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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

    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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  • newDOJ Summit On Combating Anti-Semitism Held Last Week
    Last Monday, the Department of Justice held a Summit on Combating Antisemitism.  Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen delivered Introductory Remarks (full text) and Attorney General William Barr delivered the keynote speech opening the Summit (…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 12:12pm -
  • newRecent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:William E. Thro, Embracing Constitutionalism: The Court and the Future of Higher Education Law, (University of Daytona Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 147, 2019).Richard W. Garnett, Religious Freedom and the Churches: Contemporary Challenges in th…
    - 22 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 11:00am -
  • Court Expands Injunction On Prayer At High School Graduations
    In American Humanist Association v. Greenville County School District, (D SC, July 18, 2019), a South Carolina federal district court expanded its May 2015 order relating to prayer at high school graduation ceremonies in a South Carolina school dis…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jul 19, 8:06pm -
  • FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Information On International Religious Freedom Press Briefing
    A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed this week seeking State Department records relating to a March 18 press briefing on international religious freedom. The complaint (full text) in Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press v. U.S. Depa…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jul 19, 7:33pm -
  • Quebec Court Refuses To Enjoin Law Barring Officials From Wearing Religious Symbols
    In Hak v. National Council of Canadian Muslims, (Quebec Super. Ct.., July 9, 2019) [opinion in French], a Quebec trial court refused to issue a temporary injunction against enforcement of the province's new law that prohibits a lengthy list of publi…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jul 19, 11:05am -
  • Catholic Schools Can Challenge Athletic Competition Rule Change
    The Ohio Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision in Ohio High School Athletic Association v. Ruehlman, (OH Sup. Ct., July 16, 2019), allowed a trial court judge to move ahead with a challenge brought by Catholic high schools to a rule change by the Ohio Hig…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jul 19, 11:00am -
  • State Department Hosts Second Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is hosting the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The 3-day event ends today.  The State Department's website outlines each day's agenda.  The website also has videos of all the speeches and workshops pr…
    - 5 days ago 18 Jul 19, 11:05am -
  • Conservatives Oppose Trump's 5th Circuit Nominee Because of His Contraceptive Mandate Decision
    The Washington Times yesterday reported that federal district court judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden, who has been nominated by President Trump for a seat on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is facing opposition from some Republican members of the…
    - 5 days ago 18 Jul 19, 11:00am -
  • U.S. Sanctions Top Burmese Military Leaders For Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya
    Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that four top Burmese military leaders and their immediate families will be barred from entry into the United States "for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in n…
    - 6 days ago 17 Jul 19, 11:25am -
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  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for theGlobal Religious Futures project comes from Th…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • 3. Middle East still home to highest levels of restrictions on religion, although levels have declined since 2016
    Government restrictions by region In 2017, the global median score on the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) remained stable at 2.8 – matching 2016 and staying at its highest point since the study began in 2007 (see Overview). The median score dec…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • 1. Number of countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions on religion remains at highest levels since 2007
    Countries with the most extensive government restrictions on religion While most countries have some form of government restrictions involving religion, some countries stand out each year by having particularly high levels of these restrictions. This…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • 2. Harassment of religious groups steady in 2017, remaining at 10-year high
    In 2017, harassment against religious groups – either by governments or individuals and groups in society – was reported in 187 countries by this study’s sources (see Methodology for details). This figure remained the same from the previous yea…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • Methodology
    This is the 10th time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.115 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center u…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • 4. Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia had the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2017
    More than 5 billion people – or three-quarters of the world’s population – live in the planet’s 25 most populous countries, including China, India and the United States. Looking at restrictions in these countries can give insight into how lar…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World
    Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion - laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices - increased markedly around the world.
    - 8 days ago 15 Jul 19, 8:57pm -
  • 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…
    - 42 days ago 11 Jun 19, 1:54pm -
  • 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. Primary Researchers Claire Gecewicz, Research Analyst Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of…
    - 42 days ago 11 Jun 19, 1:54pm -
  • Americans See Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse as an Ongoing Problem
    More than 15 years after U.S. bishops pledged “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, reports of previously unpublicized misconduct continue to receive wide media coverage.
    - 42 days ago 11 Jun 19, 1:54pm -

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  • newBuilding a new church community in a culture that has forgotten how
    (RNS) — Today’s young people are more connected than ever, but they carry a lot of baggage about the idea of walking through the doors of a church. The post Building a new church community in a culture that has forgotten how appeared first on Re…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 8:13pm -
  • newHusband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident
    (RNS) — Lee Dingle was the husband of Shannon Hope Dingle, a blogger and activist who has written about sexual abuse, the #Churchtoo movement and disability rights.The post Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident appea…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 8:06pm -
  • newAttack on Hindu priest in New York leads to call for hate crime investigation
    (RNS) — Faith leaders are calling on New York City police to launch a hate crime investigation into a violent attack on a Hindu priest near his temple in Queens.The post Attack on Hindu priest in New York leads to call for hate crime investigation…
    - 14 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 7:32pm -
  • newPope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending
    (RNS) — The sanctions obligate the former West Virginia bishop to "make amends" and bar him from celebrating Mass or living in his former diocese.The post Pope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending appeare…
    - 14 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 7:05pm -
  • newThe refugee crisis broke my heart, but refugees mended it
    (RNS) — Walking alongside refugee families has restored and strengthened my Christian faith. It has expanded my worldview and ignited my life with passion and purpose.The post The refugee crisis broke my heart, but refugees mended it appeared firs…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 5:40pm -
  • newAll hail the Mormon pioneers!
    I don't have any Mormon pioneer ancestors, but I do have two whose paths crossed with the Saints in the 1840s and 1850s, and their stories give me strength.The post All hail the Mormon pioneers! appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 15 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 5:36pm -
  • newHouse fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Reports say the homes and church were vacant at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.The post House fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 19 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 2:22pm -
  • newGospel sing-along in Tennessee faces Confederate controversy after photos surface online
    (USA Today) — Organizers apologized after a parade preceding the Diana Singing, a popular event for 50 years, included a motorized scooter flying the Confederate banner.The post Gospel sing-along in Tennessee faces Confederate controversy after ph…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 2:20pm -
  • newSongs for the Holy Other
    Affirming Hymns for the LGBTQIA2S+ Community The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has released a new collection, “Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community.” The completed project was presented on July 16 at a…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Jul 19, 2:03pm -
  • From privilege to prison: A journey into faith
    “What’s very clear to me is that this was a rescue operation by God. It was a rescue operation because I was not going to be able to save myself. I dug myself, effectively, into a pit. What happened early on in my prosecution was, I had a decisio…
    - 2 days ago 21 Jul 19, 1:46pm -

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  • Church ministers defy leaders by marrying same sex couples
    Blocked by their leadership from marrying same-sex couples, some church ministers are getting around the rules by having weddings on the church doorstep. Other ministers are defying the ban altogether. Isaac Davison reports Rebel...
    - 11 days ago 12 Jul 19, 5:00pm -

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