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Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

Scientology quacks at work:

After a Church of Scientology-backed group helped organize a campaign against it, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed legislation that would have given Texas doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous patients, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

The group in question is the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) — a Scientology front group that fights against alleged abuses in psychiatry and psychology. (Yes, it’s an odd name. Scientology and human rights do not normally go hand in hand).

After all, Scientology hates psychiatry with a passion.

The cult’s primary goal is to “clear the planet” by “obliterating psychiatry.”

To normal people the organization is known as the destructive space-alien cult that teaches, promotes, and engages in quackery:

Medical claims within Scientology’s secret teachings
Scientology versus medicine
The healing claims of Scientology

Here’s a site you’ll want to bookmark and use: What is Scientology?

In our view, CCHR is morally reprehensible — a dangerous hate group.

So here’s the moment more than 30 people, mostly women and children, made their way to freedom after escaping the IS barbarians who kidnapped them.

This footage — filmed in Northern Iraq — is part of Escape From ISIS, to be broadcast by the UK’s Channel 4, tonight at 10pm UK time.

The Independent says

In August 2014 the area was attacked by Isis, with the militants killing hundreds and capturing 3,000 Yazidi women and young girls.

Isis locked up their captors and forced many to convert to Islam; the kidnapping has been described as the largest of its kind this century.

We steadfastly refer to IS/Isis/Daesh members as barbarians. These depraved savages — who pretend to be Muslims — have no qualms committing the most horrendous crimes.

Last April Human Rights Watch released a report that documents how Isis has carried out systematic rape and other sexual violence against Yezidi women and girls.

Human Rights Watch documented a system of organized rape and sexual assault, sexual slavery, and forced marriage by ISIS forces. […]

“ISIS forces have committed organized rape, sexual assault, and other horrific crimes against Yezidi women and girls,” said Liesl Gerntholtz, women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. “Those fortunate enough to have escaped need to be treated for the unimaginable trauma they endured.”

Incidentally, while climate change is seen as the ‘top global threat,’ the Pew Research Center says Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners Focus on ISIS as Greatest Danger

Wheaton chaplaincy staffer Julie Rodgers [attracted to women, celibate] backs same-sex relationships, quits the evangelical college, Religion News Service reports.
Julie Rodgers

The news of Rodgers blessing committed, same-sex relationships has upset many evangelicals who have presented her as a model gay Christian. […]

The most critical portion of Rodgers statement wasn’t her affirmation of same-sex relationships but her condemnation of how the church treats celibacy.

“I’ve become increasingly troubled by the unintended consequences of messages that insist all LGBT people commit to lifelong celibacy,” Rodgers wrote.

“No matter how graciously it’s framed, that message tends to contribute to feelings of shame and alienation for gay Christians. It leaves folks feeling like love and acceptance are contingent upon them not-gay-marrying and not-falling-in-gay-love…. It’s hard to believe we’re actually wanted in our churches. It’s hard to believe the God who loves us actually likes us.”

Are you a Christian sharing fake news? Cut it out!

Twelve years in, US bishops’ sexual abuse charter is facing challenges.

US Catholics at every level need to guard against “a tendency for complacency” toward the sexual abuse crisis says Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops:

“We have established procedures and policies, and we think that we have that in place,” he told Catholic News Service. “There might not be that ongoing mindfulness and certain small things might start to slide. They are not really paid attention to the way they should.”

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Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

Islam in the UK

UK Survey Muslims

  • Sky News commissioned an opinion poll by Survation into what Muslims and non-Muslims think about a range of issues including radicalisation, security concerns, political uncertainty, a rise in hate crimes and growing prejudice.
  • 71% of Muslims in the UK say that the values of British society are compatible with those of Islam; 52% of non-Muslims disagree
  • 65% of Muslims say they are doing enough to integrate; 18% of non-Muslims agree
  • 28% of Muslims and 13% of non-Muslims have sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria
  • 33% of Muslims feel under more suspicion in the last few years; 44% of non-Muslims feel suspicious of Muslims; proportion rises to 33% and 30% respectively among 18-34 year-olds in both groups
  • 39% of Muslims say the actions of the police and MI5 are contributing to the radicalisation of young Muslims; 16% of non-Muslims agree

And then there’s this: More Than Half Of Americans Have Unfavorable View Of Islam, Poll Finds, Huffington Post, April 10, 2015:

Younger Americans are the most likely to have positive views on Islam, be interested in learning about the religion and have Muslim friends.

The findings, detailed in a HuffPost/YouGov poll on Americans’ views of Muslims released Friday as part of HuffPost Religion’s week-long Muslim Life in America series, show a nation of fractured opinions and experiences when it comes to Islam, with stark differences among age groups and political affiliations.

Former FLDS Follower Has Standoff With Cult Members

Having won sole, full custody, former FLDS cult member Sabrina Tetzner tried to retrieve her four children from the FLDS community of Colorado City, Arizona, last Friday.

But a crowd of the cult followers swarmed her van and tried to delay the reunion. The standoff lasted for hours until law enforcement arrived and intervened.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church, believes that children belong to the church.

When people leave or are excommunicated, their children are reassigned to other families. Wives are similarly redistributed among members in good standing.

VICE Meets the Former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology

Mark C. “Marty” Rathbun is a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology, who last held the post of Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center (RTC), the organization that is responsible for the protection and enforcement of all Dianetics and Scientology copyrights and trademarks,” Wikipedia says. “Rathbun left the Church of Scientology in 2004 and became an independent Scientologist, but now considers himself non-religious.”

Rathbun is a key subject of Alex Gibney’s devastating documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which was released March 29 through HBO Documentary Films.

VICE discuss his past in the Church of Scientology, auditing, and the harassment techniques ‘allegedly’ used by the church.

What the world’s religious landscape will look like in 2050

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Christianity will remain the world’s top religion despite the growth of Islam and atheism increases in the West. Click on the map to find out what the status of the world’s faiths will be 35 years from now

Islam’s Rotten Apples * Abusive Churches * Aum Cult

Cover of 'Heretic' a book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam.

Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suicidal, depressed and in need of counselling after leaving the “cult-like” church and being shunned by their friends and family.

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