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  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian C…
    - 37 days ago 21 Jun 14, 9:39am -
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church…
    - 60 days ago 29 May 14, 4:02am -
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm.Full story: Convicted in torture-m…
    - 68 days ago 21 May 14, 11:44am -
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with…
    - 73 days ago 16 May 14, 9:04am -
  • Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Narconon facilities are billed as a 'drug rehab' centers. But the organization's approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing hea…
    - 76 days ago 13 May 14, 11:01am -
  • Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Under Texas law, law enforcement c…
    - 17 Apr 14, 9:29pm -
  • Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

    Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

    Cult leader Frederick Madison King, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored has been charged with assualt and a range of other crimes. Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church.Full st…
    - 15 Apr 14, 3:25pm -
  • Jesus’ wife?

    Jesus’ wife?

    It's getting close to Easter, so the Jesus theorists and pundits are coming out of the woodworks again. Among them is Dr. Karen L. King, who has been speculating about a tiny fragment of papyrus she chose to call the "Gospel of Jesus’ Wife." Cri…
    - 10 Apr 14, 11:40am -

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  • newIslamic State destroys ancient Mosul mosque, the third in a week
    The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine, dating to the 14th century, join list of mosques blown up by militants in IraqMilitants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents…
    - 8 hours ago 28 Jul 14, 12:29am -
  • newMeccas changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims | Nesrine Malik
    Every Ramadan the holy city we see on our TV screens looks bigger and shinier than it did the year beforeRamadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is drawing to a close. The last 10 days are considered the holiest, and the focal point is the holiest of t…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 4:57pm -
  • newPope Francis in emotional peace plea
    Pope spoke of first world war centenary and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particularPope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to his weekly Angelus address in St Peter's Square.W…
    - 16 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 4:13pm -
  • newThere are as many atheisms as there are gods | Andrew Brown
    Atheism has stalked religion for as long as the latter has existed and todays variant only really got started in the 18th centuryThere are as many atheisms as there are gods. We spend most of our lives disbelieving in things without wasting time ask…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 11:04am -
  • Sinéad O'Connor interview: 'I deserve to be a priest. Music is a priesthood'
    Soon to release her 10th album, the famously iconoclastic singer hasn't mellowed much. Here she talks about feminism, the sexualisation of youth and why she's still proud of Nothing Compares 2 UOver the course of a career getting on for three decades…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jul 14, 8:00am -


    • In Buddhist teachings, relief from D.C.’s chronic case of self-involvement
      Tara Brach tells a story about an ad in the personals: Tall dark handsome Buddhist looking for himself. Would you answer that ad? It’s funny, certainly. The guy has a sense of humor. But for the long haul? I don’t think so. Too self-centered. May…
      - 9 days ago 19 Jul 14, 12:01am -
    • Some say pope’s reported claim that 2 percent of priests are pedophiles is too low
      Another news-making Pope Francis interview, another round of unanswered questions. This time, the topic is clergy sex abuse. In an interview published Sunday in the Italian daily La Repubblica, the pope talks with the newspaper’s founder, atheist E…
      - 14 days ago 14 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
    • Religion events from around the Washington area
      Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article…
      - 16 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:06pm -
    • Chabad emissaries eagerly spread the word about Judaism
      This summer, tens of thousands of Jews — many in black hats and long beards signifying their orthodoxy — have come from around the world to a crowded cemetery in the New York borough of Queens to mourn and celebrate Menachem Mendel Schneerson, th…
      - 16 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:03pm -
    • For D.C.’s Third Street Church of God, expanding, renovating wasn’t easy
      The Rev. Cheryl Sanders was all smiles as she led a procession in celebration of the Third Street Church of God’s gleaming new $2 million annex and renovated sanctuary on a recent Sunday afternoon. It was a special moment for the Harvard-trained…
      - 23 days ago 5 Jul 14, 2:05am -
    • Religion events from around the Washington area
      Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.stthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article…
      - 23 days ago 4 Jul 14, 9:53pm -

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    • newPolice in eastern China remove church's cross

      Police in eastern China remove church's cross

      BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
      - 55 mins ago 28 Jul 14, 7:22am -
    • newPolice in China remove church's cross
      BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
      - 5 hours ago 28 Jul 14, 3:19am -
    • newFive dead in bombing of church in north Nigeria's Kano

      Five dead in bombing of church in north Nigeria's Kano

      Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb att…
      - 12 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 8:24pm -
    • new'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace
      Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of…
      - 16 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 3:53pm -
    • newPope urges peace in Middle East, Ukraine for children's sake

      Pope urges peace in Middle East, Ukraine for children's sake

      Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis called Sunday on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children.
      - 17 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 3:08pm -
    • newBomb attack on church in Nigeria's Kano kills five
      KANO (Reuters) - A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The bomber threw the bomb at worshippers on their way out of the church, police…
      - 17 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 2:54pm -

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    • newMuslims marking end of holy month with traditional dishes, festivities

      Muslims marking end of holy month with traditional dishes, festivities

      Like other Muslims in Metro Detroit, Irfan Sheikh spent the holy month of Ramadan striving to reach spiritual heights.
      - 3 hours ago 28 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • 'Let go or be dragged'
      We will face many difficult situations in life, but we must realize we need to accept our limitations and surrender to Christ.
      - 2 days ago 26 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Modern camp meetings build on heritage of faith, family

      Modern camp meetings build on heritage of faith, family

      Couples have met at Salem. They've raised families at Salem. People have become ministers after visiting Salem. The Salem Camp Meeting in Covington, Ga., has been attracting people since its inception in'28.
      - 2 days ago 26 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Faith Calendar
      812 Conference 2014 Gathering of college students and other young adults for the purpose of encountering God together. Presented by 812 Young Adult Ministry. Special Guests: Kastles-N-Air, KevOnStage, Jill Grandison, and Word of Faith Worship.
      - 2 days ago 26 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Harmony urged with 'be kind to each other' message at Belle Isle religious gathering

      Harmony urged with 'be kind to each other' message at Belle Isle religious gathering

      Detroit — Michael Balcomb called on Metro Detroiters and the rest of the world to 'be kind to each other.'
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 3:43am -
    • Ramadan turns night into day in Dearborn

      Ramadan turns night into day in Dearborn

      With so many observant Muslims living in Dearborn — where about 30 percent of residents are of Arab descent — businesses are closing later, opening earlier or both during the holy month. Some popular bakeries, including New Yasmeen and Golden Bak…
      - 9 days ago 19 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Metro Detroit Hindu community to celebrate Festival of Chariots

      Metro Detroit Hindu community to celebrate Festival of Chariots

      Novi — For the Hindu community in Metro Detroit, there is no more exciting time than Rath Yatra.
      - 10 days ago 18 Jul 14, 3:54am -
    • Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

      Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

      London — The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops.
      - 14 days ago 14 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
    • Churches struggle to reach young Americans

      Churches struggle to reach young Americans

      Young people caught up in what experts now call 'emerging adulthood' may stress that they are open to attending multigenerational congregations that offer roots, tradition and mentors. But how will they know when they have found the right spiritual h…
      - 16 days ago 12 Jul 14, 5:00am -
    • Faith calendar
      Religious events taking place this week across Metro Detroit.
      - 16 days ago 12 Jul 14, 5:00am -

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    • Why the Jesuits (including Pope Francis) are on the frontlines of faith

      Why the Jesuits (including Pope Francis) are on the frontlines of faith

      Opinion by Matt Emerson, special to CNN (CNN) – Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carri…
      - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 9:56pm -
    • Does Jonah's tomb signal the death of Christianity in Iraq?

      Does Jonah's tomb signal the death of Christianity in Iraq?

      Opinion by Joel S. Baden and Candida Moss, Special to CNN (CNN) – The destructive force of  the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the militant Sunni movement, is epitomized in a video released Thursday of ISIS members smashing a tomb in Mosul, Iraq…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 2:39pm -
    • She faced death in Sudan for her Christian faith. Now she's free.

      She faced death in Sudan for her Christian faith. Now she's free.

      Rome (CNN) - Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan because of her faith, arrived in Rome on Thursday, the Italian Foreign Ministry said. Ibrahim "will remain in Italy for a short time and then will travel on t…
      - 4 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:39pm -
    • Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness

      Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness

      Opinion by Craig Detweiler, Special to CNN (CNN) – It is understandable why Breanna Mitchell’s sunny tweet from Auschwitz as “PrincessBMM” would spark a viral outcry. A tour of a concentration camp, where so many Jews lost their lives, may mo…
      - 6 days ago 22 Jul 14, 12:53pm -
    • ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die

      ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die

      Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - Just days after the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said they killed hundreds of Syrians, dozens of Iraqi Christian families are now fleeing the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, hoping to avoid a similar fate. O…
      - 7 days ago 21 Jul 14, 12:14pm -
    • World Cup final: It's Pope versus Pope

      World Cup final: It's Pope versus Pope

      By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN)– Will the World Cup final become a "Holy War"? At the very least, Sunday's match could put millions of Catholics - not to mention Vatican employees - in a bit of a bind. Will they root for Argentina,…
      - 19 days ago 9 Jul 14, 4:51pm -
    • Eye for an eye: The Bible's role in revenge attacks

      Eye for an eye: The Bible's role in revenge attacks

      Opinion by Joel Baden, special to CNN (CNN) – This past Sunday, six Israelis were arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. Israeli officials admitted the likelihood—already acknowledged by many—that this killing was carried out…
      - 20 days ago 8 Jul 14, 5:01pm -
    • Pope: bishops 'accountable' for sex abuse

      Pope: bishops 'accountable' for sex abuse

      (CNN) – Catholic bishops "will be held accountable" for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis said Monday, his strongest acknowledgment yet of what abuse victims have been saying for decades: that the cover-ups have often been…
      - 21 days ago 7 Jul 14, 3:11pm -
    • Why you should leave religion off your resume

      Why you should leave religion off your resume

      By Sara Grossman, CNN (CNN) – If you’re applying for a new job, it may be best to leave religion off your resume, according to a new study. Job applicants who mentioned any form of faith affiliation on their resumes were 26% less likely to be co…
      - 26 days ago 2 Jul 14, 1:24pm -

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    • COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi receives recognition
      (RNS) Rabbi Regina Jonas' grim task was to meet the incoming trains and provide counseling to the frightened and bewildered Jews arriving at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The post COMMENTARY: Obscure no more, world’s first woman rabbi rec…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:10pm -
    • Arabic Twitter avatar illustrates #WeAreN solidarity with Iraqi Christians
      (RNS) It's the symbol for "Nazarene," or Christian, used by Islamists in Iraq to brand Christian properties as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community.The post Arabic Twitter avatar illustrates #WeAreN solidarity with Iraqi C…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 4:48pm -
    • Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit?
      (RNS) “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.The post Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia – but where else will he visit? appeared…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 4:36pm -
    • Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New Hampshire
      ROME (RNS) "Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family," Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim said.The post Meriam Ibrahim, freed from Sudan, plans to settle in New…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
    • Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Church
      SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) In her argument, Kelly contends her lay leaders never asked her about women holding the priesthood -- a point the leaders disputed in the letter excommunicating her.The post Kate Kelly appeals her excommunication from Mormon Chur…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 3:43pm -
    • COMMENTARY: Is religion good for kids?
      (RNS) Imaginative religious stories such as creation, Noah, the Exodus, or Santa Claus, may actually benefit cognitive development, creative thinking and social skills. The post COMMENTARY: Is religion good for kids? appeared first on Religion News S…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 2:42pm -
    • Pope a Cafeteria Catholic * D’Souza a Star * Usher Code: Friday’s Roundup
      Also: "Fifty Shades of Church." A Catholic media war brewing? Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo. And a New York Times reporter tweets about "ruthlessly" crushing anti-LGBT sentiment. It's fatwas everywhere these daysThe post Pope a Cafeteria Catholic * D…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 1:21pm -
    • RNS archive photo of the day
      "A big smile, please," asks ten-year-old Sandra Bream from Rutherford, N.J. of Bishop John W. Comber, Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers, who was consecrated on April 9, 1959.The post RNS archive photo of the day appeared first on Religion New…
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 11:30am -
    • With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery
      ERBIL, Iraq (RNS) Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or be killed, by Saturday (July 19), most of Mosul’s Christians had fled. The following day, militants descended on the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery on the ou…
      - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 8:40pm -
    • Auschwitz selfie girl defends her actions
      (RNS) An Alabama teen's example brings to light the debate over taking selfies in front of places such as Auschwitz and the 9/11 Memorial Museum where so many people lost their lives.The post Auschwitz selfie girl defends her actions appeared first o…
      - 4 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:03pm -

    New Zealand Herald

    • Eric Watson: Redefine holidays and holy days
      On an Air New Zealand flight recently, a trivia question caught my eye. "Name the New Zealand public holidays on which shops must close for at least part of the day?"Answer: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day and Christmas.I...
      - 2 days ago 26 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • Vicar quits over same-sex relationship stance
      Outspoken Anglican vicar Michael Hewat walked out of the church yesterday over its recognition of same-sex relationships - and other conservative Anglicans are warning of more departures if "recognition" eventually becomes "blessing".Mr...
      - 3 days ago 25 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
    • From Sudan death sentence to audience with Pope
      A Sudanese Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy after an international outcry, met Pope Francis in the Vatican today.Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, appeared to beam with relief as she stepped off a plane at Rome's...
      - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 10:44pm -

    Bartholomew's Notes

    • No, Hamas Has Not Admitted that the God of the Jews is Diverting their Rockets
      Story from jumps from Israeli Haredi columnist to UK Jewish newspaper to US evangelical websites From the UK Jewish Telegraph: IN October, 1956, David Ben Gurion was interviewed by CBS. He stated: “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must be…
      - 4 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:06am -
    • Melbourne More Welcoming than Salt Lake City to World Congress of Families
      Following an op-ed by Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, in which he explained why his organization regards the World Congress of Families is “hateful”, the Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson reports on fallout in Utah: The World Congress…
      - 9 days ago 19 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
    • My Unpleasant Experiences With Dennis Rice, aka TabloidTroll
      Mess with @tabloidtroll at your peril, trolls! Insider Speak…:Just Who is Richard Bartholomew (Besides being ano… http://t.co/Y2fJa4Tv — Neil Wallis (@neilwallis1) February 12, 2013 Since the early days of the #hackingtrial @tabloidtroll has be…
      - 11 days ago 17 Jul 14, 10:04am -
    • The Rainbow Belongs to God: The British Connection
      There has been a certain amount of hilarity in recent weeks over Scott Lively’s promotion of a ludicrous anti-gay song called The Rainbow Belongs to God, following its appearance on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show. Lively explained the bac…
      - 13 days ago 15 Jul 14, 4:29pm -
    • Some Notes on George Clooney, the Druze, and the Daily Mail
      This one has gone global; from USA Today: [George] Clooney, 53, is refuting a Daily Mail story that says Baria Alamuddin, his future mother-in-law, is against the impending marriage for religious reasons. The story quotes unnamed sources as saying…
      - 18 days ago 10 Jul 14, 1:05pm -
    • Someone Pretends to be a Daily Mail Journalist Pretending to be an Jihadi
      Richard Ferrer writes, at the Independent: This week I became the story. I was called a “slimy Jew”, a “rabid zionist” and “filthy racist scum”. It started on Saturday night when sinister tweets began appearing on my timeline, claiming…
      - 20 days ago 8 Jul 14, 7:09pm -

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