Topic / Cults

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Scientologists charged with kidnapping in Tennessee

Marc Vallieres, inset above, the operator of several Church of Scientology ‘facilities’ in Tennessee, has been charged with multiple felony counts of kidnapping. Vallieres, according to this report, was arrested in Cannon County and faces two felony counts of facilitation of kidnapping. Two others involved with the alleged kidnapping are Dennis Flamond and Hans Snyder […]

Apostates need support. Help rescue them from religion.

HumanistGlobal.org – the new website of the Brighter Brains Institute that launched the world’s first atheist orphanage in Uganda – is setting up an Apostate Support service. Humanist Global promotes humanism globally and performs charitable deeds that indicate “we don’t need gods to be good”. It is part of the Brighter Brains Institute, a California […]

Bus driver told boy that his lesbian moms would go to hell

Natalie Encarnacion, above, is demanding action against a Florida school bus driver who told her son that his same-sex parents were sinful, and handed the boy a Jehovah’s Witness card. According to this report, Encarnacion claims that the driver, identified as Violeta Jacobo, told her seven-year-old son that his two mothers would go to hell […]

From cult member to apatheist

Where do I start narrating my God apathy? My teenage years, or from way back to my childhood? My childhood it is! I was raised in a family of Grail Message adherents. It’s very unlikely you’ve heard of them as the Grail Message is not a popular religious movement. The Grail Message was written by […]

Mad monk who disrupted church services avoids jail

Brother Damon Kelly, above, a member of a bizarre Catholic cult known as the Black Hermits, was warned that he would be jailed if he ever repeated his compulsive threatening and abusive behaviour. The warning, according to this report, came from Sheriff Thomas Ward who heard that Kelly barged his way into an Argyllshire church service […]

Theroux’s Scientology movie won’t be screened in Ireland

Back in October 2015, Louis Theroux’s film, My Scientology Movie, was shown at the London Film Festival back in October 2015, where it received extensive praise from critics and audiences.  The Telegraph critic Tim Robey wrote: It’s no hard-hitting exposé, but Louis Theroux’s attempt to get under Scientology’s skin is a giddy, Pythonesque delight. He […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses vandalise ancient Mexican heritage site

An indigenous archaeological heritage site in central eastern Mexico has reportedly been vandalised by Jehovah’s Witnesses. According to this report, cult members targeted the site in an act of apparent religious intolerance, claiming the traditional rituals practiced at the ancient ceremonial place were “not Christian”. The attack on the more than 7,000 year-old Makonikha sanctuary […]

Homosexuality: Exclusive Brethren exposed as liars

The Exclusive Brethren Church in Australia has denied that it is ‘resolutely anti-gay’, even though it mistreats its gay members, and has launched numerous political campaigns against the rights of LGBT people starting over a decade ago. According to The Canberra Times, reports have surfaced that the cash-rich separatist religious cult, which donates secretly to […]

New website exposes dangers of a ‘faith-based’ education

Launched earlier this month, Faith Schoolers Anonymous sets out to to document the experiences of pupils were exposed to indoctrination and fed hateful propaganda in schools with a religious ethos. According to this British Humanist Society (BHA) report, Faith Schoolers Anonymous was launched as a new service for pupil whistle-blowers, where bloggers from a range […]