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Sects, Cults, Cannibals: Reza Aslan on His Controversial Fringe Religion Show - RollingStone.com

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RollingStone.com

Sects, Cults, Cannibals: Reza Aslan on His Controversial Fringe Religion Show
RollingStone.com
It's an approach that works shockingly well in the series' Scientology episode, which was something of a pet project for Aslan, who sees Scientology not as a dangerous cult but as, simply, a religion. (Are the things Scientologists believe any more ...

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Florida Senate takes 'stand for liberty' in passing religious freedom bill for schools over Democratic concerns - Tampabay.com (blog)

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:15

Tampabay.com (blog)

Florida Senate takes 'stand for liberty' in passing religious freedom bill for schools over Democratic concerns
Tampabay.com (blog)
Earlier Thursday, a House committee unanimously sent its religious liberties bill to the floor. Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, warned the measure might give way to Satanic cults practicing in Florida's public schools. One of the bill's Democratic co ...

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Florida Senate endorses religious expression in public schools - Miami Herald

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:52

Miami Herald

Florida Senate endorses religious expression in public schools
Miami Herald
Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, raised concerns that the measure might give way to Satanic cults practicing in Florida's public schools, because all religious faiths would have equal access to practice openly. Daniels said: “Bills like this have passed in ...

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Trump's America through the Eyes of a Cult Survivor - Huffington Post

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:17

Trump's America through the Eyes of a Cult Survivor
Huffington Post
Teddy Hose is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, humorist, and writer based in San Francisco. His work has been featured in The Bold Italic, Mashable, Laughing Squid, and McSweeney's. Teddy has also been interviewed about cults in Vice. twitter.com/ ...

Prison Dispatches From the War on Terror: American Explains What Drove Him to Extremism - The Intercept

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:45

The Intercept

Prison Dispatches From the War on Terror: American Explains What Drove Him to Extremism
The Intercept
... not any closer to a resolution to this war. In reality, things have gotten worse. Until there is a different strategy, there will be “crazies” on all sides who continue killing each other in the name of religious beliefs, cults of personality ...

How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea's Cult Problem - BuzzFeed News

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:41

BuzzFeed News

How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea's Cult Problem
BuzzFeed News
The more I uncovered, the more I began to think that my uncle's scandal, along with Park's, belonged to a larger phenomenon that has taken root in South Korea: a unique concentration of cults and fringe religious groups, whose influence has drifted ...

Politicole: Religious Intolerance: Bahamas, Caribbean And The Middle East - Bahamas Tribune

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:03

Politicole: Religious Intolerance: Bahamas, Caribbean And The Middle East
Bahamas Tribune
Humans, once brainwashed in tradition and culture, do not understand how to separate themselves from it and expect that everyone else should live according to their rules of religion, even to the point of superimposing their cults/traditions on every ...

Fascination over Heaven's Gate cult continues, 20 years after mass suicide - Los Angeles Times

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:55

Los Angeles Times

Fascination over Heaven's Gate cult continues, 20 years after mass suicide
Los Angeles Times
It happened 20 years ago this month. In a Rancho Santa Fe mansion, Marshall Applewhite, a preacher's son and former seminarian who had fashioned a religion that merged evangelical Christianity with New Age science fiction, led his followers in a ...

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Fascination over Heaven's Gate cult continues, 20 years after mass suicide - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:55

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fascination over Heaven's Gate cult continues, 20 years after mass suicide
The San Diego Union-Tribune
But with Heaven's Gate, there may have been something else at work, according to Benjamin Zeller, an associate professor of religion at Lake Forest College near Chicago and the author of a 2014 book about the cult. “In some ways, I think it was too ...

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Info-Cult helps families understand why people join groups - The Western Star

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:43

The Western Star

Info-Cult helps families understand why people join groups
The Western Star
Kropveld is the executive director of the Montreal-based organization Info-Cult, which educates the public about cults, new religious movements and related phenomena. The Western Star contacted Kropveld in relation to the story of Kayla Jean Reid.

Who is Nature Boy? 'Cult' leader says Kayla Reid can leave at any time - CBC.ca

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:12

CBC.ca

Who is Nature Boy? 'Cult' leader says Kayla Reid can leave at any time
CBC.ca
From watching videos posted to Bishop's Facebook page, he believes the actions displayed by the leader and followers fit a textbook definition of cult — "a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object." The ...

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Former cult members reveal how they escaped - Yahoo7 Be

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 23:28

Yahoo7 Be

Former cult members reveal how they escaped
Yahoo7 Be
One user delved into their experience in the Advanced Training Institute (ATI), a religious homeschooling program designed by now disgraced Christian minister Bill Gothard. If you're familiar with US reality family the Duggars, this is the same ...

Comedian Brynley Stent on becoming Providence Gratitude, Gloriavale escapee - The Spinoff

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 21:57

Comedian Brynley Stent on becoming Providence Gratitude, Gloriavale escapee
The Spinoff
So many people have said to me “you need to play a cult member or religious character” just purely based on how I look, mousey brown hair and white [skin], some say 'Brethren looking'. My brother's friends used to think I was Brethren because I ...

'Blue Light Yokohama': Crime fiction that sinks under the weight of its cliches - The Japan Times

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 09:34

The Japan Times

'Blue Light Yokohama': Crime fiction that sinks under the weight of its cliches
The Japan Times
From underwear-stealing perverts to Korean-hating racists via misanthropic religious cults, all the usual bases are touched. Perhaps now that Obregon has gotten it out of his system, the next book will be more nuanced, but without closer attention to ...

20 years later, Heaven's Gate lives on — via internet, scholarly debates - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 09:02

The San Diego Union-Tribune

20 years later, Heaven's Gate lives on — via internet, scholarly debates
The San Diego Union-Tribune
But with Heaven's Gate, there may have been something else at work, according to Benjamin Zeller, an associate professor of religion at Lake Forest College near Chicago and the author of a 2014 book about the cult. “In some ways, I think it was too ...

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Warning: Judges Creating “Affirmative Right to Immigrate” - The New American

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 17:34

Warning: Judges Creating “Affirmative Right to Immigrate”
The New American
Here's an analogy: The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech just as it does of religion. Consequently, communists and Nazis can express their beliefs, as can religious cults, no matter how odious the majority may consider them. Does it follow ...

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Activists Decry Chief Justice Comments on Activists - China Digital Times

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:55

China Digital Times

Activists Decry Chief Justice Comments on Activists
China Digital Times
The supreme court ranked “safeguarding state security” first among its list of achievements over the past year – even ahead of its fight against terrorism and religious cults. Zhou, a graduate from Peking University's law school, was the founder of the ...

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Activists Decry Chief Justice Comments on Activists - China Digital Times

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:55

China Digital Times

Activists Decry Chief Justice Comments on Activists
China Digital Times
The supreme court ranked “safeguarding state security” first among its list of achievements over the past year – even ahead of its fight against terrorism and religious cults. Zhou, a graduate from Peking University's law school, was the founder of the ...

Idolizing religious figures crushes dissent - Jakarta Post

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 21:57

Jakarta Post

Idolizing religious figures crushes dissent
Jakarta Post
It reflects in the way we interpret the “awakening of Islam” by following cults led by male “religious” leaders, whose only claim to fame is their purported identity as “heirs of the Prophet.” It exists in our obsession over women's bodies. And most ...

12 Monkeys renewed for fourth and final season - EW.com (blog)

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:03

EW.com (blog)

12 Monkeys renewed for fourth and final season
EW.com (blog)
“The episode really dives into religious belief, cults and what kind of person would be drawn to this particular philosophy on time.” But there's one person who may be able to help in stopping the Army: Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire). Well, that is ...

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