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Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

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

Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

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?

Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

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...Show More Summary

Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

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...Show More Summary

Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

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

Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

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...Show More Summary

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Mormon Purge Scary Scientology No More Hijab

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. Show More Summary

Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

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...Show More Summary

Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

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

Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

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...Show More Summary

Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

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...Show More Summary

Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

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...Show More Summary

Cult leader and brother charged with assault, other crimes

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

Jesus’ wife?

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’...Show More Summary

‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; The prophecies behind Syria conflict

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. Show More Summary

Knowledge Report: A documentary on Scientology fraud and abuse

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

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

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. Show More Summary

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

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. Show More Summary

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

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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