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Cult experts hope pending Aum Shinrikyo cult trial will raise awareness

Cult experts hope pending Aum Shinrikyo cult trial will raise awareness

The upcoming trials of the last three Aum Shinrikyo cult members will inevitably revisit the atrocities committed by the cultists, whose spiritual pursuits under guru Shoko Asahara claimed 29…

Charges dropped against suspected cult members

Charges dropped against suspected cult members

Two of seven members of a suspected Durham, NC cult were released from jail Thursday after authorities dropped charges against them. Sheilda Harris and Sheila Moses are the mother…

Tokyo police arrest last Aum Shinrikyo fugitive

Tokyo police arrest last Aum Shinrikyo fugitive

Police in Japan have arrested the last fugitive from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult on suspicion of murder in connection with the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the…

Religion News Briefing, Thursday June 14

Religion News Briefing, Thursday June 14

Today: Scientology defectors tell why they left; Ayn Rand's philosophy examined from a Christian perspective; and Germany cracks down on Muslim extremists. Also: A pastor charged with physically assaulting…

Religion News Briefing: Scientology, Ayn Rand, Ronald Weinland, more

Today: Scientology defectors tell why they left; Ayn Rand's philosophy examined from a Christian perspective; and Germany cracks down on Muslim extremists. …

Couple’s plea means no appeal of Christian Science faith healing ruling

A recent ruling upholding a Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions will go unchallenged after a couple on trial in the…

Alleged cult leader pleads guilty to killing boy, woman

Alleged cult leader pleads guilty to killing boy, woman

The alleged cult leader of the Black Hebrews, who police say killed a woman and a 4-year-old boy in 2011, pleaded guilty Monday morning to two counts of first-degree…

Televangelist Creflo Dollar arrested in alleged choking attack on daughter

Televangelist Creflo Dollar arrested in alleged choking attack on daughter

Creflo Dollar, founder and pastor of World Changers Church International, was arrested early Friday on charges involving the choking of his 15-year-old daughter. …

Faith-healing couple takes plea in son’s death

Faith-healing couple takes plea in son’s death

A north-central Washington couple on Thursday agreed to accept a plea deal that spares them jail time but holds them responsible for their teenage son's death after they failed…

Kansas commune leader Daniel Perez to stand trial for murder

Kansas commune leader Daniel Perez to stand trial for murder

The leader of a commune believed to have been living off the life insurance payouts of its dead members will stand trial. …