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  • 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.Full sto…
    - 51 days ago 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: 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 Crossfit a religion?…
    - 28 Nov 15, 5:16pm -
  • Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers. A few years later some of his followers w…
    - 18 Jul 15, 12:11pm -
  • Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    'Sister Wives' sugarcoats polygamy. 'Escaping Polygamy' shows what the lifestyle is really like. Come to think of it, that's also what Alex Gibney did in his Emmy-nominated documentary, "Going Clear,' which exposes the Scientology cult to daylight…
    - 16 Jul 15, 7:00pm -
  • Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Scientology quacks urged veto of Texas mental health bill. Watch how dozens of Yazidi women and children escape from the clutches of ISIS barbarians. Why a Wheaton chaplaincy staffer quit the evangelical college: same-sex celibacy and the church.…
    - 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

    The people behind Facegloria -- said to be a sin-free alternative to Facebook -- want to take on Facebook, Twitter, and the world. Aimed initially at Brazil's booming 'Evangelical' movement, the service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the p…
    - 6 Jul 15, 11:32am -
  • International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

    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 unique in how it brings to…
    - 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 a bakery in Oregon have been ordered to pay $135.000 to a lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for. Aaron and Melissa Klein said their refusal to bake for the lesbian couple was prompted by their Christian belie…
    - 6 Jul 15, 3:26am -
  • Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

    Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

    The insular Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) is building a "fortress-type" wall around its meeting house in Colorado City, Arizona. Observers believe the wall is being erected on the orders of cult leader Warren Jef…
    - 3 Jul 15, 10:50am -
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  • newThe Rev Dr Anthony Bird obituary
    My friend and colleague, the Rev Dr Anthony Bird, who has died aged 85, was a wise, thoughtful and questioning doctor and Anglican priest.The second of four children of Harry, a parish priest, and Noel (nee Oakley), a teacher, he was born in Wolverha…
    - 3 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 3:54pm -
  • new‘Mentality of the Crusades’: Turkey and Pope Francis in row over Armenian genocide
    Deputy prime minister Nurettin Canikli says the comments are ‘greatly unfortunate’ and there was no genocideThe Vatican is strongly denying Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a “mentality of the Crusades” by recognising the Ottoman-…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 5:52am -
  • Pope Francis denounces Armenian 'genocide' during visit to Yerevan
    Pontiff ad-libs controversial word during speech to devotees, risking repeat of diplomatic rift between Turkey and VaticanPope Francis denounced what he called the ideologically twisted and planned “genocide” of Armenians by Ottoman-era Turks a c…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 5:26pm -
  • Democracy is far too important to be the preserve of the elite | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
    The EU referendum has led some to claim big decisions should only be made by intellectuals and elites. But gut instincts should play a huge part in how we voteTowards the end of CS Lewis’s The Silver Chair there is a fascinating little exchange bet…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jun 16, 3:59pm -
  • Sports-loving nuns respect the game 'but it’s not our God'
    Video of selfie-taking, beer-drinking impostor nuns went viral but real sisters explain what it’s like to be fans in an industry that treats athletes as saintsPraise be to the internet gods, there’s not much better than a selfie-taking Miller Lit…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jun 16, 3:47pm -

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    • newVatican denies pope has 'Crusades' mentality over genocide

      Vatican denies pope has 'Crusades' mentality over genocide

      The Vatican on Sunday strongly dismissed Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a "Crusades" mentality by recognizing the Ottoman-era genocide of Armenians, insisting that Francis's three-day ...
      - 33 mins ago 26 Jun 16, 5:59pm -
    • newVatican and Turkey locked in Armenian genocide row

      Vatican and Turkey locked in Armenian genocide row

      Pope Francis on Sunday released peace doves on the Armenia-Turkey border in a gesture of reconciliation as Ankara slammed the pontiff for denouncing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide". Standing on a terrace of the Khor Vir…
      - 3 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 3:06pm -
    • newOrthodox Christian leaders end historic meeting

      Orthodox Christian leaders end historic meeting

      CAIRO (AP) — The leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian churches ended a historic gathering on the Greek island of Crete on Sunday hoping to repeat the meeting within a decade, despite a boycott by the Russian church — the most populous in a r…
      - 4 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 2:53pm -
    • newVatican hits back at Turkey for calling pope 'crusader'

      Vatican hits back at Turkey for calling pope 'crusader'

      By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - The Vatican hit back on Sunday at Turkey's depiction of Pope Francis as having a "crusader mentality" after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a cen…
      - 5 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:34pm -
    • newVatican names Italian as acting Latin Patriarch
      JERUSALEM (AP) — The Vatican has put its longtime protector of Church holy sites in the Middle East in charge of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem — a sensitive position that serves as the chief clergyman to the local Catholic population.
      - 6 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 12:21pm -
    • newPope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

      Pope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

      YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia's closed border with Turkey amid new tensions with Ankara over his reco…
      - 15 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 3:47am -

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    • U.S. religious leaders reexamine words after Orlando gay club massacre
      From pulpits in Orlando and beyond, church leaders are reckoning with religious views often hostile to homosexuality after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, with some wondering if they are contributing to breeding contempt.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 4:52pm -
    • Pope Francis comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism
      Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 4:30pm -
    • Gay American Muslims struggle with identity after Orlando massacre
      Qais Munhazim woke up on Sunday to reports that an Afghan-American gunman had rampaged through a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in an attack apparently motivated by support for militant Islamist groups.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 4:07pm -
    • ‘I felt liberated': life after Islamic State
      When U.S.-backed forces seized Souad Hamidi's village in northern Syria from Islamic State last week, the 19-year-old swiftly tore off the niqab she had been forced to wear since 2014 and smiled.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 2:07pm -
    • Meditating devotees shield scandal-hit abbot from Thai police
      Hundreds of meditating supporters of an influential Buddhist abbot in Thailand blocked investigators on Thursday aiming to arrest him on corruption charges in his temple north of Bangkok.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 2:02pm -
    • U.S. Southern Baptists repudiate Confederate flag
      The U.S. Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution repudiating the Confederate battle flag as an emblem of slavery, marking the latest bid for racial reconciliation by America's largest Protestant denomination.
      - 8 days ago 18 Jun 16, 1:49pm -

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    • Muslim Girl Says What We're All Thinking About Diversity In Hollywood
      Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, editor-in-chief of, dropped some serious wisdom last week about the need for diversity in the media.During a panel at The White House's first United State of Women Summit, Al-Khatahtbeh was asked, "How do we emp…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 9:20pm -
    • What It's Like To Have Your Period During Ramadan
      The first time 19-year-old Zoha Qamar went to Friday prayers during her period, the mosque was packed. She had learned from a young age that menstruating women aren't supposed to pray, as dictated by Islamic law and custom.Typically, they would shuff…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 8:45pm -
    • Queer Muslim Artist Saba Taj Sees Her Art As An Act Of Resistance
      HuffPost Religion is highlighting the voices of Muslim artists this Ramadan. Every Friday of the holy month, we’ll feature artwork and reflections from artists around the world on our Instagram account. You can follow along at @HuffPostRelig.Saba…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 5:49pm -
    • Syrian Refugee Family Living In Fear, Again, After Receiving Anti-Muslim Threat
      A Syrian refugee family of four had to flee their home again last week -- but this time, it was in Tucson, Arizona. A threatening message of hate written in crude, multicolored handwriting had been taped to the door to their new home. "Go Away Kill…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 4:36pm -
    • Daily Meditation: A Ballad Of Freedom
      We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.Today's meditation features the biblical spiritual, "…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 1:56pm -
    • The Democrats Sang A Decades-Old Hymn Of Protest During Their Sit-In
      When House Speaker Paul Ryan interrupted Democrats' sit-in over gun control late Wednesday night, the protestors reportedly responded with a song -- the famous civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome." And just like that, an African American spiri…
      - 3 days ago 23 Jun 16, 9:48pm -
    • LGBT Muslims On Coming Out As Queer In Their Communities
      Much of the conversations surrounding the shootings that took place at a gay night club in Orlando last week have been about the shooter's Muslim identity and what may have been his motive for targeting the LGBT community. In an attempt to highlight…
      - 3 days ago 23 Jun 16, 8:44pm -

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    • newArk Encounter Set To Open In Kentucky
      Today's New York Times has a background piece on Kentucky's Ark Encounter-- the massive $102 million Noah's Ark display scheduled to open July 7.  The project has been the subject of extensive controversy over whether state tourism subsidies are app…
      - 2 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 4:39pm -
    • newCourt Says Religious Autonomy Precludes Adjudication of Suit By Torture Victim
      In a fascinating decision handed down June 17, an Oklahoma trial court held that the "religious autonomy doctrine" requires it to dismiss a suit against a U.S. church by a convert from Islam to Christianity who was captured and tortured in Syria beca…
      - 3 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 3:27pm -
    • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Russell v. Helder, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79862 (WD AR, June 20, 2016), an Arkansas federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendation (2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79870, May 18, 2016), and refused to dismiss a suit by a Wiccan inmate who was…
      - 4 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 3:00pm -
    • newFree Exercise Defense To Food and Drug Act Indictment Rejected
      In United States v. Girod, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82365 (ED KY, June 24, 2016), a Kentucky federal district court refused to dismiss an indictment under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act against defendant who claimed that his religious faith rejects…
      - 7 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 11:25am -
    • newADL Issues Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
      This week the ADL issued its 2015 Audit of  Anti-Semitic Incidents. It showed 941 incidents in the United States last year, a 3% increase from 2014. Fifty-six of the incidents were assaults (compared to 36 in 2014).  Overall, the number of anti-Sem…
      - 16 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 2:30am -
    • HHS Sued Over Allowing Catholic Agencies To Limit Health Services To Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors
      The ACLU today filed suit in a California federal district court alleging that officials in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have violated the Establishment Clause in allowing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its sub-grante…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 11:31pm -
    • Orthodox Church Lays Groundwork For Legal Enforcement of Ban on Church Use For Same-Sex Marriages
      The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America last week adopted a statement (full text) titled Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Regarding Marriage.  It is apparently designed to allow parishes and monasteries to legally enforce restri…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 10:05pm -
    • Texas Supreme Court: Challenge To Home-School Rules Does Not Require Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
      In McIntyre v. El Paso Independent School District, (TX Sup. Ct., June 24, 2016), the Texas Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision held that parents of home-schooled children were not required to exhaust administrative remedies before they challenged the c…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 9:04pm -
    • Indonesian Police Investigate Whether Facebook Post Was Blasphemy
      In Indonesia yesterday, Ade Armando, a lecturer in Communications Science at the University of Indonesia, was questioned by the Jakarta Police Special Criminal Investigation Unit after an employee of a media company filed blasphemy charges against A…
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 11:00am -
    • newCardinal says Church should apologize to gays

      Cardinal says Church should apologize to gays

      In a week with a papal trip, the Brexit vote, the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, and more, plenty of important Catholic news was overshadowed -- from sex abuse reform and an apology to the LGBT community, as well as charges of corruption in a pe…
      - 4 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 2:11pm -
    • newPope Francis in Armenia shows that size doesn’t matter

      Pope Francis in Armenia shows that size doesn’t matter

      Many non-Catholics fear that unity with Rome would mean being swamped by the papacy, but by treating the head of the small Armenian Apostolic Church as a complete equal over the last three days, Pope Francis, in effect, suggested that in the end, siz…
      - 11 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 7:53am -
    • newSaints Peter and Paul and the “Catholicizing” Principle

      Saints Peter and Paul and the “Catholicizing” Principle

      As the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul suggests, the Catholic Church today can learn a great deal from the way Romans in the early Church found ways to "Catholicize" the surrounding culture rather than always going to war aganst it.
      - 17 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:42am -
    • new‘Free State of Jones’ not just a history flick, but a Bible one

      ‘Free State of Jones’ not just a history flick, but a Bible one

      A new film about a gruff Mississippi figure who led farmers and slaves in resisting the Confederacy, and whose motivation and worldview, however flawed, had a great deal to do with the Bible and his religious views.
      - 17 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:41am -
    • newAide on Pope Benedict’s resignation: ‘Nature had spoken’

      Aide on Pope Benedict’s resignation: ‘Nature had spoken’

      Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the closest personal aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, speaks in a new interview about Benedict's resignation, negative reaction to Gänswein's recent suggestion of an "expanded Petrine ministry," and more.
      - 17 hours ago 26 Jun 16, 1:41am -
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    • Brexit as Theodicy and Idolatry
      Phenomena like the rise of Donald Trump and the vote for Britain to leave Europe are attempts to make sense of disorder and the fear it produces. They trade in weaponized forms of nostalgia for a world that no longer exists.
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 5:05pm -
    • Branding Atrocity: From Orlando to West Yorkshire
      The way we express our anger at atrocity fuels the characterisation of the perpetrators as monsters, while encouraging the canonisation of the victims as saints.
      - 2 days ago 24 Jun 16, 12:27pm -
    • Liberals, Socialists and Brexit: The Challenge for British Labour
      The Brexit debate highlights deep ideological divisions between liberals and socialists in the Labour Party, and between the Party's leadership and many working-class voters in England who are neither liberal nor socialist.
      - 5 days ago 21 Jun 16, 11:38pm -

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    • John Roughan: Fed by hatred - why Isis loves Trump
      We'd almost forgotten until reading the tributes to Muhammad Ali last week that back in the 1960s he gave his allegiance to something called "The Nation of Islam". We didn't give it much thought at the time either.I remember being...
      - 9 days ago 17 Jun 16, 5:00pm -
    • Donna Miles-Mojab: Muslims must acknowledge love and denounce hatred
      I write this as a Muslim even though being a Muslim does not define me. In fact, I have a very secular outlook to life and last time I knelt down to pray was more to impress my grandmother than Allah - I was 7 or 8.So, why am I...
      - 10 days ago 16 Jun 16, 5:00pm -
    • David Shearer: Border decisions condemn countries to conflict
      David Shearer MP is the Labour Party spokesman on foreign affairs. When I was working in the Middle East, travelling through the West Bank to cross the Jordan River into Jordan, I told my young daughter - who was about 8 at the...
      - 11 days ago 15 Jun 16, 5:00pm -

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    • Cliff Richard Reveals How South Yorkshire Police Mishandled False Sex Abuse Allegations
      ITV’s daytime television programme Loose Women has broadcast its exclusive interview with Cliff Richard, following the news that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that there is insufficient evidence regarding historic allegations against…
      - 4 days ago 22 Jun 16, 7:17pm -
    • Some Notes on Allegations Against Clement Freud
      From the Daily Star: E-mails sent to Kate and Gerry McCann by paedophile Clement Freud to be handed to inquiry Correspondence between the late Liberal MP and the parents of missing Madeleine will be submitted to an inquiry looking into historic abus…
      - 5 days ago 21 Jun 16, 9:21am -
    • Some Notes on Liberty GB, Paul Weston and Jack Buckby
      From ITV News: Following the decision by all major political parties to not contest the upcoming by-election for Jo Cox’s seat out of respect for her family, one smaller party has announced that it will. Jack Buckby, who is part of ‘radical patri…
      - 6 days ago 20 Jun 16, 9:19am -
    • Some Notes on Claims about Thomas Mair
      At this stage, it would be unwise to draw firm inferences from what has been said about the political links and mental health of Thomas Mair (var. Tom Mair, Tommy Mair), who is alleged to have been the murderer of Jo Cox MP. However, with snippets of…
      - 9 days ago 17 Jun 16, 11:23am -
    • No, Orlando Massacre Was Not Predicted by ISIS Three Days Beforehand
      A headline from Gateway Pundit: ISIS Announced Florida Threat THREE Days Ago: “We Will Attack Florida” The story has gained a certain amount of attention on social media; the implication is that this is pertinent information relating to Omar Ma…
      - 12 days ago 14 Jun 16, 8:48am -
    • Iran-Based Cleric Linked to Orlando Says He Never “Gave the Call to a Death Sentence” at Talks on Homosexuality
      Fusion draws attention to new Facebook postings by Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar: Asked specifically about his March comments about gays in Orlando, Sekaleshfar called it an “academic discussion” where he was describing the “theoretical angle as…
      - 13 days ago 13 Jun 16, 12:51pm -

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