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Religion News for busy people

In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the ‘prophetess’ with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers.

Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles?

Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world.

Many more religion news items…

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

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.

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.

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

Kashi Ashram; phony cancer cure; Child-Friendly Faith Project…

A Christian minister who sold a phony cancer cure that included suntan lotion and beef flavoring has been jailed and fined.

Cult expert Steve Hassan joins the Board of Advisor of Child-Friendly Faith Project.

And the leader of a church whose wealth is “impossible to calculate” tells world leaders what to do with their money.

Plus: You won’t believe what people claim is going on inside the Kashi Ashram. And the head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police makes our ‘Religious Insanity’ file.