FLDS cult’s ranch to be seized

FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch The state of Texas is one step closer to seizing the Yearning For Zion Ranch — a 1,691 acres property owned by the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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

Orval Brewery needs more Trappist monks; US gets first Trappist Beer

Orval Trappist Beer The global demand for Orval Trappist beer far outstrips supply, but the abbey-based brewery cannot increase production due to a scarcity of monks.

Meanwhile, a beer brewed at an abbey in Massachusetts has become the first in the U.S.to te receive the ‘Authentic Trappist Product’ designation. [Read more...]

Scientology Amsterdam buys building for ‘Ideal Org’

Scientology Amsterdam Scientology Amsterdam, reportedly considered a ‘small and falining org’, has received financial help from the mother church in America in order to purchase a building destined to become an ‘Ideal Org.’

Ideal Orgs are seemingly designed to convey a sense of success and respectability — an uphill battle doomed to fail. [Read more...]

Hana Williams’ adoptive parents sentenced to decades in prison

Larry and Carri Williams Larry and Carri Williams, convicted of starving and beating their 13-year-old adopted daughter — forcing her outside where she died in the cold — were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison.

Hana Williams died of hypothermia and starvation in the family yard in Sedro-Woolley, Washington two years ago. [Read more...]

‘Miracle Babies’ Pastor Gilbert Deya Charged With Sex Offenses

Gilbert Deya A UK pastor already facing extradition to his native Kenya to face charges of child stealing and trafficking — allegedly to provide infertile women in his church with ‘miracle babies’ — is facing more legal trouble.

Self-proclaimed archbishop Gilbert Deya has been placed in custody on charges of rape, attempted rape, and inappropriate touching. [Read more...]

Cult leader Tony Alamo must reveal financial sources

Cult leader Tony Alamo Cult leader Tony Alamo must reveal the source of finances he uses to pay his attorneys as legal authorities are trying to figure out how to satisfy judgments his victims have won against him.

The ‘evangelist,’ whose ministry is considered a cult both sociologically and theologically, is serving a 175-year prison sentence. [Read more...]