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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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  • newJerusalem: thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews attend rabbi's funeral
    Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, 86, was leader of breakaway faction of non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox JewsTens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attended the funeral of an influential rabbi in Jerusalem, bringing parts of the city to a standstill. Continue…
    - 5 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 8:22pm -
  • newThe Guardian view on the common good: more Hobbes than Calvin | Editorial
    How do we balance selfishness and community? A Christian tradition of ethical reasoning offers a helpful perspectiveThe belief that we are naturally and fundamentally selfish, from our genes upwards, may be the most powerful of all the acids eating a…
    - 7 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 6:01pm -
  • newJerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church closes in tax protest
    Religious leaders say Israeli legislation is attempt to weaken Christian presence in areaThe heads of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, considered the holiest site in Christianity, have shuttered its doors to protest against a new tax and a piece of…
    - 11 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 1:40pm -
  • Salah, Pogba, Özil … the Muslim heroes of English football
    Liverpool fans’ love for the ‘Egyptian king’ shows how much the sport has changed since the days of NF chanting on terracesCut through the bigotry of a vocal minority, and there are some pretty uplifting football chants to be heard in England…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 18, 12:04am -
  • Nissim Baruch Black: the rapper who gave up bling for Jewish redemption
    The former drug dealer tells of his journey from a tough Seattle neighbourhood to an ultra-orthodox family life in JerusalemOnce he rapped about gangs, guns and drugs. But since swapping his gold jewellery for a black hat, the message of Nissim Baruc…
    - 1 day ago 25 Feb 18, 12:04am -


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    • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Dunham v. Wainwright, (5th Cir., Feb. 22, 2018), the 5th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an inmate's complaint that limits on the number of letters he can send at state expense interferes with his right to send correspondence to religious organ…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 4:00pm -
    • newNew Jersey Limit On Activities of Religious Cemeteries Is Upheld
      In Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark v. Christie, (D NJ, Feb. 23, 2018), a New Jersey federal district court rejected due process and equal protection challenges to a 2015 New Jersey law that prohibits private religious cemeteries from selling he…
      - 11 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
    • newChristian Leaders Close Church of Holy Sepulcher In Protest of Israeli Tax and Land Policies
      Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian church leaders have closed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (believed to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial) in Jerusalem in protest of two legal moves by Israeli government officials. YNet News t…
      - 12 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 1:23pm -
    • newState Appeals Court Rejects Religious Defense By B&B That Rejected Lesbian Couple
      In Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, (HI App., Feb. 23, 2018), a Hawaii sate appeals court held that a 3-room bed & breakfast violated the state's public accommodation law when the B&B owner refused on religious grounds to accept a room reservation…
      - 24 hours ago 25 Feb 18, 1:29am -
    • Court Says Enforcing Contraceptive Mandate Against Christian College Violates RFRA
      Last October, the Trump Administration issued Interim Final Rules that expanded exemptions from the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate for organizations, colleges and businesses that have religious or moral objections to furnishing c…
      - 1 day ago 25 Feb 18, 12:30am -
    • Christian Group Challenges College's Speech Zone Policy
      A lawsuit was filed this week in a Georgia federal district court by a Christian apologetics club against administrators of Kennesaw State University challenging the school's speech zone policy.  The complaint (full text) in Ratio Christi of Kennesa…
      - 3 days ago 23 Feb 18, 12:05pm -
    • College Coach Sues Alleging He Was Not Hired Because of His Jewish Heritage
      A Title VII lawsuit was filed in Louisiana federal district court this week by a former assistant football coach at the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.  Plaintiff Joshua Bonadona, whose mother is Jewish, was raised in the Jewish religion.  He…
      - 3 days ago 23 Feb 18, 12:00pm -
    • Americans United Names New Executive Director
      Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced yesterday that  Rachel K. Laser has been appointed its new Executive Director.  Laser has had extensive experience in non-profit advocacy, having worked for Planned Parenthood, the Nati…
      - 4 days ago 22 Feb 18, 12:05pm -
    • Supreme Court Defines Prisoner Contributions To Attorney Fee Awards
      The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in Murphy v. Smith, (Sup. Ct., Feb. 21, 2018), in a 5-4 decision, decided on the proper interpretation of a statutory provision relating to award of attorneys' fees in damage actions by prisoners, including actions a…
      - 4 days ago 22 Feb 18, 12:00pm -
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    • Methodology
      The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2017, among a national sample of 1,503 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (377 respondents were intervi…
      - 75 days ago 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • Acknowledgments
      Primary Researchers Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Cl…
      - 75 days ago 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life
      Most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few are bothered by this trend.
      - 75 days ago 12 Dec 17, 6:53pm -
    • 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…
      - 88 days ago 30 Nov 17, 2:46am -
    • The Growth of Germany’s Muslim Population
      Immigration has been a major factor in the growth of Germany’s Muslim population. But, even if there is no more immigration, Muslims will continue to increase as a share of Germany’s population in future decades.
      - 88 days ago 29 Nov 17, 11:17pm -
    • Europas wachsende muslimische Bevölkerung
      Prognosen zufolge wird der muslimische Anteil an der europäischen Bevölkerung zunehmen –  selbst ohne zukünftige Migration Europa hat in den vergangenen Jahren Rekordzahlen an Asylsuchenden verzeichnet, die vor Konflikten in Syrien und anderen…
      - 88 days ago 29 Nov 17, 10:55pm -
    • Croissance de la population musulmane en Europe
      Les projections prévoient une augmentation du pourcentage de musulmans dans la population européenne, même sans migrations ultérieures. Ces dernières années, l’Europe a connu un afflux record de demandeurs d’asile fuyant les conflits que co…
      - 88 days ago 29 Nov 17, 10:55pm -
    • Appendix A: Methodology
      The estimates and projections in this report build upon and update data from the April 2015 Pew Research Center report, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050.” Soon after the release of that report, a large infl…
      - 88 days ago 29 Nov 17, 10:47pm -
    • Europe’s Growing Muslim Population
      Even with no new migration, Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe's population.
      - 88 days ago 29 Nov 17, 10:47pm -
    • Methodology
      This report brings together analysis of survey and demographic data from various previously published Pew Research Center reports. It also includes new analysis of the religious beliefs and practices of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and historical…
      - 8 Nov 17, 8:51pm -

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    • RNS Best of 2017: After 30 years, a farewell column
      (RNS) — David Gushee closes his column to return to life as a scholar — leaving behind culture wars and the fights over and within evangelicalism.The post RNS Best of 2017: After 30 years, a farewell column appeared first on Religion News Serv…
      - 60 days ago 27 Dec 17, 11:22pm -
    • After 30 years, a farewell column
      (RNS) — 'Perhaps voices will emerge that will enable us to find new ways forward together, past the screaming and the litigation, through a return to deeper theological and ecclesial wellsprings. I pray that this is so,' writes David Gushee.The po…
      - 14 Sep 17, 11:41am -
    • American Christianity’s divisions go all the way down
      The reality of a hopelessly divided American Christian scene. The post American Christianity’s divisions go all the way down appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 5 Sep 17, 10:00am -
    • Charlottesville: What I said from the pulpit yesterday
      White supremacist Christian nationalism must be clearly repudiated by all followers of Jesus Christ. The post Charlottesville: What I said from the pulpit yesterday appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 14 Aug 17, 10:48am -
    • We knew what we were doing: Gushee on Trump, 2015-2016
      We had every reason to know what kind of president Donald Trump would become. The post We knew what we were doing: Gushee on Trump, 2015-2016 appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 7 Aug 17, 11:00am -
    • When we agree on principles but still disagree
      Agreement on a principle is just the beginning of a moral conversation. The post When we agree on principles but still disagree appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 25 Jul 17, 10:00am -
    • When the evangelical establishment comes after you
      (RNS) — Whatever abuse you take for standing with LGBTQ people is nothing compared to the abuse they suffer every day. The post When the evangelical establishment comes after you appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 17 Jul 17, 1:09pm -
    • When the homeless and mentally ill wander into church
      (RNS ) — I admit my own discomfort about our homeless and mentally ill visitors. The post When the homeless and mentally ill wander into church appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 11 Jul 17, 10:30am -
    • It’s time to worry about leftist fundamentalism, too
      Liberal politics also shows alarming tendencies in our polarized culture. The post It’s time to worry about leftist fundamentalism, too appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 27 Jun 17, 12:54pm -
    • My visit to the land of teenagers
      What I learned from a week at the beach with my church's youth group.The post My visit to the land of teenagers appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 22 Jun 17, 7:14pm -

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    • Devils and demons: Exorcisms in New Zealand - Catholic priest speaks about the ritual
      Unlike the possessed teenage girl in 1970s blockbuster The Exorcist , heads don't spin and he's never seen green vomit. But screaming, name calling, spitting, increased physical strength and dramatic vocal changes — that can be...
      - 1 day ago 24 Feb 18, 5:00pm -
    • The secret life of mermaids
      Warning: If you tell someone you're writing a book about professional mermaids their first impulse is often laughter. Don't expect to be taken seriously. Not yet."What is a professional mermaid?" That's the first question.In 2005...
      - 2 days ago 23 Feb 18, 7:00pm -
    • Barry Soper: Surely a handshake isn't too much to ask
      It should be a case of when in Wellington do as the Wellingtonian's do, well in a political sense that seems to be the expectation.So it was with great indignation that an Iranian agricultural delegation was greeted with when they...
      - 3 days ago 22 Feb 18, 5:30pm -

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