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  • 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…
    - 2 days ago 23 May 15, 3:47pm -
  • Scientology front group strikes out

    Scientology front group strikes out

    A baseball club in Australia has cut ties with a 'human rights group' because its affiliation with the 'Church' of Scientology had not been disclosed. It pays to check whether a particular organization is a Scientology front group.Full story: Scie…
    - 14 days ago 10 May 15, 6:22pm -
  • Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

    Child in ‘resurrection ceremony’ starved more than 20 days

    Aracely Meza, a 'prophet' who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a "demon," then holding…
    - 40 days ago 15 Apr 15, 6:29am -
  • Why to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status

    Why to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status

    Most people already know enough about the 'Church' of Scientology to know that it is not a religion. But the more we learn about this destructive cult, the clearer it becomes that this commercial hate group should not enjoy tax exempt status.Full…
    - 44 days ago 11 Apr 15, 11:48am -
  • Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

    Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

    Watch what happened when a former FLDS cult member tried to pick up her children from the community. Is Islam compatible with UK values? Sky News commissioned a survey to find out what Muslims and non-Muslims think about that and other issues. An…
    - 45 days ago 10 Apr 15, 7:32am -
  • Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam. Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suic…
    - 60 days ago 26 Mar 15, 11:36am -
  • Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona. Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism. More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day.Full story: Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult…
    - 77 days ago 9 Mar 15, 9:19am -
  • Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists? Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March. Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 ot…
    - 94 days ago 20 Feb 15, 1:56am -
  • Religion News for busy people

    Religion News for busy people

    In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the 'prophetess' with claims that she has misused f…
    - 97 days ago 16 Feb 15, 9:53pm -
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  • new'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town

    'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town

    The outbreak of violence that plunged the Central African Republic into chaos in 2013 has left a legacy of suspicion, fear and hatred that still plagues places like the southern mining town of Boda. It's as if we're in prison," says Bouburori Bindowo…
    - 36 mins ago 25 May 15, 4:26am -
  • newColombia's Santos to visit Pope Francis in June: report

    Colombia's Santos to visit Pope Francis in June: report

    President Juan Manuel Santos will meet Pope Francis in mid-June as part of a European tour, Colombia's foreign minister said in comments reported Sunday. After meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Santos will "travel to Rome for an audience w…
    - 7 hours ago 24 May 15, 9:52pm -
  • newChurch unnerved by Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

    Church unnerved by Ireland's huge 'Yes' to gay marriage

    The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a "new language" to connect to people. As jubilant "Yes" supporters nursed their hangovers after par…
    - 10 hours ago 24 May 15, 6:34pm -
  • newCatholics organize to promote pope's climate change message
    NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
    - 12 hours ago 24 May 15, 5:04pm -
  • newAging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

    Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

    NEW YORK (AP) — For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life.
    - 13 hours ago 24 May 15, 4:18pm -
  • newPope urges help for migrants stranded in Bay of Bengal
    Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies. "I continue to follow with profound worry and pain in…
    - 17 hours ago 24 May 15, 11:38am -

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  • Obama Addresses Synagogue For Jewish American Heritage Month [corrected]
    President Obama this morning delivered a 30-minute address (full text) at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. to mark Jewish Heritage Month. Here is an excerpt from his wide-ranging speech:Now, I wanted to come here to celebrate Jewish Ameri…
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 5:48pm -
  • New Orleans Mayor Issues Executive Order In Opposition To Jindahl's
    Two days after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl issued an executive order designed to prevent governmental entities from denying benefits to persons who act in accordance with their religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex marriage (see prior post…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 11:15am -
  • Zogby Reappoined To USCIRF
    Last week, President Obama announced his intention to reappoint Dr. James J. Zogby to another term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Earlier this week, USCIRF issued a press release in which USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 11:10am -
  • Court Refuses To Allow High School Senior To Wear Eagle Feather On Cap At Graduation
    In Griffith v. Caney Valley Public Schools, (ND OK, May 20, 2015), an Oklahoma federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendaiton (full text) and refused to grant a preliminary injunction to high school student Hayden Griffith who wanted t…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 11:05am -
  • North Carolina Magistrates Sue Over Requirement They Perform Same-Sex Marriages
    Yesterday in North Carolina, a magistrate and a former magistrate (who had not been reappointed after 10 years of service) filed suit challenging a memorandum issued by the Administrative Office of the Courts in October requiring all magistrates to c…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 11:00am -
  • DC Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Priests For Life ACA Contraceptive Mandate Challenge
    Yesterday in Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (DC Cir., May 20, 2015), the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing en banc. In the case, a 3-judge panel upheld the Obama administration's comprom…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 15, 11:05am -
  • Some Recent Congressional Actions of Interest
    On April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1314, a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to assure the right to an administrative appeal for non-profit organizations that are denied tax-exempt status by the IRS.  When the b…
    - 4 days ago 21 May 15, 11:00am -
  • Louisiana Governor Issues Executive Order Protecting Traditional Marriage Advocates
    After a committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives effectively killed the proposed Marriage and Conscience Act yesterday (New Orleans Times Picayune), Governor Bobby Jindahl issued Executive Order BJ 15-8  (May 19, 2015) designed to accom…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 15, 11:15am -
  • 7th Circuit Denies Notre Dame Preliminary Injunction In Its Contraceptive Mandate Challenge
    Deciding the case on remand from the Supreme Court (see prior posting), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, (7th Cir., May 19, 2015), refused to grant a preliminary injunction to Notre Dam…
    - 5 days ago 20 May 15, 11:10am -
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  • Msgr. Lynn remains behind bars pending decision on appeals
    It's been three weeks since Msgr. William J. Lynn was sent back to prison after the state Supreme Court reinstated his 2012 conviction and sentence for child endangerment in the Catholic Church priest sex abuse scandal. … Click to Continue »
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 11:35pm -
  • El Salvador gears up for archbishop's beatification ceremony
    A troubled El Salvador will pause this weekend from the daily drumbeat of murder and mayhem to observe the elevation toward sainthood of one of the most cherished and controversial religious figures in the Americas, Archbishop Oscar Romero, slain by…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 1:35pm -
  • Anti-gay Michigan pastor quits after soliciting sex from men
    A Michigan pastor, who has publicly railed against gay marriage, has resigned from his post after being outed for soliciting sex from men through an app geared toward gay, bisexual and bi-curious men. … Click to Continue »
    - 4 days ago 20 May 15, 5:20pm -
  • Voices of Faith: How do I know if my decision is what God wants?
    Q: How do I know if my decision is what God wants? … Click to Continue »
    - 5 days ago 20 May 15, 12:06pm -
  • Faith still required in changing religious landscape
    If you have faith in the numbers, and I do, Americans are moving away from organized religion in droves. This is not a myth; it’s backed up by hard data. … Click to Continue »
    - 5 days ago 20 May 15, 12:01am -
  • Methodist church, lesbian couple reach agreement
    The Methodist church that dismissed two gay day-care workers said Monday that it has reached an agreement with the women. … Click to Continue »
    - 6 days ago 19 May 15, 1:19am -
  • Methodist church, lesbian couple reach agreement
    The Methodist church that dismissed two lesbian day care workers said Monday it has reached an agreement with the women. … Click to Continue »
    - 6 days ago 18 May 15, 5:39pm -
  • Hardships, humor and heritage: What it means to be Jewish today
    Several thousand Jews and friends honor their heritage at Raley FieldAmid celebration of Israel’s birth, they noshed, danced and discussed their identitySome pro-Palestinian protesters criticized Israel … Click to Continue »
    - 8 days ago 16 May 15, 6:07pm -
  • Voices of Faith: Why is organized religion important?
    Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth Torah founding rabbi, Overland Park, Kan: People often say that the world would be better off without religion. Unfortunately, that's like saying that the world would be better off without breathing, a necessity…
    - 12 days ago 13 May 15, 12:10pm -
  • US has become notably less Christian, major study finds
    The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in the last eight years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. … Click to Continue »
    - 12 days ago 13 May 15, 12:29am -

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  • Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) The powerful Vatican finance minister has denied wrongdoing and said he'll answer questions about his record in writing, not in person.The post Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse appeared first on Religion N…
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 6:04pm -
  • Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel
    (RNS) ”Jewish values," Obama said, means caring as well about “a Palestinian child in Ramallah trapped without opportunity.”The post Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 5:44pm -
  • Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) Evangelicals in Nebraska and elsewhere are joining Catholics in re-evaluating their support for capital punishment.The post Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 5:13pm -
  • Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: ‘The dying is my next career’
    LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) “Am I grateful for this?” says renowned spirituality author Phyllis Tickle, facing Stage IV lung cancer. “Not exactly. But I’m not unhappy about it. And that’s very difficult for people to understand.”The post Author Ph…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 4:04pm -
  • Forced sex camps prepare girls for child marriage in Zambia and Mozambique
    CASABLANCA (Reuters) Girls as young as eight are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life, activists said at an international conference on ending child marriage.The post Forced…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 9:36am -
  • Duggars reeling from Josh’s sex-abuse scandal
    Josh Duggar apologized Thursday (May 21) and abruptly resigned his job at the Family Research Council in Washington, one of the leading conservative groups fighting abortion and gay marriage among other causes.The post Duggars reeling from Josh’s…
    - 3 days ago 22 May 15, 3:11am -
  • The ‘Splainer: ‘Gifts’ of Pentecost and Shavuot
    (RNS) This weekend marks the Christian holy day of Pentecost and the Jewish holy day Shavuot. Both involve "gifts," but not the kind that come with bows. Let us 'Splain ... The post The ‘Splainer: ‘Gifts’ of Pentecost and Shavuot appeared firs…
    - 3 days ago 21 May 15, 9:11pm -
  • San Francisco priest who raised eyebrows and banned altar girls is dropped as school chaplain
    (RNS) The Rev. Joseph Illo has banned altar girls and queried students about abortion and masturbation.The post San Francisco priest who raised eyebrows and banned altar girls is dropped as school chaplain appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 days ago 21 May 15, 8:20pm -
  • Boy Scouts chief says ban on gay Scout leaders should be lifted nationwide
    Robert Gates indicated that churches and other religious groups -- which currently sponsor 70 percent of all Scout troops -- would be able to "establish leadership standards consistent with their faith."The post Boy Scouts chief says ban on gay Scou…
    - 3 days ago 21 May 15, 6:20pm -
  • Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no (ANALYSIS)
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. Surely comfortable churchgoers must do more than say, “Be more like me.”The post Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no (ANALYSIS) ap…
    - 3 days ago 21 May 15, 5:37pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • Cash wads for Destiny Church blessing
    Destiny Church is circulating images of wads of cash and the Twitter hashtag "#iwannagive" to followers before its annual conference. Hundreds are expected to attend next weekend's conference at the church's "City of God" headquarters...
    - 2 days ago 23 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • Religion in schools trial compared to David and Goliath
    The lawyer for a man trying to remove religious instruction from schools has used the analogy of David and Goliath, after the country's largest Bible-studies provider joined the battle against his client.The Churches Education Commission...
    - 4 days ago 21 May 15, 12:20am -
  • Should Bible studies be taught at school?
    The provider of Bible studies at almost 700 public schools will argue in court today for the right to be heard in a legal battle over religious studies being taught in state schools.The Churches Education Commission (CEC) will launch...
    - 4 days ago 20 May 15, 9:32pm -
  • New Zealanders support keeping religion question in census
    New Zealanders want the next census to continue to ask about religion.Statistics New Zealand announced today that initial feedback from a fortnight-long online discussion forum showed most people supported keeping religious affiliation...
    - 6 days ago 18 May 15, 11:20pm -
  • Mum's praise for Sikh hero
    The mother of a 6-year-old boy hit by a car as he walked to school believes he owes his life to the actions of a Sikh man who removed his turban to stem the bleeding.Daejon Pahia was struck by a four-wheel drive as he crossed Manuroa...
    - 8 days ago 17 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • Selfless Sikh praised worldwide
    Harman Singh woke up yesterday to hundreds of messages from around the world praising his humanity. A picture of the 22-year-old Sikh breaking religious protocol by
    - 9 days ago 16 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • Unwed women 'cheap prostitutes', students told
    Secondary school students were this week handed a pamphlet branding women in de facto relationships "cheap prostitutes" and "wicked fornicators", and saying "death and hell" awaited those having gay sex.The material, produced by...
    - 9 days ago 16 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • Fight over Bible studies in schools
    Providers of Bible studies at more than 660 public Kiwi schools will head to the High Court next week to fight to keep religious studies in our classrooms.On Thursday, the Churches Education Commission (CEC) will launch a legal...
    - 9 days ago 16 May 15, 5:00pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • US Faith Healer Says He Raised Man From the Dead in Northern England
    From Charisma: [Robby] Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, saw a resurrection from the dead at his April meeting in Northern England. In fact, he was leading…
    - 2 days ago 22 May 15, 10:32pm -
  • Libertarian Accuses Critical Blogger of Causing “Alarm and Distress”
    Over at Zelo Street, Tim Fenton (recently profiled by the Guardian) reveals details of a nastygram from Griffin Law, sent on behalf of free-speech “libertarian” and commentator Harry Cole: We are instructed by Harry Cole… We refer to various un…
    - 11 days ago 14 May 15, 8:57am -
  • Wiltshire Police Withdraws Misleading Webpage on Police Information Notices
    From the “Your Journey to Justice” section of the website of Wiltshire Police, as of March 2015: Harassment Information Notice This is a written notice showing who the offender has been harassing and how. The piece of paper with the information o…
    - 14 days ago 10 May 15, 6:11pm -
  • Nadine Dorries: Her Accusations in Context
    Introduction Election results in from the constituency of mid-Bedfordshire show that Tim Ireland, the independent anti-corruption candidate, received 384 votes, or 0.7%. It was a creditable showing for an independent with a progressive perspective: i…
    - 16 days ago 9 May 15, 9:57am -
  • Nadine Dorries: False Accusations of Stalking and the Media
    Note: I am a friend of the person who has been accused by Dorries. However, I am solely responsible for the content below and for the decision to publish. Last September, the Mail on Sunday ran a feature with a dramatic headline: This man’s stalke…
    - 38 days ago 17 Apr 15, 12:21pm -
  • Maajid Nawaz and Club Charlie’s Angels: What Happens In Whitechapel Doesn’t Stay In Whitechapel
    What are the qualities that make for a successful proprietor of an establishment known in British licensing law as a “Sexual Entertainment Venue” (SEV)? Discretion must surely be close to the top of the list, along with a broadminded perspective…
    - 44 days ago 11 Apr 15, 9:19am -

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