Tag: Catholic Church

Hana Williams’ starvation death; Scientology photoshops; Saints…

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).

Scientology critic updates critique; Beard cutting cult sentenced

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…

Goblin causes deadly explosion

A witchdoctor and four others were killed in an explosion allegedly caused when the sorcerer tried to behead a goblin for a customer.

Also: a feud between Biblical archeologists leads to a lawsuit. Plus: Mexican officials have broken up a bizarre cult called the “Defensores de Cristo” (“Defenders of Christ”).

The murderer of an Imam deemed to be a heretic has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Plus more religion news briefs, including items about Scientology, Colonia Dignidad and the Roman Catholic Church.

Guru who brainwashed and swindled French aristocrats gets 8 years

Thierry Tilly In today’s Religion News Briefs: A “guru” who brainwashed a family into parting with their fortune has been jailed.

Also: Tufts University curtails religious freedom in an effort to combat religious discrimination.

Plus: Rabid Muslim hate preacher Abu Qatada is free on bail after a UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face terrorism charges

People with no religion, ‘Nones,’ are rising in number

survey In today’s Religion News Briefs: As Protestants decline, people with no religion, “Nones”, are rising in number. Protestants are less than half of Americans, while Nones are one in five.

Also: a priest arrested for carrying a concealed gun told police he was ‘asked to get rid of it during a confession.’

Plus: More doctors honor religious objections to blood transfusions; And why jams and marmalades may be banned from church fetes.