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  • 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…
    - 31 days ago 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 -
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

    Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

    A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil have set up Facegloria -- a sin-free version of Facebook, the Telegraph reports.The service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the posting of all-too-revealing selfies, 600 banned words, and anything…
    - 6 Jul 15, 11:32am -
  • International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    Founded in 1979, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments. ICSA is tax-exemp…
    - 6 Jul 15, 6:07am -
  • Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

    Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

    The Christian owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon who denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages, the state's Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled.The bakery refused to bake a wedding cake cake fo…
    - 6 Jul 15, 3:26am -
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  • newMan who harassed MP Luciana Berger online is jailed for two years
    Joshua Bonehill-Paine was found guilty of writing antisemitic blogs about the Labour politician, leaving her feeling ‘under attack’ A man who harassed Luciana Berger, the Labour MP, in a string of antisemitic online rants has been jailed for two…
    - 3 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:35pm -
  • newAssimilation threatens the existence of other cultures | Giles Fraser | Loose canon
    The very nature of community is that there is a boundary between those who are in it and those who are notThis week a doctor from north London was telling me about one of his patients, a lad of 20 who has lived in the borough of Hackney all his life.…
    - 4 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:15pm -
  • newJohnson says Saudi Arabia is a 'puppeteer' in Middle East proxy wars
    Foreign secretary, who has been accused of a series of diplomatic gaffes, breaks with convention by publicly criticising UK ally Boris Johnson accused Saudi Arabia of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars throughout the Middle East, i…
    - 12 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 8:00am -
  • newGerman court rules Muslim girls must take part in swimming lessons
    Constitutional judges say schoolgirl cannot be excused mixed classes on grounds of Islamic dress codesGermany’s highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-y…
    - 23 hours ago 7 Dec 16, 9:20pm -
  • Every Muslim woman I’ve met is integrated | Letters
    What does integration mean? Does it mean contributing to society? Or assimilating into British culture?If the former then I believe every Muslim woman I have ever met is integrated. They go to university, work, take their kids to school and chat with…
    - 1 day ago 7 Dec 16, 7:36pm -

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    • newNew Krakow archbishop named to replace former top papal aide
      WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski from the central Polish city of Lodz will be the new archbishop of Krakow, succeeding the retiring Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Catholic church authorities in Poland announced Thursday.
      - 21 mins ago 8 Dec 16, 7:36pm -
    • newNo mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

      No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

      By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday denied a mistrial for accused white South Carolina gunman Dylann Roof, who a day earlier was described as "evil" in testimony by a survivor of the deadly June 2015 attack on a…
      - 1 hour ago 8 Dec 16, 6:47pm -
    • newCatholic Church leads 'reconciliation' talks in deadlocked DRC

      Catholic Church leads 'reconciliation' talks in deadlocked DRC

      Democratic Republic of Congo's Catholic Church launched "reconciliation" talks on Thursday aimed at ending a political stalemate threatening to push the country back into civil war. President Joseph Kabila triggered a political crisis in October by a…
      - 3 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:37pm -
    • newPope recalls poor families as Rome holiday shopping begins

      Pope recalls poor families as Rome holiday shopping begins

      Pope Francis has recalled struggling families, the jobless and those forced to take "undignified" work as Rome's holiday season begins. Francis drew attention to those on society's margins at ...
      - 4 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:06pm -
    • newPope prays for unemployed at traditional rite in Rome

      Pope prays for unemployed at traditional rite in Rome

      Pope Francis prayed for the unemployed, for families trying to make ends meet and for exploited children on Thursday at a popular wreath-laying ceremony at a statue of the Madonna near Rome's Spanish Steps. The traditional event, which draws thousand…
      - 4 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 3:55pm -
    • newChinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing

      Chinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing

      By Pak Yiu and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a "slap in the face" for Pope Francis just as Rom…
      - 6 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 1:36pm -

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    • newGerman Top Court Says Muslim School Girl Must Take Part In Mixed Swim Classes
      Germany's Federal Constitutional Court-- the country's highest court-- yesterday ruled that an 11-year old Muslim school girl must take part in mixed gender swim classes. According to The Guardian, the girl's parents objected to her taking part even…
      - 8 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 12:05pm -
    • newIsraeli Rabbinate Will Adopt New Standards Likely To Validate Conversion of Ivanka Trump
      As previously reported, in Israel in July the country's Supreme Rabbinical Court (which hears appeals in personal status matters) ruled that it will not recognize religious conversions performed by U.S. modern Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.  Looks…
      - 8 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 12:00pm -
    • Wedding Videographers Sue To Refuse Same-Sex Couples
      The owners of a St. Cloud, Minnesota film and media production company filed suit yesterday in federal district court claiming that the Minnesota Human Rights Act violates their rights under the 1st and 14th Amendments by requiring them "to produce v…
      - 1 day ago 7 Dec 16, 12:15pm -
    • Catholic Principal's Suit Dismissed On Ministerial Exception Ground
      In Ginalski v. Diocese of Gary, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168014 (ND IN, Dec. 5, 2016), an Indiana federal magistrate judge dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by a former principal of a Catholic high school whose contract was not renewed…
      - 1 day ago 7 Dec 16, 12:10pm -
    • Probation Requirement To Stay Away From Church Is Too Broad
      In People v. Saltekoff, (CA App., Nov. 30, 2016), a California appellate court reversed and remanded to the trial court a condition of probation imposed on Jonathan Saltekoff who pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping of a 9-month old infant. The tri…
      - 1 day ago 7 Dec 16, 12:05pm -
    • Merkel Calls For Burqa Ban In Germany
      The Los Angeles Times reports that yesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban in Germany on the burqa and niqab that fully cover the face of Muslim women who wear them.  In a policy speech to her party's congress, she said, "Here, we…
      - 1 day ago 7 Dec 16, 12:00pm -
    • Britain Releases Report On Integration of Ethnic Communities
      Britain's Department for Communities and Local Government yesterday released a report (full text) (Executive Summary) by Dame Louise Casey on integration and opportunity in isolated and deprived communities. It examines immigration and settlement pat…
      - 2 days ago 6 Dec 16, 12:10pm -
    • Congress Passes State Department Authorization Act Including Various Religious Liberty Provisions
      Yesterday evening the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1635, the Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016 (full text). The bill, which had been passed by the Senate in April, now goes to the Pre…
      - 2 days ago 6 Dec 16, 12:05pm -
    • Questions On Abortion and Gay Marriage Violated Rights of Constable Candidate
      In Lloyd v. Birkman, (WD TX, Dec. 2, 2016), a Texas federal district court held that members of the Williamson County (TX) Commissioners' Court violated the equal protection rights of plaintiff when, in an interview for appointment as interim County…
      - 2 days ago 6 Dec 16, 12:00pm -
    • newBe like Mary – say yes to God, but not halfway, Pope Francis says
      Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to say ''yes" to God, just like the Virgin Mary, in his message for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. “Hers is a full yes, without conditions,” he said. "We are experts in the ‘half-yes:’ we are…
      - 4 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:12pm -
    • new‘Unbelievable’ – Persecuted Christian bishops denied UK visas
      U.K. officials denied visas to Middle East Christian bishops from regions that have suffered Islamic State group persecution. The decision prevented the bishops from attending a cathedral consecration and drew strong criticism from groups like the Ba…
      - 4 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 4:09pm -
    • newWomen working in the Vatican create their own association
      Founded by 12 people, the new body, called “Women in the Vatican,” is headed by British journalist Tracy McClure, who’s worked for Vatican Radio for over 20 years and is currently the editor of the English version of L’Osservatore Romano, the…
      - 7 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 1:22pm -
    • newIraqi Christians in U.S. pray to reunite with family at Christmas
      Iraqi Christians pray to be reunited with the families they have left behind at Christmas during Mass at the Chaldean Catholic Church of St. Ephrem in Chicago. Many will not celebrate the holidays as they mourn those who died back home due to religio…
      - 12 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 7:45am -
    • newDisappointment as Senate Republicans drop religious freedom amendment
      Senate Republicans agreed to remove the Russell Amendment, a religious liberty amendment, from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act earlier this week. Religious groups and charities are forced under current legislation to recognize same-sex ma…
      - 12 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 7:44am -
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    • Nicolas Pirsoul: Warning for NZ in rise of extreme form of Islam
      • Nicolas Pirsoul is a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Auckland. His research interests include issues around identity politics, indigenous recognition, democracy and Middle Eastern...
      - 3 days ago 5 Dec 16, 5:00pm -
    • Pope prays for quake-affected Kaikoura
      Leader of the Catholic Church Pope Francis has expressed deep concern for Kiwis affected by last month's quake, having recently experienced large earthquakes in Italy. Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew, whose diocese extends...
      - 8 days ago 1 Dec 16, 4:20am -
    • Brian Tamaki to churchgoers: Earthquakes are God's alarm for end times
      Controversial pentecostal church leader Brian Tamaki is now warning his followers tremors are a divine alarm after blaming recent destructive quakes on gay people. In a blog post the self-styled Destiny Church bishop says earthquakes...
      - 10 days ago 28 Nov 16, 11:10pm -
    • Alan Duff: The more we know, the more we cling to beliefs
      I had a dream I was sitting with family and a few friends when my heart just stopped. I toppled on my side and my last thought was: I'm gone. No parting words to say. Though later in the dreaming night I was telling a friend of...
      - 10 days ago 28 Nov 16, 5:00pm -

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    • Some “Pizzagate” Notes
      From CNN: A suspect arrested Sunday with an assault rifle at a Washington, DC pizzeria admitted he had come to investigate an online conspiracy theory, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday evening in a statement. …”During a p…
      - 3 days ago 5 Dec 16, 10:22am -
    • Andy Woodward: Some Notes on Timing and a “Stalker” Allegation
      (amended – H/T Bandini in the comments) From the Guardian: It began with the former footballer Andy Woodward bravely stepping out of the shadows to describe to the Guardian the sexual abuse he endured as a young player. Two weeks on it has spirall…
      - 4 days ago 4 Dec 16, 11:41am -
    • Scottish Esotericist Who Claimed Maitreya Appeared in Kenya in 1988 Has Died
      Here’s one I missed from a few weeks ago – an obituary in the Daily Telegraph: Benjamin Creme, who has died aged 93, was a Scottish painter, esotericist and author who spent much of his life as an evangelist for the coming of a “new world teac…
      - 6 days ago 2 Dec 16, 11:43am -
    • Women Accuse Billy Graham’s Grandson Tullian Tchividjian of Narcissistic Spiritual Abuse
      (H/T some links via the Christian Post) A website called Spiritual Sounding Board is in the process of publishing an account by a woman named Rachel of her affair with Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor grandson of Billy Graham. Three parts have so f…
      - 7 days ago 1 Dec 16, 12:07pm -
    • “VIP Abuse” Detective who Warned of “Witch-Hunt” Speaks Out
      The Daily Mail has a remarkable interview with the Metropolitan Police’s DCI Paul Settle, speaking in a personal capacity about his work investigating claims of “VIP sex abuse”: DCI Settle had no idea of the ‘poisoned chalice’ he’d been…
      - 9 days ago 29 Nov 16, 10:02am -
    • Patriarch of Moscow Expresses “Respect and Gratitude” For Fidel Castro
      The website of the Russian Orthodox Church carries a letter from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to Raul Castro: Comandante Fidel was one of the most famous and outstanding state leaders of today. He gained international authority and became a legend alr…
      - 10 days ago 28 Nov 16, 12:41pm -

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