London's Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise.
Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is possessed often resort to physical abuse in order to try and get the spirits to leave.
Full story: Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK
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The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly.
This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand.
Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend
Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home.
The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any bids.
The accountant in charge of the FLDS cult's property trust is in hot water over allegations that he patronized a prostitute.
Also, cult expert Rosanne Henry.
Full story: Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news
Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).
Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Church has changed its definition of marriage. Plus: the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Blog.
Full story: Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab
A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter.
Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church of the First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing.
Full story: Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial
The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009.
Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm.
Full story: Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation
Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning.
In England, viewers are upset with ITV for showing a an ad during prime-time in which the Scientology cult spouts its usual nonsense.
Find out why Russian Orthodox Church priests are getting ridiculed on Twitter.
Full story: Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing
Narconon facilities are billed as a 'drug rehab' centers. But the organization's approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing heaps of legal problems.
Are our bodies designed to connect with God?
Two serial killers in today's edition: Charles Manson and David Berkowitz.
Full story: Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs
Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
Under Texas law, law enforcement can try to seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct.
Full story: Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch