Nov 25, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 11/25/2020 (Obituary, Shincheonji, Korea, Legal, Falun Gong, Russia, White Supremacist)

Obituary, Shincheonji, Korea, Legal, Falun Gong, Russia, White Supremacist

"Cathleen Mann, PhD, had consulted in about a hundred cases involving cults, undue influence, psychological influence, and related areas. She had been qualified by a court of law as an expert in 15 states, testifying in 40 cases. She had an independent practice in Lakewood, Colorado, where she also did counseling, evaluations, investigations, supervision, and consulting. Dr. Mann had extensive experience with the qualification process required to be allowed to testify as an expert. Dr. Mann has a PhD in psychology and has held a counseling license in Colorado since 1994."

CNA: 21 people arrested after unregistered Singapore chapter of South Korean Shincheonji church resumed activities 'covertly': MHA
"Twenty-one people were arrested by the police on Monday (Nov 9) for allegedly being members of an unlawful society.
Preliminary investigations showed that the nine men, aged between 22 and 31, and 12 women, aged between 21 and 49, had allegedly re-engaged in activities connected to the unregistered local chapter of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (SCJ), which is based in South Korea, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Another group of nine women, aged between 22 and 52, and two men, aged 23 and 36, are assisting the police with ongoing investigations.
"MHA will not allow members of unlawful societies or persons associated with them to threaten Singapore's public safety, peace and good order," it said.
The ministry said in February it was investigating the local SCJ chapter's activities.

As a result of these investigations, five South Korean nationals who were identified to have held key positions in the local chapter were repatriated in February and the group's front entities were dissolved.

Members of the local chapter were issued warnings to cease further involvement in SCJ activities or face further action from the authorities."

RFE: Siberian Court Orders Falun Gong Movement Banned
"A Siberian regional court has banned Falun Gong, the Chinese spiritual movement that China's Communist Party has sought to stamp out since the late 1990s.

The ruling, by an appeals court in the city of Novosibirsk, was the latest in a number of court cases that have targeted not only Falun Gong, but other religious and spiritual organizations under Russia's strict extremism laws.

In July, the Supreme Court in the region of Khakasia, east of Novosibirsk, rejected local prosecutors' request to classify the Chinese movement as extremist, something that effectively shuts down an organization.

But on November 10, the Novosibirsk appeals court overruled the local court's decision.

A representative of the organization, Oskana Shchyotkina, told RFE/RL that between 2014 and 2019, one of the movement's members was fined and another one was jailed for three days for distributing a book containing the movement's teachings.

She said the two cases were used by prosecutors to file a request to classify the group as extremist.

"We consider the case fabricated and, of course, we will appeal the ruling, which will not affect activities of the movement's other branches [in Russia]," she said.

It's unclear what sort of legal consequences the Siberian court ruling will have beyond the region.

Since the 2016 passage of a measure known informally as Yarovaya's Law, Russian authorities have stepped up investigation and prosecution of some smaller religious groups.

Among those targeted most aggressively are the Jehovah's Witnesses, a denomination that was labeled an extremist group in 2017. Prosecutors have arrested and tried dozens of members since then."
" ... According to the US Department of Homeland Security, White supremacy is the biggest security threat facing the United States today based on the number of violent crimes committed. It eclipses all other types of extremism.

Hate and bigotry are now bigger than they have ever been. And because of the internet, it has become easier for hate groups to spread propaganda and attract new members."

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