Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

Watch what happened when a former FLDS cult member tried to pick up her children from the community.

Is Islam compatible with UK values? Sky News commissioned a survey to find out what Muslims and non-Muslims think about that and other issues.

And former Scientology top executive Marty Rathbun talks about Scientology, ‘auditing,’ and the cult’s harassment techniques.

Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?

FLDS cult compound in South Dakota
Observers believe the polygamous FLDS cult, whose ‘prophet’ is serving a life sentence, will soon move thousands of its followers to South Dakota.

Thought to house 300 people now, the compound is seeking to significantly expand its water usage permit.

Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

Jonestown Peoples Temple cult
Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home.

The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult’s compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids.

The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult’s property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute.

Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry.

Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

yfz ranch
Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

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

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.

Is ‘Breaking the Faith’ real or fake? The FLDS cult under scrutiny

Breaking the Faith
The TLC series ‘Breaking the Faith’ purports to show life inside and outside the destructive, polygamous FLDS cult. But are the stories real?

In December TCL features a second series that focuses on the FLDS, featuring a woman who helps people escape the cult.

Also: Former FLDS plural wife Rebecca Musser wore red when she testified against cult leader Warren Jeffs. Here’s why.

Scientologists almost ready to ‘build a new world’; Actors in cults

Religion News Blog
L. Ron Hubbard foresaw a day when followers of his fantasy religion would create a new world. The cult is almost ready to take on that challenge.

Propeties belonging to imprisoned cult leader Tony Alamo will be sold in order to pay two of his former victims. And like Alamo, cult leader Warren Jeffs still controls his followers from behind bars.

Also: The Child-Friendly Faith Project is holding a conference on child abuse occurring in faith communities and cultural groups.

Plus: Michelle Pfeiffer talks about her involvement in a cult.

24 candidates for board to oversee polygamous sect’s property trust

United Effort Plan
A judge will look for five to seven qualified people to create a board that will oversee the redistribution of homes and other property within the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The state of Utah seized the cult’s property trust fund in 2005 over concerns of mismanagement.

Jedi Force is waning in Canada; and other religion news briefs

Jedi religion
Jediism is losing followers in Canada, according to the latest census. Also: the arrival of religious immigrants has worked to offset the country’s growing secular population.

Scientology troubled front group Narconon now has the Oklahoma government looking over its shoulders.

Also: Vactican official says worshipping Santa Maria is blasphemy.

Super rich ‘apostle’ Valdemiro Santiago sets his sights on America

Religion News Blog
Brazilian evangelist Valdemiro Santiago, who refers to himself as an ‘apostle,’ is the founder of Igreja Mundial do Poder de Deus — Worldwide Church of God’s Power.

He’s got big expansion plans for his movement in the U.S., so keep your hand on your wallet…

Look to the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a Chapel!

FLDS cult leaders re-file lawsuit against state-appointed trust overseer

United Effort Plan
Leaders of Warren Jeffs’ church have re-filed a lawsuit accusing the man appointed to run a controversial polygamous trust of fraud.

The trust has been taken over by the State of Utah, which currently wants to get rid of it.

3 Aum members on death row may testify against fellow cultist

Makoto Hirata
Three men who were sentenced to death for their part in the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s 1995 Sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may be called to testify in the trial of fellow cult member Makoto Hirata.

Hirata faces trial for the fatal abduction and confinement of a notary clerk.

Also: ‘Hot Yoga’ guru Bikram Choudhury faces a sexual harassment lawsuit. Plus, more trouble for Narconon Arrowhead: Lawsuits allege its counselors traded sex for drugs.

Plus: Citizens of a polygamous cult’s town are being watched by surveillance cameras.

18th Anniversary of Aum Cult’s Sarin Gas Attack

Eighteen years ago today, the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult released Sarin, a deadly nerve gas, on five subway trains during Tokyo’s early-morning rush hour.

A handful of misguided sociologists of religion traveled from America in defense of the cult.

Judge made mistake on FLDS trust case, Utah Supreme Court says

United Effort Plan
The Utah Supreme Court says that 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg made an error when she secularized a polygamous church’s property trust.

The ruling will not benefit the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, since the sect missed the deadline to challenge Lindberg’s decision.

Utah wants to get rid of cult’s trust fund

United Effort Plan
The state of Utah wants to divest control of a religious sect’s property trust fund .

We’ll tell you what the United Effort Plan (UEP) property trust is, why Utah seized control of it, why the UEP has been the subject of ongoing legal battles, and why the state is looking for exit strategies.

‘Psychic’ James Van Praagh sues sister for using family name

James van Praagh
‘Psychic’ James van Praagh is concerned that the public will be confused and deceived (but not in the way you might think).

A court has rules that the polygamous cult known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cannot intervene in the way the State of Utah runs the sect’s property trust.

And Narconon of Georgia, a Scientology front group, is being investigated for insurance fraud.

Increased scrutiny for polygamous FLDS cult

Criminal probe of FLDS cult town's marshals
A polygamous cult of Mormonism, whose prophet is serving life in prison, is coming under increased scrutiny by U.S. authorities.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has announced a criminal probe to determine whether marshals in the FLDS cult-dominated town of Colorado City are preventing women from leaving the polygamous sect.

Texas authorities move to seize FLDS cult ranch

FLDS Temple The State of Texas on Wednesday took steps to seize the Yearning For Zion ranch where underage girls were involved in marriages to adult followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

Last year the cult’s leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two underage followers he took as brides in what the FLDS considers “spiritual marriages.”

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

Court rules Utah keeps control of religious cult’s property trust

United Effort Plan A communal land trust once run by jailed U.S. polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs should not be turned back to leaders of his breakaway Mormon sect because they were too late filing a legal challenge against Utah’s takeover of the assets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

We provide background to the case, as well as an overview of other controversies surrounding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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