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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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    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…
    - 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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  • newChallenge To Religious Anti-Discrimination Waiver Dismissed For Lack of Standing
    In Maddonna v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (D SC, Nov. 13, 2019), a South Carolina federal district court dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to action by the federal government and the state that, through a waiver of anti-d…
    - 7 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 12:15pm -
  • newGambia Sues Myanmar In International Court of Justice Over Rohingya Genocide
    The International Court of Justice announced this week that the Republic of Gambia has instituted proceedings against Myanmar alleging actions taken and condoned against Rohingya Muslims violated the Genocide Convention. The full text of Gambia's Nov…
    - 7 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 12:10pm -
  • newState Must Issue "IM GOD" Vanity License Plate
    In Hart v. Thomas, (ED KY, Nov. 13, 2019), a Kentucky federal district court held that a car owner's First Amendment rights were infringed when the state refused to issue him a vanity licence plate reading "IM GOD".  The court said in part:...[A]vo…
    - 7 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 12:05pm -
  • new11th Circuit: Christian School Can Proceed In Challenge To Pre-Game Loudspeaker Prayer Ban
    In Cambridge Christian School, Inc. v. Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc., (11th Cir., Nov. 13, 2019), the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a Christian school could move ahead with its complaint that its free speech and free…
    - 7 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 12:00pm -
  • 5th Circuit Upholds Stay of Execution For Buddhist Inmate
    In Murphy v. Collier, (5th Cir., Nov. 12, 2019), the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, upheld a stay of execution granted last week by a Texas federal district court in the case of a Buddhist inmate who challenges the access he w…
    - 1 day ago 13 Nov 19, 12:05pm -
  • Village Sues Church Over Its Homeless Shelter
    RNS reports that the affluent Chicago suburb of Village of Orland Park has filed suit against Hope Covenant Church seeking to close down its homeless shelter== the first in the village in over 30 years.  According to RNS:With temperatures dipping do…
    - 1 day ago 13 Nov 19, 12:00pm -
  • FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crime Statistics
    Today the FBI released its 2018 Hate Crime Statistics. In 2018, 7,120 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI by law enforcement authorities. These involved 8,496 offenses,  That was down from 7,175 incidents in 2017. Of 7,036 single-bias inci…
    - 2 days ago 12 Nov 19, 3:24pm -
  • Switzerland's Rejection of Asylum Claim By Christian Convert Violates Human Rights Convention
    In A.A. v. Switzerland, (ECHR, Nov. 5, 2019) (full text of decision in French), the European Court of Human Rights held that Switzerland had violated Art. 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) i…
    - 2 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:05pm -
  • Japan's New Emperor To Celebrate Enthronement Rite of Night With Goddess
    According to WION, this Thursday brings the last major enthronement rite for Japan's new Emperor Naruhito-- spending the night with the sun goddess from whom some believe the Emperor is descended. This ceremony, known as the Daijosai has led to a s…
    - 2 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:00pm -
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  • In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
    The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.
    - 28 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • Methodology
    Each year, Pew Research Center conducts several random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone (cellphones and landlines) surveys about political topics.6 Most of the analysis in this report is based on aggregated results from the complete set of those surveys c…
    - 28 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • 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 Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Re…
    - 28 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day
    Religion in public schools has long been a controversial issue. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that teachers and administrators cannot lead prayers in public schools, and a decision in 2000 barred school districts from sponsoring student-led pr…
    - 42 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Philip Schwadel, Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln             Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associat…
    - 42 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:26pm -
  • Methodology
    The analysis of adolescents in this report is based on a self-administered web survey conducted from March 29 to April 14, 2019, among a sample of 1,811 dyads, with each dyad – or pair – comprised of one U.S. adolescent ages 13 to 17 and one pare…
    - 42 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:26pm -
  • Religion in the Public Schools
    More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to fight over the place of religion in public schools. Questions about religion in the classroom no longer make quite as m…
    - 42 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:00pm -
  • 2. Factors linked with religious knowledge
    Religious affiliation is just one of several factors linked with religious knowledge. The survey shows, for example, that religious knowledge is also very closely linked with how many years of schooling a person has received. In addition, a variety o…
    - 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -
  • 1. Which religious groups know what about religion?
    Based on religious affiliation (or lack thereof), the groups that display the highest levels of religious knowledge on this survey include Jews (who get an average of 18.7 out of 32 questions correct), self-described atheists (17.9) and self-describe…
    - 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -
  • 3. How strongly are religious, social and demographic factors linked with religious knowledge?
    The results of the survey suggest that there are many traits that are linked with levels of religious knowledge. These include demographic factors, such as age and education, as well as religious affiliation. But which of these traits are strongly co…
    - 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -

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  • newRNS Opening Budget — Thursday, November 14, 2019
    COMMENTARY RNS-Dale-Oped: The movie ‘The Report’ may be all the truth and reconciliation we get on torture (RNS) — One congregation in New Jersey has long spoken out about the United States’ torture regime in Iraq, even reading the 2014 Tortu…
    - 2 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 4:19pm -
  • newSex scandals show why evangelicals need to recover the sacrament of confession
    (RNS) — Imagine a church where everyone, including the senior pastor, was required to have a person they confessed to. For one, it would help avoid some of the major crises in the failures of leadership.The post Sex scandals show why evangelicals…
    - 3 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 4:12pm -
  • newTrue story of Ireland’s saint comes to life in ‘I Am Patrick’
    Nationwide cinema event March 17 & 18 only features The Lord of the Rings’ John Rhys-Davies VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — This St. Patrick’s Day the little-known yet fascinating and true story of Ireland’s patron saint comes to life on theater screen…
    - 4 hours ago 14 Nov 19, 2:42pm -
  • newTony Evans: On his new Bible and commentary, Kirk Franklin boycott, wife's health
    DALLAS (RNS) — The Dallas pastor says his new study Bible and commentary aim to foster ‘a well-ordered life in a chaotic world.’The post Tony Evans: On his new Bible and commentary, Kirk Franklin boycott, wife's health appeared first on Religi…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 11:51pm -
  • newFederal judge gives Buddhist death row inmate another stay of execution
    (RNS) — The Texas death row inmate’s execution has now been stayed twice this year over concerns for religious freedom.The post Federal judge gives Buddhist death row inmate another stay of execution appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 20 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 10:36pm -
  • newRNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    NEWS STORY RNS-Ukraine-Jews: Why are so many players in the impeachment trial Jewish? (RNS) — Public hearings in the presidential impeachment inquiry begin today Wednesday (Nov. 13), as a parade of witnesses march into the Longworth House Office Bu…
    - 20 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 10:33pm -
  • newWhy are so many players in the impeachment trial Jewish?
    (RNS) — It’s mostly a coincidence, and there’s certainly no connection between them, but there are a few intriguing historical notes that might shed light on this curious set of circumstances.The post Why are so many players in the impeachmen…
    - 20 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 10:30pm -
  • newAbortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops
    (RNS) — Breaking with tradition, the meeting did not include a report on the recently concluded Amazon synod. The post Abortion preeminent issue, global warming not urgent, say bishops appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 20 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 10:27pm -
  • newHow India’s youth are taking to a path shown by a 15th century mystic
    VARANASI, India (RNS) — As Indian millennials chart their own spiritual paths they are leading a revival of the teachings of a mystic who wrote couplets on the nature of the divine and criticized any form of orthodoxy.The post How India’s youth…
    - 22 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 9:15pm -
  • newAt the Vatican, big-tech and interfaith groups team up to protect minors on the web
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A coalition of big-tech companies and interreligious institutions meeting at the Vatican Nov. 14-25 seeks to create a safe environment for children on the internet through cooperation and concrete actions.The post At the Vatic…
    - 22 hours ago 13 Nov 19, 9:10pm -

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  • Court Finds For Former MP in Counterclaim Against “VIP Sex Abuse” Accuser
    From the Daily Mail: A former Liberal Democrat MP is to receive libel damages from an alleged fantasist who made unsubstantiated rape claims against him. John Hemming, 58, has scored a major High Court victory against Esther Baker, 36, who has torme…
    - 8 days ago 6 Nov 19, 10:48am -
  • Sandy Hook Conspiracism: A Note on Moon Rock Books
    From CBS News, in June: The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have b…
    - 22 days ago 23 Oct 19, 8:37am -
  • BBC News Probes “Annie Tacker”
    This one is being widely reported – from Phil Kemp at BBC News: There are many unanswered questions surrounding Boris Johnson’s friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. For the past two days I’ve been investigating one of the more…
    - 25 days ago 20 Oct 19, 3:49pm -
  • A Note on Mike Veale in ITV Drama A Confession
    From the Press Centre of British terrestrial broadcaster ITV (emphasis added): A Confession The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (StartUp, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breach…
    - 33 days ago 12 Oct 19, 7:55am -
  • A Note on John Sweeney, Tommy Robinson and the “Adolf Hitler Appreciation Society”
    From the Independent, a few days ago: Veteran investigative journalist John Sweeney called Tommy Robinson a “c***” as he announced his departure from the BBC. “I’m sorry our BBC Panorama on Tommy Robinson wasn’t broadcast,” Mr Swe…
    - 39 days ago 6 Oct 19, 8:23am -
  • UK Prison Reform Activist Joins Conspiracy Milieu
    A heady brew of conspiracy Twitter hashtags from “public speaker and activist” Shaun Attwood: My latest YouTube video: #epstein #clinton #alexjones #infowars #davidicke #princeandrew #maxwell #illuminati #conspiracy #newworldorder #truecrime #mur…
    - 40 days ago 5 Oct 19, 7:20am -

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