Topic / Cults

Scientology head threatens lawsuit over his father’s book

Lawyers acting for the Church of Scientology’s  head honcho David Miscavige’s have threatened to file a lawsuit against Miscavige’s father Ron, who has written a ‘tell all’ book about the cult. According to this report, London-based publisher Silvertail Books has received a letter from Johnsons Solicitors, a law firm that specialises in high-profile defamation cases. The threat […]

JW chef tells customer: ‘Thou shalt not have black pudding’

Lunacy reached new heights when a chef working for Sainsbury’s refused to serve a customer with black pudding in the store’s café. According to this report, Alan MacKay has received an apology from the supermarket giant which confirmed that the chef, employed at its Nottingham café, was a Jehovah’s Witness who would not serve black […]

Do Scientology ‘volunteer ministers’ really help millions?

Hop across to this Scientology site, and you’ll see a claim guaranteed to raise eyebows: Over the course of the past twelve months, hundreds of thousands trained in the skills of the Scientology Volunteer Minister reached out and helped others in times of disaster. Their actions embodied the words of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard: […]

Blow to $cientology in the Netherlands

A court in the Hague last week revoked Scientology’s status as a “public welfare institution”  – and the tax exemption that goes with it. According to this report, the court ruled that sales of the cult’s courses and “therapy” sessions are aimed at profit-making, and therefore The Church of Scientology does not merit being on the tax […]

Judge protects child from religious conflict

A pair of devout Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered by a British Columbia judge not to involve their four-year-old granddaughter in the activities of their silly cult. The couple, according to this report, lost their bid for unsupervised access to the girl because they insisted on taking her to worship at a Kingdom Hall despite the repeated […]

Fatal church beating: more facts emerge

Lucas Leonard, 19, the NY man who was beaten to death at the Word of Life Church, was being subjected to a ‘family counseling session’ along with his younger brother, Christopher, 17. Their parents, Bruce Leonard, 65, and Deborah Leonard, 59, above, have been charged with manslaughter. In addition, four of the couple’s fellow parishioners […]

NY man dies after he was beaten in church

Bruce and Deborah Leonard, above, have been charged in New Hartford in connection with an incident inside the Word of Life Christian Church that resulted in their two sons being viciously beaten, one of them fatally. The events that led up to 19-year-old Lucas Leonard’s death and the assault of his younger brother Christopher, 17, on […]

Spanking pastor faces abuse charges

Howard Curtis, 72, above, former senior minister of the Coulsdon Christian Fellowship, south London, allegedly ran a “cult” where grown women were persuaded to strip naked so he could spank them over his knee for his own pleasure. According to this report, Curtis used the Bible to justify the spanking sessions. Croydon Crown Court heard […]

Mormon ‘magic stone’ revealed

Following its bid to demystify its ‘magic underwear’, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this week  revealed for the first time the ‘magic stone’ that allegedly enabled its founder, Joseph Smith, to translate sacred texts that were to become the Book of Mormon. It seems from this report that the Internet has […]

JWs hit by fresh abuse revelations

The billboard above, erected in Belton, Texas, earlier this month to target a great gathering of Jehovah’s Witnesses due to take place there later this week, has became especially relevent in the wake of fresh revelations concerning abuse within the cult. According JW Survey, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has […]