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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

    Large checkmark w/ headline: 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…
    - 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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    • newDonald Trump Honors Holocaust Victims Despite His Own Fraught History With Anti-Semitism
      President Donald Trump paid tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust on Tuesday by pledging to “never be silent in the face of evil again.”Speaking to a crowd at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Trump re…
      - 3 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 5:10pm -
    • newSomeone Chained A Cross To Gay Street In NY. What Happened Next Was Beautiful.
      On Good Friday, a mysterious giant wooden cross appeared on Gay Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, chained and locked to an apartment gate.Over the next nine days, the cross’ owner would return and chain the cross to dif…
      - 5 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 3:20pm -
    • newMuslim Teen Can Finally Box In Her Hijab
      Sixteen-year-old Amaiya Zafar has had to choose between her Muslim faith and her love of boxing in the past. But thanks to a new decision from USA Boxing, the Minnesota teen will no longer have to make that call.The amateur boxer from the St. Paul a…
      - 19 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 1:07am -
    • Grand Mosque Of Paris Urges French Muslims To Vote Against Far-Right Le Pen
      A major Islamic center in Paris is urging French Muslims to unite against xenophobia in the second round of the country’s presidential elections in May.Sunday’s election narrowed the pool down to two candidates ― independent Emmanuel Macron…
      - 1 day ago 24 Apr 17, 7:45pm -
    • Pope Francis Compares Refugee Centers To 'Concentration Camps'
      Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”.During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Gree…
      - 1 day ago 24 Apr 17, 1:35pm -
    • Trump Pledges 'Never Again' On Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day
      U.S. President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and called the Holocaust the “darkest chapter of human history” in a video address on Sunday, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide duri…
      - 1 day ago 24 Apr 17, 1:11pm -
    • San Antonio Mayor Suggests 'Broken People' Without God Cause Poverty
      The mayor of San Antonio claims one of the deepest causes of poverty is the lack of a relationship with God.Speaking at a candidates’ forum early this month, Mayor Ivy Taylor was asked what she thought were the “deepest systemic causes of generat…
      - 2 days ago 24 Apr 17, 7:12am -

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    • newPresidential Proclamations On Yom HaShoah and Meds Yeghern
      Yesterday, which was Yom HaShoah, President Trump signed a Proclamation (full text):ask[ing]  the people of the United States to observe the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, April 23 through April 30, 2017, and the solemn anniversar…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:25am -
    • newIsrael Appoints First Woman As Judge On Muslim Religious Court
      Haaretz reports that Israel has for the first time in the country's history appointed a woman to serve as a judge (qadi) in a Muslim religious court.  Government appointed religious courts in Israel have jurisdiction over personal status matters, pa…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:20am -
    • newPakistan Paper Surveys Mob Violence Following Blasphemy Accusations
      Pakistan's Express Tribune today surveys Pakistan's growing problem of mob violence following accusations of blasphemy.  There have been two such incidents in the past 11 days.  According to the paper:Between 1947 – the year of Pakistan’s creat…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:15am -
    • newFemale Teenage Boxer Gets Religious Dress Accommodation
      According to yesterday's Rochester MN Post-Bulletin, USA Boxing, the organization that oversees amateur boxing in the United States, has granted a religious accommodation to a Muslim teenager.  Amaiya Zafar will be permitted to wear a hijab and cove…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:10am -
    • newPew Study: Global Hostility To Religion Grew In 2015
      Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released its annual study (full text) of global restrictions on religion. The 79-page report covers the year 2015 and concludes:Government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:05am -
    • newCourt Says Disaffiliated Church's Property Belongs To Local Congregation, Not PCUSA
      In Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area v. Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church, Inc., (MN Ct. App., April 24, 2017), a Minnesota state appeals court held that it was proper to apply the "neutral principles of law"approach, rather than applying the ecclesi…
      - 9 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:00am -
    • Criminal Complaints Filed Against JCC Bomb Threat Perpetrator
      The Department of Justice announced that on Friday criminal complaints were filed against Michael Kadar, a dual American-Israeli citizen living in Israel, who allegedly telephoned bomb threats to Jewish institutions around the U.S. earlier this year…
      - 1 day ago 24 Apr 17, 11:05am -
    • Recent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Valeriano Diviacchi, Why Tolerate Law? (April 7, 2017).Eric Owusu Boahen & Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis, The Moderating Effect of Legal Environment on Culture and Religiosity Towards Classification Shifting Behaviour – Global Evidence, (April 9…
      - 1 day ago 24 Apr 17, 11:00am -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Jenkins v. Campose, (9th Cir., April 21, 2017), the 9th Circuit, reversing the ditrict court in part, held that defendants failed to show that a prohibition on wudhu in one of the prison restrooms is rationally related to a legitimate and neutral…
      - 2 days ago 23 Apr 17, 5:00pm -
    • newUniversity meets harsh criticism for Plan B in vending machine
      A study room at the University of California Davis came under fire for dispensing Plan B contraceptive pill in a vending machine, among other items such as condoms, tampons, pregnancy tests and Advil. Critics said the move promotes reckless behavior…
      - 5 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 3:30pm -
    • newPope: Humility needed to avoid preaching watered-down Gospel
      Humility is necessary to avoid "preaching a watered-down Gospel without strength, a Gospel without Christ crucified and risen," Pope Francis said April 25 during morning Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
      - 5 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 3:30pm -
    • newPope Francis goes to Egypt as a “messenger of peace”
      Pope Francis said he wants his visit to Egypt “to be a witness of my affection, comfort and encouragement for all the Christians of the Middle East, a message of friendship and respect for all the inhabitants of Egypt and the region, and a message…
      - 8 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 11:49am -
    • newAmerica’s real first freedom? Secular government
      The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution understood well that the greatest threat to freedom of conscience — of thought, belief, religion, and expression — was tyranny and, in their time, tyranny was predominantly religious in nature. So when the…
      - 15 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 5:21am -
    • newSpokesman: Tight security is ‘new normal’ as pope heads to Egypt
      While speaking to journalists, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, admitted that heightened security is part of the “new normal” in many countries such as Egypt, which Pope Francis is planning to visit this month despite the ongoing risk of terrorism.
      - 15 hours ago 25 Apr 17, 5:21am -
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    • new#7: The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

      #7: The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

      The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People Judith Orloff (Author) (38)Release Date: April 4, 2017 Buy new: $22.95 $16.56 7 used & new from $12.99(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative in…
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#1: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

      #1: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

      Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott (Author) (34)Release Date: April 4, 2017 Buy new: $20.00 $10.82 50 used & new from $9.27(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list fo…
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#2: Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously

      #2: Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously

      Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously David Green (Author), Bill High (Contributor) (10)Release Date: April 25, 2017 Buy new: $19.99 $13.51 17 used & new from $12.84(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion…
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#9: Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Vander

      #9: Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Vander

      Mail-Order Bride Ink: Dear Mr. Vander Kit Morgan (Author) (7)Buy new: $2.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#3: The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels

      #3: The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels

      The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels David Limbaugh (Author) (12)Release Date: April 10, 2017 Buy new: $28.99 $17.39 41 used & new from $12.99(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative…
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#6: 10 Messages Your Angels Want You to Know

      #6: 10 Messages Your Angels Want You to Know

      10 Messages Your Angels Want You to Know Doreen Virtue (Author) Release Date: May 23, 2017Buy new: $17.99 $10.79 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 10 mins ago 25 Apr 17, 8:02pm -
    • new#4: Love Stung (Shower & Shelter Artist Collective Book 5)

      #4: Love Stung (Shower & Shelter Artist Collective Book 5)

      Love Stung (Shower & Shelter Artist Collective Book 5) Brooke St. James (Author) (14)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank…
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    • Woman pleads guilty in Davis mosque vandalism
      Lauren Kirk-Coehlo pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony vandalism and hate crime enhancements for vandalizing the Davis Islamic Center in January. The Davis woman entered her plea in Yolo Superior Court … Click to Continue »
      - 6 days ago 19 Apr 17, 6:55pm -
    • How a young father was saved by faith and his wife's Facebook post
      CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte attorney Noah Allen had always been able to endure, even mask, a lot of pain. But by the fall of 2016, severe muscle cramps were waking … Click to Continue »
      - 7 days ago 19 Apr 17, 8:00am -
    • Amid a nationwide enrollment drop, Catholic educators gather in St. Louis
      Catholic educators greeted a grim reality Tuesday at the start of their annual convention in St. Louis: they face a Catholic school enrollment that has shrunk 19 percent in a … Click to Continue »
      - 8 days ago 18 Apr 17, 8:00am -
    • Sacramento parishoners march on Holy Saturday
      Hundreds of parishioners marched in a bilingual pilgrimage to seven parishes in a procession to celebrate Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The pilgrimage started at St. Elizabeth and ended at Our Lady of Guadalupe near Sou…
      - 10 days ago 15 Apr 17, 10:41pm -
    • Elk Grove Easter musical is a big production
      The Rock Church's Easter musical production of “For What Purpose” is being staged with vocalists, a band, a large cast and crew, and even livestock. The production at the 1,200-member Elk Grove church, 8520 Bradshaw Road, is in its 18th year. ……
      - 11 days ago 14 Apr 17, 9:19pm -
    • ‘Greatest story ever told’ by vocalists, a band, large cast – and livestock
      Religious gatherings for Easter are sometimes small – sunrise services on church lawns or simple, reflective worship in modest sanctuaries. Then there is the effort of The Rock Church, whose … Click to Continue »
      - 11 days ago 14 Apr 17, 9:02pm -
    • Churches struggling to find organists
      When the longtime organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace, Md., announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge … Click to Continue »
      - 12 days ago 14 Apr 17, 8:00am -
    • North Carolina pastor: 'It's time we stopped calling Donald Trump a Christian'
      North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz is no stranger to controversy. Pavlovitz, who lives in Wake Forest, N.C., and works as a pastor at North Raleigh Community Church Downtown, has a … Click to Continue »
      - 14 days ago 12 Apr 17, 8:00am -
    • Bayside church young people head to Mexico on spring break
      Hundreds of Bayside Church high school and college students left Friday for Mexico to build houses and goodwill. Brothers John and Isaiah Gomez explain why they are going. … Click to Continue »
      - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 7:41pm -
    • Spring break, Bayside Church style: House-building, faith-sharing, goodwill in Mexico
      Instead of spending spring break at a beach destination splashed with bikinis and board shorts, hundreds of young people from Sacramento’s Bayside churches headed Friday to Mexico to build houses … Click to Continue »
      - 18 days ago 7 Apr 17, 5:49pm -

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    • Busting the myth of Mary Magdalene
      Here's who Mary Magdalene was: one of Jesus Christ's original followers, the last to stay with him while he was nailed to the cross and, Christians believe, the first to see his empty tomb and his resurrection.Here's who she wasn't:...
      - 11 days ago 14 Apr 17, 5:00pm -
    • Symbols of faith: Church leaders join to bring readers this Easter message
      Easter eggs, bunny rabbits, daffodils, cicadas and butterflies. What do they have in common? All can be symbols of Easter.Easter is the remembrance and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe...
      - 11 days ago 14 Apr 17, 5:00pm -
    • Hong Kong: The 268 steps to enlightenment
      Hong Kong is a crowded, busy place, but there is a way to escape the city, visit a giant Buddha and feel like you're nearly floating in the clouds.You may have to put up with long lines in order to get there, though.Ngong Ping...
      - 12 days ago 14 Apr 17, 3:00am -

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