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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=…
    - 84 days ago 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…
    - 94 days ago 21 Dec 16, 1:36pm -
  • Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Large checkmark w/ headline: 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…
    - 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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  • newKhalid Masood was a convert with a criminal past. So far, so familiar
    Attackers inspired by Islamic extremism have rarely lived puritanical lives, but one surprising thing about Masood was his ageSo we now know that Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old Briton who carried out the Westminster attack in London, had a string of…
    - 12 hours ago 25 Mar 17, 5:00am -
  • newSingapore teen blogger who criticised government wins asylum in US
    Amos Yee left the city state with the intention of staying in US after being jailed for several weeks in 2015 and 2016A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail has been granted asylum to remain in…
    - 15 hours ago 25 Mar 17, 2:02am -
  • newWoman photographed in hijab on Westminster Bridge responds to online abuse
    Muslim woman shocked at those who ‘draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia’ after anti-Islam blogs circulated her imageA woman whose image became an Islamophobic meme after the Westminster terror attack has told of her horror and distress a…
    - 24 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:50pm -
  • Pamela Sue Anderson obituary
    My friend and academic colleague Pamela Sue Anderson, who has died of cancer aged 61, was professor of modern European philosophy of religion at Oxford University, where she had also been a fellow of Regent’s Park College since 2001.In the philosop…
    - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 4:58pm -
  • Three Wives, One Husband review: it’s pretty much one long OMG WTF
    The softly softly approach of this Channel 4 documentary doesn’t make it any less extraordinary, with Enoch the polygamist’s multiple wives and massive wheeliesKey moment in Three Wives, One Husband (Channel 4): Enoch Foster, a fundamentalist Mor…
    - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 7:20am -


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    • When a Jew does it
      The news on Thursday that scores of bomb threats against American Jewish institutions were made by an American Israeli Jew brought back painful memories. On a sunny Tuesday morning, Aug. 19, 1999, my synagogue was violated by a vicious hate cri…
      - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 11:00am -
    • Trump’s new drone strike policy might violate centuries of Christian ethics
      Reports emerged last week that the White House will make it easier for the United States to launch drone strikes, potentially opening the door to attacks that could kill civilian bystanders. Compared to another travel ban, a new health-care law…
      - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 2:15pm -
    • President Trump will give the commencement address at Liberty University
      Donald Trump will give his first commencement address as president at Liberty University, the evangelical college led by his prominent supporter Jerry Falwell Jr. White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to The Washington Post that Tru…
      - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 8:53pm -
    • Teaching my daughter that God might be a girl
      “What does ‘pray’ mean?” My daughter is four, and with preschool comes playground theology. Explanations of heaven and God get passed around between swings and slides as kids make sense of lost family members and pets. It’s an age t…
      - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 11:00am -
    • This West Virginia school district has weekly Bible classes. A kindergartner is suing.
      A kindergartner is battling county officials in federal court over Bible classes in public school. In a federal lawsuit filed in January, Jane Doe, a pseudonymous plaintiff who is the mother of Mercer County, W.Va., kindergartner Jamie Doe, cha…
      - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 10:00am -
    • The Christian, conservative case for foreign aid
      The Bible is replete with references to caring for the poor in obedience to God. Jesus declares that loving our neighbor — wherever they live — is one of the greatest commandments, a corollary to loving God. While the U.S. government does…
      - 4 days ago 21 Mar 17, 10:00am -

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    • newProtesters Slaughter Sheep, Strip Naked In Bizarre Action At Auschwitz
      At least 11 people were arrested at Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp, on Friday after they slaughtered a sheep beneath the entry gate, removed their clothing and chained themselves together.Local police said the men and women, ages 20 to 27, un…
      - 17 hours ago 25 Mar 17, 12:38am -
    • newHipsters, Please Don’t Culturally Appropriate Holi On Instagram
      Thousands are expected to crowd outside Utah’s Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple this weekend for what might be the largest celebration of Holi in the United States.Although Holi is tied to Hinduism, many attendees will likely be young Mormons from n…
      - 20 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 9:48pm -
    • newMuslim Woman Targeted By Twitter Trolls After London Attack Speaks Out
      A Muslim woman who was photographed in the aftermath of Wednesday’s London attack is speaking out against the racist trolls who attempted to create a false and damaging narrative using her likeness.  Twitter users circulated an image of the woman,…
      - 23 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 6:29pm -
    • In 1 Week, 2 Reports Of Men Threatening To Shoot Muslim Women
      In less than a week, at least two men in America have allegedly threatened to shoot Muslim women who were in public with their children. San Francisco police announced Thursday that they had arrested Joshua Ruano, 27, for allegedly threatening to s…
      - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 4:54pm -
    • Historian: Human History 'Will End When Men Become Gods'
      Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian and the internationally best-selling author of Sapiens, has a new book out about the future of humanity, called Homo Deus. He recently sat down with The WorldPost at a Berggruen Institute salon in Los Angele…
      - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 2:11pm -
    • Washington Talks End Without Agreement On Israeli Settlements
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want fo…
      - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 9:47am -
    • Muslims Raise Thousands To Support Victims Of London Terror Attack
      Members of London’s Muslim community are raising money to support the victims of a terror attack outside the U.K. Parliament that left five people dead and more than 40 others injured on Wednesday.Muddassar Ahmed, a Muslim Londoner and communicat…
      - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 8:13pm -

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    • Religion Clause To Take A Publication Break
      Dear Readers:Religion Clause will be going on a publication break until approximately the end of March.  Check back for my resumption of postings at that time.Howard Friedman
      - 5 days ago 20 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
    • Recent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Rafael Domingo, Theology and Jurisprudence. A Good Partnership?, (Journal of Law and Religion, 32, 2017, Forthcoming).Rafael Domingo, The Constitutional Justification of Religion, (March 9, 2017).Christine P. Bartholomew, Exorcising the Cle…
      - 6 days ago 19 Mar 17, 8:39pm -
    • Ministerial Exception Does Not Apply To Exercise Science Teacher At Christian University
      In Richardson v. Northwest Christian University, (D OR, March 16, 2017), an unmarried professor of exercise science at a Christian university sued for discrimination after she was fired because she became pregnant out of wedlock and refused to either…
      - 7 days ago 19 Mar 17, 2:53am -
    • Another Court Bars Enforcement of Trump's Second Travel Ban
      As reported by Bloomberg Politics, yesterday a Maryland federal district court became the second court to bar enforcement of part of President Trump's second "travel ban" Executive Order. In International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, (D MD,…
      - 8 days ago 17 Mar 17, 11:05am -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Givens v. Vaughn, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31366 (SD IL, March 6, 2017), an Illinois federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendation (2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31374, Feb. 6, 2017) and dismissed a complaint by a Hebrew Israelite inmate over…
      - 8 days ago 17 Mar 17, 11:00am -
    • 5 Judges In 9th Circuit Would Uphold Trump's First Travel Ban
      Last month, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to stay the Washington federal district court's temporary restraining order against enforcement of President Trump's first "travel ban" Executive Order. (See prior posting.…
      - 9 days ago 16 Mar 17, 7:48pm -
    • Lynn to Retire As Head of Americans United
      In a press release issued yesterday. Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced that its long-time executive director Barry W. Lynn will retire at the end of 2017.  Lynn has served as the head of AU for 25 years.  In a letter to…
      - 9 days ago 16 Mar 17, 11:05am -
    • Appeals Court OK's Court-Ordered Meeting of Church Members
      In Hawkins v. St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Bakersfield, California, (CA App., March 15, 2017), a California state appellate court upheld a trial court's determination that it could use neutral principles of state non-profit corporation law…
      - 9 days ago 16 Mar 17, 11:00am -
    • Hawaii Federal Court Bars Enforcement of Key Provisions of Second Travel Ban
      Today a Hawaii federal district court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of Section 2  (90 day ban on entry into U.S. of nationals of six Muslim-majority nations) and Section 6 (120 day suspension of entry of ref…
      - 10 days ago 16 Mar 17, 2:37am -
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    • Cult fiction: Scientology
      When the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard established the Church of Scientology back in the 1950s, he developed a system called the "Tone Scale". Designed as a way of classifying a subject according to how spiritually dead or...
      - 4 days ago 21 Mar 17, 8:16am -

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