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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? 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 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 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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  • newRow over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service
    Blog claims sermon by imam at Oxford church contrary to ‘sacred act of divine worship’ in keeping with C of E ritesAn invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a eucharist service in an Oxford church on Sunday has triggered compla…
    - 21 hours ago 20 Oct 18, 7:00am -
  • Religious pharmacist allegedly denies woman post-miscarriage medication
    Meijer employee said being ‘a good Catholic male’ prevented him from filling a woman’s prescription, ACLU complaint saysA woman who suffered a miscarriage was refused vital medication by a pharmacy in Petoskey, Michigan, because the pharmacist…
    - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 5:39pm -
  • Chopped liver with a side of Jewish dietary law | Letters
    Lydia Woolley notes that onions should not be sautéd in butter as mixing milk (or milk products) and meat is prohibitedRegarding the chopped liver recipe in Weekend (My life in food, 13 September): yes chopped liver is very much a staple in most Jew…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 3:55pm -
  • Pope Francis willing to visit North Korea, Vatican official says
    Conditions would have to be met before invitation from Kim Jong-un could be acceptedPope Francis will seriously consider making an unprecedented visit to North Korea, but some conditions would have to be met, a senior Vatican official has said.An inv…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 11:10am -
  • 'Pope Francis has questions to answer': America's Catholics in crisis over abuse scandals
    The church is reeling from the fallout as at least 13 states have launched investigations, and pews are emptyingA few weeks after the devastating extent of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania was laid bare in a 900-page grand…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 8:00am -


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    • No Free Exercise Violation In Ban of Patron From City Swim Club
      In White v. Simpson, (WD AR, Oct. 10, 2018), an Arkansas federal district court dismissed plaintiff's claims that his free exercise rights were infringed when he was banned from the premises of a city aquatic club.  The ban was based on his distrac…
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 9:14pm -
    • House of Lords Debates Religious Intolerance In UK
      On Wednesday in Britain the House of Lords engaged in an extensive debate on religious intolerance and prejudice in the United Kingdom. (Full text of the Parliamentary debate.) Lord Hain described the seriousness of the problem in Britain:We have gro…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 11:15am -
    • Campus Pro-Life Speech Case Settled
      An ADF press release reports that a settlement has been reached in Ratio Christi of Kennesaw State University v. Olens.  In the suit, a student group charged that the Georgia college limited its pro-life display to a small area set aside as a "spee…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 11:10am -
    • Plagiarism Is A Problem In Christian Publishing World
      RNS reports on the problem of plagiarism in the Christian publishing world as earlier this  month a settlement was reached in which best-selling Christian author Christine Caine was sued for lifting portions of author Cary Scott's 2015 book "Untang…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 11:05am -
    • DOJ Investigates Clergy Sexual Abuse in PA, NY; New Civil Suit In Illinois
      CNN reported yesterday that the U.S. Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to seven of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania in the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sex abuse since 1947. (See prior posting).  Separately, the Justice…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 11:00am -
    • Four New Holiday Season Postage Stamps Issued
      The U.S. Postal Service this month has issued four new stamps for the December holiday season: a Madonna and Child Christmas stamp; a classic Santa Claus Christmas stamp; a Hanukkah stamp (issued jointly with Israel Post); and a Kwanzaa stamp. JTA ha…
      - 3 days ago 18 Oct 18, 11:15am -
    • Washington Archdiocese Posts List of Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Since 1948
      Catholic News Service reports that the Archdiocese of Washington, DC this week posted on its website the  names of 28 former clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1948. (Full list). The Archdiocese says that there hav…
      - 3 days ago 18 Oct 18, 11:10am -
    • Two Dioceses Sued Over Transfer of Known Sex Abuser Priest
      Tampa Bay Times reported yesterday on a lawsuit filed against the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg (Florida) and the Long Island, New York Diocese of Rockville Centre. The suit was filed by Mark Cattell who says that as a 9-year old in 1981 he was…
      - 3 days ago 18 Oct 18, 11:05am -
    • 8th Circuit Oral Arguments In Wedding Videographers' Refusal To Serve Same-Sex Couples
      The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard oral arguments (audio of full oral arguments) in Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey.  In the case,  a Minnesota federal district court rejected a challenge to a provision of the Minnesota Human R…
      - 3 days ago 18 Oct 18, 11:00am -
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    Religion Books: New Releases

    • new#7: Matrimony & Mayhem: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 11)

      #7: Matrimony & Mayhem: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 11)

      Matrimony & Mayhem: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 11) Hope Callaghan (Author) (38)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this produc…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#1: The Ragged Edge of Night

      #1: The Ragged Edge of Night

      The Ragged Edge of Night Olivia Hawker (Author) (961)Buy new: $4.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#2: Racing to the Finish: My Story

      #2: Racing to the Finish: My Story

      Racing to the Finish: My Story Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Author), Ryan McGee (Contributor) (16)Release Date: October 16, 2018 Buy new: $26.99 $16.19 80 used & new from $15.41(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative in…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#9: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

      #9: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

      How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Sy Montgomery (Author), Rebecca Green (Illustrator) (33)Release Date: September 25, 2018 Buy new: $20.00 $12.62 13 used & new from $12.62(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#3: The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

      #3: The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven

      The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom (Author) (57)Release Date: October 9, 2018 Buy new: $23.99 $14.38 95 used & new from $10.31(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#6: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

      #6: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

      Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Anne Lamott (Author) (3)Release Date: October 16, 2018 Buy new: $20.00 $12.00 93 used & new from $12.00(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's curr…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -
    • new#4: Harry Potter: A History of Magic

      #4: Harry Potter: A History of Magic

      Harry Potter: A History of Magic by Pottermore Publishing (Author, Publisher), Ben Davies (Author), Natalie Dormer (Narrator) (8)Buy new: $29.95 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this produ…
      - 1 min ago 21 Oct 18, 4:02am -

    Pew Forum Religion News Links

    • Acknowledgements
      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 Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Di…
      - 18 days ago 2 Oct 18, 5:56pm -
    • Methodology
      The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 18 to 24, 2018, among a national sample of 1,754 adults (including 336 Catholics), 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (439 r…
      - 18 days ago 2 Oct 18, 5:56pm -
    • Confidence in Pope Francis Down Sharply in U.S.
      Just three-in-ten Catholic adults say Francis is doing an excellent or good job addressing the sex abuse scandal, down 14 points from this January and 24 points since 2015.
      - 18 days ago 2 Oct 18, 5:56pm -
    • How the religious typology groups compare
      Use this tool to compare the religious typology groups on key topics and demographics.
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 2:18pm -
    • Religious typology quiz
      Are you a Sunday Stalwart? Solidly Secular? Or somewhere in between? Take our quiz to find out which one of the religious typology groups is your best match and see how you compare with our nationally representative survey of more than 4,000 U.S. adu…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 2:16pm -
    • Appendix B: Methodology
      The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit-dial surveys. Panelists participate via monthly self-administere…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 1:55pm -
    • Appendix A: About the religious typology
      The religious typology divides the public into seven groups based on their answers to 16 questions that measure their religious and spiritual beliefs, their engagement with their faith, and the religious and nonreligious sources of meaning and fulfil…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 1:55pm -
    • 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 Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Rich Morin, Senior Editor Gregory A. Smith,…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 1:55pm -
    • 5. The demographic characteristics of religious typology groups
      Although demographic indicators – including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and education – were not used as factors to create the typology groups, there are clear patterns across the seven groups. The religious typology groups roughly move from…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 1:55pm -
    • 4. Politics and policy
      Sunday Stalwarts and God-and-Country Believers tend to be Republicans, while Religion Resisters, the Solidly Secular and the Spiritually Awake are generally Democrats. The other two groups are somewhat more mixed in their partisanship. These patterns…
      - 53 days ago 29 Aug 18, 1:54pm -

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    • newPastor talks of breakdown in Turkey, but also forgiveness
      VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — People the Brunsons had known testified against him, but Andrew Brunson said, "It's not an option not to forgive; we are required to as Christians."The post Pastor talks of breakdown in Turkey, but also forgiveness appea…
      - 5 hours ago 20 Oct 18, 11:29pm -
    • newSilenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead
      BEIRUT (AP) — Friends recalled Jamal Khashoggi as a devout Muslim who loved his homeland, an avid history buff and a humble man with a sense of humor.The post Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead appeared first on Religion News…
      - 5 hours ago 20 Oct 18, 11:20pm -
    • newThe name “Mormon”: Why all the fuss, and why now?
      President Nelson is right that this "Mormon" name correction is neither cosmetic nor inconsequential. Rather, it may become a defining characteristic of a religion that is anxious to separate the wheat from the chaff in the pluralistic 21st century.…
      - 8 hours ago 20 Oct 18, 7:59pm -
    • Photos of the Week
      This week’s gallery includes images from Hindu festival celebrations in Asia, Mapuche marches in Chile and more.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 10:00pm -
    • Producers announce 2019 release of ‘The Least of These’ honoring 20th anniversary of true story
      DALLAS, Tx. — Skypass Entertainment today announced its debut film, “The Least of These,” will receive a national theatrical release in early 2019. Starring Stephen Baldwin (”The Usual Suspects”), actress Shari Rigby (“October Baby”), a…
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 9:46pm -
    • India’s Durga Puja celebrates divine feminine with modern takes on ancient ritual
      KOLKATA, India (RNS) — Elaborately designed bamboo pandals have serious themes, from the trafficking of women to child labor at tea shops to the plastic surgery obsession among young adults.The post India’s Durga Puja celebrates divine feminine…
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 9:10pm -
    • Politics as a substitute for religion will inevitably let you down
      (RNS) — Please, get involved. Vote! But don’t kid yourself that political outcomes will bring you meaning, purpose or salvation. The post Politics as a substitute for religion will inevitably let you down appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 8:23pm -
    • Religious freedom advocate Charles Haynes: ‘It’s not a choice’
      WASHINGTON (RNS) — First Amendment scholar, to be honored after retiring from the Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center, talks about the state of religious freedom and his private faith.The post Religious freedom advocate Charles Ha…
      - 1 day ago 19 Oct 18, 6:38pm -
    • All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit
      CHICAGO (AP) — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.The post All Illinois Ca…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 3:28pm -
    • Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling
      NEW DELHI (AP) — The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if women ages 10-50 tried to enter the shrine.The post Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling appeared first…
      - 2 days ago 19 Oct 18, 3:01pm -

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