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Scientology quacks urged veto of Texas mental health bill.
Watch how dozens of Yazidi women and children escape from the clutches of ISIS barbarians.
Why a Wheaton chaplaincy staffer quit the evangelical college: same-sex celibacy and the church.
the US Bishops’ Sexual Abuse Charter faces challenges.
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…
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.
Inside this issue of Religion News Briefs: items on Scientology, the International Cultic Studies Association, the Plymouth Brethren (which you know as the Exclusive Brethren), and more.
Also: the Book of Mormon vs DNA. And Saudi Arabia’s religious police. As always we include a modicum of opinion, as well as links to research resources.
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.
You won’t believe what most nativity scenes in the Spanish district of Catalonia include — and this year around there’s a controversy to boot.
Some children have been confronted with ads for Scientology displayed on a games website.
And the controversial televangelist who, together with his wife, was the face of the world’s largest ‘Christian’ television network, has died.
Why would a Zimbabwean prophet claim he can raise the dead? We provide some context to the story.
13-year-old Hana Williams was beaten and starved to death by deeply religious parents. It could happens to others as well.
Also: fake Christian weddings are popular in Japan. If you pollute the environment, forget about communion.
Plus: Christians and tattoos
Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb, persecuted for his faith, dies.
Former porn star Jenna Presley, now a Christian, joins XXXChurch. And punk rockers are speaking out against Buddhism’s neo-Nazis.
Can services at Scientology centers be considered worship?
Can you twitter your way to paradise?
Is it intolerant to object to an intolerant religion?
A Christian minister who sold a phony cancer cure that included suntan lotion and beef flavoring has been jailed and fined.
Cult expert Steve Hassan joins the Board of Advisor of Child-Friendly Faith Project.
And the leader of a church whose wealth is “impossible to calculate” tells world leaders what to do with their money.
Plus: You won’t believe what people claim is going on inside the Kashi Ashram. And the head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police makes our ‘Religious Insanity’ file.