Jul 20, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 7/20/2021 (Macumba, Candomblé, Brazil, ultra-Orthodox, Rise of the Moors)

Macumba, Candomblé, Brazil, ultra-Orthodox, Rise of the Moors

"At an extraordinary service in St Thomas's Church in 1989, the Right Rev David Lunn, then the Bishop of Sheffield, confirmed 100 people in the Anglican faith.

It was a moment of great excitement for the church hierarchy because they were almost all young people, usually thought of as being out of reach.

They had been brought to Anglicanism through the Nine O'Clock Service, or NOS, a radical mix of rave culture, social and environmental campaigning and religion that drew queues of black-clad young followers for its weekly gatherings.

The hierarchy was buzzing at the prospect of a vibrant model of service that might be copied around the country to attract new congregations.

Chris Brain, the charismatic young Christian rock musician who had emerged as leader of the NOS, met Dr George Carey, who was soon to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, and later recalled: "He said to me, 'I'd be very happy to see an NOS in every town and city in the UK'."

Brain was fast-tracked for ordination and invited to contribute to the archbishop's collection of essays on evangelism. Lunn told the BBC that the NOS had a "permanent significance" and was a "new development in the way we understand the Christian religion".

The church authorities were either unaware of, or happy to turn a blind eye to some more disturbing aspects of the movement.

When Brain was ordained in 1992, the NOS borrowed at considerable expense the robes worn by Robert de Niro in the film The Mission for the service.

There were allegations of controlling behaviour and followers handing over thousands of pounds while cutting themselves off from their friends and families. Young women were enlisted as "postmodern nuns" in Brain's Homebase Team. Some allegedly gave massages and engaged in sexual activity when putting him to bed."
"Attacks against Afro-Brazilian religious groups led by evangelical Christians in Brazil have increased in recent years, causing human rights watchdog groups and activists to press for a "terrorist" designation for such perpetrators, writes Danielle Boaz of the University of North Carolina in the online Journal of Religion & Society (Vol. 23). Boaz writes that these patterns of attacks are largely carried out by evangelicals targeting the rituals and places of worship of such Afro-Brazilian religions as macumba and Candomblé, viewing themselves as engaged in "spiritual warfare" against sorcery and Satanism. Most recently, such assaults have been carried out by gangs of drug traffickers who have converted to evangelical churches, with a series of attacks in the Rio de Janeiro area where the gang members threatened and/or ordered the closure of 100 Afro-Brazilian temples, destroyed religious artifacts, and threatened priests with death while beating and holding devotees at gunpoint, often videotaping the incidents. Boaz adds that evangelical drug traffickers are only one segment of these "evangelical extremists," and that these incidents are taking place in different regions of Brazil. There is now government documentation that these attacks are coming from those with evangelical backgrounds."

"Julia Haart divides her life into two parts.

There are the 42 or so years she spent in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, playing the role of devout wife and mother — a chapter that was "all about what was done to me," she says. Then there is the eight-year period "about what I've done," including leaving behind her insular way of life, changing her name, launching a line of wearable high-heeled shoes, and rising to become chief executive of Elite World Group, a leading fashion talent agency.

"I'm like 50 and 8 at the same time," says Haart, clutching a piping hot cup of Starbucks on a muggy morning in July. While most of us are reluctantly making the shift back into real clothes after 18 months in soft pants, Haart looks ready for the front row in a tweed Valentino skirt suit and towering black platform heels. All 5 feet ¼ inch of her are tucked into a plush chair in the lobby of the luxury Tribeca high-rise where she lives with her second husband, entrepreneur Silvio Scaglia Haart.

About an hour away is Monsey, N.Y., the suburban town where Haart once lived as a member of a Yeshivish Jewish group in which gender roles were rigidly circumscribed: Men were expected to study the Torah, and women were to raise large families and dress with extreme modesty. Access to the outside world, via television, the internet, radio and newspapers, was virtually prohibited.

"We lived in the 1800s," says Haart, who jokingly calls herself a time traveler.

Haart's unlikely transformation from sheitel-wearing housewife to fashion bigwig is the subject of "My Unorthodox Life." The Netflix reality series, which debuted Wednesday, follows Haart and her four children — including a bisexual app developer and a Shabbat-keeping TikToker — as they attempt to forge their own personal, professional and spiritual paths."

"Who are Rise of the Moors?

What we know about the group associated with 11 men arrested after an armed standoff in Massachusetts.

Eleven people armed with long guns and dressed in tactical gear who claimed to be a part of a group called "Rise of the Moors" were arrested following an hours-long standoff with Massachusetts police over the weekend.

Police said they found heavily armed men in two vehicles near Interstate 95 around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. A nine-hour standoff ensued before all 11 were arrested. No one was harmed in the incident.

The men arrested range in age from 17 to 40 and hailed from Rhode Island, New York and Michigan. Two of the men refused to identify themselves and a third is a 17-year-old whose name will not be released because he's a minor, police said."

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