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  • Religion and Cult News, Saturday

    Religion and Cult News, Saturday

    The sentences of three German men found guilty for their leadership roles at the infamous Colonia Dignidad cult in Chile have been increased.The cult's founder, former Nazi Paul Schaefer, was sentenced in July 2008 for torturing children.[wpipa id…
    - 31 Dec 16, 6:54am -
  • Religion & Cults News – Wednesday

    Religion & Cults News – Wednesday

    The Berlin attack is right out of the terror handbooksThe world’s deadliest terrorist groups are increasingly open about their intentions, tactics, and targets. Last month, Rumiyah, the slickest terrorist magazine on the Internet market, was v…
    - 21 Dec 16, 1:36pm -
  • Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    Shincheonji “New Heaven and New Earth” cult infiltrating churches

    UK: Churches warned of 'deceptive cult' linked to South Korea infiltrating congregationsHundreds of British churches, including some of the UK’s largest congregations, have been warned against possible infiltration by a group accused of being a…
    - 12 Dec 16, 9:03am -
  • The attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements

    The attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements

    Research: a brief overview of the attitudes of Western European states towards new religious movements is an interesting article by Jean-François Mayer, founder and editor of Relioscope -- an independent website that provides 'news and analysis abo…
    - 7 Nov 16, 1:54pm -
  • 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. Plus:…
    - 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's edition contains 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 Cr…
    - 28 Nov 15, 5:16pm -
  • Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

    Are you old enough to remember the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ADiK74fve8Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 21, 2012 In 1981 this spiritual leader from India spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon…
    - 18 Jul 15, 12:11pm -
  • Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

    Going Clear, Alex Gibney's smash documentary that exposes the Scientology cult to daylight, was HBO's highest-rated documentary premiere in almost a decade. By popular demand it is going to be back in theaters.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watc…
    - 16 Jul 15, 7:00pm -
  • Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

    Scientology quacks at work:After a Church of Scientology-backed group helped organize a campaign against it, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed legislation that would have given Texas doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patient…
    - 15 Jul 15, 9:54am -
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  • Manager of External Affairs

    Manager of External Affairs

    Position: Manager of External Affairs Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C. Reports to: Director of Communications and External Affairs FLSA Salary Classification: Full time; Exempt Position Summary: The Manager of External leads and overs…
    - 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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  • 3rd Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Title VII Religious Discrimination Suit
    In Darby v. Temple University, (3d Cir., Dec. 4, 2019), the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff's claim under Title VII that he was fired by Temple University because of his religion.  The court said in part:[Pla…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 12:10pm -
  • Missouri AG Supports High School Football Coaches' Prayer Practices
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt this week released a letter (full text) which he sent on Dec. 3 to the superintendent of the Cameron, Missouri School District supporting high school football coaches against charges in a letter (full text) from…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 12:05pm -
  • Priest Sues Archdiocese Over Inclusion In List of Accused Clergy
    A lawsuit was filed last month in a Missouri state trial court by a former priest who claims that the Archdiocese of St. Louis defamed him when it included his name on a widely circulated list of clergy for whom there are substantiated allegations o…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
  • Congress Passes Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
    On Tuesday, Congress gave final passage to S.178, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (full text). In part, the bill finds that:The Government of the People’s Republic of China has a long history of repressing approximately 13,000,000 Turki…
    - 3 days ago 5 Dec 19, 12:05pm -
  • A New Wave of Clergy Sex Abuse Cases Is Expected
    An AP investigative report published on Tuesday highlights the rash of new clergy sex abuse cases being pursued as 15 states have extended or suspended their statutes of limitations to allow even decades-old child sex abuse claims to be filed:It's a…
    - 3 days ago 5 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
  • Controversy Over Army Licensed Items With Religious Theme
    First Liberty Institute yesterday sent a letter (full text) to the U.S. Army complaining about the Army's order to a private faith-based company that is licensed to produce Army-themed products. (Press release). The Army instructed the company to rem…
    - 4 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:05pm -
  • Former Cardinal McCarrick and Newark Archdiocese Sued By Sex Abuse Victim
    Just minutes after a new New Jersey law went into effect opening a 2-year window in which previously time-barred sex abuse cases can be filed, suit was filed in a New Jersey state trial court against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the Catholi…
    - 4 days ago 4 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
  • Texas Justice of the Peace Warned Over Her Refusal To Perform Same-Sex Weddings
    Last month, the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a Public Warning (full text) to Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley. The Nov. 12 warning reads in part:Beginning on about August 1, 2016, Judge Hensley and her court staff began giving…
    - 5 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:05pm -
  • Connecticut Rabbi Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Sex Abuse of High Schooler
    According to the New Haven Independent, a Connecticut trial court judge yesterday sentenced Rabbi Daniel Greer, a once-prominent New Haven religious leader, to 12 years in prison, with 8 years after that on probation. He will also be required to regi…
    - 5 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
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  • Americans Have Positive Views About Religion’s Role in Society, but Want It Out of Politics
    A large majority of Americans feel that religion is losing influence in public life, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey.
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:57pm -
  • 1. Many in U.S. see religious organizations as forces for good, but prefer them to stay out of politics
    Americans largely have positive feelings about the role religion plays in American life. A slim majority of U.S. adults say religious organizations do more good than harm in American society, while just one-in-five say they do more harm than good. Sp…
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:57pm -
  • 2. Most congregants trust clergy to give advice about religious issues, fewer trust clergy on personal matters
    A majority of U.S. adults think religious leaders have high or very high ethical standards (65%). And among those who attend religious services at least a few times a year, an even larger share have similarly positive ratings about the ethical behavi…
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:56pm -
  • 3. Americans trust both religious and nonreligious people, but most rarely discuss religion with family or friends
    The survey included a few questions about interpersonal trust, asking respondents about the trustworthiness of religious and nonreligious people, and about how often they talk with other people about their religious beliefs. When it comes to bestowin…
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:55pm -
  • Methodology
    The American Trends Panel survey methodology The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists wh…
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:54pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Research Team Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Res…
    - 23 days ago 15 Nov 19, 2:54pm -
  • In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
    The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.
    - 52 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Research Team Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Re…
    - 52 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • Methodology
    Each year, Pew Research Center conducts several random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone (cellphones and landlines) surveys about political topics.6 Most of the analysis in this report is based on aggregated results from the complete set of those surveys c…
    - 52 days ago 17 Oct 19, 1:52pm -
  • For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day
    Religion in public schools has long been a controversial issue. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that teachers and administrators cannot lead prayers in public schools, and a decision in 2000 barred school districts from sponsoring student-led pr…
    - 66 days ago 3 Oct 19, 1:55pm -

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  • SMU sued as it moves to cut ties with United Methodist Church
    (RNS) — Southern Methodist University has moved to cut ties with the United Methodist Church after the denomination voted to strengthen rules barring LGBTQ members from marriage and ordination earlier this year.The post SMU sued as it moves to cut…
    - 1 day ago 7 Dec 19, 2:08am -
  • Pelosi prays for Trump
    (RNS) — The question is not 'Why?,' but why the president would not grasp the well-known Christian concept.The post Pelosi prays for Trump appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 1 day ago 6 Dec 19, 10:51pm -
  • RNS Updated Budget — Friday, December 6, 2019
    NEWS STORY RNS-GC2-SUMMIT: Wheaton mental health summit remembers Jarrid Wilson's 'legacy of hope' WHEATON, Illinois (RNS) — About 400 ministry leaders filled a sold-out auditorium at the Billy Graham Center ...The post RNS Updated Budget — Frid…
    - 1 day ago 6 Dec 19, 10:18pm -
  • Statement from the AME Church regarding cuts to Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP)
    The AME Church asks that more governmental efforts focus on affordable career training opportunities, affordable higher education, student loan forgiveness programs, student loan interest forgiveness, employment programs, and assisting states ...The…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 9:55pm -
  • Photos of the Week
    (RNS) — This week’s gallery includes a Shinto festival in Japan, a sacrificial festival in Nepal, and more.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 8:35pm -
  • Muhammad breaks into top 10 US baby names list in 2019
    (RNS) — The name, popular among Muslims as an act of devotion to honor Islam’s founder, has long been climbing parenting website BabyCenter’s annual list. This year, it made the cut.The post Muhammad breaks into top 10 US baby names list in 20…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 8:12pm -
  • Wheaton mental health summit remembers Jarrid Wilson's 'legacy of hope'
    WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — About 400 ministry leaders filled a sold-out auditorium at the Billy Graham Center for GC2: Facing Hard Truths and Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, focused on the topics of leadership, burnout and mental health.The post Wheat…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 7:42pm -
  • The Great American Slumbering?
    (RNS) — Are we experiencing the opposite of a ‘Great Awakening’ in the US today?The post The Great American Slumbering? appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 7:18pm -
  • Wheaton summit examines mental health and wellbeing for clergy
    (RNS) — A summit for pastors on ‘leadership, burnout and mental health’ comes after the suicide of a prominent church leader and mental health advocate.The post Wheaton summit examines mental health and wellbeing for clergy appeared first on R…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 5:57pm -
  • Republicans introduce bill to protect LGBTQ rights and religious freedom
    (RNS) — The ‘Fairness for All’ bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Stewart and eight other Republican legislators, is the culmination of a three-year effort to bridge the divide between LGBTQ people and religious conservatives.The post Republicans…
    - 2 days ago 6 Dec 19, 4:52pm -

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  • Court Finds For Former MP in Counterclaim Against “VIP Sex Abuse” Accuser
    From the Daily Mail: A former Liberal Democrat MP is to receive libel damages from an alleged fantasist who made unsubstantiated rape claims against him. John Hemming, 58, has scored a major High Court victory against Esther Baker, 36, who has torme…
    - 32 days ago 6 Nov 19, 10:48am -
  • Sandy Hook Conspiracism: A Note on Moon Rock Books
    From CBS News, in June: The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have b…
    - 46 days ago 23 Oct 19, 8:37am -
  • BBC News Probes “Annie Tacker”
    This one is being widely reported – from Phil Kemp at BBC News: There are many unanswered questions surrounding Boris Johnson’s friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. For the past two days I’ve been investigating one of the more…
    - 49 days ago 20 Oct 19, 3:49pm -
  • A Note on Mike Veale in ITV Drama A Confession
    From the Press Centre of British terrestrial broadcaster ITV (emphasis added): A Confession The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (StartUp, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breach…
    - 57 days ago 12 Oct 19, 7:55am -
  • A Note on John Sweeney, Tommy Robinson and the “Adolf Hitler Appreciation Society”
    From the Independent, a few days ago: Veteran investigative journalist John Sweeney called Tommy Robinson a “c***” as he announced his departure from the BBC. “I’m sorry our BBC Panorama on Tommy Robinson wasn’t broadcast,” Mr Swe…
    - 63 days ago 6 Oct 19, 8:23am -
  • UK Prison Reform Activist Joins Conspiracy Milieu
    A heady brew of conspiracy Twitter hashtags from “public speaker and activist” Shaun Attwood: My latest YouTube video: #epstein #clinton #alexjones #infowars #davidicke #princeandrew #maxwell #illuminati #conspiracy #newworldorder #truecrime #mur…
    - 64 days ago 5 Oct 19, 7:20am -

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