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  • 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 days ago 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…
    - 19 days ago 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.…
    - 21 days ago 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…
    - 30 days ago 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…
    - 30 days ago 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…
    - 30 days ago 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…
    - 33 days ago 3 Jul 15, 10:50am -
  • Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

    Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

    Cult leader Lia Eden claims that a UFO piloted by the archangel Gabriel wants to pick up her followers. She has therefore requested that Indonesia's President and Jakarata's Governor grant the UFO permission to land at the country's National Monume…
    - 65 days ago 1 Jun 15, 7:12am -
  • Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules

    Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules

    The coroner also ruled that the fact that Jeremiah Duggan had revealed himself to be Jewish while attending a conference of the extreme Larouche organisation may have had a bearing on how he died. Scotland Yard describes LaRouche's group as a 'pol…
    - 73 days ago 23 May 15, 3:47pm -
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  • newRevealed: the stone that 'translated' the Book of Mormon
    Mormons believe Joseph Smith found gold plates engraved with writing in ancient Egyptian in New York and God helped him translate the text using an egg-sized stoneThe Mormon church’s push toward transparency about its roots and beliefs took another…
    - 1 hour ago 5 Aug 15, 1:00am -
  • newWales' new plans for RE: classes with less religion in them
    Religious education is often badly taught and out of date – but could lessons be reinvigorated with the help of one of Britain’s leading philosophers? For a long time, religious education has been about as unloved and neglected as a crumbling old…
    - 9 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 5:33pm -
  • newInside the Calais migrants' church – in pictures
    Photographers capture Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians worshipping in a makeshift church in the shantytown known as the ‘jungle • Giles Fraser: a 21st-century retelling of Exodus Continue reading...
    - 9 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 4:50pm -
  • newA 21st-century Exodus: what the makeshift Calais camp church means
    Politicians who talk about the ‘swarm’ of migrants should look at the powerful pictures of a church for Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians in the camp and reflect• Inside the Calais migrants’ church – in picturesOne of last Sunday’s prescr…
    - 9 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 4:49pm -
  • newThere’s a silver lining in the religious right’s onslaught of discrimination | Adam Lee
    When religious groups go so far out of the way to shun LGBT people and women that we all feel the pain, it makes us all care more about injustice The American religious right is more determined than ever to discriminate - and that may be a good thing…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 2:45pm -


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  • newMormon church publishes photos in push toward transparency

    Mormon church publishes photos in push toward transparency

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church took another step toward transparency Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion.
    - 2 hours ago 5 Aug 15, 12:17am -
  • newChristian persecution spurs charity, calls for more asylum

    Christian persecution spurs charity, calls for more asylum

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Syrian archbishop said the United States' reluctance to offer asylum to persecuted Christians is "unjust and condemnable" and appealed to the American people for help withstanding Islamic militants fighting to root out their f…
    - 2 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 11:50pm -
  • newPhotos of Mormon Church founder's 'seer stone' seen for first time
    By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Mormon Church released photographs on Tuesday of a so-called "seer stone" that members believe was used by the Utah-based faith's founder, Joseph Smith, to write the Book of Mormon, its principal sacred t…
    - 3 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 11:42pm -
  • newChoir begins rehearsals for pope's Philadelphia Mass
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Those fretting about how Philadelphia will accommodate huge crowds when Pope Francis visits are now hearing some soothing sounds.
    - 5 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 9:16pm -
  • newIndiana church bus driver: Vehicle had mechanical problems
    GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The driver of a church bus facing charges after the vehicle overturned, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 others, said Tuesday that he is innocent and the bus had mechanical problems.
    - 5 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 9:10pm -
  • newGay Catholic school teacher shut out at archdiocese offices
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The suburban Philadelphia Catholic school teacher fired over her same-sex marriage was shut out after attempting to bring a box of petitions asking for her reinstatement to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
    - 5 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 8:50pm -

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  • newFederal Disabilities Education Act Does Not Require Plan Tailored To Student's Religious Needs
    In M.L. ex rel Leiman v. Starr, (D MD, Aug. 3, 2015), a Maryland federal district court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) does not require a public school system to take account of a student's religious and…
    - 15 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 11:10am -
  • newEgypt Will Close Down Restaurants That Prohibit Women From Wearing Hijabs
    According to Egyptian Streets yesterday, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Khaled Abbas Rami says he will close down any restaurants or tourism facilities that refuse service to women wearing hijabs (Muslim headscarves). Apparently a number of restaurant…
    - 15 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 11:05am -
  • newSportscaster Sues Fox Sports Claiming Religious Discrimination
    Yesterday former NFL player and sportscaster Craig James filed suit in a Texas state court against Fox Sports and various of its affiliates claiming religious discrimination in violation of the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and breach of contr…
    - 15 hours ago 4 Aug 15, 11:00am -
  • Orthodox Jewish Tenants Sue Over Electronic Keys In Building Renovations
    The New York Daily News reports on a class action religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal district court in New York last month by Orthodox Jewish tenants in LeFrak City, a 20-building housing complex in Queens.  The case is Ibragimov v. L…
    - 1 day ago 3 Aug 15, 8:25pm -
  • Court Refuses To Reduce Sentence of Rabbi Convicted of Voyeurism
    According to the Washington Post, a D.C Superior Court judge on Friday denied a motion to reduce the six-and-one-half year prison sentence of Barry Freundel, former rabbi of Washington, D.C.'s Kesher Israel Synagogue who plead guilty in May to 52 cou…
    - 2 days ago 3 Aug 15, 11:05am -
  • Recent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Armin Steinbach, Burqas and Bans: The Wearing of Religious Symbols Under the European Convention of Human Rights, (Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2015).Kenneth Einar Himma, Why Religious Freedom D…
    - 2 days ago 3 Aug 15, 11:00am -
  • IRS Commissioner Says No Non-Profit Revocations In His Term For Colleges That Oppose Gay Marriage
    At a July 29 hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts (video and testimony at hearing), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) had a lengthy exchange with IRS Commissioner John K…
    - 2 days ago 2 Aug 15, 3:41pm -
  • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Shaw v. Toole, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97667 (SD GA, July 27, 2015), a Georgia federal magistrate judge recommended that a Muslim inmate's complaint that he was denied a vegan diet be dismissed without prejudice for failure to exhaust administrativ…
    - 3 days ago 2 Aug 15, 1:50pm -
  • Russian Culture Ministry Takes Over Crimean Historic Religious Site
    AP reports that Russia's President Vladimir Putin today placed an important archaeological site in the Crimea under control of the Russian Culture Ministry.  The site, the ancient city of Chersonesus, is near Sevastopol, the main port city in the C…
    - 3 days ago 2 Aug 15, 3:56am -
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  • New research shows Greeks had their own 'Walking Dead' narrative
    Sometime between 500 B.C. and 200 B.C., residents of the Greek colony of Kamarina in Sicily dug two graves for two bodies. They pinned down each body with large rocks or pottery; if the bodies awoke from the dead, they could not escape. … Click to…
    - 2 days ago 3 Aug 15, 8:00am -
  • Ensuring separation of church, state
    M. Kelly Tillery was a 24-year-old recent Penn law graduate in September 1979 when he heard Mayor Frank Rizzo announce on the evening news that he would build a huge cylindrical platform atop Logan Square, for Pope John Paul II to say Mass. … Click…
    - 3 days ago 2 Aug 15, 8:00am -
  • A transgender man embraces his male identity and his Muslim faith
    He walked unsteadily across the tattered green carpet inside the mosque. Out of habit, he stepped for a moment toward the women's section. Then he made his way to the front, where the men pray. … Click to Continue »
    - 3 days ago 2 Aug 15, 8:00am -
  • Listen to the pope: Hurting animals is wrong
    For two years I taught social studies at an inner-city high school; for six years I ran a Catholic Worker shelter for homeless families. Then, almost 20 years ago, I became a full-time animal advocate, confident that such labor is integral to Catholi…
    - 7 days ago 29 Jul 15, 8:00am -
  • Voices of Faith: Should church leaders shame members to stop sinning?
    Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kansas City, North: Much like fire can be either devastating or enriching in its use, so too can shame. While shaming is often not the first tool we use in addressing a person's sin, it certainly can b…
    - 7 days ago 29 Jul 15, 8:00am -
  • Jerry Brown, ‘Are you Catholic?’
    California governor hates the question, can’t avoid it in Vatican City … Click to Continue »
    - 13 days ago 22 Jul 15, 3:46pm -
  • Voices of Faith: More on what different faiths say about marriage
    Q: What does your faith say about marriage? … Click to Continue »
    - 14 days ago 22 Jul 15, 8:00am -
  • Outspoken pastor ousted from Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
    The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently carried out what various members consider the equivalent of a modern-day heresy trial. … Click to Continue »
    - 14 days ago 22 Jul 15, 8:00am -
  • Former Minnesota archbishop denies misconduct alleged in affidavits
    Former Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt said he remains "dumbfounded" by the allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior - a report that the archdiocese now is considering…
    - 14 days ago 22 Jul 15, 8:00am -
  • Sacramento mosque honors Christian church
    Rancho Cordova evangelical church has helped hundreds of Muslim refugees resettle in SacramentoChurch honored for interfaith and community service … Click to Continue »
    - 26 days ago 9 Jul 15, 9:01pm -

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