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Religion News Blog (RNB) provides religion researchers with expert-selected news items about world religions, religious movements, cults, sects, and related issues.

Published by Apologetics Index, RNB allows researchers to see religion news in context, with links to additional articles as well as to our collection of research resources.

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Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was fiercely anti-Christian

Ironically, his former 'utopia' in Oregon is now home to the world's largest Young Life Christian camp.

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Human rights, literacy, anti-drug education...

These are some of the worthwhile causes critics say have been hijacked by front groups of the 'church' of Scientology for both PR and recruitment purposes.

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A baseball club in Australia has cut ties with a Scientology front group because its affiliation with the 'church' had not been disclosed.
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Jihad recruitment; human trafficking; and Jesus as a redhead

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: a look at cult expert Steve Hassan’s YouTube channel.

Finally: Was Jesus a redhead? 

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How young Muslims get recruited into Jihad. Psychic Daniel Perez convicted of murder, other counts. Video resources by cult expert Steve Hassan.
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Today includes info about: megachurches, the Book of Mormon, Saddleback church, megachurch databases, the Taliban vs. a ski school, and more.

Plus: How Christianity’s Eastern history has been forgotten. 

Also: Can Venture Capitalists predict the future? Can banking ever be ethical?

And why does Playmobil love Martin Luther?

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The Jonestown Cult Massacre (This day in 1978) Remembered

37 years ago 900+ people died in a murder-suicide massacre orchestrated by their cult leader, Jim Jones.

Jones, an abusive huckster, had moved his followers to Guyana out of fear after reporters had begun investigating his 'Peoples Temple' over allegations of abuse and intimidation:
http://time.com/3583781/jonestown-massacre/

Research resources at ApologeticsIndex: http://j.mp/JimJonesCult

See this related editorial in the Washington Post: The phrase ‘drank the Kool-Aid’ is completely offensive. We should stop saying it immediately: http://ow.ly/ExGg0

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Yasser Arafat 'found Jesus' before death, friend claims

Prominent Christian writer and speaker RT Kendall "said that while he could not be certain that Arafat was "saved", he believes he may have become a Christian." 

"It wouldn’t surprise me to see him in heaven," he said."
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Cult leader expects UFO piloted by archangel Gabriel

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.

They have yet to respond.

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Islam, Aum Shinrikyo, Abusive Churches

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.

The church is affiliated with a church in Arizona which former members says is 'cult-like.'

And groups that have succeeded the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult are still under the strong influence of guru Shoko Asahara, who is on death row.

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There are 3 kinds of Muslims, Islam critic & former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, and moderates are not among them. Also abusive churches; Aum doomsday cult
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Religion news for busy people

In today's 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 a must-read,  in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world. 

Many more religion news items…

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Debra Burslem of the Magnificat Meal Movement cult. The Catholic Church in Latin America. 20th anniversary of cult's sarin gas attack. More religion news.
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Friday's Religion and Cult News

‘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.

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'Sex rabbi' Eliezer Berland to be extradited from Holland. Scientology cult in damage control mode. What's with Yoga's popularity? Cult experts conference.
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'No need for Muslims primary school teachers to wear full face veil'

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Muslim primary school teachers should not be encouraged to wear the full-face veil in class, one of Britain's leading Islamic scholars has insisted.

Dr Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy welcomed remarks by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams that fears about the increasing use of the niqab in Britain are 'misplaced' but said young children nevertheless need to see their teachers' facial expressions.
http://goo.gl/3H87zO

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Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

The murder charge against a man who falsely confessed to killing the wife of his spiritual leader has been dropped.

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