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Controversial televangelist dies; Nativity scene party poopers; Scientology ads

Caganer You won’t believe what most nativity scenes in the Spanish district of Catalonia include — and this year around there’s a controversy to boot.

Some children have been confronted with ads for Scientology displayed on a games website.

And the controversial televangelist who, together with his wife, was the face of the world’s largest ‘Christian’ television network, has died. [Read more...]

Scientology Front Group Executive Loses Counseling Certification

Religion News Blog Gary Smith, the chief executive officer of Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, and several of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center’s employees have had their drug counseling certifications revoked. Karla Taylor, President of the National Association of Forensic Counselors, can not … [Read more...]

California slaps down attempts to ban circumcision

cicumcision California has banned local authorities from outlawing male circumcision, striking a final blow to a San Francisco group that had hoped to put the matter to a popular vote.

The activists believe that male circumcision, a cornerstone ritual of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, is essentially culturally accepted genital mutilation, and should be a matter of individual, not parental, choice. [Read more...]

In rise of ultra-Orthodox, challenges for Israel

Dramatic changes may be coming in Israel: Demographers now estimate about a third of last year’s Jewish babies were born into the ultra-Orthodox community, an insular and devout minority that has long been at loggerheads with the rest of the increasingly modern and prosperous country. [Read more...]

Israel rabbi says it’s kosher to sleep with the enemy

Jewish law allows women to sleep with the enemy in order to get intelligence vital to Israel’s security, a rabbi was quoted as saying in a Israeli newspaper Monday, AFP reports.

The mass-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted an academic article by Ari Shvat, an expert in Jewish law, in which he said it was acceptable to have sex with “terrorists” in order to obtain information leading to their arrest.

The advice appeared to be directed at Israel’s Mossad spy agency, and is an exception to the traditional religious prohibition of deception and sex outside of marriage. [Read more...]

Jewish ‘Terrorist’ Held Over Hate-Crime Spree

Yaakov Teitel A Jewish settler who allegedly confessed to a 12-year spree of murderous hate-crimes has been arrested in the West Bank, Sky News reports.

Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, 37, was branded a Jewish “terrorist” in the Israeli media over attacks against Palestinians, left-wing and minority Israelis and homosexuals.

He is accused of murdering a Palestinian taxi driver and a West Bank shepherd in 1997.

In 2008, he allegedly maimed a 15-year-old boy with a booby-trapped present because he belonged to a community of Jews who believe in Jesus. [Read more...]

Poll Finds Rising Antipathy Toward Jews and Muslims in Europe

Survey The Washington-based Pew Research Center’s global attitude survey found that 46 percent of Spanish, 36 percent of Poles and 34 percent of Russians viewed Jews unfavorably, while the same was true for 25 percent of Germans, and 20 percent of French.

Opinions of Muslims are also worsening compared with previous years, with 52 percent in Spain, 50 percent in Germany, 46 percent in Poland and 38 percent in France having negative attitudes toward them. [Read more...]