This is our archive of news items tagged Islam.

 memo You'll find articles about that subject in each of the items listed, even if the term does not necessarily occur within the headlines or descriptive text.

Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

nolds Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).

Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog. [Read more...]

‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict

Miranda Barbour Want to understand what’s going on in Syria? You need to be familiar with some 7th century prophecies.

“Craigslist killer” Miranda Barbour, who claims she was a Satanist and has killed “under 100 people,” has had her first court appearance.

Also: In some countries, not wearing a proper veil can get you arrested. By the religious police.

The beard-cutting-cult leader is back in the news. Plus more… [Read more...]

Will Phelps’ Westboro hate cult disappear? +more religion news

Fred Phelps 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...]

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...]

Elusive cult member spotted * JWs & blood * Muslim veils

Catherine Grove A 26-year-old woman who joined a cult-like church after ‘running away from home’ has been seen in public.

Doctors are not liable for the death of a Jehovah’s Witness who refused a blood transfusion.

Do Muslims prefer to see — or not see — a woman’s face while she is out in public? [Read more...]

‘Psychic’ Sylvia Brown dies; Spiritual abuse; Scientology …

Religion News Blog A french bishop has acknowledged the issue of spiritual abuse in religious communities. Also: the Scientology cult has removed an illegal sign from a temporary building, but makes no promises.

Self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Brown, who notoriously claimed Amanda Berry was dead, has died.

Plus: Saudi Arabia’s religious police demonstrate the effects of religious insanity. [Read more...]

Scientology take-down * Memo to Evangelicals: stop the rhetoric * More…

Newspapers The City of Clearwater, which at one point was target for a take-over plot by the Church of Scientology, has told the cult to remove a massive sign from a temporary building.

Has the NSA violated the former pope’s privacy? Also, from our ‘You Call That Religion Reporting?’ file: the story about an ultra-conservative rabbi’s comments regarding soy products was not true.

Plus: a prominent evangelical leader says evangelicals should change tactics when it comes to their involvement in politics and the culture wars. [Read more...]