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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 ve…
    - 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 a…
    - 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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  • newVatican diplomat admits he possessed child abuse images
    Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella tells court he developed ‘morbid’ desireA Catholic priest who worked as a diplomat at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington has admitted at the start of his trial that he had possessed images of child sexual abuse…
    - 5 hours ago 22 Jun 18, 9:14pm -
  • newAre Church of England’s dabbing deacons and jumping bishops a leap too far?
    Informal ordination photos may be a sign of holy joy for some, but traditionalists are less than elatedTheir souls are pure, their hearts are turned towards heaven and their future lies in a life of solemn devotion to God. But to the consternation of…
    - 10 hours ago 22 Jun 18, 4:00pm -
  • newC of E ordered investigation after ‘botched’ 2010 abuse inquiry
    Negative aspects downplayed to limit reputational damage, former Barnado’s chief findsThe Church of England commissioned an independent report into its review of allegations of historical sexual abuse after pressure from campaigners. The Church’s…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Jun 18, 2:55pm -
  • Schools don't need chaplains, they need qualified counsellors | David Zyngier
    Students need support, but religious commitment does not equate to professional counsellingSince Trump’s election in the US new legislative measures aim to impose hardline Christian values across US society as part of Project Blitz. The Congressio…
    - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 5:36am -
  • We should be aping our cousins in death | Brief letters
    Naked Adam and Eve | Puan the orangutan | Morris Travellers | FootballersJonathan Jones (16 June) makes the surprising claim that for Jan van Eyck to show Adam and Eve naked in 1432 was “unprecedented”. What about the Genesis sculptures on the…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jun 18, 4:48pm -


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    • Methodology
      This is the ninth time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.75 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • 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 the Global Religious Futures project comes from T…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • 4. Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey had the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2016
      About three-quarters of the world’s people (more than 5 billion) live in the 25 most populous countries in the world. Examining the religious restrictions in these countries can show how government restrictions and social hostilities impact large p…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • 3. Americas the only region with a rise in both government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion in 2016
      Government restrictions by region In 2016, the global median level of government restrictions on religion increased slightly to 2.8 from 2.7 in 2015. The median score rose in three out of five regions (the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • 2. Harassment of religious groups hits highest point since 2007
      The analysis of 2016 sources found reports of religiously motivated harassment – whether perpetrated by governments or social groups – in the vast majority of the world’s countries (187, up from 169 in 2015). This marks the biggest number of co…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • 1. Number of countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions on religion at highest level since 2007
      Countries with the most extensive government restrictions on religion Most countries around the world have some form of restrictions on religion – whether it is through laws that limit actions like public preaching or conversion, or actions that ca…
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016
      Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.
      - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 1:52pm -
    • Resumen de hallazgos: La brecha de edad respecto a la religión en todo el mundo
      Según varias mediciones, los adultos jóvenes tienden a ser menos religiosos que sus mayores. Lo contrario se da en raras ocasiones. En Estados Unidos, los grupos religiosos vienen envejeciendo desde hace décadas, y los adultos jóvenes ahora son m…
      - 10 days ago 13 Jun 18, 1:54pm -
    • 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 the Global Religious Futures project comes from T…
      - 10 days ago 13 Jun 18, 1:53pm -
    • Appendix A: Methodology
      This appendix provides an overview of the data sources and analytic approaches used in the report. The general population data underlying this study come from 106 countries for religious identity, 106 countries for the importance of religion, 105 cou…
      - 10 days ago 13 Jun 18, 1:53pm -

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