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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 v…
    - 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…
    - 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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  • newThe two-bike, one-car way to go for a walk | Brief letters
    Kilimanjaro’s guides and porters | Late Junction | Female priests | Getting to and from walksSkilled, experienced and encouraging local guides and porters ensured we reached the peak of Kilimanjaro in 2017. They supported us and everyone else I kno…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 6:16pm -
  • newMother drops action against woman who said she 'mutilated' trans daughter
    Susie Green withdraws police complaint against Catholic commentator over ‘misinformation’ fearsA woman who contacted the police after a journalist wrongly accused her of mutilating and castrating her trans daughter says she will withdraw her comp…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 4:27pm -
  • newLabour formally adopts definition of Islamophobia
    All-party parliamentary group definition says Islamophobia is ‘rooted in racism’The Labour party has formally adopted a definition of Islamophobia, arguing that it is vital to tackling the rise of far-right racism.A party spokesperson said its na…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 12:28pm -
  • Self-interest must not guide UK aid | Letters
    Britain’s aid budget must be about altruism, not narrow self-interest say the Rt Rev John Arnold and the Rt Rev Dr Christopher CocksworthYour article (Aid budget: Ex-minister joins calls for shake-up, 18 March) on the report by the TaxPayers’ All…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 5:41pm -
  • Convicted French cardinal says pope has refused his resignation
    Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of not reporting child sexual abuse allegationsPhilippe Barbarin, the French Roman Catholic cardinal convicted this month of failing to report sexual abuse allegations, said on Tuesday that Pope Francis had turned d…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 3:01pm -


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  • Manager of External Affairs

    Manager of External Affairs

    Position: Manager of External Affairs Status and Location: Full-time, Washington, D.C. Reports to: Director of Communications and External Affairs FLSA Salary Classification: Full time; Exempt Position Summary: The Manager of External leads and overs…
    - 62 days ago 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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  • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Schwartz v. Korn, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38486 (ED TN, March 11, 2019), a Tennessee federal district court allowed an inmate to move ahead with his complaint that his food is not being prepared according to kosher requirements and he does not rece…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:47pm -
  • newSuit Seeks Change In Allegedly Anti-Semitic High School Curriculum
    A suit seeking a writ of mandamus was filed last week in a Massachusetts state trial court against the city of Newton schools seeking a change in the high schools' history curriculum. The 60-page complaint (with over 400 pages of attachments and exhi…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 11:35am -
  • newERISA Pre-Empts Jesuit Order's Claim For Proceeds of Priest's Retirement Account
    In Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus v. Cassem, (D CT, March 18, 2019), a Connecticut federal district court dismissed breach of contract claims brought by a Jesuit Province against relatives of a deceased Jesuit priest in a suit over the p…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 11:10am -
  • newSuit Challenging San Diego Schools' Anti-Islamophobia Program Is Settled
    Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund announced Monday that it has finalized a settlement agreement (full text) with the San Diego Unified School District, resolving a lawsuit that it filed in 2017 challenging an Anti-Islamophobia program instituted by…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 11:05am -
  • newWest Virginia Sues Catholic Diocese For Past Abuse of Minors
    As reported by The Hill, West Virginia's Attorney General announced yesterday that the state had filed a civil suit against the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  The case grew out of Pennsylvania's Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report o…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 11:00am -
  • Bavarian Court Upholds Ban On Judges and Prosecutors Wearing Hijab
    In Germany, Bavaria's constitutional court yesterday upheld a Bavarian law banning judges and prosecutors from wearing religious symbols in the courtroom. The court said that officials administering justice have a special obligation to be neutral in…
    - 2 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:05am -
  • South African Court Invalidates Dutch Reformed Church's LGBT Policy
    In South Africa, a 3-judge panel of the North Gauteng High Court set aside as unlawful and invalid a decision on same-sex relationships made by the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church during the Synod's November 2016 meeting. That decision rev…
    - 2 days ago 19 Mar 19, 11:00am -
  • CORRECTION: SG's Views Sought In Title VII Religious Accommodation Case
    The U.S. Supreme Court today asked for the Solicitor General to file a brief in Patterson v. Walgreen Co., (Docket No. 18-349, 3/18/2019). (Order List). In the Title VII case, the 11th Circuit held that Walgreens had offered reasonable accommodati…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 3:57pm -
  • Supreme Court Denies Review In B&B's Refusal To Rent To Lesbian Couple
    The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review in Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli, (Docket No. 18-451, certiorari denied 3/18/2019). (Order List).  In the case, a Hawaii sate appeals court held that a 3-room bed & breakfast violated the state's publ…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 3:25pm -
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  • Darwin in America
    Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution
    - 42 days ago 6 Feb 19, 3:34pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Gregory A. Smith, Associate Direc…
    - 42 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth
    Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.
    - 42 days ago 6 Feb 19, 2:55pm -
  • 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…
    - 48 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Appendix A: Methodology
    This appendix provides an overview of the data sources and analytic approaches used in the report. The general population data underlying this study were sourced from three survey datasets: The World Values Survey (WVS) Wave 6 (2010-2014), the Intern…
    - 48 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World
    People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from th…
    - 48 days ago 31 Jan 19, 2:55pm -
  • Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center with data collected by CQ Roll Call. Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. This report is a…
    - 76 days ago 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • Faith on the Hill
    The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.
    - 76 days ago 3 Jan 19, 2:54pm -
  • How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out
    How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out.
    - 5 Dec 18, 3:08pm -
  • What keeps us going
    We asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life. Their responses were rich, thoughtful and varied.
    - 20 Nov 18, 2:55pm -

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  • newNotre Dame to feature film that exposes Planned Parenthood 
    World-renowned Catholic university hosts historic pro-life event INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame’s pro-life supporters are taking a stand for life this week on campus, hosting an unprecedented event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Browning Cinema a…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 9:34pm -
  • newLifeWay Christian Resources to close all stores in 2019
    (RNS) — LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday (March 20) it will close all of its brick-and-mortar stores this year.The post LifeWay Christian Resources to close all stores in 2019 appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:28pm -
  • newEvangelicals and Muslims see similarities in faiths and favor closer ties, survey says
    (RNS) — As a growing movement of evangelical Christian leaders is working to improve Christian-Muslim relations, a new study finds that more than 3 in 4 U.S. evangelicals say they never or infrequently interact with Muslims.The post Evangelicals a…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 6:33pm -
  • newMost US Christians find Trump signing Bibles inappropriate: poll
    (RNS) — A Morning Consult poll shows 65 percent of Christians in the U.S. found the president signing Bibles to be inappropriate.The post Most US Christians find Trump signing Bibles inappropriate: poll appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 5 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 6:15pm -
  • newJewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Massachusetts
    BOSTON (RNS) — At least 30 gravestones were desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages at the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River, Mass., over the weekend.The post Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in Massachusetts appeared…
    - 6 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 5:19pm -
  • newPrayer postcards spark debate over faith and privacy in Nashville
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — More than 350 churches in Nashville decided to pray for every resident of the Bible Belt city by name for 30 days. Then they sent out postcards telling people they had been prayed for. Some residents appreciated being praye…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 4:53pm -
  • newDoes Twitter need to become a public utility?
    (RNS) — If Twitter really wants to be a neutral space for debate, it can't choose between Silicon Valley's progressive ideology and the religious commitments of Pope Francis.The post Does Twitter need to become a public utility? appeared first on…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 3:54pm -
  • newPoll measures US Catholics’ perceptions of the global persecution of Christians
    NEW YORK — According to a new poll, 46 percent of US Catholics say the global persecution of Christians is “very severe”—an increase of more than 16 percent compared to a year ago; and 58 percent of US Catholics say they are “very concerned…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 3:09pm -
  • newImmigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups
    (RNS) — A November 2018 clash between government agents and protestors at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials say, has prompted investigation that has caught up clergy and other faith-based activists.The post Immigration officials accused of target…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 2:57pm -
  • More than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump—but not among women
    It's not surprising that more than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump, but the age and gender divides within the faith are sharper than expected.The post More than half of U.S. Mormons approve of Trump—but not among women appeared first on Reli…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 8:02pm -

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  • Tommy Robinson Lashes Out at Critic after Lawyer Arranges Service Stunt
    From Mike Stuchbery at the Independent: For the last few months, I have written about the methods used by “Tommy Robinson” to intimidate and harass those who dare to criticise him. I do this because he’s the most visible figure in a surging UK…
    - 15 days ago 6 Mar 19, 10:31am -
  • Some Notes on the Robert Hannigan Resignation
    From the Mail on Sunday: One of Britain’s top spy chiefs quit after it emerged that he helped a paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Prime Minister Theresa May was last night accused of a cover-up over the scandal…
    - 21 days ago 28 Feb 19, 10:01am -
  • A Note on Tommy Robinson vs Panorama: Part II
    From the Independent: Tommy Robinson played footage from his wedding day to thousands of protesters outside BBC headquarters after the video he wanted to show failed to load. Supporters, some wearing hi-visibility vests with “Free Tommy” written…
    - 24 days ago 25 Feb 19, 10:48am -
  • A Note on the Penny Mellor Conviction
    From the Essex Halstead Gazette: AN obsessive woman who breached her restraining order by posting a series of aggressive Tweets towards an anti-abuse campaigner has been jailed for four months. Penelope Mellor denied two counts of breaching the orde…
    - 25 days ago 24 Feb 19, 10:53am -
  • A Note on Tommy Robinson vs Panorama
    From UKIP leader Gerard Batten on Twitter, last week: Tommy Robinson is going to reveal how the BBC’s Panorama set out to frame him in its ‘Tommy Takedown’ programme. He has undercover evidence proving a ‘fake news’ scandal that will shock…
    - 35 days ago 14 Feb 19, 10:41am -
  • Jon Wedger Finds another Edward Heath Accuser
    At the start of the month, self-described “police whistleblower” Jon Wedger announced a new allegation against former Prime Minister Ted Heath: We are going live this morning. With former BBC ITV reporter @BreesAnna interviewing a man claiming to…
    - 40 days ago 9 Feb 19, 10:37am -

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