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. [Read more...]
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… [Read more...]
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.’ [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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. [Read more...]
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...]