Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death

Travis and Wenona Rossiter
Travis and Wenona Rossiter have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the faith healing death of Syble Rossiter, their 12-year-old daughter.

The couple belong to the Church of the First Born — theologically a cult of Christianity based on its extreme, unbiblical beliefs regarding faith healing.

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

Religion News Blog
November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists.

Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.

Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here’s the Internet Movie Database listing that scares the destructive Scientology cult.

Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member

Brian Tamaki loves money
A former Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult member awaiting trial after 17 years on the run is still brainwashed.

Also: Destiny Church’s controversial, self-appointed ‘bishop’ Brian Tamaki told his devoted followers that God wanted them to give high-denomination bills to his church.

Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism

A woman and here family prayed for the resurrection of their dead husband and father for 6 months. Plus: how will religious fundamentalist react to robots?

Also: is the man who shot up downtown Austin buildings a member of a ‘Christian Identity’ hate group?

Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed

Eliezer Berland
A court in Haarlem, Netherlands, has postponed its decision on the extradition of controversial rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted in Israel on sexual abuse charges.

Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

Benny Hinn
Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and — in some cases — to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola?

Also: China’s anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians worshiping in house churches.

Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

Scientology is worst than you think
The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly.

This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand.

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.

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.

Jesus’ wife?

It’s getting close to Easter, so the Jesus theorists and pundits are coming out of the woodworks again. Among them is Dr. Karen L. King, who has been speculating about a tiny fragment of papyrus she chose to call the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”

Criticism has been fierce, of course, with one scholar saying the fragment is so patently fake that it “seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch.”

Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse

Television journalist Mark Bunker has been working on a feature-length, professional-produced documentary film that exposes the abusive practices of the Church of Scientology.

The film is almost ready for release.

“Doomsday prophet’s” massage business closes; Is he a cult leader?

Craig Allen Stasio
Doomsday cult leader Craig Stasio’s massage business closes after revelations that it does not have a license to provide massages.

His 28 followers believe Stasio ‘hears from God without interference,’ but parents and others are concerned about the cult-like aspects of his ‘ministry.’

Country stymies opening of UFO sect’s Clitoral Restoration Hospital

Clitoraid, a charity backed by the Raelian Movement, has built a hospital in Burkina Faso for the purpose of helping women who have been subjected to genital mutilation.

But the country forbids the hospital from opening, and has cancelled the work permits of a team of surgeons.

Raelians believe pressure from the Catholic Church is behind these moves. But concern over the Raelian gospel may also play a role.

Scientology rips friends and families apart

Scientology is worst than you think
The so-called Church of Scientology is based on the fantasies and unethical ideas of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

His ‘Disconnection’ policy — in which friends and families are ruthlessly ripped apart — is a huge embarrassment for the cult.

Did teenage ‘Satanist’ really murder dozens of people?

Miranda Barbour
Self-proclaimed Satanist Miranda Barbour, in jail along with her husband on charges of homicide, claims to have killed ‘undere 100’ people.

Investigators are skeptical, and the Church of Satan says it has had not contact with the couple.

Faith healers sentenced to prison; abusive church continues

Herbert and Catherine Schaible
Herbert and Catherine Schaible are sent to prison for the faith healing death of their 2nd child.

But the abusive church they belong to — a cult of Christianity — continues unhindered.

Lawmaker seeks to remove Christian Scientists’ religious exemption

'Christian' Science
When it comes to issues of child abuse or neglect, followers of Christian Science — which is neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘science’ — should be held to the same standards as members of other groups.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would eliminate a ‘faith healing’ exemption for Christian Scientists.

Idaho’s faith healing exemption targeted following child deaths

Followers of Christ church, Marsing, Idaho
An ongoing series of preventable deaths among children of parents who belong to a religious sect, have prompted an Idaho lawmaker to draft a bill that addresses how the state deals with the issue of faith healing when minors are involved.

In 2011 the State of Oregon passed a similar bill in response to numerous child deaths at the same church.

AUM Shinrikyo doomsday cult member on trial

Makoto Hirata
Doomsday cult member Makoto Hirata is charged with involvement in the 1995 abduction and death of a notary official.

Hirata, who in January 2011 handed himself in to police after 17 years on the run, is also charged with involvement in the firebombing of a Tokyo condominium.
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