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...]

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A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

To those who have contact us: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets thief’ on Twitter. As some have pointed out to us, that kind of behavior is par-for-the-course for this particular cult ‘expert’ (who is known for, among other controversies, his vicious and ongoing attacks on cult experts he disagrees with).

It is one of many reasons we remind people to be careful when selecting a cult expert.

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.

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...]

Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

Ergun Caner Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning.

In England, viewers are upset with ITV for showing a an ad during prime-time in which the Scientology cult spouts its usual nonsense.

Find out why Russian Orthodox Church priests are getting ridiculed on Twitter. [Read more...]