They came from the heavens

FringeAldis Brennan December 7, 2012 As a child Diane Brisebois was brought up Catholic. But, like any teenager, she rebelled when she hit adolescence. She began to question the validity of Christianity. Unable to find a satisfactory explanation for the existence of God, she searched for something that did make sense to her. This led ...

Sex Abuse Scandals and Ultra-Orthodox Jews: Is the Internet the Problem?

RevealerAyala Fader November 13, 2012 On May 22, 2012, forty thousand ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and boys gathered at Citi Fields Stadium in Queens to listen to important rabbis rail against the dangers of the Internet.  (There were separate places where the event was video-streamed for women, prohibited from mingling, at other sites in Brooklyn). The ...

Murder of ex-MOVE member remains a mystery

Philadelphia InquirerMonica Yant Kinney September 20, 2012 Last of two parts. All unsolved murders are inherently mysterious, but that of John Gilbride remains extra-curious, since he was shot dead hours before a court-ordered visit with the son his ex-wife, MOVE matriarch Alberta Africa, vowed not to let him see. Most custody battles never make headlines. ...

Studying how brain responds to hypnosis

San Francisco ChronicleStephanie M. Lee October 23, 2012 Despite what Halloween lore might have you believe, hypnosis isn’t all about swinging watches, magic spells and mind control. It is the oldest Western conception of psychotherapy and, in mainstream medicine, it has been shown to help patients manage pain, stress and anxiety, and combat traumas and phobia. ...

Reverend Moon: Cult leader, CIA asset and Bush family friend

ScoopBob Fitrakis Reverend Moon: Cult leader, CIA asset, and Bush family friend is dead September 5, 2012 The death of Reverend Sun Myung Moon hopefully ends one of the strangest chapters in U.S. security industrial complex history. The self-proclaimed “Messiah” who owned dozens of businesses including Kahr Arms, and who once claimed to have presided ...

Heavenly Mountain Tract To Be Sold

The Watauga Democrat by Kellen Moore A 225-acre tract and three large buildings that were once part of the Transcendental Meditation center at Heavenly Mountain are now up for auction. The property, owned by the Maharishi University of Enlightenment, will be sold online Oct. 25. Once used for women’s educational programs in Transcendental Meditation and ...

France steps up struggle against religious radicals

Reuters Tom Heneghan December 12, 2012 France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a “religious pathology” and could become violent. A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could ...