Jan 20, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/23/2018

Knights of the Crystal Blade, FaithLeaks, LDS, Child Abuse, FLDS, Short Creek, Falun Gong, Vietnam, Russia, Jehovah Witnesses

"The leaders of a fundamentalist Mormon offshoot called Knights of the Crystal Bladetook each other’s daughters as child brides, according to a search warrant that was recently unsealed."

"The men, Samuel Shaffer and John Coltharp, were arrested in December and charged with kidnapping after an Amber Alert was issued for Coltharp’s daughters."

"FaithLeaks, a young transparency organization focused on religious communities, published its first big trophy this week: a collection of 33 letters and documents from an internal investigation into alleged sexual abuse within a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses."

Sam Young, a former bishop in the Mormon church launched his [a] petition on Oct. 31 asking the Mormon Church to “cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature” which, when asked, are typically in a private office with the child and the bishop alone."

"The petition is currently struggling to find 11,000 supporters. "

"The FLDS church has dominated the politics of Short Creek since its inception, until now. In Hildale's first municipal election since the twin cities of Hildale and Colorado City were found guilty of religious discrimination in a lawsuit by the Justice Department last year, three city council seats and the mayoral seat were up for election."

"Despite Hanoi banning the Chinese spiritual practice of Falun Gong and labelling it a “counter-revolutionary” cult, hundreds of members still meet in Vietnam’s capital."

“For the Chinese government, Falun Gong is a cult; many people who practise say it is a spiritual practice; scholars would say it is a religion,” he said, adding that the key components typically associated with cults have not been observed within Falun Gong.

“I don’t believe in the therapeutic virtue of Falun Gong exercise, but I think the [Chinese] government overreacted against those people, often retiree women, who found that meeting to practise these exercises was a nice way to socialise and stay fit,” said Laliberté.

"Although the practice is officially banned in Vietnam, members say they get little trouble from authorities."

RAPSI: Seizure of Jehovah's Witnesses $15.5 million property appealed

A ruling to confiscate property worth 881.5 million rubles ($15.5 million) belonging to Jehovah's Witnesses organization banned in Russia has been appealed, the St. Petersburg courts’ press office has told RAPSI.

The appeal was filed by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania registered in the U.S.

The Jehovah's Witnesses assets included 16 property items in St. Petersburg, according to prosecutors.

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