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  • 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?…
    - 73 days ago 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 -
  • 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…
    - 1 Jun 15, 7:12am -
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  • newSanders is first Jewish American to win a presidential primary
    Sanders made history with his New Hampshire primary win on Tuesday night, also becoming the first non-Christian to win a state in a presidential primaryBernie Sanders made history on Tuesday night as he became the first Jewish American to win a presi…
    - 2 hours ago 10 Feb 16, 2:50am -
  • newWaris Ahluwalia accepts airline's apology for turban incident
    Aeromexico prevented actor-designer boarding flight to New York after disagreement over removing his Sikh headwear for security searchWaris Ahluwalia, the Indian-American actor and designer barred from a Mexico to New York flight because of his turba…
    - 4 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 11:58pm -
  • newHampton Court's Chapel Royal stages first Catholic service for 450 years
    Vincent Nichols, the Catholic archbishop of Westminster, celebrates Vespers in service largely conducted in Latin About 15 miles from Hampton Court Palace in south-west London, Henry VIII may have turned in his grave. Almost half a millennium after…
    - 6 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 10:15pm -
  • newMy Mardi Gras street fight with a religious zealot from Texas
    A Baptist seminary in Dallas has taken on the carnival in New Orleans as its primary missionary foray – and I got caught up in its crosshairsToday a significant primary election occurs, hard on the heels of a vote in Iowa that held much surprise. B…
    - 10 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 6:27pm -
  • newGeorgian lawyer launches bid to legalise gay marriage
    Fears for the safety of man challenging widespread homophobia in devout Orthodox country. Eurasianet.org reportsA Georgian lawyer has appealed to the constitutional court to legalise same-sex marriages, the first attempt to introduce LGBT rights in t…
    - 13 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 3:18pm -


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  • newPope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

    Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

    As they held the sleepy three-month-old child, a priestess sprinkled holy water infused with rose petals on her in front of 300 people under a 22-meter (72-foot) statue of the Grim Reaper-like "Santa Muerte" in a Mexico City suburb. When Pope Francis…
    - 2 hours ago 10 Feb 16, 2:30am -
  • newHenry VIII chapel hosts first Catholic service in 450 years

    Henry VIII chapel hosts first Catholic service in 450 years

    The sounds of Latin song echoed through the halls of Hampton Court Palace in London for the first Catholic service in more than 450 years to be held in anti-papal King Henry VIII's residence. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in E…
    - 2 hours ago 10 Feb 16, 2:06am -
  • newRussian church hopes 'historic' pope talks will reset ties

    Russian church hopes 'historic' pope talks will reset ties

    The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday said it hoped a historic first meeting between its Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis would herald a new era of cooperation between two Christian branches that have been estranged for centuries. Each wing has sin…
    - 8 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 8:02pm -
  • newPope briefs priests: don't be smug, don't judge sinners

    Pope briefs priests: don't be smug, don't judge sinners

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A specially-recruited group of priests have last-minute instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.
    - 10 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 5:56pm -
  • newMerkel 'can't recall' angry phone talk with Pope Francis

    Merkel 'can't recall' angry phone talk with Pope Francis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday said she had no memory of an angry phone call she reportedly made to Pope Francis after he compared Europe to a "barren woman". "She asked me if I really thought Europe could no longer make children…
    - 12 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 4:47pm -
  • Francis broke my heart, says abuse victim sidelined by Vatican

    Francis broke my heart, says abuse victim sidelined by Vatican

    A British paedophilia survivor who has been asked to step down from a Vatican panel on the issue told AFP on Monday that he felt betrayed by Pope Francis. "Of course Pope Francis has established he is part of the problem," Peter Saunders said in an i…
    - 1 day ago 8 Feb 16, 8:39pm -

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  • newBernie Sanders Just Made History As The First Jew To Win A Presidential Primary
    When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, he quietly achieved a major milestone in American politics: becoming the first Jew and non-Christian to win a presidential primary of a major political party.Sanders was raise…
    - 2 hours ago 10 Feb 16, 2:34am -
  • newCollege President Fires Professors Who Criticized His 'Drown The Bunnies' Comment
    The president of Mount St. Mary's University, who last month was quoted in the school newspaper comparing struggling students to rabbits who should be killed, has fired two professors who criticized his policies. On Monday, President Simon Newman…
    - 5 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 11:43pm -
  • newGun Owners Pressure NRA Over Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitic Rant
    WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association came under increasing pressure Tuesday to distance itself from longtime NRA board member Ted Nugent, after he posted photos of prominent Jewish Americans who he claimed were "really behind gun control."The…
    - 6 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 10:26pm -
  • newLGBT Group Is Well On Its Way To Raising Enough Money To Buy Anti-Gay Church
    A New York advocacy group dedicated to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens has succeeded in raising $200,000 toward purchasing a church known for its extremely homophobic views at auction. In January, the Ali Forney Center…
    - 6 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 10:14pm -
  • newThis Tiny Detail Will Help You Unlock Buddhist Art
    Buddhist artwork is infused with layers of meaning. Every posture and gesture has a special significance, intended to inspire devotion and reflection. But it's easy to miss these subtle cues without a guide.  Most images of the Buddha show him i…
    - 8 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 8:26pm -
  • newDaily Meditation: Sacred Earth
    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 a song performed by Ameri…
    - 12 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 4:52pm -
  • newHecklers Tried To Perform An Exorcism On Ted Cruz In New Hampshire
    Two hecklers tried to perform an exorcism on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during a campaign stop in Raymond, New Hampshire, on Monday. "Ted Cruz, look in the mirror and let the evil spirit leave, leave your power-hungry demonic soul," one of the hecklers cal…
    - 20 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 8:26am -

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  • newNew York Regulations Aim To End Conversion Therapy
    On Feb. 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of executive actions to prevent the practice of LGBT conversion therapy in the state:The New York State Department of Financial Services is issuing regulations barring New York insurers fr…
    - 16 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 12:10pm -
  • newSuit In Nation of Georgia Seeks Marriage Equality
    According to yesterday's EurasiaNet, in the Caucasus nation of Georgia for the first time a lawsuit has been filed seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.  Plaintiff Giorgi Tatishvili filed suit in the Constitutional Court challenging the constitu…
    - 16 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 12:05pm -
  • newChurch's State Court Suit Challenges California Mandate For Health Insurance Abortion Coverage
    A La Mesa, California church last week filed suit in state court against the California Department of Managed Health Care challenging a state requirement that all health insurance policies sold in California cover elective abortions, without exceptio…
    - 16 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • Victim Advocate Is Asked To Take Leave From Pontifical Commission on Protection of Minors
    Crux reported Saturday that in the Vatican, British sexual abuse survivor Peter Saunders has been asked by other members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to take a leave of absence from the Commission.  Saunders, appointed t…
    - 2 days ago 8 Feb 16, 12:05pm -
  • Recent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:John D. Moore, The First Amendment Case for Corporate Religious Rights, (16 Nev. L.J. 1 (2015)).Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders & Zoe Robinson, The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty, (Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper N…
    - 2 days ago 8 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Muhammad v. Virginia, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11153 (WD VA, Feb. 1, 2016), a Virginia federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing a Nation of Islam inmate's complaint that the common fare diet does not comply with his religious beliefs and that…
    - 2 days ago 7 Feb 16, 5:45pm -
  • Nevada Democratic Caucuses Pose Problems For Sabbath Observers
    After this week's New Hampshire primaries, the presidential candidates move to Nevada and South Carolina.  As reported last week by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Democratic caucuses in Nevada are on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11:00 a.m.  This means…
    - 3 days ago 7 Feb 16, 1:53pm -
  • Suit Over Religious Themed Donor Plaque Dismissed After School Removes All Plaques
    Last year, Michael Lucas, an alumnus of the Colorado School of Mines, filed suit against the school after it rejected the text he chose for a donor plaque. The school's fundraising campaign for a new Athletic Complex allowed donors to purchase a pers…
    - 3 days ago 7 Feb 16, 12:12am -
  • First Ever Meeting of Heads of Catholic, Russian Orthodox Churches Scheduled In Cuba For Next Week
    In a joint press release today, the Vatican and the Patriarchate of Moscow announced that Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet on Feb. 12 in Cuba at the Havana airport.  The historic meeting, which will culminate in the signing of a joint d…
    - 5 days ago 5 Feb 16, 3:30pm -
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  • newBehind the scenes of the Western Wall deal: A negotiator’s view
    (RNS) Progressive Jews didn't get all they wanted in the deal, but they still have reason to celebrate, says the rabbi who heads the synagogue arm of Conservative Judaism.The post Behind the scenes of the Western Wall deal: A negotiator’s view app…
    - 5 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 11:22pm -
  • newSikh actor demands Mexican airline change staff behavior
    (RNS) Waris Ahluwalia was boarding a flight to New York City when he was told to publicly remove his turban for a security screening -- even though he had not triggered a metal detector.The post Sikh actor demands Mexican airline change staff behavi…
    - 6 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 10:31pm -
  • newIs Wheaton reconciled with Doc Hawk or with conservative evangelicals? (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) If separating from a tenured professor under a confidential agreement is “reconciliation,” then surely the word has no meaning.The post Is Wheaton reconciled with Doc Hawk or with conservative evangelicals? (COMMENTARY) appeared first on R…
    - 7 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 9:08pm -
  • newA new prayerbook for Conservative Judaism
    The language embraces women, gays and non-Hebrew speakers.The post A new prayerbook for Conservative Judaism appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 9 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 7:32pm -
  • newKansas City teacher astonishes with $2 million gift to Jesuits
    KANSAS CITY (RNS) Anna Kurzweil lived a simple and unpretentious life. So when it emerged that she left such a large sum to the Jesuits, nobody could believe it.The post Kansas City teacher astonishes with $2 million gift to Jesuits appeared first o…
    - 11 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 5:45pm -
  • newWhy teachers should not ask students to try on the hijab (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) Trying on religious clothing is not an outright violation of church and state. But such activities also can put students in unnecessarily awkward situations.The post Why teachers should not ask students to try on the hijab (COMMENTARY) appeare…
    - 12 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 4:22pm -
  • newWife of Islamic State leader charged in US hostage death
    WASHINGTON — She is charged with conspiring to hold an American aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller in the couple's homes where she was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The post Wife of Islamic State leader charged…
    - 16 hours ago 9 Feb 16, 12:09pm -
  • Episcopal church leader calls Anglican censure ‘fair’
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Curry said the January primates’ meeting allowed both parties to express their differences and yet find a way to still remain together.The post Episcopal church leader calls Anglican censure ‘fair’ appeared first on Religion N…
    - 1 day ago 8 Feb 16, 9:06pm -
  • Vatican sex abuse commission ends turbulent meeting, cites progress
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) But the panel did not clarify the status of British clergy abuse victim Peter Saunders, who insists he has not stepped down despite a vote to suspend him. The post Vatican sex abuse commission ends turbulent meeting, cites progres…
    - 1 day ago 8 Feb 16, 7:12pm -
  • US Catholic-Muslim dialogue launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to co-chair
    (RNS) Monday's announcement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was a response to growing anti-Islamic sentiment, but it did not say who the Muslim participants would be. The post US Catholic-Muslim dialogue launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupic…
    - 1 day ago 8 Feb 16, 5:56pm -

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  • Chinese New Year: Chefs prep for crazy festive influx
    Food is key to Chinese New Year, and families and restaurants will ring in the Year of the Monkey with special feasts.Chinese eat to strengthen bonds, and believe that eating some dishes and ingredients also bring good luck.Across...
    - 5 days ago 4 Feb 16, 5:00pm -

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