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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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  • newA modern mosque without minarets stirs controversy in Tehran
    Iranian hardliners are refusing to recognise the new Vali-e-Asr mosque next to the City theatre as a place of worshipWhen the Tehran authorities commissioned the construction of a mosque near the City theatre – one of Iranian capital’s most disti…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 6:55pm -
  • newA Sikh ethnic tick box is needed in the UK’s 2021 census | Letters
    Sikhs should be recognised as an ethnic group and not simply a religion, writes Preet Kaur Gill MP, chair of the All-Party Group for British SikhsIt is a legal fact that the House of Lords ruled in the Mandla v Dowell-Lee case of 1983 that Sikhs are…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 5:40pm -
  • newThe Guardian view on Australia’s same-sex vote: say yes | Editorial
    Anyone who believes in justice and equality for all can only vote one way in national postal survey on marriage equality. It’s the start of real reformVoting in Australia is usually compulsory, but the national postal survey on marriage equality cu…
    - 17 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 12:28pm -
  • newI produced My Week As a Muslim. Its intention was to educate, not offend | Fozia Khan
    Our use of ‘brownface’ is nothing to do with mockery – it’s about opening the eyes of someone who has misconceptions about Muslim lifeThe idea for making the documentary My Week As a Muslim came to me after I spent almost a year in Birmingham…
    - 17 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 12:27pm -
  • Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples
    Diocese of Hereford proposes motion to allow official blessing after civil partnership or secular marriage ceremonyThe Church of England will debate blessings for same-sex couples for the first time after a motion to discuss the issue was put forward…
    - 3 days ago 20 Oct 17, 11:04pm -


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    • Unknown Unknowns: Three Inquiries Into Religion
      What is religion? New books by a philosopher, a sociologist and a theologian give different answers.
      - 4 days ago 20 Oct 17, 10:00am -
    • Prayers of the Persecuted Around the World
      Monika Bulaj’s discovery that her grandmother’s Polish town was once home to a thriving Jewish community that perished in the Holocaust set her on a 30-year journey documenting religious persecution.
      - 12 days ago 12 Oct 17, 9:00am -
    • Prayers of the Persecuted Around the World
      Monika Bulaj’s discovery that her grandmother’s Polish town was once home to a thriving Jewish community that perished in the Holocaust set her on a 30-year journey documenting religious persecution.
      - 12 days ago 12 Oct 17, 8:05am -
    • The Truth and Fiction of Adam and Eve
      In a new cultural history of the origins and readings of the Genesis story, Stephen Greenblatt traces a long arc.
      - 17 days ago 6 Oct 17, 5:50pm -
    • In Indonesia, a Mosque and a Church Foster Friendship Amid Religious Tensions
      Christians and Muslims share a street and much more in Jakarta, setting an example of pluralism as fears of religious intolerance rise in the Muslim-majority nation.
      - 20 days ago 4 Oct 17, 3:45pm -
    • A Proposal for Islam
      Muslims should not be compelled to practice the religion in the way authorities define.
      - 26 days ago 28 Sep 17, 9:16am -

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    • newBritain's Court of Appeal Invalidates Sex-Segregated Classes In Co-Ed Faith Schools
      In HM Chief Inspector of Education v. Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School, (EWCA, Oct. 13, 2017), the England and Wales Court of Appeal held that a Muslim school which admits both boys and girls, but for religious reasons separates them into…
      - 18 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 11:05am -
    • newRecent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Rex Ahdar, Is Freedom of Conscience Superior to Freedom of Religion?,(October 17, 2017).Teresa Stanton Collet, The Urgency of Restoring the Catholic (and Catholic) Nature of Higher Education, (Leisure and Labor Conference, Ignatius Press (2…
      - 19 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 11:00am -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Davis v. Heyns, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 20377 (6th Cir, Oct 16, 2017), the 6th Circuit affirmed dismissal of an Muslim inmate's complaint that the only religious diet he could receive was the vegan diet.In Cooper v. Bower, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17…
      - 1 day ago 22 Oct 17, 11:02pm -
    • Minister May Move Ahead With "As Applied" Challenge to Disturbing-The-Peace Ordinance
      In Roy v City of Monroe, (WD LA, Oct. 19, 2017), a Louisiana federal district court allowed plaintiff Clarence Roy to move ahead with an "as applied" First Amendment challenge to Monroe, Louisiana's disturbing-the-peace ordinance.  Roy is a ministe…
      - 3 days ago 20 Oct 17, 7:56pm -
    • No Unemployment Benefits Where Religious Objections Leading To Resignation Were Not Disclosed
      In Kelly v. Unemployment Compensation Review Board, (Commonwealth Ct. PA, Oct. 17, 2017), a Pennsylvania appellate court affirmed the denial of unemployment compensation benefits to an employee who resigned her job for religious reasons, but did not…
      - 4 days ago 20 Oct 17, 11:05am -
    • Quebec Enacts New Religious Neutrality Law
      In Canada in Wednesday, Quebec's National Assembly passed Bill 62 (full text) which is designed to assure that those providing government services, including subsidized educational institutions, adhere to principles of religious neutrality.  Excepti…
      - 4 days ago 20 Oct 17, 11:00am -
    • USCIRF Condemns Pakistan's Blasphemy Convictions of Ahmadis
      The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a press release yesterday condemning Pakistan for sentencing three Ahmadis to death for blasphemy.  Voice of America reports that the three were sentenced Wednesday by a court in Pakistan…
      - 5 days ago 19 Oct 17, 11:20am -
    • Court Dismisses Parents' Complaint of Coerced Baptism of Son
      In Defibaugh v. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio Board of Trustees,  (ND OH, Oct. 16, 2017), an Ohio federal district court dismissed a suit by parents of a minor child who contend that the mentor assigned by a juvenile court to their min…
      - 5 days ago 19 Oct 17, 11:15am -
    • 4th Circuit: Latin Cross War Memorial Violates Establishment Clause
      In American Humanist Association v. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, (4th Cir., Oct. 18, 2017), the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision held that a 40-foot tall Latin Cross on government property created as a W…
      - 5 days ago 19 Oct 17, 11:10am -
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    • Priscilla Presley becomes latest celebrity to quit Scientology
      Priscilla Presley has become the latest celebrity to walk away from the controversial Church of Scientology, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.Presley, 72, who has been a member of the religious sect which counts Tom Cruise and John...
      - 2 days ago 22 Oct 17, 12:54am -

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