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Tuesday April 15, 2014
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Cult leader Frederick Madison King, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored has been charged with assualt and a range of other crimes.

Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church.

Wednesday April 2, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Want to understand what’s going on in Syria? You need to be familiar with some 7th century prophecies.

“Craigslist killer” Miranda Barbour, who claims she was a Satanist and has killed “under 100 people,” has had her first court appearance.

Also: In some countries, not wearing a proper veil can get you arrested. By the religious police.

The beard-cutting-cult leader is back in the news. Plus more…

Wednesday March 26, 2014
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Today in 1997 police in Southern California discovered the bodies of 39 people — who had committed suicide in order to board a UFO they believed would take them to heaven.

Black magic is firmly ingrained in some African belief systems. We’ll tell you what gri-gris are used for.

Then there is an illustration of religious insanity provided by a preacher who thinks he is an apostle.

Plus: get up to speed on the religious exemption case the US Supreme Court is grappling with.

Friday March 21, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
There has been some speculation that the death of hate preacher Fred Phelps will spell the end of the hate group he founded.

That may be a case of wishful thinking, especially when you take into account that Phelps was excommunicated from the church after a power-struggle in August, 2013.

Also inside: A Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist monk, a Hindu and a Taoist priest get together — and its not a joke.

Plus: help make an anti-Scientology cult conference possible; and more…

Monday March 17, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Jailed FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs is hospitalized. A mother convicted together with her husband for the faith healing death of their young son starts her prison sentence.

Also: Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church is near death (and was reportedly excommunicated from the hate group).

Plus: Pilgrims are drawn to a glowing Virgin Mary statue . And more….

Friday March 14, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Is Dr. Craig Stasio running a doomsday cult? Parents of the young people he has surrounded himself with think he has brainwashed their daughters, who refer to him as “the prophet.”

Plus: a poll shows that increasing numbers of Americans don’t consider religion all that important. Russians, on the other hands have become more religious — and religion plays an important role in the current Russia – Ukraine conflict.

Also: Christians urgently need to gain an understanding of Islam.

Friday March 7, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Bill Gothard, founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, has resigned in the wake of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.

Sometimes the Prosperity Gospel scam does work. But guess who gets rich of it?

A former Aum Shinrikyo cult member who surrendered after 17 years on the run has now been sentenced to 9 years in prison for his participation in three cult-related crimes.

Plus: The fictional True Detective series may have been inspired by the Hosanna Church child abuse case.

Friday February 28, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
A recently filed civil lawsuit and a 90-minute documentary released online today allege that decades ago members of Jesus People USA, a Christian commune in Chicago, engaged in abusive behavior.

Also: Bill Gothard, founder of the Basic Institute in Life Principles, has been place on administrative leave by the organization’s board of directors.

Plus: the Scientology cult does what it does best: spew hatred regarding an ex-member.

Sunday February 23, 2014
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The ‘Church’ of Scientology, among other things known for tearing relationships apart, is delighted that two of its members in the UK have finally been able to marry in one of the cult’s ‘chapels.’

We also highlight a couple of other cases in which human rights and religious freedom interact.

Monday February 17, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
False prophet Bob Jones has died — again. And a snake-handling preacher known from the reality TV show ‘Snake Salvation’ has died after he was bitten by a snake.

A recently-married teenage mother claims she is a Satanist who has murdered more than 20 people. And the Son God Movie can count on sold-out theaters. Here’s why…

Thursday February 6, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Inside this issue of Religion News Briefs: items on Scientology, the International Cultic Studies Association, the Plymouth Brethren (which you know as the Exclusive Brethren), and more. Also: the Book of Mormon vs DNA. And Saudi Arabia’s religious police. As always we include a modicum of opinion, as well as links to research resources.

Monday January 13, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
A 26-year-old woman who joined a cult-like church after ‘running away from home’ has been seen in public.

Doctors are not liable for the death of a Jehovah’s Witness who refused a blood transfusion.

Do Muslims prefer to see — or not see — a woman’s face while she is out in public?

Monday December 23, 2013
Religion News Briefs:
A couple belonging to a church that eschews medical care in favor of faith healing is facing manslaughter charges in the death of their 12-year-old daughter.

Christmas is all about the birth of Christ, but that event has long ago been overshadowed with commercialism — and is now celebrated by those who dismiss him entirely.

Also: a priest who ministers to wealthy, busy businessmen.

Thursday December 19, 2013
Religion News Briefs:
A couple whose 11-year-old daughter died of diabetes because they chose of treat her with prayer instead of securing proper medical help has lost a final appeal of their separate convictions.

At a January hearing a judge will decide wether the couple will have to serve jail time as stipulated in their unusual sentence.

Tuesday December 3, 2013
Religion News Briefs:
You won’t believe what most nativity scenes in the Spanish district of Catalonia include — and this year around there’s a controversy to boot.

Some children have been confronted with ads for Scientology displayed on a games website.

And the controversial televangelist who, together with his wife, was the face of the world’s largest ‘Christian’ television network, has died.

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