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Texas takes possession of polygamous cult's ranch

Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. 

Religion News Blog explains what led to the takeover of this 1,700 acre ranch, which until recently belonged to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
Authorities have taken possession of Yearning For Zion Ranch that belonged to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cult
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Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, more...

-- Today in 1997 police in Southern California discovered the bodies of 39 people who had committed suicide in order to board a UFO they believed would take them to heaven.

-- Black magic is firmly ingrained in some African belief systems.  We'll tell you what gri-gris are used for.

Then there is an illustration of religious insanity provided by a preacher who thinks he is a modern-day apostle.  

Plus: get up to speed on the religious exemption case the US Supreme Court is grappling with.

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Religion news briefs: religious exemptions, the Book of Mormon, John Benefiel, Baal divorce, religious insanity, and black magic using gri-gri necklaces
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It was good to see the link to one of Dr. Steinkamp's articles. He speaks in a very strong tone at times but is always quite responsible and accurate in what he says. +Berlin Friswell When I attended the wedding ceremony I told people it wouldn't last. 
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The death of hate-monger and ousted cult leader Fred Phelps has sparked speculation that the Westboro Baptist Church he founded may disappear into the sunset.

That may be a case of wishful thinking, especially when you take into account that Phelps was excommunicated from the church after a power-struggle in August, 2013.

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Warren Jeffs, Fred Phelps, Faith healing prison

-- Jailed FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs is hospitalized.  

-- A mother convicted together with her husband for the faith healing death of their young son starts her prison sentence.  

-- Also: Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church is near death (and was reportedly excommunicated from the hate group).  

-- Plus:  Pilgrims are drawn to a glowing Virgin Mary statue  

-- And more....

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+Berlin Friswell  We have added some updates to that story now.
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Was True Detective Inspired By This Real Case?

-- HBO’s fictional True Detective TV series may well have been inspired by the Hosanna Church child abuse case.

-- Bill Gothard, founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, has resigned over allegations of sexual abuse.  There are issues with his theology as well.

-- Japanese comic superhero Ultraman has been slain by Malaysian censors.  Guess why...

-- The 'Prosperity Gospel' does work for some people.  Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy International (actual name: Believers LoveWorld Incorporated) is a case in point.

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Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

Cult leader Frederick Madison King, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ Restored has been charged with assualt and a range of other crimes.

Some of the charges date back to 1978 and involve seven victims, who were all members of the church.

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Cult leader Frederick Madison King and his brother have been charged with a range of crimes.
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Doomsday cult leader Craig Stasio’s massage business closes after revelations that it does not have a license to provide massages. 

His 28 followers believe Stasio ‘hears from God without interference,’ but parents and others are concerned about the cult-like aspects of his ‘ministry.’

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UFO sect's clitoral restoration hospital remains closed

Clitoraid, a charity backed by the Raelian Movement, has built a hospital in Burkina Faso for the purpose of helping women who have been subjected to genital mutilation.

But the country forbids the hospital from opening, and has cancelled the work permits of a team of surgeons.

Raelians believe pressure from the Catholic Church is behind these moves.  But concern over the Raelian gospel may also play a role.
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Religion ‘not that important’ to growing number of Americans

Also in this edition of Religion News Briefs:"

• The role played by religion in the Russia-Ukraine conflict

• Is the owner of a Michigan business that offers massage therapy and chiropractic a ‘doomsday’ cult leader

• Aum Shrinikyo victims fear cult’s resurgence

• EMNR/ISCA Apologetics Conference

• It is urgent that Christians gain a working understanding of Islam

• Annual Conference of the International Cultic Studies Association

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Jesus People USA, Bill Gothard, Scientology

-- A recently filed civil lawsuit and a 90-minute documentary released online Friday allege that decades ago members of Jesus People USA, a Christian commune in Chicago, engaged in rampant abuse of children.

-- Bill Gothard, founder of the Basic Institute in Life Principles, has been place on administrative leave by the organization's board of directors after allegations of inappropriate behavior (and years of concern over the ministry's abusive doctrines).

-- Plus: the Scientology cult does what it does best: spew hatred regarding an ex-member.  

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