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The myth of Satanic cults still affects the US

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Worth a (long) read: America’s dark days in fear of secret Satanism, cults, horrific animal and child abuse. It never happened. Psychotherapists continue the same flawed methods that resulted in innocent people jailed for decades. What does the Church of Satan have to do with this? How quack psychology helped pundits invent the Satanic Panic of…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Congregation appears to drink gasoline, pastor says he’s made it harmless

Pastor Lesego Daniel walking all over his people.

Megalomaniacal preacher encourages his followers to drink petrol under the guise of a miracle. If it burns, it AIN’T pineapple juice. This guy can’t even do a conjuring trick and may be willingly poisoning people. Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation | The Citizen. During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria,…

Universal Medicine group gets more bad press and parliamentary hearing

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Woman files a complaint after overspending for questionable treatments in Australia. Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough — costing her $35,000 | dailytelegraph.com.au. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of…

Mother jailed for nearly starving her son on advice from guru

Guru dude seems all too happy to be sentenced to jail time for nearly starving a child to death.

In Germany, a mother and her partner, a so-called ‘guru’, were found guilty and jailed for failing to obtain proper health care for a child, using meditation and healing foods instead. The lawsuit was brought by the victim years later. Guru and mum refused sick son medicine – The Local. The regional court of Nuremberg-Fürth jailed…

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…

Ramtha school hosted Romanian tax dodgers

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Wanted tax dodgers joined up with J.Z. Knight’s Ramtha school. Feds: Pair hiding with Yelm cult suspected in $73M tax cheat – seattlepi.com. A Romanian couple accused in a plot to dodge $73 million in taxes have been arrested after joining followers of a fringe religious movement in Yelm. Radu Nemes and his wife Diana…

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.…

Satanists deny any connection to Barbour

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I read the interview with 19-year-old Miranda Barbour in the original newspaper story and thought, oh my gosh, this kid is delusional. While she may very well be guilty of the “Craigslist” murder, she claims she was a member of a Satanic cult and killed so many people that she stopped counting at 22. I…

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…

South African pastor walks all over his congregation

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A South Africa pastor has a bit TOO much power over a willing congregation. This is a recipe for disaster. South African Pastor Makes Members Eat Grass; Watch Him Command Demon Out of Woman's Stomach. In a wildly unorthodox demonstration of how humans can be controlled by the Holy Spirit and eat just about anything…

Mysterious black-robed figures at game stir up controversy

Mysterious cult like figures in the stands at a soccer game in Bayern.

Black is flattering, usually, but these dudes kind of stand out. Not in a good way. Mysterious figures at Bayern Munich – Goal.com. A group of mysterious figures caused a stir in the crowd at Bayern Munich’s clash with Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. The 11 unknown men, each dressed in black…

Is Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda dead or not? (UPDATE: Not?)

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Originally published on 17-Aug-2013 See update below. The church leader who claimed to be both Jesus AND the Antichrist (huh?) and who advocated the use of 666  is dead. Or not? Can’t tell at this point. Growing in Grace denies death of Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda. [Translated] The rumor that José Luis de Jesús…

Cannibal cult leader killed by vigilante villagers

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A pastor gone really wrong, his sect turned into a cult. When he escaped prison, the villagers took matters and machetes into their own hands. Papua New Guinea: ‘Cannibal Cult Leader Black Jesus’ Hacked to Death by Villagers – IBTimes UK. A Papua New Guinea cult leader known as ‘Black Jesus’ has been hacked to…

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…

The latest in a long line of Messiahs

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Talk about a Doubtful claim. Former IT Specialist Claims To Be Jesus Reborn. A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia. Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his…

Suspicious about calls to banish superstition in China

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Hmm. What will this mean? China says aims to banish superstition, promote knowledge – Yahoo! News. Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation’s economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex…

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…