Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

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.

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.

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.

Is Faith Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, a Cult of Christianity?

Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona.

Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism.

More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day.

Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists?

Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March.

Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 other criminal charges.

Plus: cult expert Steve Hassan’s YouTube channel.

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

Religion News Blog
November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists.

Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.

Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here’s the Internet Movie Database listing that scares the destructive Scientology cult.

Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

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.

‘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…

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…

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.

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?

‘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.

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

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.

Female bishops * Life of Brian * Breast feeding cult

Religion News Blog
In today’s religion news briefs: Russians have arrested a top breast feeding expert, excusing her of running a ‘cult.’

The Church of Sweden elects its first female bishop. And the head of the BBC’s religion department wonders whether you get the religious references in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Also: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine (and download a free book on the subject)

Internet weakens the authority of Muslim scholars

Internet weakens the authority of Muslim scholars
The Internet enables Muslims to search religious knowledge in the source texts.

German anthropologist Carmen Becker believe that, in the long run, this will undermine the authority of Islam’s religious scholars..

Bad Holy Water * Kabbalah Centre Guru dead * Pope Benedict Sentenced

Religion News Blog
You may not realize this, but at a court hearing held last fall Pope Benedict XVI stood trial, in absentia, for crimes against humanity. Nutty details inside.

Philip Berg, the controversial guru of the equally controversial Kabbalah Centre, has died.

Consumer alert: holy water may be very bad for you.

Hijab Outcry * Interfaith Movement’s Status * Pastor or Cop?

Religion News Blog
An arrest warrant has been issued for Matt Pitt — pastor of one of America’s most popular youth ministries — for impersonating a police officer. Also: A look at the state of America’s interfaith movement.

Here’s why non-Muslim women in Sweden are donning headscarves. And how do you forgive a crime like murder?

Space Alien Cults * Evolution Lawsuit * Religious Twilight Zone

An Arizona religious family in search of a nation that does not interfere in religion finds the Twilight Zone. The rehabilitation of the Swastika. And where to get an immersion course in “anti-Americanism and Islam.”

Sinead’s Gospel * Reza Aslan’s credentials * Scientology slammed

Reza Aslan
Muslim author Reza Aslan misrepresents his scholarly credentials.

Sinead O’Connor’s unusual Gospel Music concert.

And the Scientology gang is unable to keep Leah Remini from thinking for herself
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