Browsing: Religous Fraud

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‘Donald Trump’s election didn’t just empower the alt-right troops with their #MAGA hats and Pepe the Frog avatars. The religious right is also more quietly making moves to consolidate power on a state and local level, aided by Trump’s promises to appoint conservative-friendly judges and to strike down legal limits on church-based politicking.

But even in the current environment, it’s startling to learn that the Alabama legislature is considering a bill to give a Birmingham-based church its own police force. The bill, Senate Bill 193, would specifically authorize the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, which has more than 4,000 members, to hire its own police force that would be “invested with all of the powers of law enforcement officers in this state.”

“The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to provide a safe environment for the church, its members, students and guests,” the church said in a memo sent to Salon after requests for comment. The memo also mentioned the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, claiming that the church needs “qualified first responders” in case such a thing would happen there.’

Read more: Alabama Legislature May Give Fundamentalist Church Its Own Police Force: What Could Go Wrong?

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‘The growing number of Satanic Temple followers have been making their presence felt across America and are now campaigning to outlaw corporal punishment in schools.

The organization this week unveiled a huge billboard in Springtown, Texas, as part of their ‘Protect Children Project,’ which read: “Never be hit in school again. Exercise your religious rights.”

Springtown made headlines in 2012, after a male vice principal spanked two female students aged 15 and 16, leaving “welts, blisters and bruises” according to the teens’ parents.

While corporal punishment is still legal in Texas with parental consent, it was, at the time, illegal for a member of the opposite sex to paddle a student. The Springtown ISD Board of Trustees later changed the policy to allow an administrator of the opposite sex to dole out the punishment, on condition that an administrator of the same sex supervises.’

Read more: Satanic Temple launches anti-school spanking campaign in Texas 

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‘Hundreds of extremist Buddhists in Myanmar have staged a protest against a government plan to grant citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.

Rakhine state’s dominant Arakan National Party led the protest in Sittwe on Sunday. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been trapped in the city for nearly five years.

“We are protesting to tell the government to rightfully follow the 1982 citizenship law and we cannot allow the government giving citizenship cards to these illegal migrants,” media outlets quoted Aung Htay, a protest organizer, as saying.

Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels them as “illegal” immigrants.’

Read more: Myanmar extremist Buddhists protest Rohingya citizenship plan

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‘Pope Francis has advised Catholic priests “not to hesitate” in using professional exorcists if they encounter people experiencing “genuine spiritual disturbances.”

Speaking to hundreds of priests at an annual course organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court, which deals with issues concerning the sacrament of confession, the pontiff advised priests to refer people to exorcists if they suspect demonic activity is at work.

However, Francis urged confessors to exercise caution when determining whether a person is suffering from a mental disorder or demonic influences, advising priests to work with psychological professionals when coming to a decision.’

Read more: Pope Francis urges priests to use exorcists if they hear confessions indicating demonic activity

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‘The most outstanding feature of Islam is its history; if you study Islamic history, you would come to realize that Islam did not spread by force alone, it was the superior moral appeal of its peerless ethics that won the hearts and minds of medieval masses. For instance: Mongols conquered most of the eastern lands of the Islamic Empire during the thirteenth century, however, the Muslims of those lands did not convert to the religion of the conquerors: that is, the Mongolian Shamanism. Instead, the conquerors adopted the religion of the vanquished, i.e. Islam.

Not only the Mongols, but several Turkish tribes also voluntarily converted to Islam. Such was the beauty of Islamic teachings and its sublime moral appeal in ancient times.’

Read more: How Orientalism Pitted Hindus against Muslims in India?

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‘The Jewish Agency for Israel has expressed “deep concern” over a recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish communities in the US.

“I am deeply concerned by the wave of anti-Semitic attacks and threats that has been sweeping across the United States in recent days and weeks,” the agency’s chairman, Natan Sharansky, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I trust that US authorities will act resolutely to find those responsible, bring them to justice, and prevent such incidents from recurring,” Sharansky wrote.’

Read more: Jewish Agency for Israel condemns anti-Semitic attacks in US

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‘Pope Francis has been slammed by church officials and sex abuse survivors for cutting penalties for paedophile priests.

The Pope is said to be applying his vision of a ‘merciful church’ to sex offenders by reducing punishments to weaker sentences, such as a lifetime of prayer and penance.

It has been revealed by church officials that Pope Francis overruled advice given to him by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about two priests – allowing them to be punished by a lifetime of prayer.’

Read more: Pope cuts penalties for paedophile priests – including one let off with just a lifetime of prayer for abusing five young boys

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