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  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 63 days ago 16 Feb 15, 9:53pm -
  • RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets. Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more.Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking…
    - 67 days ago 13 Feb 15, 10:23am -
  • Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup

    Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup

    'Sex rabbi' Eliezer Berland faces extradition from the Netherlands. A religious pirate radio broadcaster has been ordered off-the-air. And: what's up with yoga's popularity? Also: information about the International Cultic Studies Association's a…
    - 81 days ago 30 Jan 15, 2:53pm -
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  • newEqual rights versus freedom of conscience | Letters
    Your editorial (Equality for gay people does not threaten Christian freedoms, 18 April) implies it is wrong for people to stand up for their beliefs. Throughout history those who were prepared to do so have suffered presecution. Thomas More was execu…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 6:55pm -
  • newJohn Travolta: Scientology is a target because it 'really works well'
    The actor defends his beliefs on US TV, claiming most people attack Scientology because ‘it’s not understood’John Travolta has again come out in defence of Scientology after the release of Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary Going Clear.W…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 5:27pm -
  • newHow tobacco firms tried to undermine Muslim countries' smoking ban
    Attempts to tackle sales threat by framing criticism of smoking as fundamentalist fanaticism are outlined in cache of documents from 1970s until late 1990sThe tobacco industry attempted to reinterpret Islamic teaching and recruit Islamic scholars in…
    - 23 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 6:00am -
  • newCatholic bishop ashamed of what happened to abused children at Neerkol
    Retired bishop Brian Heenan, who dismissed abuse claims at orphanage as scurrilous, says he now feels a ‘terrible sense of shame and disgrace’ A retired Catholic bishop who was slow to act on child sexual abuse allegations against members of his…
    - 24 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 5:02am -
  • Police fear missing family of 'former al-Muhajiroun member' heading to Syria
    Appeal for information about Slough family after Asif Malik and wife Sara Kiran go missing and are last seen boarding ferry to France with four young children Police are increasingly concerned for a family of six, including four young children, who h…
    - 1 day ago 19 Apr 15, 5:27pm -

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  • newN.Y. state Gov. Cuomo in Cuba, meets business, religious leaders

    N.Y. state Gov. Cuomo in Cuba, meets business, religious leaders

    New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo met with Cuban officials and business and religious leaders in Havana on a whirlwind tour with a delegation of US executives. Cuomo, the first US governor to visit the island since the countries announced in Decem…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Apr 15, 1:45am -
  • newPope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants. "With great distress and sadness I learn of the further…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Apr 15, 12:29am -
  • newHarry Reid helps former senator join Mormon church
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has helped a former U.S. Senate colleague become a Mormon.
    - 7 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 9:27pm -
  • newPope condemns resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe

    Pope condemns resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe

    Pope Francis on Monday condemned a "worrying" resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and urged the continuation of dialogue between Christians and Jews. Speaking during a meeting with the Conference of the European Rabbis (CER), a first since the orga…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 6:26pm -
  • newVatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.
    - 13 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 3:54pm -
  • newTurkey's top cleric calls Pope 'immoral' for Armenia comments

    Turkey's top cleric calls Pope 'immoral' for Armenia comments

    By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's top cleric on Monday described comments by Pope Francis that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians was genocide as immoral and said the Vatican should look to its own history before leveling accusations of cas…
    - 13 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 3:37pm -

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  • newSupreme Court Denies Review In RLUIPA Land Use Case
    The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review in Lichtfield Historic District Commission v. Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County, Inc., (Docket No. 14-1001, cert. denied 4/20/2015) .(Order List). In the case, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 9:46pm -
  • newUtah Law Creates Uncertainty In Protections For County Clerks Refusing To Officiate At Same-Sex Marriages
    Yesterday's Deseret News reports that in Utah, county clerks are closely examining one provision included in SB 297 titled "Protections for Religious Expression and Beliefs about Marriage, Family, or Sexuality." The law, signed by the governor l…
    - 17 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 11:17am -
  • newRecent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Tadeusz Kugler, State-Sponsored Religion as Impediment To Assimilation and Immigration: A Look at Europe, (In Narratives and Negotiation: Agency, Religion and the State, edited by Autumn Quezada-Grant and Sargon Donabed. New York, NY: Lexin…
    - 18 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • NYT Op-Ed On Increased Ban On Cattle Slaughter In India
    Today's New York Times carries an interesting Opinion piece by University of Maryland Mathematics Professor Manil Suri criticizing steps taken last month by the Indian state of Maharashtra (which includes Mumbai) to expand the ban on slaughter of cow…
    - 1 day ago 19 Apr 15, 4:38pm -
  • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Adams v. Scott, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47928 (CD IL, April 10, 015), an Illinois federal district court permitted five non-denominational civil detainees to move ahead with their complaint that their RLUIPA and free exercise rights were infringed…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 3:34pm -
  • Cranston Schools Go Back To Calendar With Religious Holdiays Off
    As previously reported, this current year the Cranston, Rhode Island School Committee changed their traditional calendar that had school off for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Good Friday. This generated a lawsuit by teachers who, under the revised po…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 12:20pm -
  • Suit Filed Over Sale of Lower East Side Synagogue To Developer
    The New York Post reported on April 10 that congregants at the Home of the Sages synagogue of the Ger Hasidic sect on New York City's Lower East Side are suing to invalidate the $13 million sale of their building to developer Peter Fine.  $10 millio…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 11:05am -
  • RLUIPA Lawsuit Settled By California City
    The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that the Bellflower, California city council agreed last Monday to settle a RLUIPA lawsuit filed against it by Glory Tabernacle Christian Center, a church that welcomes members of the LGBT community.  The church…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Evangelist Blocked From Festival Sues
    St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on a lawsuit filed April 3 by the Center for Religious Expression (press release) on behalf of evangelist David Miller who was prevented by police from preaching at the 2014 Irish Fair-- an annual event on the Mississip…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 2:35am -
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  • Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement
    The 14-by-3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 2:53pm -
  • Pope 'Considering' Cuba Visit, Vatican Says
    The Holy See is in talks for Francis to make a trip to the island nation in September. The pontiff helped forge a breakthrough in relations between Havana and Washington.
    - 4 days ago 17 Apr 15, 1:37pm -
  • Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns
    The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."
    - 4 days ago 17 Apr 15, 9:03am -
  • They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews
    Two years ago, Israel ended with great fanfare a program that brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. But many are in limbo, separated from family, the result of stricter religious law.
    - 4 days ago 16 Apr 15, 8:17pm -
  • Vatican Ends Scrutiny Of U.S. Nuns
    It's an abrupt conclusion to a five-year doctrinal overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for nuns in the U.S., that began in 2012.
    - 5 days ago 16 Apr 15, 1:53pm -

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  • newConservative Anglican group backs away from split with Anglican Communion
    (RNS) In the past, some bishops had criticized the Church of England for championing women priests and bishops and supporting gays and lesbians. But at last week's meeting they addressed a new concern: Interfaith relationships with Muslims.The post…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 8:18pm -
  • newTo move beyond abortion stalemate, reporters must ask tough questions (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) When was the last time a reporter asked a candidate why he or she supports unrestricted abortion access in the second and third trimester, when upwards of 70 percent of Americans do not?The post To move beyond abortion stalemate, reporters mus…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 8:10pm -
  • newPhiladelphia prepares for mega event: hosting Pope Francis
    PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The city is experienced in holding events for crowds of 1 million-plus. But this one differs not only in size but in the number of security organizations involved: the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret S…
    - 9 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 7:31pm -
  • newAl-Shabab militants create chaos, pain for Somalis
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab militants have targeted government offices, U.N. facilities, the airport, the president's palace, hotels and restaurants in their bid to overthrow the government.The post Al-Shabab militants create chaos, pain for So…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 5:17pm -
  • new5 arguments to watch as the Supreme Court considers gay marriage
    WASHINGTON — From judicial precedent to whether heterosexuals make better parents for children, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider five major arguments when they consider gay marriage next week.The post 5 arguments to watch as the Supreme Court…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 1:56pm -
  • newElio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99
    ROME (Reuters) Elio Toaff was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to a synagogue in nearly 2,000 years.The post Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 9…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 1:28pm -
  • Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya
    CAIRO (Reuters) A video, in which militants call Christians "crusaders" out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head.The post Islamic State sho…
    - 2 days ago 19 Apr 15, 4:29pm -
  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at 78, an icon of a conservatism suddenly out of favor
    (RNS) Chicago's Cardinal Francis George thrived under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Under the more progressive Francis, though, "I don’t yet really have an understanding of ‘What are we doing here?’ ”The post Chicago Cardinal Francis…
    - 3 days ago 17 Apr 15, 8:24pm -
  • Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil?
    NEW YORK (RNS) Everyone wants religions to get along and play nice. But is that even possible, and would it do any good? The post Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil? appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 days ago 17 Apr 15, 6:52pm -
  • Inside a dying German church, a new synagogue rises
    COTTBUS, Germany (RNS) With the city’s backing and unanimous support among evangelical leaders, state officials offered to buy the church for the Jewish community and turn it into a synagogue -- the first in the State of Brandenburg since 1938.The…
    - 4 days ago 17 Apr 15, 4:16pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • newGloriavale wants to shut access road
    The Gloriavale Christian Community wants a public road near its compound closed to prevent attacks from outsiders.The community says the proposed Heaphy Road closure is not aimed at limiting access to hunters, but to prevent vandalism,...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Apr 15, 2:47am -
  • newGloriavale: 'Intense' focus on Hopeful Christian
    A lecturer in theology at the University of Auckland said many of the core beliefs of Gloriavale were similar to evangelical Christian groups, but the isolation of the community made it different.Dr Nick Thompson said the second...
    - 12 hours ago 20 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Gloriavale: Two couples tell of leaving religious community
    Two young couples who quit the Gloriavale Christian Community have revealed what it was like living in the West Coast religious community, and why they left.Rosanna Overcomer and her husband Elijah spoke of the lives they had while...
    - 1 day ago 19 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Gloriavale families to tell their story
    Two families who defied their Gloriavale leaders to leave will tell their story to the nation on the television news show Sunday .In preview material for this weekend's show, TVNZ says the families were told the world outside the...
    - 4 days ago 17 Apr 15, 2:57am -
  • Raining earthworms - biblical event hits Norway
    The early bird soars above the mountains and fjords, attempting to catch the worm. Except in Norway, the worms are flying too.From the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder to the residents of Shirley in Croydon in 1998, the rainfall...
    - 4 days ago 17 Apr 15, 2:34am -
  • Charlie Hebdo editor blasts magazine's critics from grave
    Left-wing intellectuals who accused the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo of going too far by publishing drawings of the Prophet Mohammad are guilty of "disgusting paternalism", the satirical weekly's murdered editor claims in a...
    - 4 days ago 16 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Vatican discuss plan to deal with protectors of abusers
    The Vatican is preparing to introduce legal procedures to establish the responsibilities of bishops and Catholic hierarchy found guilty of protecting priests who have sexually abused children.The issue of accountability was discussed...
    - 5 days ago 16 Apr 15, 12:10am -
  • Lawyer: Orthodox rabbi accused of forcing divorces was 'exaggerating'
    An Orthodox rabbi in New Jersey, accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives, was "puffing and exaggerating" when he talked to undercover FBI agents, his lawyer said.Attorney Robert Stahl...
    - 6 days ago 14 Apr 15, 11:47pm -
  • Going Clear film huge HBO success
    If the Church of Scientology was hoping that HBO's withering documentary on the religion's practices would pass by with little notice, that turned out to be a miscalculation. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has...
    - 6 days ago 14 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Exorcists warn Vatican over 'beautiful young vampires' and satanic yoga
    The proliferation of "beautiful young vampires" in TV series and Hollywood films including True Blood and the Twilight movies is encouraging young people to dabble with occult forces, a leading authority on demonic possession...
    - 7 days ago 13 Apr 15, 8:50pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 10 days ago 11 Apr 15, 9:19am -
  • Hampstead Satanism Panic: Protestor Arrested
    A couple of weeks ago, the Daily Mail wrote about a bizarre protest that had taken place outside an Anglican church in Hampstead, north London: …At morning service at the church attached to Christ Church primary school yesterday [Sunday 22 March],…
    - 12 days ago 9 Apr 15, 9:06am -
  • UK Satanic Panic: Dead Politicians and the Media
    Earlier this week I wrote a post relating to claims of “Satanic cult abuse” supposedly involving three now-dead British politicians: the socially liberal Labour MP Leo Abse, the notorious renegade Tory Enoch Powell, and the former Conservative H…
    - 18 days ago 2 Apr 15, 11:31pm -
  • Dead MPs Accused of Satanic Ritual Abuse
    Accusations trace back on fraudster in mid-1980s (Revised and updated) Introduction In 1991 a journalist named Tim Tate produced a book called Children of the Devil: Ritual Abuse and Satanic Crime. It included a quote from Dominic Walker, at that t…
    - 22 days ago 30 Mar 15, 9:26am -
  • Two MPs Linked to Group Promoting Hampstead Satanic Panic
    From the Ham&High (a local paper for Hampstead and Highgate in London): Police have confirmed they are hunting a number of individuals wanted in connection with the case that saw an “evil” mother [Ella Draper] take part in the torture of her own…
    - 23 days ago 29 Mar 15, 9:54am -

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