(RNS) Even as the Peoples Temple massacre 35 years ago fades into history, Jonestown is a bitter reminder of what happens when people surrender their emotional and moral independence and become spiritual slaves to evil leaders who guarantee salvation, eternal life and utopia either here on earth or in the great beyond.
(RNS) The murder of a Candomble practitioner and other incidents of religious intolerance have prompted the Brazilian government to launch a new diversity campaign with the goal of combating religious discrimination.
(RNS) Actress Leah Remini, who recently left the Church of Scientology, filed a missing person’s report with the Los Angeles Police Department for Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly Miscavige.
(RNS) European settlers once promised N.Y.’s Iroquois people they would respect the the laws of nature and the state’s waterways. On the 400th anniversary of that agreement, known as the Two Row Wampum, New Yorkers are recommitting themselves to better stewardship of a sacred treasure — water.
It began as a way to allow Jehovah’s Witnesses and others with religious prohibitions on blood transfusions to undergo surgeries.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of countries in the region with sectarian or communal violence between religious groups doubled from five to 10 during 2011, a year that coincided with most of the political uprisings of Arab Spring.
(RNS) In the South African culture, grave illness is believed to be a private matter between the dying and their families.
(WASHINGTON) The Obama administration came out forcefully Thursday against California’s ban on same-sex marriage and, by extension, implicated similar bans in 37 other states.
Video courtesy Al Jazeera After decades of suppression, the Russian Orthodox Church appears to be back in favour with the country’s leadership.