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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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  • newBiker nun on a mission to free Tanzania from grip of HIV
    Sister Kate is one of a team promoting testing and treatment that could save millions of livesIt is mid-afternoon and, in a field in rural Tanzania, a meeting about HIV services has turned into an impromptu karate lesson. Families laugh as people tak…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Jul 18, 8:00am -
  • India: suspected vigilantes kill Muslim man transporting cows
    Five to seven people beat man to death on suspicion of cow smuggling, police saySuspected vigilantes killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in India on Saturday, just over a year after a similar attack highlighted the growing influence of pro-Hind…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 18, 11:50am -
  • Caldey Island victim: 'It should be given over to the National Trust'
    A victim of Thaddeus Kotik returns to Caldey after 35 years and is haunted by memories of abuse In the bright sunshine, the monastic island of Caldey looked a picture. Visitors, young and old, hopped off the day trippers’ boats and milled around th…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 3:47pm -
  • Record number of anti-Muslim attacks reported in UK last year
    Report by monitor group Tell Mama finds women are being disproportionately targetedA record number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents of abuse were reported last year, with women disproportionately targeted by mostly male teenage perpetrators, the…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 2:23pm -
  • Labour’s code of conduct isn’t antisemitic – it’s a constructive initiative | Brian Klug
    Critics are preoccupied with the minutiae of the language, but it should be an adaptable living documentWhen two emotive issues collide, the seas of language are liable to run high. This is what happened when Labour announced its new code of conduct…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 1:04pm -


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    • When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs
      Most Americans choose a political party before choosing whether to join a religious community.
      - 11 days ago 11 Jul 18, 2:51pm -
    • Searching for Saraswati
      Hindu nationalism reaches new heights in a quest to find a sacred river.
      - 12 days ago 10 Jul 18, 7:18pm -
    • Do You Believe in Magic? I Do
      Talismans and amulets — objects believed to have magical powers — were once part of any self-respecting doctor’s medicine bag.
      - 24 days ago 28 Jun 18, 9:00am -
    • Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?
      The astrophysicist and novelist Alan Lightman doesn’t think so. And his new book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” explains why.
      - 27 days ago 25 Jun 18, 9:00am -
    • The Fourth Great Awakening
      Parable-based religion has receded from the public square, replaced by heroic myth, and the competitive virtues it celebrates.
      - 31 days ago 21 Jun 18, 11:03pm -
    • Could Southern Baptists Actually Become Feminists?
      The religious institution made history silencing Paige Patterson — but it has been good at evading change, especially in regard to women.
      - 31 days ago 21 Jun 18, 2:30pm -

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    • Israel's First Enforcement of Law Barring Jewish Weddings Outside Official Rabbinate
      Haaretz reports that for the first time Israeli police have attempted to enforce a 2013 law that prohibits rabbis from performing Jewish weddings other than through the official Rabbinate.  Offenses carry a sentence of up to 6 months for conducting…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 11:10am -
    • Suit Challenges Restriction On Farm's Use For Religious Activities
      Yesterday's Sewickley Herald reports on a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal district court on Wednesday by owners of an historic farm who are using their property to host Bible study, a worship night, religious retreats and fundraisers.  Last O…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 11:05am -
    • No Free Exercise Violation In Refusal To Adjourn Trial For Defendant's Holy Day
      In an opinion which sets out few of the facts involved, a New York state appeals court held that the Free Exercise rights of a robbery defendant were not infringed when the trial court denied his request to adjourn court proceedings from Thursday unt…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 11:00am -
    • Israel Passes Watered-Down Version of Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill
      As reported by Haaretz, Israel's Knesset yesterday passed a watered-down version of the controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill (full text).  The Bill, passed as a Basic Law, will have quasi-constitutional status. The new law defines Israel as "the n…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 11:15am -
    • Australian Court Bans Niqab In Spectator's Gallery
      In Australia, a judge in the Victoria Supreme Court has refused to allow the wife of a terrorism defendant to wear a niqab (a full-face veil) in the court's public spectator gallery during her husband's trial.  In The Queen v. Chaarani, (VSC, July…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 11:10am -
    • Christian After-School Program Is Exempt From Illinois Unemployment Taxes
      In By the Hand Club for Kids, NFP, Inc. v. Illinois Department of Employment Security, (IL Cir. Ct., July 18, 2018), an Illinois state trial court held that an evangelical after-school program for impoverished Chicago school children is exempt from…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 11:05am -
    • School's Mission Trip Fundraising Violated Establishment Clause
      In American Humanist Association, Inc. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, (D CO, July 17, 2018), a Colorado federal district court, in a case on remand from the 10th Circuit, held that a school district's promotion and fund raising for a Christ…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 11:00am -
    • Challenge To HHS Family Planning Grant Criteria Fails
      In Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Azar, (D DC, July 16, 2018), the D.C. federal district court dismissed a challenge to an Announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services brought by three Planned Parenthood affiliates and the N…
      - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 11:10am -
    • 3rd Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Minister's Breach of Contract Case
      Last week, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Lee v. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pittsburgh. (Audio of full oral arguments).  In the case, a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed on ministerial exception an…
      - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 11:05am -
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    • new#7: Eat Cake. Be Brave.

      #7: Eat Cake. Be Brave.

      Eat Cake. Be Brave. Melissa Radke (Author) (88)Release Date: July 17, 2018 Buy new: $27.00 $17.70 77 used & new from $17.34(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#1: How to Change Your Mind

      #1: How to Change Your Mind

      How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (Author, Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher) (167)Buy new: $31.50 $26.95 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#2: Last Ride

      #2: Last Ride

      Last Ride G. Michael Hopf (Author) (16)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#9: Brides & Twins Box Set: Mail Order Bride Compilation : Historical Western Romance

      #9: Brides & Twins Box Set: Mail Order Bride Compilation : Historical Western Romance

      Brides & Twins Box Set: Mail Order Bride Compilation : Historical Western Romance Natalie Dean (Author), Eveline Hart (Author) (3)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this produ…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#3: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

      #3: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

      Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (Author, Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher) (2987)Buy new: $24.50 $20.95 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality li…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#6: Scarlett (The Settlers Book 3)

      #6: Scarlett (The Settlers Book 3)

      Scarlett (The Settlers Book 3) Kathleen Ball (Author) (3)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -
    • new#4: Something Precious (Miami Stories Book 3)

      #4: Something Precious (Miami Stories Book 3)

      Something Precious (Miami Stories Book 3) Brooke St. James (Author) (13)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jul 18, 7:32pm -

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    • Muslim Americans Running For Office In Highest Numbers Since 2001

      Muslim Americans Running For Office In Highest Numbers Since 2001

      As many as 100 Muslims filed to run for office this year, according to Muslim political groups, the most since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. About 50 of those candidates remain in the running.
      - 4 days ago 18 Jul 18, 7:56pm -
    • Texas Man Found Guilty Of Hate Crime For Burning Mosque

      Texas Man Found Guilty Of Hate Crime For Burning Mosque

      When fire devastated the Victoria Islamic Center last year, an outpouring of support followed, with neighboring Jewish and Christian congregations offering to host Muslim services.
      - 5 days ago 17 Jul 18, 6:00pm -
    • Late Mother Teresa's Order Investigated For Child Trafficking In India

      Late Mother Teresa's Order Investigated For Child Trafficking In India

      A nun and a worker at a Missionaries of Charity shelter were arrested last week for allegedly selling four infants. India has mandated the investigation of all such facilities run by the order.
      - 6 days ago 17 Jul 18, 7:04am -
    • Creating God

      Creating God

      The world is full of complex religious beliefs. This week, we'll explore how religions have evolved, almost like living organisms, to help human societies survive and flourish.
      - 6 days ago 17 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • A Look At The #MeToo Movement In The Shambhala Buddhist Community

      A Look At The #MeToo Movement In The Shambhala Buddhist Community

      NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Andrea Winn, who started investigating sexual abuse allegations within the Shambhala branch of Buddhism. Recently, that group's religious figurehead stepped down.
      - 7 days ago 15 Jul 18, 9:48pm -


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    • Photos of the Week
      Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 1 day ago 21 Jul 18, 10:00am -
    • Church of England plans to test aspiring clergy for skills, aptitude — and narcissism
      LONDON (RNS) — Better psychological profiling of clergy, experts say, can help to spot pathologies such as narcissism and Machiavellianism that can turn pastors into rivals of the God they purport to serve.The post Church of England plans to test…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 8:39pm -
    • Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand
      (RNS) — "We can't effectively prevent the sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by clergy while habitual and widespread failures in celibacy are quietly tolerated," said a Catholic seminary official.The post Revelations of US cardinal sex ab…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 6:59pm -
    • Humanae Vitae: Sex and authority in the Catholic Church
      (RNS) — Many Catholics left the church over the teaching, but even more stayed and simply ignored it, giving rise to the concept of 'cafeteria Catholics,' who picked and chose which teachings they would accept.The post Humanae Vitae: Sex and autho…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 5:48pm -
    • 6 gifts of aging, from Quaker writer Parker Palmer
      "No matter how rich or important and famous you are, there is death coming," says Parker Palmer, who is now approaching 80. What are the gifts that aging brings?The post 6 gifts of aging, from Quaker writer Parker Palmer appeared first on Religion N…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 5:11pm -
    • Civil rights legend Meredith says he’s on a mission from God
      (AP) — A maverick of the civil rights movement who integrated the University of Mississippi and worked for Sen. Jesse Helms, Meredith says black people must lead the way for Christians of all races to have spiritual healing.The post Civil rights l…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 4:28pm -
    • Trinidad and Tobago’s religious leaders call on government to uphold anti-LGBT laws
      PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (RNS) — After the country’s high court declares anti-gay laws to be unconstitutional, many religious leaders are doubling down on their opposition to same-sex marriage.The post Trinidad and Tobago’s religiou…
      - 2 days ago 20 Jul 18, 3:39pm -
    • Democrats for Life of America gather ’round a message: ‘We want our party back’
      (RNS) — Anyone who proclaims a consistent life ethic by opposing war, capital punishment and abortion while affirming migration, health care and social spending is going to be politically homeless in America.The post Democrats for Life of America…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 9:15pm -
    • Pompeo says Putin summit helps with religious freedom push
      (RNS) — The secretary of state said his department is 'concerned anytime any country attempts to interfere with religious freedom of any individual anyplace and anywhere.'The post Pompeo says Putin summit helps with religious freedom push appeared…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 9:13pm -
    • With new nation-state law, Israel shoots herself in the foot
      (RNS) — Why the law is unnecessary, hurtful and dangerous.The post With new nation-state law, Israel shoots herself in the foot appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 3 days ago 19 Jul 18, 8:27pm -

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