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Raelians help fund FGM reconstructive surgery in Africa (UPDATE: Trouble)

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Originally posted Feb 10, 2014 See update. This is something else. But also, a bit dubious. In Burkina Faso, 58 percent of girls have been subjected to the practice of genital mutilation before it was banned in 1996. A new clinic offers reconstructive surgery for free, promising… miracles. UFO cult backs Africa’s first clitoris restoration…

3Cs: Christian, chiropractor, cult

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A charismatic chiropractor is fronting a doomsday cult, say parents of college-aged girls now involved in his massage therapy practice. Christian chiropractor’s ‘commune’ of women part of discount massage ‘cult,’ parents say. Parents and friends of college-age women in Michigan believe that a local chiropractor uses his business as a front for a doomsday cult.…

I get that cows are sacred and all, but drinking pee?

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I have to draw the line. And besides being gross and unsanitary, it’s worthless. Urine-drinking Hindu cult believes a warm cup before sunrise straight from a virgin cow heals cancer – and followers are queuing up to try it – Capitalbay Information Portal. A growing cult of Hindu worshippers in India claim that drinking fresh…

On the other hand… OTO is a thing?

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Aleister Crowley was a key developer of OTO, Ordo Templi Orientis, a fraternal and religious organization. His “worship” involved sadomasochistic sex rituals, spells and hard drugs. One of those celebs intrigued by Crowley’s ideas was Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Now, the subject seems to be attracting other celebrities. Satanic sex cult sucking in celebs?. [...]when…

Teacher associated with cult murder causes concern in KC high school

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“There are official background checks, and then there are teenagers with Google.” Tyler Deaton, whose wife was slain in KC area, suspended from Texas teaching job [S]tudents at Lancaster High School near Dallas Googled the new, young pre-calculus teacher and found news stories from Kansas City with allegations that [Tyler] Deaton’s wife, Bethany, 27, was…

Spiritual abuse: Not your typical cult

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Another case of what we can call religious fraud. Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’. Karen Wanjico had no choice. Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or be exterminated by God at Armageddon — which could come any moment — with no hope of resurrection. Wanjico, of Casa Grande, Ariz.,…

JZ Knight’s lawyers ask for inside info from Facebook

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The court case between JZ Knight, who runs the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, (RSE) and former members of the school continues with issues over privacy, free speech and copyright. The original case left the realm about what went on at the school and turned into a defamation case. The Knight legal side has been successful,…

Self-described Messiah connected to suicide of young follower

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Metro Detroit family blames fringe religion for Redford woman’s suicide | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com. Kelly Pingilley was trying to make sense of the voices in her head when she went looking for answers on the Internet. She stumbled upon a website promoting a religion that believes in UFOs, vampires, conspiracy theories and doomsday…

JZ Knight suit to focus on defamation claims, not alleged practices

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One we missed from the 2nd but is a followup to an incident with channeler JZ Knight. JZ Knight, who runs Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, is suing a former student for releasing videos that make her look bad. Unfortunately, some additional interesting stuff that goes on at the “school” isn’t going to be allowed under…

Scientologists’ PR drive to improve their image

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Call me cynical but I don’t think this is going to work. Church of Scientology plans publicity drive to quash ‘misconceptions’ about being secretive, controlling and believing in alien ancestry. The Church of Scientology is planning a publicity drive in Australia to challenge what it calls “misconceptions” among the public and the media. The controversial…

Children associated with cultish leader Pontbriand taken into custody

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Youth protection takes 10 children among followers of ‘guru’ – Montreal – CBC News. Youth protection officials from Quebec’s Montérégie region have taken custody of 10 children who had allegedly been living with followers of a self-styled prophet of the apocalypse in Arizona. Marcel Pontbriand, a former businessman from Beloeil, Que, who claims he can…

Channeler of Ramtha, J.Z. Knight donates $50,000 to political campaign

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Ramtha channels $50K to WA Dems | kgw.com Portland. Washington State Republicans called Yelm spiritual leader JZ Knight “an intolerant bigot” Tuesday, after video of her surfaced online making a variety of insensitive remarks about Catholics, Jews and homosexuals. Knight, who claimes she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha at her School of Enlightenment, has stepped into…