Dec 15, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/17/2016

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Mendel Taub grew up in a village where residents obey every utterance of their grand rabbi. The rebbe commands all aspects of his followers’ lives and rails against the secular world, banning its modern channels—smart phones, computers, television. Yiddish street signs direct men and women to walk on opposite sides of the street. Women are forbidden to drive. Wives must shave their heads, cover their wigs with scarves and wear skirts that extend at least five inches below the knee. “Modesty squads” report wrongdoers to the rebbe.

But this isn’t in a foreign country: it’s Rockland County, New York, just 30 miles north of the city.

Lin, who is representing Canada, 
was blocked from attending last year’s Miss World pageant in China after her outspoken criticism of Chinese human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture has decided to sue the Moe Pya Buddhist sect, which is preparing to publish a doctrine on what it calls “present karma Buddhism” that
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focuses only on the present time, stating that one’s actions and deeds at present determine one’s life in the present and immediate future. This, critics say, goes against the idea of rebirth in Buddhism, and that one’s karma in previous lives shapes their current life, as well as future lives.

"A mob has attacked a mosque belonging to the Ahmadi sect in Pakistan, raising concerns about a growing religious intolerance in the country. But Pakistan is not the only Muslim nation where Ahmadis face persecution."

"A partnership, between Bordeaux’s city hall and the local Muslim federation, is one of dozens of initiatives springing up around France to tackle a daunting challenge: how to fight the powerful lure of radical Islam."
Married life within a cult can impact on former cult members’ post-cult experiences. Among the factors that may influence the nature and severity of problems that may arise are: the behavior of the cult leader, transference, and defense mechanisms of projection and projective identification. Although these processes are common to most marriages, they take on a particular hue in cult situations.'

Scott Morrison has taken an ­unashamedly conservative ­approach to Christmas in an ­interview that defended trad­itional culture, while also warning against polygamy in Muslim families."

Religious minorities in the United States are far more likely to have attended college or a vocational school than members of the Christian majority, according to a review of census and survey data from 151 countries released on Tuesday that found wide gaps in education among followers of the world’s major religions.

The review was based on data from 2010 and was conducted by the Pew Research Center.

"German researchers published a massive review of homeopathy studies and concluded that there’s no evidence to support its use in farm animals. They analyzed 52 clinical trials in all, from 1981 to 2014, and found a largely mixed bag. 28 trials supported homeopathy, 22 showed no effect. And of the 28 in favor, many were found to have flaws in their design that could have skewed the results."

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