Jan 17, 2017

CultNEWS101: Articles 1/18/2017 ​

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White Supremacist, ​Catholic Church, Abuse-child, Boko Haram, Shakers, FLDS, Scientology, Buddhism, ​Bikram Yoga, Polygamy, legal, Cameroon, Cambodia

White Supremacist
While everyone is familiar with the swastika's significance to white supremacists and their organization, not every sign is as obvious. Not every neo-Nazi is a skinhead (and not every skinhead is a neo-Nazi). And as evidenced by various fascist-normalizing profiles on the "alt right," the majority of white supremacists look like normal people and can blend easily into crowds.

A former priest at Holy Name of Jesus 
Catholic Church on Wednesday sued the Diocese of Palm Beach, claiming it punished him for exposing a pedophile priest rather than covering it up as they wanted.

The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, accuses the diocese and Bishop Gerald Barbarito of defaming the Rev. John Gallagher. The 49-year-old priest pointed to a statement posted last year on the diocesan website that said Gallagher was “blatantly lying” and “in need of professional assistance” for claiming church leaders urged him not to tell police a visiting priest in January 2015 had shown pornographic pictures to a 14-year-old youth at the suburban West Palm Beach church.

Boko Haram
After Biya’s call to employ witchcraft against Boko Haram in January 2016, hundreds of militia fighters rushed to sorcerers, commonly called “marabouts,” to obtain lucky charms and talismans to protect them in battle.

At their height in the mid-19th century, Shakers numbered about 6,000, with 19 settlements, mainly in New England, New York and Kentucky. An offshoot of Quakers, the Shakers began in England in the 1740s. Seeking religious freedom, they left for the colonies on the eve of the American Revolution. Their rise coincided with a religious fervour sweeping the frontier. Decades before emancipation and 150 years before women had the vote, Shakers practised social, gender and racial equality for all members.

Warren Jeffs
Texas records indicated that Jeffs, the church president who is serving a prison sentence in that state, married 81 times to women and girls. One of the few to speak is Brielle Decker.

Decker has given interviews in recent years. The latest is with the podcast "Year of Polygamy."

When a friend told Ron Miscavige about Holiday Magic, a multi-level cosmetics marketing scheme, he didn't think much of it at first. But in 1968, the promise of $100,000 in extra income for top distributors proved too enticing for a cookware salesman with four kids at home. A good talker with an entrepreneurial bent, he put in $5,000 to became a "master distributor."

The Minister of Cults and Religion was questioned by a National Assembly commission on Tuesday over efforts to promote Buddhism in the country and an assortment of other concerns affecting the religion, according to the opposition lawmaker who summoned him.

Bikram Choudhury
Things just keep getting worse for 
Bikram Choudhury. A judge has ordered the Bikram Yoga founder to turn over the proceeds from his business to go toward a $6.8 million judgment his former legal adviser won against him last year in a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit, the former employee’s lawyer said last week, according to the Associated Press.

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