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.
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.
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.
A cult victim and a cult expert address the mind control that could be a factor in the beliefs and behavior of the Boston bombers.
Meanwhile, a Muslim extremist demonstrates
A group of Islamic radicals have been charged with planning to kidnap a French judge.
The head of France’s Central Directorate for Domestic Intelligence (DCRI), Bernard Squarcini, said on Saturday that those arrested the previous day were French nationals involved in “warlike training, linked to violent religious indoctrination”.
Un-Christian behavior on the part of an attention-seeking ‘pastor’ and his 30-person fringe church in Gainsville, Florida, has led Muslim extremists in Afghanistan to savagely murder innocent people.
Terry Jones, the 58-year-old pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, presided over what he called an “International Judge the Koran Day” on March 20, in which he supervised the burning of Islam’s holy book
in front of some 50 people.
A Swedish court convicted two brothers of trying to burn down
the home of an artist whose Prophet Muhammad depiction infuriated some Muslims
, and sentenced each of them Thursday to more than two years in prison.
The attempted arson attack was motivated by a controversial 2007 sketch by artist Lars Vilks
that depicted Muhammad as a dog
, the Helsingborg District Court said. The defendants, aged 19 and 21, were not identified by name due to Swedish privacy rules.
is “a religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Koran and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.”
That is how it is described in no lesser source than the Dictionary of Islam
, so we should not pretend surprise if Islamic terrorists
see their mission in such terms.
Three Islamic extremists are facing lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty of conspiring to kill hundreds of people in a terrorist bombing campaign.
In what the prosecution claimed were six “suicide videos” lasting a total of more than an hour, the terrorists threatened to scatter “body parts” on the streets in revenge for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [video]
Abu Qatada’s bail conditions were under review last night after security experts said allowing the hate preacher to associate with a convicted terrorist made a ‘mockery’ of the rules.
Home Office officials are investigating the Daily Mail’s exclusive picture showing Qatada – dubbed ‘Osama Bin Laden’s ambassador in Europe’ – strolling through London with fellow fanatic Yasser Al-Sirri.