'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.
Full story: Friday’s Religion and Cult News Roundup
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.
Full story: Is the FLDS cult expanding its presence in South Dakota?
Travis and Wenona Rossiter have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the faith healing death of Syble Rossiter, their 12-year-old daughter.
The couple belong to the Church of the First Born -- theologically a cult of Christianity based on its extreme, unbiblical beliefs regarding faith healing.
Full story: Couple sentenced to 10 years in daughter’s faith healing death
November 2014: 5,000 people murdered by Muslim extremists.
Also: IS barbarians stoop to a new low.
Plus: Promoting, in Burma, a bar with an image of the Buddha wearing headphones is asking for trouble. And here's the Internet Movie Database listing that scares the destructive Scientology cult.
Full story: Thursday’s Religion News Roundup
A former Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult member awaiting trial after 17 years on the run is still brainwashed.
Also: Destiny Church's controversial, self-appointed 'bishop' Brian Tamaki told his devoted followers that God wanted them to give high-denomination bills to his church.
Full story: Destiny Church’s Worship of Money * Brainwashed cult member
A woman and here family prayed for the resurrection of their dead husband and father for 6 months. Plus: how will religious fundamentalist react to robots?
Also: is the man who shot up downtown Austin buildings a member of a 'Christian Identity' hate group?
Full story: Robots * Christian Identity * Resurrection * Fundamentalism
A court in Haarlem, Netherlands, has postponed its decision on the extradition of controversial rabbi Eliezer Berland, who is wanted in Israel on sexual abuse charges.
Full story: Decision on extradition of fugitive rabbi Eliezer Berland postponed
Prosecutors have dropped charges against Micah Moore, who falsely confessed to the murder of Bethany Deaton, the wife of his spiritual leader.
Deaton's death had been ruled a suicide before Moore's admission. Prosecutors now say they will keep the case as an open investigation.
Full story: Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed
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Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola?
Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians worshiping in house churches.
Full story: Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?