Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

Victoria Climbié London’s Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise.

Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is possessed often resort to physical abuse in order to try and get the spirits to leave. [Read more...]

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A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

Rick Ross uses Religion News Blog's Twitter feed as a source for his own efforts
To those who have contacted us: Yes, we know that ‘cult expert’ Rick Alan Ross (who is known for, among other controversies, his vicious and ongoing attacks on cult experts he disagrees with) uses Religion News Blog’s Twitter feed as a source for his own efforts. Some who have reported this to us say that “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”

Examples of plagiarism by Rick Alan Ross

We have documented that Rick Alan Ross plagiarizes Religion News Blog's Twitter stream


Others jokingly say his behavior reminds them of a statement attributed, wrongly, to Samuel Johnson: “Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.”

We find it interesting to note that someone who claims he’s never been busier in his 30 years in the field finds so much time to spend to spend on Twitter. Perhaps a lack of time leads him to violate Twitter’s rules?

Regardless, the constant copying is one of many reasons we remind people to be careful when selecting a cult expert.

There are hundreds of examples in which Rick Alan Ross copies @religionnews on his own Twitter stream

There are hundreds of examples in which Rick Alan Ross copies @religionnews on his own Twitter stream

Hint: Stay away from one-man ‘institutes’ or ‘networks’ and carefully research whether someone who declares himself an ‘expert’ is actually accepted as such by, say, the professionals associated with the International Cultic Studies Association.

Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

Jonestown Peoples Temple cult Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home.

The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult’s compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids.

The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult’s property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute.

Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry. [Read more...]

Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

nolds Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).

Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. [Read more...]

Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

Travis and Wenona Rossiter A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter.

Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. [Read more...]