Religion News Briefs: Warren Jeffs, Fred Phelps, Catherine Schaible …

Newspapers 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…. [Read more...]

Country stymies opening of UFO sect’s Clitoral Restoration Hospital

clitoraid 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. [Read more...]

Religion ‘not that important’ to growing number of Americans

Craig Allen Stasio 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. [Read more...]

Christ Embassy’s false gospel; Bill Gothard quits; Ultraman banned

billgothard 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. [Read more...]

Documentary, lawsuit accuse Jesus People USA of past abuses

noplacetocallhome 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. [Read more...]

Religious Freedom vs. Human Rights

obsolete 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. [Read more...]