D. (Author), Danielle Claro (Author) (32)Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Buy new: $19.95 $11.97 81 used & new from $4.57(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion &…
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#3: The Amish Nanny (Amish Romance) (Amish Maids Book 1)

    #3: The Amish Nanny (Amish Romance) (Amish Maids Book 1)

    The Amish Nanny (Amish Romance) (Amish Maids Book 1) Samantha Price (Author) (16)Download: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#6: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

    #6: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

    Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All Karen Ehman (Author) (63)Download: $7.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • new#4: Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong

    #4: Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong

    Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong Sophie Hudson (Author) (17)Publication Date: January 16, 2015 Buy new: $15.99 $11.05 49 used & new from $9.68(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for auth…
    - 6 mins ago 26 Jan 15, 6:13am -

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  • Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief

    Dear Readers, We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as we’ve enjoyed reporting and writing it, but it’s time for the next stage in Belief’s evolution. Like the rest of our colleagues at CNN, we’re “going there” … to a spiff…
    - 20 days ago 5 Jan 15, 9:19pm -
  • Jerusalem terror attack 'strikes at soul' of Jews worldwide

    Jerusalem terror attack 'strikes at soul' of Jews worldwide

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Books, filled with prayers for peace, splattered with blood. Sacred vestments shredded by bullets and knives. Lifeless bodies in the sanctuary. The rabbis had gathered to ask God to bestow blessings u…
    - 67 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

    Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged in a surprising new essay. Smit…
    - 75 days ago 11 Nov 14, 7:35pm -
  • How Brittany Maynard forced us to look at death

    How Brittany Maynard forced us to look at death

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - This country is changing rapidly, and at the very time modern medicine puts life-or-death decisions in our hands, organized religion has faded from the lives of many Americans. As the surgeon and writer…
    - 79 days ago 7 Nov 14, 6:48pm -
  • New Chicago archbishop ditches $14 million mansion

    New Chicago archbishop ditches $14 million mansion

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Chicago's new archbishop does not plan to live in the $14 million mansion that housed many of his predecessors but was seen by some Catholics as out of touch with Pope Francis' emphasis on simplicity.…
    - 96 days ago 22 Oct 14, 3:18pm -
  • It's hard to change the Catholic Church. Even if you're the Pope.

    It's hard to change the Catholic Church. Even if you're the Pope.

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - As Catholic bishops in Rome began a major meeting on modern family life two weeks ago, Pope Francis encouraged them to speak candidly and "without timidness." He certainly got what he asked for. Bishops…
    - 97 days ago 20 Oct 14, 6:50pm -
  • Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

    Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high. His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five…
    - 15 Oct 14, 8:33pm -
  • Why I got arrested in Ferguson

    Why I got arrested in Ferguson

    Opinion by Lisa Sharon Harper, Special to CNN Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – It seems every few months for the past few decades we witness fresh protests to push a prosecutor to indict the killer of a black man – especially if that killer is white. I…
    - 15 Oct 14, 7:41pm -
  • Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

    Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

    Rome (CNN) - Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships. In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have "gifts to…
    - 14 Oct 14, 4:46pm -

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  • Pope to new cardinals - No flashy parties
    Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum - and keep their egos in check - when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month.In a letter written to the 20 new princes of the church...
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 2:01am -
  • Hundreds join peaceful 'Je suis Muslim' rally in Sydney
    Hundreds of Muslims rallied in Sydney on Friday night to protest negative media coverage of Islam and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo's depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.Police said 14 people were moved on from the rally for...
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 1:43am -
  • Women more likely to believe in God - study
    Women are far more likely to believe in God than men, a major study of attitudes among middle-aged Britons has found.Atheism and agnosticism are the majority creed among the male population, but almost two thirds of women believe...
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • Millions of Filipinos turn out in Manila park for Pope's messages of hope
    An estimated three million people filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines last night, braving a steady rain to hear his message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian...
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • 10 Charlie Hebdo protesters die in Niger
    At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo 's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.President Mahamadou Issoufou said five deaths were...
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Isis women incite terror acts in UK
    The role of British female jihadists in inciting terrorism in the UK has been uncovered by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London, which has identified a group of around 30 female...
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Editorial: Provocations Charlie Hebdo's way, not for all
    The Herald did not publish this week the cover of the Charlie Hebdo magazine featuring a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad. We were free to do so, had we chosen, as the photograph of the cover was widely available and some news...
    - 10 days ago 16 Jan 15, 5:00pm -

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