Dec 8, 2016

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/8/2016

"Family and friends of Éloïse Dupuis gathered Saturday to remember a young woman whose death has sparked a movement.

The Laval event had all the features of a memorial with its candles, tributes, songs and photos. Behind it all, however, was an unmistakable sense of political urgency."

"Shah, a man who boasted of magical powers, now faces quite a spell behind bars. He was handed a 12-year sentence for the rapes and fraud, and must also pay his victim £10,000."

One woman’s escape from a London cult

"When Aravindan Balakrishnan was growing up, in Kerala, in southern India, his mother often warned him not to curse people when he was angry. According to Morgan-Davies, she believed that her eldest son possessed occult powers, and nicknamed him Black Tongue; later, as an adult, Balakrishnan would boast that he could set people aflame by looking at them."

Actress Leah Remini's new documentary series on A&E is resurfacing some old, yet still relevant criticisms of the 62-year-old religion, Scientology.

“In my humble opinion, I believe one of the major factors that make our children and youth susceptible to extremism and radicalization is lack of communication between them and their parents."

"Prince Harry's visit to a Caribbean children's home founded by the religious sect known as the Moonies has been defended by Britain's High Commissioner to Guyana - who described the work of its manager as "amazing".

Harry spent an hour touring Joshua House Children Centre in the capital Georgetown, an institution run by Gladys Accra, who is a member of the Unification Church - known as the Moonies after its founder Sun Myung Moon."

"Visiting on assignment earlier this year, Dives was surprised to meet a group of women who were pushing into leadership positions in the colony's school and land trust, working in offices and hospitals in nearby towns, and unafraid to down a glass of wine or five wearing skinny jeans and oversized sweaters. They were outspoken and educated, and claimed to be bolstering education opportunities and preaching democratic principles within the deeply religious compound.""

​"​According to the American Phycological Association, sexual orientation conversion therapy, “refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their own sex.”​"​

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