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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? 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…
    - 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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    • newUN Criminal Tribunal Convicts Mladić of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity In Bosnian Conflict
      Yesterday, in its final Trial Judgment, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia announced that Ratko Mladić, former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, has been found guilty of participating in joint criminal en…
      - 6 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 12:05pm -
    • newPresident Trump's Thanksgiving Proclamation
      Today is officially Thanksgiving.  The Thanksgiving Day 2017 Proclamation issued last week by President Trump sets the date.  It also recounts the history of the holiday and then goes on, in part, to say:Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving…
      - 6 hours ago 23 Nov 17, 12:00pm -
    • 9th Circuit: Religious Sect's Attempt to Extort Land and Recruit May Create Basis For Asylum
      In Singh v. Sessions, (9th Cir., Nov. 15, 2017), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of appeals held that an immigration judge was incorrect when he rejected claims for asylum and withholding of removal by Harbans Singh who in India had suffered at the hands…
      - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 3:14pm -
    • Another Court Enjoins Trump's Transgender Military Ban
      Agreeing with a decision last month by a D.C. federal district court (see prior posting), yesterday in Stone v. Trump, (D MD, Nov. 21, 2017), a Maryland federal district court issued a preliminary injunction against President Trump's ban on transgend…
      - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 1:17pm -
    • Court Refuses To Dismiss Constitutional Challenges To City's Civil Rights Law
      In Country Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191658 (WD MI, Nov. 16, 2017), a Michigan federal district court refused to dismiss a number of plaintiff's constitutional challenges to a city's civil rights ordinance. Vendor Gui…
      - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 12:29pm -
    • US Asks Supreme Court For Full Stay Pending Appeal of Injunction Against 3rd Travel Ban
      As previously reported, a week ago the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed in part the preliminary injunction issued by a Hawaii federal district court against enforcement of President Trump's third travel ban.  Yesterday, the government filed…
      - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 9:33pm -
    • Court Strikes Down Health Clinic Buffer Zone
      In Turco v. City of Englewood, New Jersey, (D NJ, Nov. 14, 2017), a New Jersey federal district court struck down as overbroad a city ordinance creating an 8-foot buffer zone around health care and transitional facilities.  The ordinance was a resp…
      - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 12:20pm -
    • Canadian Christian Couple Sues Over Alberta's Policy On Adoptions
      In a lawsuit filed in Canada at the beginning of this month, an Evangelical Christian couple is challenging a decision by the Province of Alberta's Child and Family Services to refuse to approve them to adopt a child.  the refusal stemmed from the c…
      - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 12:15pm -
    • Public Shelter's "Blessing of the Animals" Challenged In Court
      An Atheist group last week filed suit in a New Jersey federal district court challenging a county-run animal shelter's hosting for the second year in a row of a Blessing of the Animals event.  The complaint (full text) in American Atheists, Inc. v.…
      - 2 days ago 21 Nov 17, 12:10pm -
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    • Destiny charities to be stripped of tax-exempt status
      Two charities linked to Destiny Church will be stripped of their charitable status after repeatedly failing to provide annual financial returns.Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited are two of the...
      - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 6:21am -
    • Bakery slammed for 'sausage roll Jesus' gaffe
      A British bakery has been forced to apologise for replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll in the Nativity Scene.Greggs, a large UK bakery chain, released the images as part of a promotion for their advent calendar, which contains...
      - 7 days ago 16 Nov 17, 9:30pm -

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    • The Daily Mail vs Stop Funding Hate
      - 1 day ago 22 Nov 17, 12:26pm -
    • CPS Drops “Hoax Calls” Case Against VIP Sex Abuse Accuser
      From the Daily Telegraph, April: A ‘fantasist’ who accused Lord Brittan of child sex abuse sparking a 12-month police investigation is now being prosecuted over false claims he was kidnapped and shot at. The man was charged after making a serie…
      - 3 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:46pm -
    • T.B. Joshua Denies, then Embraces, Zimbabwe Prophecy Claim
      Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua, on Facebook earlier this week: ATTENTION ZIMBABWE!!! Our attention has been drawn to a misleading article published on the front page of Zimbabwe’s ‘NewsDay’ newspaper on Monday 13th November 2017 stating that Proph…
      - 7 days ago 16 Nov 17, 10:28pm -
    • Some Notes on the Roy Moore Allegation
      The Religion News Service gets a quote from Jerry Falwell Jnr on the allegation that Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32 years old: “It comes down to a question who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candid…
      - 11 days ago 12 Nov 17, 12:29pm -
    • A Note on the Distribution of Pamela Geller’s New Book
      Anti-Islam polemicist Pamela Geller is upset with Barnes & Noble: Eureka! @BNBuzz displays FATWA! Can you find the FATWA? No, seriously, can you find the one sole copy? Sheesh.  (photo thanks Mr. Smith) The Tweet is accompanied with a photo of a Bar…
      - 16 days ago 7 Nov 17, 11:54am -
    • A Short Note on Twitter and the Media
      - 19 days ago 4 Nov 17, 9:55am -

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