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Persecution Blog
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Old Wrapping Paper Launches Mission Movement in India more...
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Religion News Blog
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Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch more...

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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

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Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes more...

Frederick Madison King

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.

Full story: Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

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Jesus’ wife? more...

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It's getting close to Easter, so the Jesus theorists and pundits are coming out of the woodworks again. Among them is Dr. Karen L. King, who has been speculating about a tiny fragment of papyrus she chose to call the "Gospel of Jesus’ Wife."

Criticism has been fierce, of course, with one scholar saying the fragment is so patently fake that it “seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch.”

Full story: Jesus’ wife?

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‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict more...

Miranda Barbour

Want to understand what's going on in Syria? You need to be familiar with some 7th century prophecies.

"Craigslist killer" Miranda Barbour, who claims she was a Satanist and has killed "under 100 people," has had her first court appearance.

Also: In some countries, not wearing a proper veil can get you arrested. By the religious police.

The beard-cutting-cult leader is back in the news. Plus more...

Full story: ‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict

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Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse more...

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Television journalist Mark Bunker has been working on a feature-length, professional-produced documentary film that exposes the abusive practices of the Church of Scientology.

The film is almost ready for release.

Full story: Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse

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Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, and more… more...

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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 an apostle.

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

Full story: Black Magic, Religious Exemptions, Religious Insanity, and more…

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Will Phelps’ Westboro hate cult disappear? +more religion news more...

Fred Phelps

There has been some speculation that the death of hate preacher Fred Phelps will spell the end of the hate group he founded.

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.

Also inside: A Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist monk, a Hindu and a Taoist priest get together -- and its not a joke.

Plus: help make an anti-Scientology cult conference possible; and more...

Full story: Will Phelps’ Westboro hate cult disappear? +more religion news

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“Doomsday prophet’s” massage business closes; Is he a cult leader? more...

Craig Allen Stasio

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.'

Full story: “Doomsday prophet’s” massage business closes; Is he a cult leader?

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Religion News Briefs: Warren Jeffs, Fred Phelps, Catherine Schaible … more...

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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....

Full story: Religion News Briefs: Warren Jeffs, Fred Phelps, Catherine Schaible …

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Country stymies opening of UFO sect’s Clitoral Restoration Hospital more...

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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.

Full story: Country stymies opening of UFO sect’s Clitoral Restoration Hospital

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