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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...]

Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

narconon_no Narconon facilities are billed as a ‘drug rehab’ centers. But the organization’s approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing heaps of legal problems.

Are our bodies designed to connect with God?

Two serial killers in today’s edition: Charles Manson and David Berkowitz. [Read more...]

Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

yfz ranch Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. [Read more...]