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.
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.
A teenage member of Jehovah’s Witnesses says forcing a life-saving blood transfusion on him would be akin to rape.
Also: are you a handsome man? Then you’d better stay out of Saudi Arabia.
It appears that imprisoned cult leader Warren Jeffs is using his life sentence to sharpen his creative writing skills.
For the fourth time this year he has issued a set of revelations which he represents as coming directly from Jesus Christ.
Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has released a series of so-called revelations in which he says a succession of natural disasters will strike the U.S.
In one of the five separate “revelations,” Jeffs writes that Jesus Christ will make his coming known with a “great tsunami of the sea” on the East Coast; earthquakes and volcanoes in “populated places” in Utah and Arizona; a tidal wave in Seattle; and melting in Idaho “to cleanse my land of all evil.”
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.
The Westboro Baptist Church
is a hate group masquerading as a Christian church
Theologically, the hate group’s extremist views and despicable behavior
mark it as a cult of Christianity
Led by Fred Phelps, members of this ‘church’ — who have deluded themselves
into thinking that they are followers of Jesus Christ — target homosexuals and others with messages of hate
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering
whether or not this group’s particular brand of religious insanity should be allowed as ‘free speech.’
The controversial Florida pastor who threatened to burn Korans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is expected to be billed
at least $200,000 by the city of Gainesville for costs associated with the stunt.
Pastor Terry Jones
, who got international attention with his on-again, off-again plan to burn 200 copies of Islam’s holiest book, said the costs would essentially bankrupt his 50-member church
, the Dove World Outreach Center
Jones, 58, vowed to fight the security bill in cour
t and said he plans to move his church to Tampa because of what he called a lack of support in Gainesville.
The maverick preacher
eventually called off his protest after increasing pressure from Washington and beyond.
The ‘pastor’ — a misnomer in this case — should spend more time with his Bible (where among other things he could have learned something about counting the cost
before starting a project) and less time acting foolishly
A lawyer who videoed himself smoking what appeared to be joints made with pages from the Bible and the Koran
expects to lose his job at a Queensland university.
In the video, posted on YouTube, Queensland University of Technology staffer Alex Stewart
compares cigarettes made with pages from the two holy texts.
In the clip, titled “Bible or Koran – which burns best?
“, the professed atheist
says burning religious books is no big deal and people need to get over it.
But the Queensland University of Technology, which employs Mr Stewart, is not impressed and has demanded he explain himself.
“QUT is tolerant of all religions
and does not condone damage to any religious artefacts,” QUT registrar Dr Carol Dickenson said in a statement.
Pastor Terry Jones may have ‘suspended’ plans to burn copies of the Quran
at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., on 9/11, but the religious nuts
of the Westboro Baptist Church
in Topeka, Kansas, says
The Westboro group, a religious cult
, is a hate group that masquerades as a religion
. Its followers are known for confusing their hate-filled speech and behavior.
While claiming to be Christians they demonstrate in word and in deed that they are not followers of Jesus Christ, but rather servants of the devil.
Although the church burned a Quran in Washington in 2008
, it did not get much media attention. On its web site Friday, the church called Pastor Jones in Gainesville a “false prophet … bullied by sissy, intolerant rebels worldwide into cancelling plans to burn that blasphemous idol called the Koran.”
Westboro also declared that it “will burn the Koran and the doomed American flag
at 12:00 p.m. on September 11, 2010 at Westboro Baptist Church.”
You’ll notice we file all reports involving the Westboro Baptist Church under the header of ‘religious insanity
The Church of Scientology, seen by many as a destructive cult involved in the marketing of quackery under the guise of religion has compared itself to the Salvation Army during a senate inquiry in Australia.
The inquiry also heard from ex-Scientologists who went public with their shocking experiences earlier this year, when Senator Xenophon twice failed in efforts to have an inquiry into abuse allegations.
Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are backing the family of fallen Marine Matthew Snyder in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the constitutionality of laws restricting protests at private family funerals.
The respondent, Phelps, has staged loud protests with members of his Westboro Baptist Church
at military funerals around the country. He argues his signs, bearing messages such as “You’re in hell” and “God hates you,” are protected forms of speech.
Women who dress “inappropriately” incite extramarital sex that in turn cause more earthquakes, a senior Iranian hard-line cleric has claimed.
The Islamic dress code is mandatory in Iran, which has been under clerical rule for more than three decades.
“Captain Hutaree,” his wife and two sons planned with other militia members to kill a law enforcement official to draw the officer’s colleagues to the funeral, authorities say.
Then, according to an indictment unsealed Monday, the militia planned to attack the funeral procession to kick off its war against the U.S. government.
A hardline Islamist
group in Somalia is publicly whipping women for wearing bras they say violate Islam by constituting a “deception”, it was claimed yesterday.
Gunmen from al Shabaab have been rounding up any women with a “firm bust” and whipping them, say residents in the capital Mogadishu.
One woman said: “They first introduced a hard fabric which stands stiffly on women’s chests. They are now saying breasts should be firm naturally, or just flat.”
The group has also banned movies, football, musical ringtones and dancing at weddings.
The group’s hardline interpretation of Islamic law
has shocked many Somalis, who are traditionally moderate Muslims.
Naturally Religion News Blog files these type of items under the category, ‘religious insanity
Yet another case of religious insanity…
A church leader in North Carolina is burning versions of the Bible he doesn’t agree with.
Pastor Marc Grizzard of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton is building a bonfire on Halloween to destroy Bibles that aren’t the King James Version.
“What we’re doing is we’re burning books that are satanic. I believe the King James version is God’s preserve, inspired, in erect, infallible word of God.”
King James Only-ism
is the aberrant belief that God isn’t clever enough to address people in anything other than ancient English. [video]
Nearly a half-century after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon performed his first mass wedding, the 89-year-old leader of the Unification Church
is getting ready to marry off tens of thousands of people in spectacles from the United States to South Korea.
Critics who accuse the church of engaging in cultlike practices say the mass weddings prove it brainwashes
A federal appeals court has thrown out a US$5 million ($7 million) verdict against fundamentalist Christian protesters who carried signs with inflammatory messages like “Thank God for dead soldiers” outside the Maryland funeral of a US Marine killed in Iraq.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church — a cult-like hate group — have deluded themselves into thinking they are Christians.