Tag: Scientology

Controversial televangelist dies; Nativity scene party poopers; Scientology ads

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Scientology take-down * Memo to Evangelicals: stop the rhetoric * More…

The City of Clearwater, which at one point was target for a take-over plot by the Church of Scientology, has told the cult to remove a massive sign from a temporary building.

Has the NSA violated the former pope’s privacy? Also, from our ‘You Call That Religion Reporting?’ file: the story about an ultra-conservative rabbi’s comments regarding soy products was not true.

Plus: a prominent evangelical leader says evangelicals should change tactics when it comes to their involvement in politics and the culture wars.

Why people boycott artists who support Scientology

Religious freedom is good and well, but who wants to support artists who donate to the Scientology cult?

Speaking of which: Actress Leah Remini, who recently left Scientology, will give a deposition in a Scientology harassment lawsuit.

Plus: information about the International Cultic Studies Association, and… don’t shoot at Jehovah’s Witnesses

Benny Hinn’s money machine * Narconon problems * Scientology’s money pit

Benny Hinn and his traveling money machine were in Pittsburgh. Here’s why you shouldn’t fall for the scheme.

Scientology and money also go hand in hand. By why exactly did they buy that building?

Speaking of Scientology: Like the cult itself , Narconon, a drug rehab organization that uses treatments based on L. Ron Hubbard’s quackery is sinking deeper into problems.

Cult Clothes * Narconon * Stockholm Syndrome * Human Trafficking

Among today’s religion news briefs: a Canadian community tries to keep Scientology’s Narconon quacks from establishing a ‘drug rehab’ center.

A judge rules that a Jehovah’s Witness can be given blood if necessary.

Cult expert Steve Hassan talks with a representative of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, and with a survivor.

And read this before you donate clothes to Planet Aid.

Scientology cult entities, leader sued over harassment

The wife of a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology has filed a lawsuit against the cult’s controlling entities, cult leader David Miscavige, and two men believed to be working on behalf of the ‘church’ in an effort to stop the cult from its lengthy harassment campaign against her and her husband.

A judge has issues a temporary restraining order against the cult, which is known for its unethical behavior.