Handbooks published by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ call for exactly the type of attacks we just saw happen in Berlin. Such attacks may be hard to prevent.
Also inside: In March 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate UFO cult committed mass suicide. But the cult’s website is still online — maintained by two ex-members.
Plus: Not surprisingly, the dwindling Scientology cult reacts with its usual venom against Leah Remini and others who expose the cult for what it is.
Today’s edition includes stories about
a radicalisation prevention program
that may backfire.
A protest against Whole Foods
over its link to Marc Gafni.
Iglesia ni Cristo, a powerful cult of Christianity, endorses presidential candidates
Today: stories about the Palmarian Catholic Church, how easily people get radicalised, and what IS jihadists have in mind for Europe’s cities.
Also: tongue-in-cheek, How do Operating Thetans get in touch with eachother? And is Crossfit a religion?
Finally: Religion News Blog’s new design.
Scientology quacks urged veto of Texas mental health bill.
Watch how dozens of Yazidi women and children escape from the clutches of ISIS barbarians.
Why a Wheaton chaplaincy staffer quit the evangelical college: same-sex celibacy and the church.
the US Bishops’ Sexual Abuse Charter faces challenges.
Watch what happened when a former FLDS cult member tried to pick up her children from the community.
Is Islam compatible with UK values? Sky News commissioned a survey to find out what Muslims and non-Muslims think about that and other issues.
And former Scientology top executive Marty Rathbun talks about Scientology, ‘auditing,’ and the cult’s harassment techniques.
There are three kinds of Muslims, former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. The outspoken Islam critic calls for a reformation within Islam.
Also: Former members of a church in Palmerston, New Zealand, say they were suicidal, depressed and in need of counselling after leaving the “cult-like” church and being shunned by their friends and family.
Investigative report into Faith Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona.
Also, a look at Islam-inspired terrorism.
More news items and resources may be added during the course of the day.
Why and how do young people get recruited by Muslim extremists?
Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary will debut on HBO at the end of March.
Also: Psychic Daniel Perez has been convicted in the drowning death of a woman at his commune, plus 27 other criminal charges.
Plus: cult expert Steve Hassan’s YouTube channel.
November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists.
Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.
Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here’s the Internet Movie Database listing that scares the destructive Scientology cult.
Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).
Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog.