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  • Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

    There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam. Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suic…
    - 5 days ago 26 Mar 15, 11:36am -
  • Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

    Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona. Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism. More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day.Full story: Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult…
    - 22 days ago 9 Mar 15, 9:19am -
  • Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

    Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists? Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March. Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 ot…
    - 39 days ago 20 Feb 15, 1:56am -
  • Religion News for busy people

    Religion News for busy people

    In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the 'prophetess' with claims that she has misused f…
    - 42 days ago 16 Feb 15, 9:53pm -
  • RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    RNB’s Religion Roundup: News and Data for Busy People

    Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets. Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more.Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking…
    - 46 days ago 13 Feb 15, 10:23am -
  • Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup

    Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup

    'Sex rabbi' Eliezer Berland faces extradition from the Netherlands. A religious pirate radio broadcaster has been ordered off-the-air. And: what's up with yoga's popularity? Also: information about the International Cultic Studies Association's a…
    - 60 days ago 30 Jan 15, 2:53pm -
  • Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?

    Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?

    Observers believe the polygamous FLDS cult, whose 'prophet' is serving a life sentence, will soon move thousands of its followers to South Dakota. Thought to house 300 people now, the compound is seeking to significantly expand its water usage permi…
    - 63 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:54pm -
  • Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

    Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

    Travis and Wenona Rossiter have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the faith healing death of Syble Rossiter, their 12-year-old daughter. The couple belong to the Church of the First Born -- theologically a cult of Christianity based on its ex…
    - 99 days ago 22 Dec 14, 9:02am -
  • Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

    Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

    November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists. Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here's the Internet Movie Database listin…
    - 11 Dec 14, 11:22am -
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  • newTeachers urged to 'disengage' from promotion of British values
    Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ conference told that government guidance after Trojan horse affair in Birmingham was ‘political posturing’ Teachers are being urged to ignore the government’s drive on promoting fundamental British value…
    - 12 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 6:44pm -
  • newIndiana Republicans to amend 'religious freedom' law in face of backlash
    State legislators say law is not anti-gay and blame the reaction on a ‘mischaracterisation’. ‘What we had hoped for was a message of inclusion’Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said on Monday they were working on adding language to t…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 5:04pm -
  • newAnglican bishops' letter urging fossil fuel divestment
    Seventeen bishops and archbishops tell Anglican church investments in fossil fuel companies incompatible with a just and sustainable futureIn the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.We, a group of Anglican Bishops from dioceses across our…
    - 14 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 4:16pm -
  • newAnglican church must divest fossil fuels to cope with climate crisis, bishops say
    Group of 17 bishops and archbishops write letter aiming to focus church’s attention on climate change and urging it to dump investmentsAn influential group of bishops have called on Anglican churches to remove their investments from the fossil fuel…
    - 14 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 4:15pm -
  • newBangladesh blogger becomes second to be murdered in a month
    Washiqur Rahman’s murder is latest attack on progressive activists following similar killing of American atheist blogger in FebruaryA blogger known for his atheist views has been stabbed to death in Bangladesh, in the latest of a series of attacks…
    - 17 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 1:38pm -


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  • newFight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

    Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to becom…
    - 47 mins ago 31 Mar 15, 5:31am -
  • newA look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers scrambled Monday to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing g…
    - 3 hours ago 31 Mar 15, 2:53am -
  • newIndiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

    Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

    Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawma…
    - 4 hours ago 31 Mar 15, 1:58am -
  • newChurch van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

    Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.
    - 8 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 10:43pm -
  • newIndiana law: Does freedom of religion mean freedom to discriminate?
    For many conservative religious Americans, the nation’s long-standing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, including the one just passed in Indiana last week, could possibly carve out a public space that permits individuals and their businesses to u…
    - 8 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 10:38pm -
  • newMuslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit

    Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis' Bosnia visit

    ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.
    - 8 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 10:15pm -

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  • newWhy Is Indiana's RFRA So Controversial? This Blogger's Analysis.
    Since Indiana's passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Act earlier this week (see prior posting), there has been a flood of commentary on what the Act really means and its true impact.  The commentary, some from those with a political agenda a…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Mar 15, 1:05am -
  • newRecent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Daniel Ortner, Conscientious Offenders: Russia's Ban on 'Extremist' Religious Literature, and the European Court of Human Rights, (Virginia Journal of International Law, Forthcoming).Karin Beatrix Calitz, The Liability of Churches for the H…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Ramapo Villages Officials Cleared of Discrimination Claims Growing Out of Zoning Fight
    In Bernstein v. Village of Wesley Hills, (SD NY, March 27, 2015), a New York federal district court rejected religious discrimination claims growing out of a chapter in the long battle between Hasidic residents and others in parts of Rockland County,…
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 2:27pm -
  • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Stavenjord v. Schmimdt, (AK Sup. Ct., March 20, 2015), the Alaska Supreme Court held that a trial court was incorrect in dismissing a RLUIPA claim by a Buddhist prisoner who wanted to receive a kosher diet and to purchase a prayer shawl.In Lewis…
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 12:00pm -
  • Injunction, Civil Penalty Imposed On Florist That Refused To Sell For Same-Sex Wedding
    As previously reported, last month a Washington state trial court held that a florist shop and its owner violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the state's Consumer Protection Act when the shop's owner advised a customer that for rel…
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 2:11am -
  • Alaska Free Exercise Clause Defense To Illegal Salmon Fishing Is Rejected
    In Phillip v. State of Alaska, (AK Ct. App., March 27, 2015), an Alaska court of appeals refused to dismiss criminal charges against 13 Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restri…
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 1:49am -
  • Preliminary Injunction Bars Extension of FMLA To Same-Sex Couples
    In State of Texas v. United States, (ND TX, March 26, 2015), a Texas federal district court granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Department of Labor to stay application of a rule amendment that extends the Family and Medical Leave Act to sa…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 11:25am -
  • California AG Asks Court To Allow Her To Reject Virulently Anti-Gay Initiative Measure
    Religion News Service reports that California Attorney General Kamala Harris this week asked a state court to allow her to refuse to process a virulently anti-gay (and likely unconstitutional) initiative petition filed in proper form last month with…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 11:20am -
  • British Parliament Passes Bill Authorizing Invocations At City Council Meetings
    Law & Religion UK reports that on Wednesday in Britain the House of Lords gave final Parliamentary approval to the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill (full text). The bill, which now will be presented for Royal Assent, authorizes loc…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 11:15am -
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  • newIn a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty
    (RNS) Many religious groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, oppose the death penalty, but evangelical groups tend to take a more conservative stance.The post In a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death pen…
    - 11 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 7:30pm -
  • newKeeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) The debate over abortion reveals our society’s inconsistency: We only affirm the humanity of the unborn if the child is “wanted.”The post Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans muddled morality about the unborn (COMMENTARY) appeared fi…
    - 11 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 6:54pm -
  • newRobert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Robert Putnam wants to convert every reader on the sawdust trail to civic salvation. And he's not taking no for an answer.The post Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor appeared first on Religi…
    - 12 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 6:28pm -
  • newNew York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools
    NEW YORK (RNS) Mayor Bill de Blasio says he supports churches renting space in public schools. Now a court decision will force him to show whether he really believes that.The post New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools appea…
    - 12 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 5:56pm -
  • newIndiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law
    Facing a rising tide of criticism and business boycotts against his state, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would consider a second law that "amplifies and clarifies" the first one but added, "We're not going to change the law."The post Indiana Gov.…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 5:26pm -
  • newJesus is all over the small screen, and that’s no accident
    "We didn't make Sunday-school programming," says Hollywood producer Mark Burnett. "We made stuff that was accurate to the Bible, but realistic, and didn't feel like it had been made on a shoestring budget." The post Jesus is all over the small scree…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 5:17pm -
  • newPope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily honors Christianity’s modern martyrs
    Humility was the theme of the pontiff's Palm Sunday homily as Christians worldwide marked the beginning of Holy Week. The post Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily honors Christianity’s modern martyrs appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 18 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 12:27pm -
  • The Southern Baptists’ challenge on race (ANALYSIS)
    (RNS) If Southern Baptists' public posture remains primarily a catalog of concerns of aggrieved white conservatives, they shouldn’t be surprised if few black folks come along.The post The Southern Baptists’ challenge on race (ANALYSIS) appeared…
    - 3 days ago 27 Mar 15, 7:59pm -
  • Tibetan Buddhist leader blazes an innovative trail
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) Tibetan monk Ogyen Trinley Dorje has the support of the Dalai Lama and the majority of Tibetans, many of whom believe he will take over the Dalai Lama’s leadership role when the 79-year-old Nobel laureate dies.The post Tibet…
    - 3 days ago 27 Mar 15, 7:19pm -
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same
    (RNS) The Catholic Church has always taught that sin is sin, but few people see killing someone as equivalent to marrying a lifelong same-sex partner.The post Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same appeared fir…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 4:18pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • HBO broadcasts Scientology torture claims
    It's the film the Church of Scientology would rather you didn't see: last night HBO in the United States broadcast director Alex Gibney's acclaimed documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , which contains devastating...
    - 1 day ago 29 Mar 15, 9:50pm -
  • Murdered woman would be alive if more 'faith filled' - priest
    The family of a woman who was raped and murdered as she walked home have criticised a priest who said she would still be alive if she had stayed at home and been more "faith filled".Speaking at an end-of-term service for a Catholic...
    - 1 day ago 29 Mar 15, 8:57pm -
  • Voters defy militants
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for democracy in Africa yesterday as Nigerians resolutely cast their votes amid shootings by Islamist militants and technical glitches.The long-awaited election in the continent's...
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 5:00pm -
  • Isis and Kony brutally linked in name of religion
    A lot of words have been typed on the "Islamic" identity of Isis. The extremist militants have shocked the world over the past year with the success of their jihad in parts of Iraq and Syria, where they still control cities and territory.Calculated..…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 5:00pm -
  • Chris Clarke: Govt aid must match firepower
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    - 8 days ago 23 Mar 15, 5:00pm -
  • The Forgotten Millions: Inspiration from Irish peace
    If religion is part of the problem, writes Rachel Smalley, it could be part of the solution. MAKE A DONATION HERE
    - 8 days ago 23 Mar 15, 5:00pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • newDead MPs Accused of Satanic Ritual Abuse
    In 1991 a journalist named Tim Tate produced a book called Children of the Devil: Ritual Abuse and Satanic Crime. It included a quote from Dominic Walker, at that time an Anglican vicar in Brighton: The people who come to me tend to be referred fro…
    - 21 hours ago 30 Mar 15, 9:26am -
  • Two MPs Linked to Group Promoting Hampstead Satanic Panic
    From the Ham&High (a local paper for Hampstead and Highgate in London): Police have confirmed they are hunting a number of individuals wanted in connection with the case that saw an “evil” mother [Ella Draper] take part in the torture of her own…
    - 2 days ago 29 Mar 15, 9:54am -
  • Birther’s End-Times Prophecy Book a Bestseller
    WND reports on an End-Times prophecy book from Carl Gallups: “Final Warning” is just shy of being one of the top 100 books sold on Amazon.com on any subject. And Gallups’ tour de force on prophecy and biblical analysis is now the No. 1 Bible S…
    - 4 days ago 27 Mar 15, 10:19am -
  • Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic: Hampstead Churchgoers Face Mob
    From the Daily Mail: …At morning service at the church attached to Christ Church primary school yesterday [Sunday], parishioners were confronted by a group of between 20 and 30 of [Ella] Draper’s supporters, who hurled abuse at them and held up…
    - 6 days ago 25 Mar 15, 9:26am -
  • Some Notes on Afzal Amin and Tommy Robinson
    From the website of Afzal Amin, the Conservative Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate (at least for the next few hours) for Dudley North: Today’s [i.e. Sunday’s] allegations are part of a much wider story which has been grossly misrepres…
    - 8 days ago 23 Mar 15, 10:52am -
  • Satanic Ritual Abuse Hoax In North London: 9/11 Truther Spread Claims
    False accusations included claim that “all the cult members wore shoes made of baby skin produced by the owner of a specified shoe repair shop” From the Daily Telegraph: An “evil” mother tortured her two young children into falsely claiming…
    - 11 days ago 20 Mar 15, 1:42am -

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