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
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?
Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim.
In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they argue that according to the admission of detectives there is no evidence that Bethany’s death was anything other than a suicide."
Full story: Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’
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