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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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  • 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 -

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Religion Clause

  • NOTE TO READERS: RELIGION CLAUSE WILL BE ON BREAK FROM OCT. 21 TO NOV. 3
    Religion Clause will be on break from Oct. 21 to Nov. 3.  Look for regular postings to resume on November 4.
    - 2 days ago 20 Oct 19, 9:00pm -
  • Recent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Shaakirrah Sanders, Religious Healing Exemptions and the Jurisprudential Gap Between Substantive Due Process and Free Exercise Rights, (8 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 633 (2018)).Farnush Ghadery, 'Sticking to Their Guns': The United Nations' Failure…
    - 2 days ago 20 Oct 19, 11:00am -
  • Court In India Reduces Power of Ecclesiastical Courts In Goa
    Hindustan Times of Oct. 19 reports:After hearing two separate petitions filed by persons whose marriages were annulled by a so-called church court, the Bombay high court at Goa has struck down Article 19 of a Portuguese edict that gave legal sanctity…
    - 4 days ago 18 Oct 19, 8:20pm -
  • Hong Kong Court: No Protection For Same-Sex Marriage or Civil Unions
    In MK v. Government of HKSAR, (HKCFI, Oct. 18, 2019), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ruled that Article 37 of Hong Kong's Basic Law  providing protection for the freedom of marriage applies only to heterosexual marriage.  It also held that…
    - 4 days ago 18 Oct 19, 8:06pm -
  • European Court Says Azerbaijan Must Exempt Jehovah's Witnesses From Military
    As reported by Courthouse News Service:The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses in Azerbaijan cannot be forced to serve in the military.“Freedom of thought, conscience and religion [is] one of the cornerstones of…
    - 4 days ago 18 Oct 19, 11:00am -
  • Attorney General Barr Speaks On Religious Liberty At Notre Dame
    On Oct. 11, U.S. Attorney General William Barr delivered a lengthy address (full text) on religious liberty at Notre Dame University. Here is an excerpt:... [L]aw is being used as a battering ram to break down traditional moral values and to establis…
    - 4 days ago 18 Oct 19, 2:13am -
  • EEOC Sues Over Harassment of Pentecostal Employees
    The EEOC announced yesterday that it has filed suit against Service Caster Corp. alleging discrimination and harassment of three employees because of their Puerto Rican national origin and their Pentecostal religion. The complaint (full text) in EEOC…
    - 5 days ago 17 Oct 19, 11:05am -
  • Cert. Denied In Challenge To High School Unit On Islam
    On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review in Wood v. Arnold, (Docket No. 18-1438, certiorari denied 10/15/2019). (Order List.)   In the case, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a high school student's Establishment Clause and compel…
    - 5 days ago 17 Oct 19, 11:00am -
  • Naval Base Protesters May Not Raise RFRA or 1st Amendment Defenses
    In United States v. Kelly, (SD GA, Oct. 11, 2019), a Georgia federal magistrate judge ruled that seven Catholics who are members of an activist group opposed to nuclear weapons cannot raise RFRA or First Amendment defenses in their trial for trespas…
    - 6 days ago 16 Oct 19, 8:21pm -
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  • In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
    The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.
    - 5 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • Methodology
    Each year, Pew Research Center conducts several random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone (cellphones and landlines) surveys about political topics.6 Most of the analysis in this report is based on aggregated results from the complete set of those surveys c…
    - 5 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • 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 Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Re…
    - 5 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day
    Religion in public schools has long been a controversial issue. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that teachers and administrators cannot lead prayers in public schools, and a decision in 2000 barred school districts from sponsoring student-led pr…
    - 19 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Philip Schwadel, Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln             Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associat…
    - 19 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:26pm -
  • Methodology
    The analysis of adolescents in this report is based on a self-administered web survey conducted from March 29 to April 14, 2019, among a sample of 1,811 dyads, with each dyad – or pair – comprised of one U.S. adolescent ages 13 to 17 and one pare…
    - 19 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:26pm -
  • Religion in the Public Schools
    More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to fight over the place of religion in public schools. Questions about religion in the classroom no longer make quite as m…
    - 19 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:00pm -
  • 2. Factors linked with religious knowledge
    Religious affiliation is just one of several factors linked with religious knowledge. The survey shows, for example, that religious knowledge is also very closely linked with how many years of schooling a person has received. In addition, a variety o…
    - 91 days ago 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -
  • 1. Which religious groups know what about religion?
    Based on religious affiliation (or lack thereof), the groups that display the highest levels of religious knowledge on this survey include Jews (who get an average of 18.7 out of 32 questions correct), self-described atheists (17.9) and self-describe…
    - 91 days ago 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -
  • 3. How strongly are religious, social and demographic factors linked with religious knowledge?
    The results of the survey suggest that there are many traits that are linked with levels of religious knowledge. These include demographic factors, such as age and education, as well as religious affiliation. But which of these traits are strongly co…
    - 91 days ago 23 Jul 19, 1:53pm -

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Religion News Service

  • newProgressives: Let’s leave room for others to make progress
    (RNS) — There is a colossal lack of humility among progressive Christians. We have a tendency to attack the other side and our own with the same level of vitriol and vengeance. It's not helping our cause.The post Progressives: Let’s leave room f…
    - 15 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 10:13pm -
  • newThree women of faith who changed America
    (RNS) — These three women — a Quaker, a Jew and a Roman Catholic — were polarizing figures who were often propelled by their faith into history.The post Three women of faith who changed America appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 18 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 7:44pm -
  • newChicago History Museum shares stories of ‘American Medina’ in new exhibit
    CHICAGO (RNS) — The Windy City has also earned the nickname 'American Medina' as a leading area for Muslim communities in the United States, according to a new Chicago History Museum exhibition.The post Chicago History Museum shares stories of ‘…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 7:19pm -
  • newAs synod deliberates, vandals dump controversial indigenous carving into the Tiber
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The theft of four versions of 'Our Lady of the Amazon' has succeeded in pushing the conservative opposition to Pope Francis' agenda to the fore.The post As synod deliberates, vandals dump controversial indigenous carving into…
    - 19 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 6:40pm -
  • newNew book reveals scientific evidence God exists
    A new book entitled “Scientific Evidence God Exists: Ammunition for the Coming War with Atheists” will be free to download in Kindle, Oct 21-25 In launching his newest book, Amazon bestselling author Stephen Hawley Martin notes that at least one…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 5:37pm -
  • newMuslim employee claims discrimination by New York DMV over Friday prayers
    (RNS) — A Muslim employee has filed a discrimination complaint against New York State’s Department of Motor Vehicles for allegedly denying his repeated requests to attend weekly religious services.The post Muslim employee claims discrimination b…
    - 22 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 3:55pm -
  • newRNS Opening Budget — Monday, October 21, 2019
    NEWS STORY RNS-CHICAGO-MUSEUM: Chicago History Museum shares stories of ‘American Medina’ in new exhibition CHICAGO (RNS) — The Windy City also has earned the nickname “American Medina” as a leading area for Muslim communities in the United…
    - 23 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 2:18pm -
  • newKidSpirit, the sole spiritual publication by and for youth, celebrates 2019 awards
    KidSpirit, the only youth-led platform for building community through life’s big questions, celebrates the global youth voices that contribute to its online magazine and community. The organization will present awards to its teen contributors on No…
    - 24 hours ago 21 Oct 19, 1:57pm -
  • Tracking the trends in religiosity in modern American life
    By all accounts, the trends are clear: religion is in decline in modern American society. The rise in the number of people who declare themselves as unaffiliated to a religious community, or self-identify as belonging to no religion at all, is reinfo…
    - 2 days ago 20 Oct 19, 12:28pm -
  • Accusing SBC of ‘caving,’ John MacArthur says of Beth Moore: ‘Go home’
    (RNS) — Evangelical pastor John MacArthur criticized Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore and called female preachers a sign that Southern Baptists were losing their belief in the authority of the Bible. The post Accusing SBC of ‘caving,’…
    - 2 days ago 20 Oct 19, 3:48am -

New Zealand Herald

  • Claims disgraced bishop failed to safeguard people in diocese
    By Michael Hall of RNZ . Claims of a sex abuse cover-up and a failure to adequately protect women from sexual predation by a bipolar monk have surfaced in the diocese of disgraced bishop Charles Drennan.Bishop Drennan had his...
    - 1 day ago 21 Oct 19, 11:20am -
  • The Conversation: Church and science get on better than ever
    It's not uncommon for science and religion to be framed as two opposing forces.The Catholic church has famously struggled to accommodate scientific research in its past, but recently there has been evidence of a healthier relationship...
    - 4 days ago 18 Oct 19, 5:00pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • BBC News Probes “Annie Tacker”
    This one is being widely reported – from Phil Kemp at BBC News: There are many unanswered questions surrounding Boris Johnson’s friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. For the past two days I’ve been investigating one of the more…
    - 2 days ago 20 Oct 19, 3:49pm -
  • A Note on Mike Veale in ITV Drama A Confession
    From the Press Centre of British terrestrial broadcaster ITV (emphasis added): A Confession The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (StartUp, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breach…
    - 10 days ago 12 Oct 19, 7:55am -
  • A Note on John Sweeney, Tommy Robinson and the “Adolf Hitler Appreciation Society”
    From the Independent, a few days ago: Veteran investigative journalist John Sweeney called Tommy Robinson a “c***” as he announced his departure from the BBC. “I’m sorry our BBC Panorama on Tommy Robinson wasn’t broadcast,” Mr Swe…
    - 16 days ago 6 Oct 19, 8:23am -
  • UK Prison Reform Activist Joins Conspiracy Milieu
    A heady brew of conspiracy Twitter hashtags from “public speaker and activist” Shaun Attwood: My latest YouTube video: #epstein #clinton #alexjones #infowars #davidicke #princeandrew #maxwell #illuminati #conspiracy #newworldorder #truecrime #mur…
    - 17 days ago 5 Oct 19, 7:20am -
  • Private Eye Looks at Clinical Psychologist Involved with Two “VIP Sex Abuse” Investigations
    The latest issue of Private Eye magazine (1503) has a useful overview of clinical psychologist Dr Elly Hanson’s role during the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Midland, which was based on allegations made by the “VIP abuse” hoaxer Carl Beech…
    - 60 days ago 23 Aug 19, 9:40am -
  • Carl Beech: Former Exaro Journalist Sets Out “Miscarriage of Justice” Argument
    From the website of Mark Watts: But the public should be on the alert when the media works in near unanimity – and in lock-step with the state – to ignore the alarm bells over the way in which Carl Beech was convicted of 12 [Perversion of Justice…
    - 62 days ago 21 Aug 19, 2:17pm -

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