Tag: FLDS

These articles cover the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) — a sect of the Mormon Church.

Court upholds cult leader’s sexual misconduct conviction

Wayne Bent Michael TravesserToday: The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the convictions of religious cult leader Wayne Bent for sexual misconduct with teenage followers.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been ordered to appear in court to discuss how the state will pay millions in past-due fees to the accountant in charge of the property trust the state took over from the FLDS cult.

And Word of Faith Fellowship — an abusive church in North Carolina — is accused of confining and beating a man because he is gay.

Finally: Would you donate money to a millionaire preacher who claims God will make you rich?

‘Hug me Jesus,’ TBN lawsuit, God as weatherman: Religion News Briefs

hug me jesus ‘Hug Me Jesus’ statue about to replace the Touchdown Jesus statue that was destroyed by lightning. Also: The Trinity Broadcasting Network’s legal problems turn ‘The Blasphemy Channel’ into a soap opera.

Plus: What is going on at the Texas ranch of the polygamous FLDS cult? Storm chasers: some people want God to influence the weather to match their sense of right and wrong. That and more in today’s Religion News Briefs.

Utah AG ordered to pay for takeover of FLDS sect’s property trust

United Effort Plan The state of Utah must help pay more than $5.5 million in past-due bills owed to an accountant appointed to run the FLDS sect’s United Effort Plan property trust after it was taken over by the state, the Utah Supreme Court decided Friday.

Utah courts seized control of the trust in 2005 amid allegations by state attorneys that the cult’s leaders had mismanaged its assets.

Religion News Briefs: cult expert’s new book, false memories, Scientology

news roundup Today: Authorities probe deaths at Scientology-related Narconon facility; The great grandson of Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard explains why he considers Hubbard to be a conman.

Also: Four in 10 Muslim congregations in Sweden are exposed to criminal attacks of various kinds; Cult expert Steve Hassan’s new book; and ‘evangelical’ Rich Mouw is still trying to whitewash the Mormon Church.

Plus more…

Religion News Briefs: Scientology, a fatwa, auras, FLDS revelations

religion news Today: a jailed cult leader attempts to further tighten his control over followers; a California mayor gets chided for his promotion of Scientology; and Benny Hinn opens up about wife’s prescription drug problem.

Also: Google removes terror videos; Why some people see auras; and results of a survey among teens who have left — voluntarily or not — the FLDS cult.