Dec 17, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/18/2016 ​

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​CorePower Yoga, Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga, Scientology, ​Aum Shinrikyo​, White ​Supremacist​, Pizzagate, Swami Nithyananda, ​Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), Abuse-child, Abuse-Trafficking, religious extremists​​, faith healing

Trevor Tice
"Trevor Tice, the founder of a rapidly expanding company that has been dubbed “the Starbucks of yoga,” was found dead inside his San Diego home Monday, and police are investigating “suspicious circumstances” surrounding his death."

"Indian American yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and one of his former female students have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit, in which the victim alleged her teacher made unwanted sexual advances toward her."

Kahn said after being a member of the Church for 40 years, she was the victim of “disconnection,” a practice previously defined in the series as cutting off “all contact with someone critical of the Church of Scientology.”

Kahn left the Church in 2013 and has not seen her Scientologist son, Sammy, in three years. Her experience compelled her to issue a warning to those contemplating the religion saying they might face the same fate.

​​Aum Shinrikyo
"In April of this year, Russian police raided twenty-five homes and shrines in St. Petersburg and Moscow that were tied to 

Aum Shinrikyo, a doomsday cult originated in Japan.  Ten were arrested for their ties to the cult, which has been banned in Russia despite having an estimated 30,000 active members within the sprawling nation."

In Japan the groups strict religious rules disallowed sleeping for more than four hours per night, eating very much, and near constant doses of LSD, which they made themselves on the compound.  It is estimated that within the Aum ranks, over eighty people died in various industrial accidents or as a result of torture and punishment at the Tokyo headquarters. 

white supremacist
“We’re now fighting to prevent white supremacist gangs from infesting our neighborhoods, and they bring with them, of course, this toxic mix of violence and crime and hate.”

In terms of the social and psychological dynamics underpinning this type of behavior it’s also useful to look into some research about how people join cults and become violent religious extremists.

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the trial court proceedings against Swami Nithyananda in a six-year-old rape case."

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS)
During the child trafficking trial, former members of the 

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) took the witness stand to testify about their experiences growing up in the community and the expected role of women.

FAITH healer Mzokhona Sibisi was found guilty of sexually violating and murdering a 12-year-old Pietermaritzburg girl in 2012, was sentenced to life plus seven years’ imprisonment.

Leah Remini
“There is no other religion that I know of that requires two and a half hours of your day, a quarter of a million dollars minimum, and at least 40 years of your life,” host and former Scientologist Leah Remini said.

Remini claims she spent "millions" during her 35 years with the church.

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