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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=…
    - 18 days ago 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…
    - 28 days ago 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…
    - 37 days ago 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…
    - 72 days ago 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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  • newIstanbul by Bettany Hughes review – a colourful, life-filled history
    Riches, tyrants and bloody wars combine in an account of the Turkish city that brims with romance and verveFor those who enjoy historical parallels, there was something particularly irresistible about the news in 2013 that the world’s deepest unde…
    - 57 mins ago 18 Jan 17, 9:00am -
  • newChurch is working to tackle child abuse | Letters
    I dispute claims made by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi in a new book as reported in your article (‘Pope has done almost nothing to halt sex abuse’, 16 January). As a member of the pontifical commission for the protection of minors since…
    - 15 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 7:06pm -
  • newC of E archbishops call on Christians to repent for Reformation split
    Justin Welby and John Sentamu recall ‘damage done five centuries ago’ that saw Christian people pitted against each other It unleashed an orgy of death and destruction across Europe. In England alone, more than 800 monasteries, abbeys, nunneries…
    - 15 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 6:41pm -
  • Israel's sidelined Mizrahi musicians and artists reclaim centre stage
    Newfound political confidence sparks resurgence of culture of Jews from Middle East and north Africa, once marginalised by dominant AshkenazimOn a small stage in the basement of a Jerusalem bar, singer Inbal Djamchid pauses during her performance to…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 9:04am -
  • Malcolm Turnbull says Australia must put 'safety first' when asked about burqa ban
    Prime minister refuses to be drawn on cabinet reshuffle after report suggests Greg Hunt to become health minister Malcolm Turnbull said there were certain environments in which people’s faces shouldn’t be covered when asked about a call to ban th…
    - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 7:41am -


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    • newPhilippine Church speaks out on drug killings

      Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings

      People going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight: poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood. The shock Baclaran church exhibit was part of a campaign by on…
      - 6 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 4:11am -
    • newNebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers
      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head.
      - 11 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 10:33pm -
    • newAntonio Tajani of Christian Democrats group is elected head of the European Parliament
      BRUSSELS (AP) — Antonio Tajani of Christian Democrats group is elected head of the European Parliament.
      - 14 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 8:02pm -
    • newLances drawn in condoms row: Pope's duel with Knights intensifies

      Lances drawn in condoms row: Pope's duel with Knights intensifies

      Pope Francis's duel with the Knights of Malta intensified Tuesday as he backed an investigation into the ancient order, which has questioned the legitimacy and make-up of the panel carrying out the probe. In a condom-related spat that is seen by some…
      - 15 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 6:54pm -
    • newVatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

      Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

      By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican demanded on Tuesday that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry into alleged irregularities ordered by Pope Francis. In…
      - 16 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 6:17pm -
    • newTrump to be sworn in on 'Lincoln Bible'

      Trump to be sworn in on 'Lincoln Bible'

      At his swearing-in on Friday, Donald Trump will stand before a crowd of thousands and place his hand on his own Bible and, symbolically, on that used by Abraham Lincoln 156 years before. The president-election's inauguration committee on Tuesday anno…
      - 16 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 5:45pm -

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    • newNumber Of Sanctuary Congregations Doubles Since Trump’s Election
      The number of “sanctuary” congregations using churches to help shield undocumented immigrants from deportation has doubled since Donald Trump’s election to 800, a coalition of religious leaders said Tuesday.The group of faith leaders attribut…
      - 15 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 6:50pm -
    • You Can Help Rebuild A Mosque That Was Burned Down In America
      His mosque was burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Saturday, but on Sunday night his heart was full of hope. “We are so overwhelmed,” said Imam Fazal Hassan, looking out over the crowd inside Sammamish High School in Bellevue,…
      - 1 day ago 17 Jan 17, 12:13am -
    • Why This Women's March Organizer Has Made Activism Her Life
      Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is one of four organizers spearheading the upcoming Women’s March on Washington. But her prominence as a social justice advocate didn’t happen overnight.In a recent episode of Vox’s series “The Secret Life of Mus…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 8:44pm -
    • Listen To Justin Trudeau Speak Tamil To Celebrate Canada's Diversity
      Happy Thai Pongal to Tamils celebrating! Joyeux Thaï Pongal aux tamouls qui célèbrent! Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthukkal: pic.twitter.com/AT8YE4t3AB— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 14, 2017On the same day President-elect Donald Trump critici…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 7:24pm -
    • Women Reclaim The Streets Of Cairo Through Stunning Ballet Photos
      In his series “Ballerinas of Cairo,” photographer Mohamed Taher documents Egyptian dancers making the city streets their stage ― pirouetting, leaping and posing their way through their country’s sprawling capital. The photos are, at first gl…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 4:06pm -
    • Archaeologists Discover New Possible Link To Anne Frank
      Researchers have made strides in unearthing artifacts that once belonged to Holocaust victims on the site of a former Nazi death camp, including a pendant that may shed new light on the early life of Anne Frank, the girl who chronicled her tragic ex…
      - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 7:06pm -
    • Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long Dead At 63
      Megachurch pastor Eddie Long died Sunday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with an “aggressive form of cancer,” according to a statement issued by the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.“Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Bir…
      - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 6:12pm -

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    • newTen More Appointed To U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
      Yesterday the White House announced that President Obama has appointed ten more individuals to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Perhaps the best-known among this group of appointees is Melissa Rogers who has served in the Obama admin…
      - 22 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 12:05pm -
    • newReligious Leaders Have Have Variety of Top Agenda Items For President Trump
      In advance of Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, religious leaders have a variety of suggestions for Trump's top agenda items.  Here is a sampling:Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research council, says:To start, religious liberty in the mi…
      - 22 hours ago 17 Jan 17, 12:00pm -
    • University Settles Suit By Christian Counseling Student
      The Springfield News-Leader reports that last month Missouri State University agreed to pay former student Andrew Cash $25,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by him charging that he was suspended from the Masters program in Counseling because of his rel…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 12:15pm -
    • Prosperity Gospel Pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, Dies
      As reported by CNN and AP, controversial Atlanta area mega-church pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, died Sunday morning of cancer at age 63. At its height, his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where he preached a "prosperity gospel" had 25,000 members.…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 12:10pm -
    • Egyptian Prosecutors Say Insufficient Evidence In Case Of Attack On Christian Woman
      According to AP, in Egypt prosecutors have dropped a case against several members of a Muslim mob allegedly involved last May in stripping a Christian woman of her clothes and parading her naked through the streets in a village in Minya province.  T…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 12:05pm -
    • Recent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Huma Tahir & Iffat Tahira, Freedom of Religion and Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan, (International Journal of Management Sciences and Business Research, Vol. 5, Issue 12, Dec. 2016).Elizabeth Sepper, The Role of Religion in State…
      - 2 days ago 16 Jan 17, 12:00pm -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Aguilar v. Lemke, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2526 (ND IL, Jan. 5, 2017), an Illinois federal district court allowed an inmate to move ahead with his claim that his placement in segregation in violation of his due process rights resulted in restriction…
      - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 6:00pm -
    • Indiana RFRA Not Defense To Tax Evasion
      In Tyms-Bey v. State of Indiana, (IN App., Jan. 13, 2017), an Indiana appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, held that a state RFRA defense cannot be raised in a tax evasion prosecution.  According to the majority opinion:as a matter of law ..., in the c…
      - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 2:00pm -
    • NJ Court Upholds Historic Preservation Funds To Churches In State Constitutional Challenge
      In Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, (NJ Super., Jan 9, 2017), a New Jersey trial court upheld a county's allowing churches to be among those receiving grants from the county's Historic Preservation Trust…
      - 3 days ago 15 Jan 17, 12:58am -
    • newWomen’s March raises more questions than answers
      Media coverage of the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington will frame it as an expression of a "women's agenda," but Professor Helen Alvare claims the reality is that some of the ideas it's likely to express are good, some are vague, and some are just…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 5:15am -
    • newIs it time for a Lutheran Ordinariate?
      Father Dwight Longenecker has a proposal for Protestants who might like to be in communion with Rome while still maintaining their own church and traditions, and it is creating something akin to the Anglican ordinariate. With the 500th anniversary of…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 5:13am -
    • newArchbishop of Canterbury to express remorse over Reformation violence
      Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, is expected to issue a statement apologizing for the violence that followed the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, according to news accounts. The apology will urge believers to ask forgiveness for past…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 5:10am -
    • newIowa ministry celebrates decade of helping women transition from prison
      In Iowa the Clare Guest House has been providing a safe, supportive environment for women coming out of prison since 1998. The ministry was approved by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque and its goals are to respond to the needs of poor women and…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 5:10am -
    • newSwiss Cardinal Agustoni, longtime Vatican official, dies at 94
      Swiss Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni, died in Rome on January 13 at the age of 94. Pope Francis said he was a "sincere and steadfast" member of the Roman Curia and gave a witness of "priestly zeal and fidelity to the Gospel" at the Vatican for almost 50…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Jan 17, 5:10am -
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    • Scientology's multi-million dollar headquarters to open in NZ
      The Church of Scientology will open its new $16 million Auckland base next Saturday - with the church's high profile leader David Miscavige tipped to be coming to cut the ribbon.The religious movement, which counts the likes of...
      - 4 days ago 14 Jan 17, 5:00pm -

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    • That Kim Clement “Trump Prophecy”
      From WND: Kim Clement was known as the “singing prophet” before he died Nov. 23, just 15 days after Donald Trump shocked many by winning the presidency. But if recordings of Clement’s predictions are accurate accounts of what he reportedly sai…
      - 5 days ago 13 Jan 17, 1:07pm -
    • Michael Mansfield QC Gives Interview to Conspiracy Radio Show Linked to David Icke
      In October, a conspiracy podcast called The Richie Allen Show (“in association with davidicke.com” and apparently “Europe’s most listened to [Verified] Independent News Radio Show”) announced its latest guest: Michael Mansfield On The “D…
      - 9 days ago 9 Jan 17, 10:56am -
    • Donald Trump’s “God Whisperer” Paula White Defends Herself From “Heresy” Allegations
      From CBN: President-elect Donald Trump’s longtime religious adviser, Paula White, is firing back at critics who have called her a heretic and questioned her personal finances and romantic history. …Her critics include conservative blogger Erick E…
      - 11 days ago 7 Jan 17, 12:55pm -
    • April 2016: The Big Issue Runs Fanboy Interview with David Icke
      Despite hand-wringing over the normalisation of the “Alt-Right” and the influence of its disinformation (“fake news”) on public discourse, there seems to be less concern over the way that the ludicrous figure of David Icke has increasingly b…
      - 13 days ago 5 Jan 17, 11:33am -
    • WND Column Falsely Claims “Elite” Child Sex Abuse Allegations are Being Suppressed
      One of the more unpleasant columnists at WND – the conservative website that was Donald Trump’s go-to information source during his birther period – is Bradlee Dean, a “sovereign citizen” known primarily for his doomed attempt to sue Ra…
      - 14 days ago 4 Jan 17, 9:17am -
    • BBC Documentary on Steven Anderson and Ruben Israel
      Somewhat belatedly, I’ve managed to get around to watching America’s Hate Preachers, a BBC Three documentary by Hannah Livingston that was uploaded to the BBC iPlayer in October and is still available. The programme focuses on Steven Anderson…
      - 16 days ago 2 Jan 17, 11:21am -

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