This is our archive of news items tagged Scientology.

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Religious Freedom vs. Human Rights

obsolete The ‘Church’ of Scientology, among other things known for tearing relationships apart, is delighted that two of its members in the UK have finally been able to marry in one of the cult’s ‘chapels.’

We also highlight a couple of other cases in which human rights and religious freedom interact. [Read more...]

Mormon head ordered to appear in court over ‘fraudulent’ doctrines

Mormon_president Inside this issue of Religion News Briefs: items on Scientology, the International Cultic Studies Association, the Plymouth Brethren (which you know as the Exclusive Brethren), and more.Also: the Book of Mormon vs DNA. And Saudi Arabia’s religious police. As always we include a modicum of opinion, as well as links to research resources. [Read more...]

Scientology Amsterdam buys building for ‘Ideal Org’

Scientology Amsterdam Scientology Amsterdam, reportedly considered a ‘small and falining org’, has received financial help from the mother church in America in order to purchase a building destined to become an ‘Ideal Org.’

Ideal Orgs are seemingly designed to convey a sense of success and respectability — an uphill battle doomed to fail. [Read more...]

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...]

‘Psychic’ Sylvia Brown dies; Spiritual abuse; Scientology …

Religion News Blog 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. [Read more...]

I can raise the dead, prophet says, as police haul away corpse

Newspapers Why would a Zimbabwean prophet claim he can raise the dead? We provide some context to the story.

13-year-old Hana Williams was beaten and starved to death by deeply religious parents. It could happens to others as well.

Also: fake Christian weddings are popular in Japan. If you pollute the environment, forget about communion.

Plus: Christians and tattoos [Read more...]

Scientologists almost ready to ‘build a new world'; Actors in cults

Religion News Blog L. Ron Hubbard foresaw a day when followers of his fantasy religion would create a new world. The cult is almost ready to take on that challenge.

Propeties belonging to imprisoned cult leader Tony Alamo will be sold in order to pay two of his former victims. And like Alamo, cult leader Warren Jeffs still controls his followers from behind bars.

Also: The Child-Friendly Faith Project is holding a conference on child abuse occurring in faith communities and cultural groups.

Plus: Michelle Pfeiffer talks about her involvement in a cult. [Read more...]