Category: RNB’s Religion News Blog
A baseball club in Australia has cut ties with a ‘human rights group’ because its affiliation with the ‘Church’ of Scientology had not been disclosed.
It pays to check whether a particular organization is a Scientology front group.
Aracely Meza, a ‘prophet’ who operated the Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey church at her home in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, has been arrested for allegedly helping starve to death a 2-year-old boy to rid him of a “demon,” then holding a resurrection ceremony shortly after he died to try to revive him, investigators say.
Most people already know enough about the ‘Church’ of Scientology to know that it is not a religion.
But the more we learn about this destructive cult, the clearer it becomes that this commercial hate group should not enjoy tax exempt status.
Watch what happened when a former FLDS cult member tried to pick up her children from the community.
Is Islam compatible with UK values? Sky News commissioned a survey to find out what Muslims and non-Muslims think about that and other issues.
And former Scientology top executive Marty Rathbun talks about Scientology, ‘auditing,’ and the cult’s harassment techniques.
There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam.
Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suicidal, depressed and in need of counselling after leaving the “cult-like” church and being shunned by their friends and family.
Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona.
Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism.
More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day.
Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists?
Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March.
Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 other criminal charges.
Plus: cult expert Steve Hassan’s YouTube channel.
In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the ‘prophetess’ with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers.
Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles?
Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.
And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world.
Many more religion news items…
Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets.
Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more.
Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking ever be ethical? And why does Playmobil love Martin Luther?
‘Sex rabbi’ Eliezer Berland faces extradition from the Netherlands. A religious pirate radio broadcaster has been ordered off-the-air. And: what’s up with yoga’s popularity?
Also: information about the International Cultic Studies Association’s annual conference.
Once again a Scientology front group has been discovered infiltrating schools to promote the cult’s quackery.
Plus: the Scientology business is in full damage-control mode over Alex Gibney’s documentary exposing it to daylight. Meanwhile, it is using the dirty tricks its founder proscribed for dealing with critics.
Speaking of critics: we’ve got info about an upcoming anti-Scientology conference.