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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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  • newFilm about clerical child abuse opens in French cinemas
    By the Grace of God released as judges prepare to deliver verdict in first trial related to scandalIt was filmed in secrecy, certain scenes were so sensitive they had to be shot abroad and two legal cases were brought this week to try to ban it from…
    - 1 hour ago 23 Feb 19, 5:00am -
  • new'I didn’t get here by being polite': ABC's Sami Shah on free speech in Australia
    Comedian and breakfast radio host demands the right to be offensive but concedes some lines shouldn’t be crossedOn his summer holidays from his job as co-host of the ABC’s breakfast radio show in Melbourne, Sami Shah got to work. He’s making a…
    - 7 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 11:35pm -
  • newThe Guardian view on the Catholic church: must do better | Editorial
    The Vatican conference on sexual abuse needs to be much more than a talking shop. Can that happen?On Wednesday night another statue of a former hero was pulled down in eastern Europe. The late Fr Henryk Jankowski had been placed on his pedestal as th…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 6:25pm -
  • newChurch of England urged to make land available to Gypsies
    Synod to vote to protect Roma, Gypsies and Travellers from ‘institutional racism’The Church of England is being urged to make land available for Gypsies and travelling communities who face institutional racism and ostracisation.It may also appoin…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 11:17am -
  • Fears for Uighur comedian missing amid crackdown on cultural figures
    Adil Mijit worked for a government arts troupe for 30 years, but his family fear he has been taken into a re-education camp Arslan Mijit Hidayat says there is not a single Uighur who has not heard of his father-in-law, Adil Mijit. “We have a saying…
    - 1 day ago 22 Feb 19, 1:14am -


Public Religion Research Institute

  • 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…
    - 36 days ago 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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  • newFederal District Court Rejects Satanic Temple Follower's Challenge to Missouri Abortion Restrictions
    In Doe v. Parson, (ED MO, Feb. 21, 2019), a Missouri federal district court rejected both Establishment Clause and free exercise challenges to Missouri's abortion law.  The suit, filed by a member of the Satanic Temple, challenges the requirement t…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 3:33pm -
  • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Warner v. Friedman, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19465 (ND CA, Feb. 6, 2019), a California federal district court allowed an inmate to move ahead with his claim that he is still not being provided an acceptable kosher diet.In Quintero v. Bisbee, 2019 U.…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 12:59pm -
  • newTax Preparer Refuses To Prepare Joint Return For Same-Sex Couple
    Washington Post reports on the latest clash between religious liberty assertions and non-discrimination principles:For four years, Bailey Brazzel says, she had employed the same tax preparer, Nancy Fivecoate of Carter Tax Service in Russiaville, Ind.…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 12:05pm -
  • newAir Force JAG OK's Religious References At Change of Command Ceremonies
    In a legal opinion issued last December which is just now attracting attention, the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General has issued an opinion on the permissible extent of religious references during a change of command ceremony.  In OpJAGAF 2018-5…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 12:00pm -
  • Class Action Filed Hours After New York's Child Victims Act Is Signed
    Just hours after New York's new Child Victims Act extending the statute of limitations for sex abuse claims was signed into law (see prior related posting), a class action lawsuit was filed in federal district court for the Northern District of New…
    - 2 days ago 21 Feb 19, 12:10pm -
  • D.C.Circuit: Conspiracy Suit Against U.S. Supporters of Israeli Settlers Is Not "Political Question"
    In an important decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that a suit against high profile Americans by 18 Palestinians and a Palestinian village council over defendants' support for the Jewish settler movement…
    - 2 days ago 21 Feb 19, 12:05pm -
  • Baptist College's Attempt To Exit Baptist Convention Control Involves Ecclesiastical Determinations
    In Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention v. Missouri Baptist University, (MO App., Feb. 19, 2019), a Missouri state appellate court rejected attempts by Missouri Baptist University and The Baptist Home to amend their Articles of Incorpo…
    - 2 days ago 21 Feb 19, 12:00pm -
  • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Ali v. Duboise, (10th Cir., Feb. 6, 2019), the 10th Circuit affirmed the dismissal on qualified immunity grounds of a Muslim inmate's complaint that he was told to pray outside his cell but his request for a more specific location was met with th…
    - 3 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:05pm -
  • Pagan Temple Can Move Ahead With Its RLUIPA Claim
    In Yetto v.City of Jackson, (WD TN, Feb. 5, 2019), the founders of a Pagan Temple in Jackson, Tennessee sought a declaratory judgment that the city's zoning ordinance does not apply to the type of religious gatherings held by them at their home.  T…
    - 3 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:00pm -
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  • Darwin in America
    Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution
    - 17 days ago 6 Feb 19, 3:34pm -
  • 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 Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Direc…
    - 17 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth
    Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.
    - 17 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • 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…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • 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 were sourced from three survey datasets: The World Values Survey (WVS) Wave 6 (2010-2014), the Intern…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World
    People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from th…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center with data collected by CQ Roll Call. Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. This report is a…
    - 51 days ago 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • Faith on the Hill
    The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.
    - 51 days ago 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out
    How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out.
    - 80 days ago 5 Dec 18, 3:08pm -
  • What keeps us going
    We asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life. Their responses were rich, thoughtful and varied.
    - 95 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:55pm -

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  • newTrump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Religious conservatives said the administration's policy is a major step toward breaking down what they see as an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.The post Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals…
    - 4 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 2:05am -
  • newPhotos of the Week
    (RNS) — This week’s gallery includes Catholic and Baptist clergy sexual abuse issues, the end of the Lunar New Year, and more.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 6 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 12:02am -
  • newThe ‘Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about?
    (RNS) — You’ve probably heard that the United Methodist Church meeting this weekend in St. Louis has something to do with sexuality and a possible schism. Let us ’Splain …The post The ‘Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special sessio…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 9:38pm -
  • newReligion or remembrance? Supreme Court to mull cross-shaped war memorial
    BLADENSBURG, Md. (RNS) — The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled that the monument had 'the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion.'The post Religion or…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 9:01pm -
  • newAt sex abuse summit, Catholic bishops tangle with details
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — "We have to be respectful … of their concerns, but, at the same time, make sure that does not allow for a justification of secrecy,” Cardinal Blase Cupich said.The post At sex abuse summit, Catholic bishops tangle with de…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 8:55pm -
  • newUnited Methodists should acknowledge reality that they are no longer united
    (RNS) — The divide between liberals and conservatives has been baked into the UMC from its inception in 1968. It's time to let go.The post United Methodists should acknowledge reality that they are no longer united appeared first on Religion News…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 7:47pm -
  • newBishops in Rome struggle to find way to investigate bishops
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) — How to deal with bishops' abuse or negligence is the biggest problem ahead for the Vatican conference on clergy sexual abuse meeting in Rome this week.The post Bishops in Rome struggle to find way to investigate bishops appea…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 6:45pm -
  • newWhat will happen at the special session? Here’s what United Methodists predict
    (RNS) — We asked pastors, bishops, delegates, activists and other United Methodists in the United States to share what they expect — and hope — to happen at the denomination's upcoming special session on sexuality. Here’s what they suggest we…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 3:22pm -
  • SoulCycle, capitalism and the selling of self-care
    (RNS) — At the heart of the SoulCycle faith is a value system of capitalist consumerism, which it imbues, through sweat, with a metaphysical significance.The post SoulCycle, capitalism and the selling of self-care appeared first on Religion News S…
    - 1 day ago 21 Feb 19, 11:07pm -
  • In New England, battling the opioid crisis with a mix of science and faith
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) — Churches scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis have more options for training and guidance, but in many places the most precious resource is hope.The post In New England, battling the opioid crisis with a mix of scien…
    - 1 day ago 21 Feb 19, 9:55pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • newDunedin church parish splits over same-sex marriage
    The split of an Dunedin Anglican parish over the church's blessing of same-sex marriage is complete, with both sides going separate ways.Part of the congregation has begun a new church, while those who chose to stay have been joined...
    - 11 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 7:37pm -
  • newChurch in crisis: Can Francis fix it?
    Facing an erosion of trust in the church and in his papacy, Pope Francis has opened a landmark summit on clerical sexual abuse, saying that Catholics expected "concrete and effective measures" against the scourge — the kind of steps...
    - 13 hours ago 22 Feb 19, 5:00pm -
  • Organisers of Pope Francis summit to meet with sex abuse survivors
    Organisers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up...
    - 5 days ago 18 Feb 19, 8:25am -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • A Note on Tommy Robinson vs Panorama
    From UKIP leader Gerard Batten on Twitter, last week: Tommy Robinson is going to reveal how the BBC’s Panorama set out to frame him in its ‘Tommy Takedown’ programme. He has undercover evidence proving a ‘fake news’ scandal that will shock…
    - 9 days ago 14 Feb 19, 10:41am -
  • Jon Wedger Finds another Edward Heath Accuser
    At the start of the month, self-described “police whistleblower” Jon Wedger announced a new allegation against former Prime Minister Ted Heath: We are going live this morning. With former BBC ITV reporter @BreesAnna interviewing a man claiming to…
    - 14 days ago 9 Feb 19, 10:37am -
  • Some Notes on David Aaronovitch’s Times “Child-Abuse Fantasists” Column
    From David Aaronovitch in The Times: The other day a fellow journalist sent me a very short video clip posted by a conspiracy theorist, sorry “independent investigator”, on his website. It showed a school playground and a window of the school be…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jan 19, 10:26am -
  • Two Supporters of “VIP Abuse” Accuser Esther Baker Settle Libel Claim Brought by Former MP John Hemming
    From the Daily Telegraph: A former MP, who was falsely accused of being part of a VIP paedophile ring, has won a rare libel action over comments made about him on social media. John Hemming, who was the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley bet…
    - 26 days ago 28 Jan 19, 11:23am -
  • Conspiracy Milieu Backs Mike Veale after Resignation as Cleveland Chief Constable
    From the Daily Telegraph: The chief constable in charge of the disastrous Edward Heath sex abuse inquiry has resigned in disgrace less than a year into his new job amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards two female officers. Mike Veale q…
    - 31 days ago 23 Jan 19, 9:59am -
  • Dramatisation of Police Memoir Reveals Details of Levi Bellfield Investigation
    Last week’s Mail on Sunday included a two-page article by retired Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, describing how his team at the Metropolitan Police tracked down the serial killer Levi Bellfield in 2004. The piece was published ahead of a t…
    - 41 days ago 13 Jan 19, 1:50pm -

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