From Deprogramming to Thought Reform Consultation

Presentation by Carol Giambalvo; Discussants: Joseph Kelly, Patrick Ryan, Hana Whitfield AFF Conference, Chicago, IL  November 1998 Deprogramming Early on, according to what some “old-timers” have told us, groups such as the Children of God allowed parental access — even visits to the group — until a number of parents were successful at convincing their adult children to leave the group. ...

Ayn Rand on Human Nature

Scientific American Eric Michael Johnson October 5, 2012 “Every political philosophy has to begin with a theory of human nature,” wrote Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin in his book Biology as Ideology. Thomas Hobbes, for example, believed that humans in a “state of nature,” or what today we would call hunter-gatherer societies, lived a life that ...

Mexican authorities detain leader of religious sect that opposes secular education

Associated Press October 18, 2012 MORELIA, Mexico – Authorities in western Mexico have detained a leader of a religious sect that opposes secular education on charges related to the destruction of public schools in July in the community of Nueva Jerusalen, or “New Jerusalem.” Michoacan state prosecutors say in a statement Thursday that Cardenas Cruz ...

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati flees US to escape molestation charge – Indian Express

AgenciesPosted online: Wed Sep 26 2012 Houston : An 83-year-old wheel-chair bound Indian spiritual guru, a fugitive after being convicted of groping two young girls, may have sneaked clandestinely into India, a US court has been told.US Marshals, still looking for him, suspect that Prakashanand Saraswati, known to his devotees as Swamiji, may have fled America ...

Deepak’s Dangerous Dogmas

Deepak’s Dangerous DogmaseSkepticPhil MoleJune 6, 2012 Through much of history, religious faith was a strong component of medical practice. Diseases were often thought to result from blockages in the body’s ?ow of vital forces, or from possession by malevolent spirits. Eventually, scienti?c medicine far surpassed efforts of faith healers, so the latter was made to ...

Reverend Sun Myung Moon dead at 92

He was a self-proclaimed messiah and friend of the powerful September 2, 2012 GAPYEONG, South Korea (AP) – The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, has died, church officials said Monday. He was 92. ...

Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio hair attacks

San Francisco ChronicleThomas J. Sheeran September 20, 2012 CLEVELAND (AP) — The leader of an Amish breakaway group and his followers were convicted Thursday of hate crimes in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against members of their own faith following a dispute over religious differences.A federal jury found Samuel Mullet Sr. guilty of orchestrating the cuttings ...