Getting in on — and tossed out of — the Satanist Temple joke
(RNS) — As more and more millennials identify with spiritual or philosophical movements outside the bounds of ‘traditional’ religions, how will these groups police their ideology while remaining inclusive?
The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS
(RNS) — The Satanic Temple says it was recently recognized as a church by the IRS. The group, which is nontheistic and argues religion can be ‘divorced’ from superstition, has said it should have the same rights and protections as other religious groups.
A satanic movement seeks political change
The Satanic Temple and the motion picture studio behind “The Witch” have collaborated on a multicity tour called The Sabbat Cycle, which consists of screenings of the film followed by politically driven satanic rituals.
Satanic group unveils controversial statue in Detroit
DETROIT — The group, which opposes Bible-themed displays on government land, kept the location of its 9-foot-tall monument secret until the last moment,
Jewish Cuisine 101 * Hail Satan * St. Ken, Martyr and Virgin : Thursday’s Roundup
(RNS) For the culinarily Jewish among us, it’s the feast before the fast … Unless you want a “Jew-sized” salad in Mississippi. Barbie and Ken have new jobs, and the pope may be having second thoughts on Communion for divorced Catholics.
Papal anniversary * Holi or sacrilege? * Homeless Jesus: Thursday’s Roundup
Catholics celebrate Pope Francis’ one-year anniversary. A South Carolina pastor warns Christians not to participate in the Hindu holiday, Holi. A North Carolina church stations a “Homeless Jesus” sculpture on its lawn.
Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Peacemaking Tebow * Rockin’ Monks * Hallmark Candor
Discontent threatens Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its leader President Mohamed Morsi. Top Muslim and Christian religious leaders have been called to an emergency meeting. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will delay the health care mandate that larger employers cover their workers, postponing the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections. Meanwhile, a broad coalition of religious leaders called the […]
Muslim superhero comics gain followers—and controversy
(RNS) After a drunk driver killed his parents and left him paralyzed, the fictional character John Weller was a bitter 22-year-old in St. Louis who sat in his wheelchair and watched television. That all changed on a rainy night when he met two other characters from a new animated feature film, “The 99: Unbound.” Dana […]
Mormons lift the veil on official `handbook’ of teachings
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For Mormons — or anyone else — who might be wondering, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes no stand on drinking Coca-Cola. The church opposes gambling, guns in churches, euthanasia, Satan worship and hypnotism for entertainment. It also “strongly discourages” surrogacy, sperm donation and vasectomies. These and other […]