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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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  • new'Sicker than healthy': Pope blasts Latin America's corrupt politics
    Pope Francis tells congregants in Peru they are ‘done for’ if they allow themselves to be led by the corruptPope Francis has taken a tough stand against political corruption before wrapping up his Latin American trip with a mass at an air base be…
    - 5 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 1:03am -
  • With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow | Richard Wolffe
    It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footstepsToday’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jan 18, 4:45am -
  • Pope Francis says Amazon indigenous people under greater threat than ever
    Pontiff addresses representatives of 400 indigenous groups in PeruAmazon is ‘cultural reserve’ threatened by new types of colonialismPope Francis has warned that the Amazon’s indigenous people have “never been so threatened in their territori…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 9:38pm -
  • East London primary school backs down over hijab ban
    Chair of governors at St Stephen’s primary school in Newham resigns following complaints from parentsA primary school that controversially banned pupils from wearing hijabs appears to have backed down after the chair of governors announced his resi…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 7:49pm -
  • Jewish leaders call for London coroner to be fired over burial delays
    Board of Deputies of British Jews says Mary Hassell has lost confidence of Jewish communityJewish leaders have called for a senior London coroner to be sacked, saying she has lost the confidence of the community in a dispute over delays in releasing…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 4:23pm -


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    • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Ollie v. Illinois Department of Corrections, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6684 (SD IL, Jan. 16, 2018), an Illinois federal district court dismissed a Christian inmate's complaint that he was not allowed to attend congregate religious services while in t…
      - 17 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 2:00pm -
    • Nuns Argue RFRA Claim As To Pipeline Before 3rd Circuit
      On Friday the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments (audio of full arguments) in Adorers of the Blood of  Christ v. FERC.  In the case, a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed for lack of jurisdiction a RFRA challenge by a…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jan 18, 3:24am -
    • Report Says Women of Color Disproportionately Give Birth In Catholic Hospitals In 19 States
      The Columbia Law School Public Rights/ Private Conscience Project yesterday released a new report Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care for Women of Color. The study focuses on racial disparities of women giving birth in Catholic hospita…
      - 1 day ago 21 Jan 18, 12:00am -
    • Trump Administration Takes Several Actions Supporting Pro-Life Advocates
      As reported by CNN, today was the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.  Both Vice-President Pence and President Trump addressed the marchers via video feed from the White House Rose Garden. (Video of remarks.) Today, President Trump also i…
      - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 8:40pm -
    • Supreme Court Grants Cert. In 3rd Travel Ban Challenge; Asks For Argument on Establishment Clause
      The U.S. Supreme Court today issued an order (full text) granting review in Trump v. Hawaii, (Docket No. 17-965, cert. granted 1/19/2018).   In the case, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the third version of President Trump's travel…
      - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 7:43pm -
    • No Title VII Claim Based on "Perceived" Religion
      In Cole v. Cobb County School District, (ND GA, Jan. 18, 2018), a Georgia federal district court dismissed Title VII religious discrimination claims brought by a school principal who was transferred to a low performing school far from her home after…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 12:05pm -
    • 10th Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment In Title VII Suit By Seventh Day Adventists
      In Tabura v. Kellogg USA, (10th Cir., Jan. 17, 2018), the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's grant of summary judgment to employer Kellogg in a Title VII suit brought by Seventh Day Adventists who were seeking an accommod…
      - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 12:00pm -
    • Trump Administration Is Planning Expanded Religious and Moral Exemptions For Doctors
      The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Trump Administration is planning to expand exemptions from health care anti-discrimination rules for doctors who have religious or moral objections to gender transitioning or abortion.  The Departm…
      - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 12:25pm -
    • "Church Plan" Class Action Settled
      Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court held that retirement plans of religiously affiliated health care systems qualify as "church plans" exempt from ERISA. (See prior posting.) Now a settlement has been approved by an Illinois federal district court in…
      - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 12:20pm -
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    Religion Books: New Releases

    • new#7: The Second Chance Groom: Texas Titan Romances

      #7: The Second Chance Groom: Texas Titan Romances

      The Second Chance Groom: Texas Titan Romances Taylor Hart (Author), RaeAnne Thayne (Foreword), Christine Kersey (Introduction) (15)Buy new: $2.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this prod…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#1: Hidden Currents (Lantern Beach Mysteries Book 1)

      #1: Hidden Currents (Lantern Beach Mysteries Book 1)

      Hidden Currents (Lantern Beach Mysteries Book 1) Christy Barritt (Author) (21)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#2: We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel

      #2: We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel

      We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel Georgia Hunter (Author) (676)Release Date: January 2, 2018 Buy new: $16.00 $9.60 15 used & new from $8.20(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's cur…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#9: The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

      #9: The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

      The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook Niall Ferguson (Author) (11)Buy new: $14.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#3: Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life

      #3: Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life

      Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein (Author, Narrator), Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher) (31)Buy new: $20.99 $17.95 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list fo…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#6: A Bride in Hiding (Ladies of The Frontier) (A Western Romance Book)

      #6: A Bride in Hiding (Ladies of The Frontier) (A Western Romance Book)

      A Bride in Hiding (Ladies of The Frontier) (A Western Romance Book) Leah Laurens (Author) (60)Buy new: $0.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -
    • new#4: The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

      #4: The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

      The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook Niall Ferguson (Author) (11)Release Date: January 16, 2018 Buy new: $30.00 $19.49 61 used & new from $18.00(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for…
      - 1 min ago 22 Jan 18, 6:32am -

    Pew Forum Religion News Links

    • 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…
      - 40 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…
      - 40 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.
      - 40 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…
      - 53 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.
      - 53 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…
      - 53 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…
      - 53 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…
      - 53 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.
      - 53 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…
      - 74 days ago 8 Nov 17, 8:51pm -

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    • Monk reveals four quirky ways to organise and enjoy our lives
      A Taoist monk who believes we are "sleepwalking through life" has shared the secrets he swears by for a productive and fulfilling life.Pedram Shojai, who is originally from Lake Forest but is currently teaching in London, swears...
      - 8 days ago 14 Jan 18, 12:57am -
    • The reason this woman has become a symbol of revolution
      One woman's act of bravery and defiance has turned her into a symbol of hope for the people fighting for their rights against a repressive regime.The unnamed woman was filmed standing alone on a concrete box, without her hijab,...
      - 9 days ago 12 Jan 18, 11:50pm -
    • 11-year-old girl's hijab cut by man while walking to school
      Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab was repeatedly cut on her way to school, heightening pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on Muslims.An assailant,...
      - 9 days ago 12 Jan 18, 10:23pm -

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