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  1. Nobody joins a cult, but it is easy to get radicalized
    how people get radicalized

    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.

    Full story: Nobody joins a cult, but it is easy to get radicalized

  2. Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?
    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

    In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh spent $5.75 million on a remote piece of property in Oregon and invested millions more to build Rajneeshpuram as a spiritual retreat for thousands of his red-frocked followers.

    A few years later some of his followers were convicted of infecting salad bars with Salmonella, as well as other crimes: arson, wiretapping, immigration fraud, election fraud and attempted murder.

    Full story: Are you old enough to remember Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?

  3. Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology
    Escaping Polygamy

    'Sister Wives' sugarcoats polygamy. 'Escaping Polygamy' shows what the lifestyle is really like.

    Come to think of it, that's also what Alex Gibney did in his Emmy-nominated documentary, "Going Clear,' which exposes the Scientology cult to daylight.

    Full story: Escaping Polygamy — and Scientology

  4. Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015
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    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.

    Full story: Religion News, Wednesday July 15, 2015

  5. Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook
    Facegloria

    The people behind Facegloria -- said to be a sin-free alternative to Facebook -- want to take on Facebook, Twitter, and the world.

    Aimed initially at Brazil's booming 'Evangelical' movement, the service is patrolled by volunteers who prevent the posting of all-too-revealing selfies, 600 banned words, and anything related to homosexuality.

    Full story: Brazilian Evangelicals set up a ‘sin free’ alternative to Facebook

  6. International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events
    ICSA International Cultic Studies Association

    The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic or high-demand groups, alternative movements, and other environments.

    ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

    Here is a listing of upcoming events.

    Full story: International Cultic Studies Association: Upcoming Events

  7. Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple
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    The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon have been ordered to pay $135.000 to a lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for.

    Aaron and Melissa Klein said their refusal to bake for the lesbian couple was prompted by their Christian beliefs. The case has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays.

    Full story: Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

  8. Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse
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    The insular Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) is building a "fortress-type" wall around its meeting house in Colorado City, Arizona.

    Observers believe the wall is being erected on the orders of cult leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in prison.

    Full story: Polygamous FLDS cult erects wall around meetinghouse

  9. Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers
    cult leader Lia Eden

    Cult leader Lia Eden claims that a UFO piloted by the archangel Gabriel wants to pick up her followers.

    She has therefore requested that Indonesia's President and Jakarata's Governor grant the UFO permission to land at the country's National Monument.

    Full story: Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

  10. Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules
    Jeremiah Duggan

    The coroner also ruled that the fact that Jeremiah Duggan had revealed himself to be Jewish while attending a conference of the extreme Larouche organisation may have had a bearing on how he died.

    Scotland Yard describes LaRouche's group as a 'political cult with sinister and dangerous connections.'

    Full story: Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules