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. [Read more...]
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. [Read more...]
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. [Read more...]
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… [Read more...]
Religion news and data in bite-sized nuggets.
Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more.
Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking ever be ethical? And why does Playmobil love Martin Luther? [Read more...]
‘Sex rabbi’ Eliezer Berland faces extradition from the Netherlands. A religious pirate radio broadcaster has been ordered off-the-air. And: what’s up with yoga’s popularity?
Also: information about the International Cultic Studies Association’s annual conference.
Once again a Scientology front group has been discovered infiltrating schools to promote the cult’s quackery.
Plus: the Scientology business is in full damage-control mode over Alex Gibney’s documentary exposing it to daylight. Meanwhile, it is using the dirty tricks its founder proscribed for dealing with critics.
Speaking of critics: we’ve got info about an upcoming anti-Scientology conference. [Read more...]
Observers believe the polygamous FLDS cult, whose ‘prophet’ is serving a life sentence, will soon move thousands of its followers to South Dakota.
Thought to house 300 people now, the compound is seeking to significantly expand its water usage permit. [Read more...]