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Religion News Briefs: Scientology, Mormons, Umbanda and more

Religion News Briefs: Scientology, Mormons, Umbanda and more

Scientology is still considered a cult (and that isn't likely to change). Also: several news items about the Mormon Church. Too: practitioners of Candomble and Umbanda face religious discrimination.…

Wisconsin Supreme Court takes faith healing death case

In a case that could define when faith healing crosses the line into criminal behavior, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of two parents convicted…

Aum Shinrikyo: facial recognition, reward and fresh charges

Police in Japan are trying to decide how to divide the $250,000 reward for information that led to the capture of the final suspects in the 1995 nerve gas…

Vietnamese Officials Destroy Two New Church Buildings

Vietnamese Officials Destroy Two New Church Buildings

Vietnamese officials in Muong Cha district, Dien Bien Province, destroyed two new church buildings of ethnic minority Hmong Christians this month and threatened to tear down a third. …

City Harvest Church pastor charged in $19 million fraud case

City Harvest Church pastor charged in $19 million fraud case

Hong Kee, the founder and pastor of City Harvest Church -- one of Singapore's richest churches -- was charged in court Wednesday for allegedly syphoning off nearly $19 million…

Three Lao, Two Thai Christians Arrested in Laos

Three Lao, Two Thai Christians Arrested in Laos

Lao officials arrested two Lao and two Thai Christians in Luang Namtha Province earlier this month, seizing them from a private residence in Long district, according to Human Rights…

Feds sue polygamous towns for religious discrimination

Feds sue polygamous towns for religious discrimination

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against government officials in the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., alleging civil rights violations. …

Ex-AUM cult member faces fresh arrest warrant over nerve agent attacks

Police in Japan will serve a fresh arrest warrant against former AUM Shinkrikyo member Naoko Kikuchi on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with three VX nerve…

Captured cult member still worships Aum Shinrikyo guru

Katsuya Takahashi, the Aum Shinrikyo cult member arrested last week after 17 years on the run, still worships the cult's guru. Police have recovered book published by the doomsday…

Religion News Briefs: Scientology, a fatwa, auras, FLDS revelations

Today: a jailed cult leader attempts to further tighten his control over followers; a California mayor gets chided for his promotion of Scientology; and Benny Hinn opens up about…

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