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Monday May 13, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
The severity of charges against a ‘Christian’ couple accused of starving their 13-year-old adopted daughter to death depends on whether they girl’s age can be verified.
Also: Once again, the Scientology cult has photoshopped one of its events to make it appear more people were there than bothered to show up.
Plus: declaring saints — Catholic Church vs. the Bible (We’ve got a winner).
Thursday May 9, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Jediism is losing followers in Canada, according to the latest census. Also: the arrival of religious immigrants has worked to offset the country’s growing secular population.
Scientology troubled front group Narconon now has the Oklahoma government looking over its shoulders.
Also: Vactican official says worshipping Santa Maria is blasphemy.
Saturday April 6, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
A Scientology front group, Social Betterment Properties International, has bought Larry Hagman’s estate. Here’s what those front group are all about. Narconon • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
Femen holds a bare-chested ‘Jihad’ in protest of calls for the stoning death of an activist in Tunesia.
Also: Children who are wards of the State of Oregon can be vaccinated despite their parents’ religious objections.
Rick Warren’s youngest son commits suicide.
In today’s Religion News Briefs, find out why an outfit that calls itself ‘Friends of Narconon’ is misusing the name of one of a former Narconon, Lucas Catton
, in classic Scientology-on-the-attack fashion.
The Scientology front groups finds itself under increasing scrutiny and legal pressure.
Friday April 5, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Two former Narconon executives will expose the Scientology front group to daylight in a broadcast on NBC’s Rock Center.
Also: a panel of cult experts looks at the question, Are Cults a Hidden Epidemic?
Saturday March 23, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Three men who were sentenced to death for their part in the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s 1995 Sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may be called to testify in the trial of fellow cult member Makoto Hirata.
Hirata faces trial for the fatal abduction and confinement of a notary clerk.
Also: ‘Hot Yoga’ guru Bikram Choudhury faces a sexual harassment lawsuit. Plus, more trouble for Narconon Arrowhead: Lawsuits allege its counselors traded sex for drugs.
Plus: Citizens of a polygamous cult’s town are being watched by surveillance cameras.
Friday March 22, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
Scientology Amsterdam is seen by the cult’s head office in Los Angeles as ‘a small and failing org,’ says Jenna Miscavige, niece of Scientology’s current cult leader, David Miscavige. RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The Amsterdam base has faced rent arrears several times.
Some churches operate more like cults than religious orders, says a member of the advisory board for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
What definition of a cult he uses is not clear, but
Wednesday March 20, 2013 Narconon • Quackery • RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
Parents in Asher, Oklahoma are concerned about the fact that controversial Scientology front group Narconon made a presentation — and handed out literature — at a local school.
Narconon Arrowhead currently is the target of three wrongful death lawsuits. Last week, Gary Smith, the chief executive officer of Narconon Arrowhead, and several of the center’s employees had their drug counseling certifications revoked.
Monday March 11, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
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.
Tuesday March 5, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Thursday February 28, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Wednesday February 27, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia
Monday February 25, 2013 Religion News Briefs:
Lauren Drain spent 7 years in the Wesboro Baptist Church. Her parents are still part of the hate group.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the UK’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigns after being accused of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests.
And the Church of Scientology in Australia is in damage control — this time over claims that it held a woman hostage. .
Also: Irish exorcists. Plus the Ex-Scientology Kids website has a new look.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 Bergholz Clan • Religion News Briefs:
Jon Atack has vastly updated his critical book about the Scientology cult.
Also: a man quits his job over the number ’666,’ and a cult leader who claimed to be an alien from Sirius has been jailed for abusing his followewrs.
Plus: Renegade Amish cult leader Samuel Mullet and 15 members of his clan have been jailed for their hate crimes. More inside…
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