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Tuesday February 7, 2012 Hate Groups • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
One of the Church of Scientology’s senior international figures, Jan Eastgate, has been charged for a second time with perverting the course of justice.
Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights — a hate group found by the Church of Scientology engaged in a hate campaign against psychiatry and psychiatrists.
Thursday February 2, 2012 Fraud • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
A French appeals court on Thursday upheld the Church of Scientology’s 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.
The case centered on the complaints of several people who spent huge amounts of money for the cult’s ‘purification packs’ and other alleged ‘cures.’
Tuesday January 31, 2012 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The Church of Scientology has sued its longtime Clearwater leader Debbie Cook after she publicly questioned the church’s aggressive fundraising tactics and other practices.
Last November a number of former Scientologists also claimed the church uses coercive fundraising tactics to feed its voracious appetite for cash.
Thursday January 26, 2012 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The current issue of Skeptic Magazine features a cover article titled, “The Decline and (Probable) Fall of the Scientology Empire!”
Scientology watcher Tony Ortega says for those who have wanted a compact overview of where Scientology has been and where it is going, this is a handy guide.
Friday January 20, 2012 Mexico • Quackery • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Mexico has a long history of faith healers and home remedies, but the problem has come to a head in the last few years with a constant stream of ads on television for more “scientific” sounding creams that supposedly lift or enlarge breast and buttocks, magnets that help users lose weight, or pills and powders that cure gastric problems or diabetes.
Friday January 13, 2012 Cult Experts • Cults • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
After 25 years in operation, the Cult Information Centre in England fears it may no longer be able to work effectively.
The Cult Information Centre (CIC) was granted education charity status in 1992 but has recently run into difficulties with the commission after complaints were received from the Church of Scientology that it is in breach of the rules governing status.
Tuesday January 3, 2012 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The Church of Scientology
has been rocked by accusations from one of its former senior executives that the religion is becoming a hollow moneymaking machine run by an autocratic ruler.
In recent years many high-profile members have left the cult. While some keep their faith in Scientology they speak out against what they consider the hi-jacking of their religion by David Miscavige and his supporters.
Wednesday December 21, 2011 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The mother of a boy who killed himself cannot sue his father and the Church of Scientology — which wages an ongoing hate campaign against psychiatry, psychiatrist and psychiatric medicines — for taking away his antidepressants, a federal judge ruled.
Monday November 28, 2011 Hate Groups • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
An Australian resident has told Lateline, an Australian television news and current affairs program, that the Church of Scientology imprisoned her on its cruise ship The Freewinds.
Valeska Paris says the Church of Scientology’s leader David Miscavige — who she describes as a psychopath — sent her to the ship when she was 17, to prevent her mother taking her away from Scientology.
Tuesday November 8, 2011 Fraud • Quackery • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
A Paris appeals court has rejected a bid by the Church of Scientology to get the group’s fraud conviction thrown out because the case has taken too long.
The refusal of that request means the appeals hearing will move forward
Thursday November 3, 2011 France • Fraud • Quackery • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The appeal for the Church of Scientology’s conviction on fraud
has opened in a Paris court.
The cult’s defense lawyersh plan to argue during the appeal that the conviction curtails freedom of religion and association.
Thursday October 6, 2011 Scientology:
Moscow police have been searching the Church of Scientology on Taganskaya Street since Thursday morning.
According to a source who spoke to Russian news agency Interfax, “The search could be part of a criminal investigation by the Moscow region’s Investigative Committee into the distribution of scientology literature of the extremist nature.”
Thursday September 29, 2011 Fraud • Quackery • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A doctor and evangelical minister who used bogus herbal medications to offer false hope to dozens of people suffering from diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s was found guilty of nearly a dozen federal charges.
Twenty-eight victims or family members of victims who died while taking the products testified against Christine Daniel.
Friday September 23, 2011 James Arthur Ray • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A self-help author convicted of negligent homicide expressed extreme remorse for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony he led and vowed never to conduct another one, a probation officer wrote in a presentence report obtained by The Associated Press.
James Arthur Ray said he’s hopeful a Yavapai County judge sentences him to probation, while prosecutors say he deserves the maximum nine-year sentence for senselessly robbing three families of their loved ones.
Thursday September 22, 2011 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
A former rugby league star has attacked the head of the church of Scientology
, David Miscavige, describing him as a “violent man” who sent him to a re-education camp for 2 1/2-years where he was paid as little as $2 a week and stripped of his passport.
The cult refers to the camp as a “voluntary religious program of spiritual rehabilitation.” Critics call it a prison camp in which cult member are brainwashed.
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