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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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    • newUntitled
      A suit was filed in a Texas federal district court this week by an Arabic-speaking speech pathologist challenging the constitutionality of Texas' statute barring those who contract with the state from participating in any boycott of Israel.  The com…
      - 12 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 12:10pm -
    • new9th Circuit: Ministerial Exception Doctrine Does Not Bar Parochial School Teacher's Suit
      In Biel v. St. James School, (9th Cir., Dec, 17, 2018), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision held that a 5th grade teacher at a Catholic elementary school is not a "minister" for purposes of the ministerial exception doctrine. At…
      - 12 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 12:05pm -
    • newChurches Win Exemption From Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
      The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that on Friday a Wisconsin state trial court held that De Pere, Wisconsin's anti-discrimination ordinance infringes the free exercise rights of churches and that churches should not be considered public accommodat…
      - 13 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 12:00pm -
    • Recent Articles of Interest
      From SSRN:Mark Movsesian, Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Future of Religious Freedom, (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Forthcoming).Marc Tizoc González, Criminalizing Charity: Can First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion, RFRA, and RLUIPA P…
      - 2 days ago 17 Dec 18, 12:05pm -
    • New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Textbook Loan Program
      In Moses v. Ruszkowski, (NM Sup. Ct., Dec. 13, 2018), the New Mexico Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision held that New Mexico's textbook loan program does not violate the state constitution. The program provides for the loan of secular textbooks to priv…
      - 2 days ago 17 Dec 18, 12:00pm -
    • Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
      In Holt v. Givens, (11th Cir., Dec. 12, 2018), the 11th Circuit held that an inmate failed to state a First Amendment Claim growing out of the taking of his prayer oil.In Derx v. Yancey, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208053 (ED AR, Dec. 10, 2018) an Arkans…
      - 2 days ago 16 Dec 18, 11:22pm -
    • Vandalizing Religious Building Includes Vandalizing Sign Outside It
      In People v. Laduke, (CA App., Dec. 14, 2018), a California appellate court held that defendant could properly be convicted under California Penal Code Sec., 594.3(a) for vandalism of a building owned and occupied by a religious institution after he…
      - 3 days ago 16 Dec 18, 3:52am -
    • Bhargava Appointed To USCIRF
      Anurima Bhargava has been appointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosito the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom. According to a USCIRF press release issued yesterday:Currently founder and President of Anthem of Us, Bhargava is a…
      - 5 days ago 14 Dec 18, 12:15pm -
    • Libyan Mufti Wants To Sue British Embassy For Its Equality Program
      Yesterday's Libya Observer reports that Libya's Grand Mufti, Al-Saddiq Al-Gharyani, is calling for a lawsuit to be filed against the British embassy in Libya because of the embassy's new initiative to promote equality between men and women in Libya.…
      - 5 days ago 14 Dec 18, 12:10pm -
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    • 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.
      - 13 days ago 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.
      - 28 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:55pm -
    • Methodology
      All text responses were drawn from answers to an open-ended survey question fielded as part of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP). The survey was conducted Sept. 14 to 28, 2017, and the question asked: We’re interested in exploring…
      - 28 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:50pm -
    • 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. Primary Researchers Patrick van Kessel, Senior Data Scientist Adam Hughes, Computational Soci…
      - 28 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:50pm -
    • Methodology
      This report is based on two separate surveys conducted on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel. The ATP is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit-dial surveys. Pa…
      - 28 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:50pm -
    • Where Americans Find Meaning in Life
      Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.
      - 28 days ago 20 Nov 18, 2:49pm -
    • 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…
      - 50 days ago 29 Oct 18, 1:48pm -
    • Methodology
      This analysis combines survey results from two previously published Pew Research Center reports on European attitudes: “Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe” and “Being Christian in Western Europe.” Surveys in…
      - 50 days ago 29 Oct 18, 1:48pm -
    • Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues
      The European continent today is split in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion.
      - 50 days ago 29 Oct 18, 1:48pm -
    • Mieszkańcy Europy Wschodniej i Zachodniej różnią się pod względem wagi przykładanej do religii, poglądów dotyczących mniejszości i kluczowych kwestii społecznych
      WASZYNGTON (29 października 2018 r.) – Żelazna kurtyna, która niegdyś dzieliła Europę, dawno odeszła w niepamięć. Jednak obecnie kontynent jest podzielony z uwagi na trudne do zaakceptowania różnice w postawach dotyczących religi…
      - 50 days ago 29 Oct 18, 1:48pm -

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    • newCanada reverses abortion rights proviso to summer jobs program
      (RNS) — Many faith groups protested a checkbox on a participation form requiring prospective employers to affirm abortion rights.The post Canada reverses abortion rights proviso to summer jobs program appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 10:33pm -
    • newAirbnb issues conflicting statements on boycott of Jewish-owned properties in the West Bank
      (RNS) — Short-term rental giant Airbnb put out conflicting statements this week about its plans to ban rentals at Jewish-owned settlement properties.The post Airbnb issues conflicting statements on boycott of Jewish-owned properties in the West Ba…
      - 2 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 10:04pm -
    • newFirst Muslim superhero returns after 70 years – just in time to take down a few Nazis
      (RNS) – A Nazi-punching Muslim superhero may sound very 2018, but Kismet is a reboot of the first identified Muslim superhero.The post First Muslim superhero returns after 70 years – just in time to take down a few Nazis appeared first on Religi…
      - 4 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 8:32pm -
    • newAn interfaith group finds willing partners to restore a shared watershed
      (RNS) — Since its start in 2013, the group has gotten religious congregations to form green teams and to work on restoration projects that have included ripping up pavement, installing water gardens and planting trees.The post An interfaith group…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 8:01pm -
    • newDoes Alice Walker have a Jewish problem?
      First, she refused to have her major work translated into Hebrew, That was just the start.....The post Does Alice Walker have a Jewish problem? appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 5 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 7:35pm -
    • newSuicides follow India’s anti-immigrant drive targeting Muslims
      GUWAHATI, India (RNS) — Local media reports have linked at least 16 suicides to a massive government effort in the state of Assam to drive out immigrants who authorities say are in the country illegally, especially Muslims from neighboring Banglade…
      - 5 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 7:08pm -
    • newEmbracing the work of Christmas
      (RNS) — Mary was said to be 'perplexed' when the angel Gabriel told her she was carrying the hope of a broken people. Like her, we must set aside our fears in a divided world and respond, 'Here I am.'The post Embracing the work of Christmas appear…
      - 7 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 5:39pm -
    • US Jesuit groups release names of priests accused of abuse
      (RNS) — Advocates for the abused praised the move toward transparency but called it 'long overdue and prompted only by pressure from prosecutors, parishioners and the public.'The post US Jesuit groups release names of priests accused of abuse appe…
      - 1 day ago 17 Dec 18, 10:14pm -
    • How can Christians support Donald Trump?
      (RNS) — One answer to the question 'Why do evangelicals support Trump?' is that they don't, or at least not all of them.The post How can Christians support Donald Trump? appeared first on Religion News Service.
      - 1 day ago 17 Dec 18, 9:34pm -
    • New Mormon policies meet the reality of a contracting church
      As policies go, there’s a lot to like about these recent ones, which acknowledge the realities of declining growth and the needs of smaller wards.The post New Mormon policies meet the reality of a contracting church appeared first on Religion News…
      - 1 day ago 17 Dec 18, 9:33pm -

    New Zealand Herald

    • The 'Father Christmas' giving away $100 bills and burgers
      Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds.That's why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on...
      - 5 days ago 14 Dec 18, 8:26am -
    • Brian Rudman: Christmas issues strike our schools
      COMMENT: Hats off to the 7-year-old myth-breaker from Stanmore Bay School who got growled at for telling his school mates Santa wasn't real, then followed through by refusing to partake in the school's Christian nativity reenactment...
      - 7 days ago 11 Dec 18, 5:00pm -
    • 'Gucci' priest reprimanded by Russian church for flaunting designer goods on Instagram
      The Russian Orthodox Church is pursuing disciplinary action against a priest in the city of Tver for a series of immodest Instagram posts in which he flaunts Gucci shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags, a church spokesman has said.The...
      - 8 days ago 10 Dec 18, 9:07pm -
    • President Rodrigo Duterte calls for bishops to be killed
      The Philippines is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, with about 90 per cent of the population identifying as Catholics.But that hasn't stopped President Rodrigo Duterte from repeatedly taking aim at the Catholic Church. Local...
      - 11 days ago 7 Dec 18, 5:00pm -

    Bartholomew's Notes

    • newHampstead Satanic Ritual Abuse Hoaxer Sabine McNeill Convicted
      From Court News UK: A pensioner described as an ‘online troll of the worst kind’ is facing jail for accusing innocent parents of satanic abuse. Sabine McNeill, 74, led a campaign to uncover claims of devil worship and child abuse at a primary sc…
      - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 18, 9:36am -
    • WWG1WGA Comes to London as “Fighting for Justice” Protesters Block Bridges
      From Mail Online: Pro-Leave demonstrators donning yellow vests took over three bridges in central London today as they demanded Britain’s exit from the EU. Campaigners chanting ‘Brexit now’ stopped cars from crossing Westminster Bridge, Tower…
      - 4 days ago 15 Dec 18, 11:49am -
    • Some Notes on the Sunday Mail Integrity Initiative Story
      (expanded post) This one is being widely discussed: from the Sunday Mail, the sister paper of the Scottish Daily Record: A secret UK Government-funded infowars unit based in Scotland sent out social media posts attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labou…
      - 9 days ago 10 Dec 18, 10:57am -
    • Operation Midland’s “Nick” Named as Carl Beech
      The Times reports: The man whose allegations sparked Scotland Yard’s disastrous paedophile inquiry can today be revealed as a former NHS manager, school governor and father of one. Carl Stephen Beech, 50, is the man who has been known publicly only…
      - 15 days ago 4 Dec 18, 11:51am -
    • Pro-Brexit Prosperity Evangelist in Clerical Collar Prompts Conspiracy Theory about Newsnight
      From the Independent: The BBC has taken the unusual step of denying that a guest on a Newsnight Brexit debate who spoke in favour of Theresa May’s European Union withdrawal deal was “a paid actor”, after conspiracy theories about her real ide…
      - 19 days ago 30 Nov 18, 11:06am -
    • Times Column Mocks Rent-a-Quote MP Andrew Bridgen: Some Observations
      Profile fails to note link to Mike Veale, and possible contact with Jon Wedger Times columnist Matt Chorley has written celebrated profile of rent-a-quote MP Andrew Bridgen, inspired by the Tory backbencher’s recent call for Theresa May to resign o…
      - 31 days ago 18 Nov 18, 11:09am -

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