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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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  • newIndia’s Muslims quiver in the new dawn of an emboldened Narendra Modi
    The Hindu nationalist BJP’s election victory will change the culture of the nation, the prime minister’s critics fearJust after 1.30pm on Friday, the loudspeaker outside Sarai Alawardi mosque crackled to life, and more than a thousand foreheads w…
    - 13 hours ago 26 May 19, 5:59am -
  • newJews in Germany warned of risks of wearing kippah cap in public
    Government commissioner says lifting of inhibitions and rise of uncouthness are factors behind rising incidence of antisemitismGermany’s government commissioner on antisemitism has suggested Jews should not always wear the traditional kippah cap in…
    - 19 hours ago 26 May 19, 12:26am -
  • The Hour of Lynching: vigilante violence against Muslims in India – video
    Rakbar, a Muslim dairy farmer, was murdered by a Hindu mob who thought he was taking a cow to be slaughtered for meat. His wife, Asmeena, must undergo an intense iddat (mourning in purdah) and their daughter, Sahila, is forced to abandon school to ta…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 12:01pm -
  • Archbishop's response to mandatory child sex abuse reporting labelled 'pig-headed'
    Perth’s Timothy Costelloe says forcing revelations will interfere with the ‘free practice of the Catholic faith’Perth’s Catholic archbishop, Timothy Costelloe, says forcing religious leaders in Western Australia to reveal knowledge of child s…
    - 3 days ago 24 May 19, 3:15am -
  • What happened when I met my Islamophobic troll
    In 2017, I started getting regular messages from an anonymous Twitter user telling me my religion was ‘evil’. Eventually I responded – and he agreed to meet face to face. By Hussein KesvaniIn 2017, I started to receive messages from a Twitter u…
    - 4 days ago 23 May 19, 5:00am -


Public Religion Research Institute

  • Manager of External Affairs

    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 -
  • Why Fiction Trumps Truth
    We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods.
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 3:00pm -
  • China’s Orwellian War on Religion
    “Concentration camps,” electronic surveillance and persecution are used to repress millions of people of faith.
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 10:40pm -
  • Religious Men Can Be Devoted Dads, Too
    Faith, like feminism, sets high expectations for husbands.
    - 8 days ago 18 May 19, 6:30pm -
  • Burkina Faso Wracked by Escalating Violence
    A once-stable country is plagued by extremists pouring over its northern border, restive farmers and herdsmen battling for land, and militias bent on tit-for-tat vengeance.
    - 8 days ago 18 May 19, 1:34pm -
  • Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ in Sectarian Lebanon
    The professional basketball season resembles an election campaign, with party colors adorning team jerseys and banners of political patrons hanging in stadiums. Then there are the insults and riots.
    - 10 days ago 16 May 19, 9:00am -
  • In Search of Ancient Morocco
    South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom.
    - 11 days ago 15 May 19, 9:00am -

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  • NOTICE TO READERS REGARDING PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
    FROM MAY 23 TO JUNE 10, POSTINGS ON RELIGIOUS CLAUSE BLOG WILL BE INTERMITTENT AND SPORADIC. LOOK FOR MORE REGULAR POSTINGS TO RESUME ON JUNE 11.
    - 3 days ago 24 May 19, 5:00am -
  • Russian Appeals Court Upholds Sentence of Jehovah's Witness
    Moscow Times reports today that a 3-judge panel of a Russian appellate court has upheld the 6-year sentence of a Danish Jehovah's Witness adherent who was convicted of organizing a banned "extremist group".  According to the Times:Armed police detai…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 5:01pm -
  • Priest Sexual Assault Case Settled
    The Fresno Bee this week reports on the settlement of a claim by a woman that she was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest:A Woodland woman has received a $200,000 settlement from the Sacramento Catholic Diocese and the current pastor of a Woodla…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 11:05am -
  • Senior Community Management Sued Over Ban on Bible Study Groups and Public Prayer
    A lawsuit was filed this week in a Virginia federal district court by a retired pastor and his wife against a senior living community where they lived.  The complaint (full text) in Hauge v. Community Realty Company, Inc., (ED VA, filed 5/21/2019),…
    - 3 days ago 23 May 19, 11:00am -
  • States and Cities Sue Administration Over Expanded Health Care Conscience Rules
    Yesterday 19 states, the District of Columbia as well as New York City, Chicago and Cook County, Illinois together filed suit in a New York federal district court challenging rules recently adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services (see…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:47pm -
  • 3rd Circuit Hears Arguments In Contraceptive Mandate Case
    Yesterday the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments (audio of full arguments) in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. President of the United States. In the case, a Pennsylvania federal district court granted a nationwide preliminary inju…
    - 4 days ago 22 May 19, 12:10pm -
  • House Passes Equality Act To Ban LGBTQ Discrimination
    The U.S. House of Representatives last Friday passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act (full text) by a vote of  236-173 (largely along party lines). The bill, which now goes to the Senate, amends various federal anti-discrimination laws to provide that the…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 11:25am -
  • New Rules For Federal Workers' Comp Time To Make Up For Religious Observance
    This month's issue of the Justice Department's publication Religious Freedom in Focus calls attention to rules adopted last month by the Office of Personnel Management allowing federal employees to earn compensatory time in order to take off from wo…
    - 5 days ago 21 May 19, 11:00am -
  • Certiorari Denied In California Reparative Therapy Ban Challenge
    The U.S.Supreme Court today denied review in Pickup v. Newsom, (Docket No. 18-1244, certiorari denied 5/20/2019). (Order List). In the case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of California's ban on state-licensed mental h…
    - 6 days ago 20 May 19, 6:16pm -
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  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from T…
    - 26 days ago 30 Apr 19, 6:01pm -
  • Appendix B: Data sources by country
    This list provides bibliographical information for sources used to research church-tax history, rules and payment data in the 10 countries covered in this report. In some countries, the data was available on official government or church websites, in…
    - 26 days ago 30 Apr 19, 6:00pm -
  • Appendix A: Methodology
    The study, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation, is part of a larger effort by Pew Research Center to understand religious change and its impact on societies around the world. The Center previously has conducted relig…
    - 26 days ago 30 Apr 19, 6:00pm -
  • In Western European Countries With Church Taxes, Support for the Tradition Remains Strong
    Giving a share of one’s income to the church has been a part of European tradition for centuries. Today, several countries continue to collect a “church tax” on behalf of officially recognized religious organizations, in some cases levying the…
    - 26 days ago 30 Apr 19, 6:00pm -
  • Darwin in America
    Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution
    - 6 Feb 19, 3:34pm -
  • 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 Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Direc…
    - 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth
    Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.
    - 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from T…
    - 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Appendix A: Methodology
    This appendix provides an overview of the data sources and analytic approaches used in the report. The general population data underlying this study were sourced from three survey datasets: The World Values Survey (WVS) Wave 6 (2010-2014), the Intern…
    - 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World
    People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from th…
    - 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -

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  • newBreaking fast and drawing together: The iftar at Ramadan with Hussein Rashid
    The holy month of Ramadan is marked by a well-known 30-day fast from sunup to sundown. When the sun goes down, the fast is traditionally broken with water and three dates. To unpack some deeper meaning behind this rigorous and difficult ritual fast,…
    - 4 hours ago 26 May 19, 3:15pm -
  • Owners of biblical Noah’s ark replica sue over rain damage to property
    (USA Today) — The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover rain damage.The post Owners of biblical Noah’s ark replica sue over rain damage to property appeared first on Rel…
    - 2 days ago 25 May 19, 2:08am -
  • 5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes
    DETROIT (AP) — Four priests were arrested this week in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, and the fifth awaits extradition from India.The post 5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes appeared first on Religion News Serv…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 8:52pm -
  • Judge freezes accounts of Florida church caught up in alleged Ponzi scheme
    (RNS) — The lawyer representing the pastors and the West Palm Beach church argued that the church can’t be forced to turn over money given as donations because it’s a nonprofit religious institution.The post Judge freezes accounts of Florida c…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 8:40pm -
  • How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address
    (RNS) — 'A great eulogy cannot beat back death, but it can give new meaning to life and this moment,' says Cyrus M. Copeland, who has written three books on the subject.The post How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewe…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 6:09pm -
  • Kenyan court upholds bans on gay intimacy
    NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – A ruling in favor of repeal would have been a trailblazing step for an Africa court, but the three-judge bench said there was not sufficient evidence of discrimination.The post Kenyan court upholds bans on gay intimacy appea…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 5:11pm -
  • Getting in on — and tossed out of — the Satanist Temple joke
    (RNS) — As more and more millennials identify with spiritual or philosophical movements outside the bounds of 'traditional' religions, how will these groups police their ideology while remaining inclusive?The post Getting in on — and tossed out…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 4:37pm -
  • Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral
    MOSCOW (RNS) — Protesters caused Russian church officials to cancel plans for a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg, the country’s fourth-largest city. Protesters were angered that the cathedral was going to be built on a rare piece of green space. T…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 4:20pm -
  • Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year.The post Southern Baptists see 12th year of declining membership appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 4:20pm -
  • Latino evangelical leaders meet in Jerusalem for summit on Israel
    JERUSALEM (RNS) — Latino evangelical leaders from the United States recently met at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to celebrate its move there.The post Latino evangelical leaders meet in Jerusalem for summit on Israel appeared first on Religion New…
    - 2 days ago 24 May 19, 3:06pm -

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  • A Note on the Hobson-Corbyn Imperialism Controversy
    This one was the subject of wide discussion yesterday – from The Times: Jeremy Corbyn endorsed book about Jews controlling banks and the press Jeremy Corbyn wrote the foreword to a book which argued that banks and the press were controlled by Jews…
    - 24 days ago 2 May 19, 9:56am -
  • Hungarian Pentecostal Church Credited with “Kicking George Soros Out of Hungary”
    From Charisma News: Some say Europe is post-Christian. But although there’s a great deal of spiritual darkness in that continent, pockets of revival are also springing up. In a recent interview with evangelist and pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, he t…
    - 29 days ago 27 Apr 19, 8:28am -
  • Over-Hyped Fire in Paris Garage Prompts Palace of Versailles Conspiracy Theory
    From French news site 78Actu, 23 April: Les cendres fument encore à l’heure qu’il est mais l’incendie qui a détruit un garage, rue du Parc de Clagny à Versailles (Yvelines) est maitrisé. …Vers 17h, dans le garage Automobiles du Parc…
    - 30 days ago 26 Apr 19, 10:09am -
  • 2001: The News of the World and a “Huge Police Dossier” of Celebrity Abuse Allegations
    Simon Just of Real Troll Exposure has drawn attention to an interesting News of the World article from November 2001, which was published in the wake of record producer Jonathan King’s conviction for underage sex abuse against five complainants:…
    - 39 days ago 17 Apr 19, 12:12pm -
  • Watts, Wedger and Brees vs Private Eye
    Staying with the latest issue of Private Eye magazine (No. 1493), page 13 has news from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which for the past three weeks has been taking evidence relating to allegations about “VIP sex abusers” conne…
    - 42 days ago 14 Apr 19, 6:30pm -
  • Private Eye Explores New Edward Heath Accuser
    UPDATE (18 April): The second half of this post has been updated several times in the last few days in the light of new information. In a quote provided to Private Eye magazine (1), former TV journalist turned conspiracy theorist Anna Brees has expl…
    - 52 days ago 4 Apr 19, 10:16am -

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