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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 Guardian view on Easter week: time to be creative
    Days have never felt so indistinguishable. We should think outside the box as we approach the bank holidayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLast Thursday, millions of Britons stood for a second time on doorsteps and balcon…
    - 2 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 5:25pm -
  • newThe US churches and pastors ignoring 'stay-at-home' orders
    Concerted effort to protect religious freedoms is playing out as some states exempt houses of worship from stay-home ordersCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen a Florida pastor, wh…
    - 10 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 10:00am -
  • newWalk on by: why do we ignore bad behaviour?
    It’s a familiar scenario: a packed train or bus, an unpleasant loudmouth picking on a lone passenger... and nobody does anything. What drives us to look away – and can we change?What makes a hero? According to a popular meme going around at the m…
    - 13 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 7:00am -
  • newTitus Trust settles with ‘bash camp’ abuse victims
    Boys’ lives were blighted after sadistic beatings by John Smyth more than 40 years ago, successor group admits A Christian organisation whose forerunner ran holiday camps that led to boys being beaten sadistically has reached a settlement with thre…
    - 13 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 6:25am -
  • newBook lifts lid on 'guerrilla warfare' against Pope Francis
    Writer says hardline cardinal Robert Sarah works to present an alternative leadership model, based on traditional teachingsAn influential conservative cardinal has established himself as a “parallel authority” to Pope Francis, according to a new…
    - 14 hours ago 5 Apr 20, 6:08am -


Public Religion Research Institute

  • 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…
    - 17 Jan 19, 7:14pm -

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  • New Jersey's COVID-19 Ban Enforced Against Religious Life-Cycle Events
    Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday published this report on enforcement in Lakewood, New Jersey of the state's COVID-19 ban on large gatherings:Fifteen men were charged with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 6:16pm -
  • Michigan Will Allow Secular Marriage Celebrants
    In an April 2 press release, the Center for Inquiry reports:Secular celebrants are now permitted to officiate and solemnize marriages in Michigan, after the state attorney general reversed the government’s opposition to a lawsuit brought by the Cen…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 11:10am -
  • New Jersey's Aid In Dying Act Is Upheld
    In Petro v. Grewal, (NJ Super., April 1, 2020), a New Jersey state trial court dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey's Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.  Plaintiffs challenged the law on numerous grounds, i…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 11:05am -
  • Interesting RFRA Case Involving Proof of Infant's Citizenship
    Sabra v. Pompeo, (D DC, April 2, 2020), is an unusual RFRA case.  Mohammed Sabra and his wife Ponn Sabra are United States Citizens.  Here are Mrs. Sabra's claims, as recounted by the court:In September 2018, Mrs. Sabra moved from the United States…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 11:00am -
  • Court Dismisses Claims That Mormon Doctrines Are Fraudulent
    In Gaddy v. Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (D UT, March 31, 2020), a Utah federal district court dismissed on 1st Amendment grounds a suit alleging fraud by the LDS Church.  In the suit, a former LD…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:05am -
  • Challenge To School Bible Program Is Dismissed After Program Is Terminated
    In Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Mercer County Board of Education, (SD WV. March 31, 2020), a West Virginia federal district court in a 25-page opinion dismissed as moot a suit to enjoin Mercer County's Bible in the Schools program.  Th…
    - 3 days ago 2 Apr 20, 11:00am -
  • Courts Grapple With State Abortion Bans In COVID-19 Responses
    As previously reported, Texas and Ohio have included abortions as non-essential medical procedures which are banned to preserve resources for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Alabama has also imposed a similar ban. Wall Street Journal reports that dis…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:10am -
  • Suit Challenges Colorado Stay-At-Home Order Partly On Free Exercise Grounds
    A suit was filed on Monday by a pro se plaintiff in a Colorado federal district court seeking a preliminary injunction to bar enforcement of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders issued by the state and local officials.  The complaint (full text) in Law…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:05am -
  • 7th Circuit Upholds Prison Rule Limiting Off-Bunk Prayers
    In Larry v. Goldsmith, (7th Cir., March 30, 2020), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld as reasonably related to a legitimate penological interest a prison rule that prohibits inmates from praying off their bunks after 9:00 pm. The policy wa…
    - 4 days ago 1 Apr 20, 11:00am -
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  • Methodology
    The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are pro…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 1:51pm -
  • 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 Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 1:51pm -
  • 2. Views about religion in American society
    Most U.S. Christians perceive their religion as losing influence in America, and many go so far as to say that there is tension between their beliefs and the mainstream culture. These views are particularly widespread among white evangelical Protesta…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 1:51pm -
  • 1. How different religious groups view religion’s role in the presidency, Trump’s traits
    The vast majority of Americans say it is at least somewhat important to them to have a U.S. president who lives a moral and ethical life (93%), and most also say they want the president to stand up for people with their religious beliefs (69%). Small…
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 1:51pm -
  • White Evangelicals See Trump as Fighting for Their Beliefs, Though Many Have Mixed Feelings About His Personal Conduct
    White evangelicals largely see Trump as fighting for their beliefs and advancing their interests, and they feel their side generally has been winning recently on political matters important to them.
    - 24 days ago 12 Mar 20, 1:50pm -
  • Methodology
    This report is based mainly on a survey conducted on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP). The survey also included supplemental interviews with members of the Ipsos KnowledgePanel who identified as Jewish, Mormon or Hispanic Protestan…
    - 74 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:03pm -
  • 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 Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director…
    - 74 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:03pm -
  • What Americans Know About the Holocaust
    Most U.S. adults know what the Holocaust was and approximately when it happened, but fewer than half can correctly answer multiple-choice questions about the number of Jews who were murdered or the way Adolf Hitler came to power, according to a new P…
    - 74 days ago 22 Jan 20, 3:03pm -
  • 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…
    - 16 Dec 19, 2:54pm -
  • Methodology
    This study is based on an analysis of 49,719 sermons, delivered between April 7 and June 1, 2019, and collected from the websites of 6,431 churches found via the Google Places application programming interface (API), a tool that provides information…
    - 16 Dec 19, 2:54pm -

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  • newLDS General Conference to feature a surprise “solemn assembly” and hosanna shout on Sunday
    It's intriguing that President Nelson is instituting the hosanna shout on the perfect day in the liturgical calendar: Palm Sunday.The post LDS General Conference to feature a surprise “solemn assembly” and hosanna shout on Sunday appeared first…
    - 20 hours ago 4 Apr 20, 11:22pm -
  • How the war on Christmas became the war on Easter
    (RNS) — As states issue stay-at-home orders and bar gatherings, some evangelical Christians — those who believe they are a persecuted minority — have become convinced that religious freedom is ...The post How the war on Christmas became the wa…
    - 1 day ago 4 Apr 20, 4:10pm -
  • Immigrants in detention don’t deserve a death sentence
    (RNS) — At a time when jails and prisons are releasing inmates, it makes sense to extend the same precautions to detained immigrants. The post Immigrants in detention don’t deserve a death sentence appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 1 day ago 4 Apr 20, 4:09pm -
  • Weekend Plug-in: April 3, 2020
    A roundup of analysis, insights and top headlines from the world of faith.The post Weekend Plug-in: April 3, 2020 appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 1 day ago 4 Apr 20, 4:07pm -
  • Photos of the Week
    (RNS) — This week’s gallery includes worldwide responses to the novel coronavirus.The post Photos of the Week appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 1 day ago 4 Apr 20, 2:23pm -
  • With coronavirus infections linked to religious gatherings, debate rages over worship amid pandemic
    (RNS) — ‘I just think that puts a lot of vulnerable people at risk,’ said Greg Jones, dean of the Duke Divinity School.The post With coronavirus infections linked to religious gatherings, debate rages over worship amid pandemic appeared first…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 10:03pm -
  • As coronavirus death rates multiply, these monks are giving away caskets
    (RNS) — The Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey have always given away child caskets. Now they're offering adult caskets to people in need.The post As coronavirus death rates multiply, these monks are giving away caskets appeared first on Religi…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 9:43pm -
  • The meaning of COVID-19: We can’t all be right
    (RNS) — This pandemic could be a unique opportunity to listen to other voices, to learn how others view the world, to open ourselves to other possibilities.The post The meaning of COVID-19: We can’t all be right appeared first on Religion News S…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 8:27pm -
  • Muslim groups join forces to raise $500,000 for coronavirus relief grants
    (RNS) — A Muslim-led crowdfunding campaign has raised nearly $500,000 to offer micro-grants to low-income American families whose livelihoods have been hurt by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.The post Muslim groups join forces to raise $500,…
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 6:53pm -
  • Black churches, synagogues face racially abusive 'Zoombombings'
    (RNS) — Minority groups are calling for law enforcement and Zoom to crack down on perpetrators of racial abuse on the platform.The post Black churches, synagogues face racially abusive 'Zoombombings' appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 days ago 3 Apr 20, 4:26pm -

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  • Court Finds For Former MP in Counterclaim Against “VIP Sex Abuse” Accuser
    From the Daily Mail: A former Liberal Democrat MP is to receive libel damages from an alleged fantasist who made unsubstantiated rape claims against him. John Hemming, 58, has scored a major High Court victory against Esther Baker, 36, who has torme…
    - 6 Nov 19, 10:48am -
  • Sandy Hook Conspiracism: A Note on Moon Rock Books
    From CBS News, in June: The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have b…
    - 23 Oct 19, 8:37am -
  • BBC News Probes “Annie Tacker”
    This one is being widely reported – from Phil Kemp at BBC News: There are many unanswered questions surrounding Boris Johnson’s friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. For the past two days I’ve been investigating one of the more…
    - 20 Oct 19, 3:49pm -
  • A Note on Mike Veale in ITV Drama A Confession
    From the Press Centre of British terrestrial broadcaster ITV (emphasis added): A Confession The series tells the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (StartUp, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo), deliberately breach…
    - 12 Oct 19, 7:55am -
  • A Note on John Sweeney, Tommy Robinson and the “Adolf Hitler Appreciation Society”
    From the Independent, a few days ago: Veteran investigative journalist John Sweeney called Tommy Robinson a “c***” as he announced his departure from the BBC. “I’m sorry our BBC Panorama on Tommy Robinson wasn’t broadcast,” Mr Swe…
    - 6 Oct 19, 8:23am -
  • UK Prison Reform Activist Joins Conspiracy Milieu
    A heady brew of conspiracy Twitter hashtags from “public speaker and activist” Shaun Attwood: My latest YouTube video: #epstein #clinton #alexjones #infowars #davidicke #princeandrew #maxwell #illuminati #conspiracy #newworldorder #truecrime #mur…
    - 5 Oct 19, 7:20am -

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