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Thursday June 30, 2011
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology A court in a Moscow suburb has banned works by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The destructive cult has a lengthy record of hate and harassment activities, as well as other unethical behavior that was condoned and encouraged by Hubbard (see, for example, Dead Agenting and Fair Game).

Thursday June 16, 2011
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology destroys lives Jan Eastgate (also known as Janice Meyer), a senior member of the Church of Scientology accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse, has had her bail relaxed so she can travel to California.

Outside the Sydney court house her fellow Scientologists violently attacked the media.

Wednesday May 25, 2011
CultsIsraelRNB's Religion News Blog:
cults The Israeli government must create comprehensive legislation to combat the phenomenon of cults in Israel and provide a clearer definition of what constitutes cult activity, a report published Monday by a special Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs task force has recommended.

Authored by the team of professionals that dealt with the fallout of Israel’s largest cult to date – that headed by Tel Aviv polygamist Goel Ratzon – the 48-page report focuses on four main areas: preventive action, therapeutic intervention, legislation and government involvement.

Friday April 29, 2011
QuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The Church of Scientology has been blitzing Melbourne with its so-called ‘Oxford Capacity Analysis’ — a ‘personality test’ used by the cult as a recruitment tool.

Professionals note that the test has no standing in the professional community of psychology practitioners and researchers.

Tuesday April 26, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The Church of Scientology — a cult marketing quackery and other nonsense under the guise of religion — has just bought itself a bigger pulpit.

KCET-TV has sold its landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the cult, which plans to use it to counter the mostly negative flow of news reports about the organization.

Saturday March 5, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
A runaway from the Church of Scientology‘s restrictive religious order, the Sea Org, alleges in two lawsuits filed Friday that the church violated California laws regulating child labor, wages and school attendance.

Thursday February 10, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Paul Haggis is making headlines around the world for denouncing the Church of Scientology, but the Oscar-winning director doesn’t think the rebuke will affect his career — but he is already aware of the consequences.

Tuesday February 8, 2011
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology Rolling Stone has republished the web version of ‘Inside Scientology‘ — its in-depth article on the Scientology cult, first published in 2006.

The article is authored by Janet Reitman, whose publisher today announced the publication of her book titled “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion.”

Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology Once again the Scientology cult is being exposed to daylight. This time there are reports that the FBI is investigating human trafficking within the cult.

Five former church staffers confirmed to the St. Petersburg Times that the FBI interviewed them individually over the past 15 months about their experiences in the church’s religious order, the Sea Org.

Tuesday January 4, 2011
Scientology A Chicago judge will decide this month whether a city code prevents protesters who oppose Scientology’s teachings from expressing their discontent any time the church’s doors are open or only during its conventional Sunday worship service.

Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city’s law department, said that in preparation for the hearing, the city is examining the factors that led to the citation as well as the wording and intent of the ordinance.

Monday December 20, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
For 34 years, thousands of Scientologists traveled to Clearwater and stayed in hotels owned by their church, enjoying a free ride from the 5 percent tourist tax that other visitors pay at Pinellas’ commercial hotels.

But that quietly changed earlier this year.

Pressed by the staff of Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, the Church of Scientology agreed to start collecting the tourist tax a few months ago and pay it monthly to Nelson’s office, the St. Petersburg Times has learned.

It’s a surprising reversal that will generate significant new revenue for Pinellas’ tourist promotion efforts.

But the change raises questions about another tax that Pinellas hotel guests pay – the 7 percent sales tax. Does the church now collect that tax from its guests too?

The Florida Department of Revenue, which separately administers the sales tax, wouldn’t say, citing state laws that make confidential almost all information about sales-tax payers.

The church, meanwhile, suggested it doesn’t collect sales tax on hotel stays. Read the full story here.

Then, if you haven’t already done so, inoculate yourself against the Scientology cult — which we consider to be a commercial enterprise masquerading as a religion, and acting like a destructive cult.

Thursday December 9, 2010
RNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Vanity Fair asked Scientologist Juliette Lewis whether she celebrates Christmas.

“I’m a Christian! I think there’s so much confusion because people don’t understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology,” the actress replied.

That’s a standard Scientology claim — and like so many other things that religious cult teaches — total nonsense.

Scientology is incompatible with Christianity because its teachings (not to mention a good many of its practices) violate the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

Cults and SectsRNB's Religion News Blog:
At you can search for information about (religious) cults, cult-like organizations, and cults experts, — as well as paranormal-, New Age, and pseudoscientific claims — across 260+ websites, blogs and forums dedicated to cult research, spiritual abuse, ex-cult counseling & support.

Friday November 26, 2010
Aum Shinrikyo:
Saburo Nishimura A man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, a follower of a group that split from the AUM Shinrikyo cult, has told police he thought that the killing would enable him to get his daughter back.

Sunday November 21, 2010
Scientology quackery The Church of Scientology has been offering alcohol-dependent Aborigines a drug bomb therapy, which it has been told could kill people with kidney problems.

The Scientologists this week responded to a warning by the Northern Territory Health Department and stopped distributing literature which promotes a dangerous drug detoxification therapy.

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