Archive for May, 2012

Warren Jeffs’ appeal is rejected by Texas state court

In August, 2011, a Texas jury convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault in a case stemming …Read the Rest

Police: Boy, 13, Tortured And Abused In Front Of Bible Study Group

A California pastor’s assault on a 13-year-old boy took place during a Bible study session as a circle of men …Read the Rest

Religion News Briefing: Widow of first televangelist dies

In today’s issue: The widow of Rex Humbard, the world’s first televangelist, dies. An Agape Ministries cult member gets his …Read the Rest

Faith-healing parents acquitted of murder charge

Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey have been found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son. …Read the Rest

Court affirms rejection of insanity defense in “exorcism” murder

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a jury’s rejection of an insanity defense in the case of a woman …Read the Rest

Church sues ex-members for defamation over blog criticizing church’s practices

Pastor Charles O’Neal of Beaverton Grace Bible Church in Oregon is trying to silence critics by filing lawsuits against them …Read the Rest

‘Holy Ghost’ cult leader sentenced to six years to life in rape of daughter

A religious cult leader has been sentenced to six years to life for raping his daughter and allowing his friend …Read the Rest

‘This was not a faith healing death,’ lawyer tells jury

Gregory and Garnet Swezey of Carlton, Washington are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their …Read the Rest

Conviction upheld in FLDS sexual assault case

In his appeal, Abram Harker Jeffs claimed that the state had insufficient evidence to prove that a sexual relationship had …Read the Rest

Faith Healing trial begins for Church of the First Born members

The second-degree murder trial of a faith healing couple whose teenage son died of a burst appendix is underway. 17-year-old …Read the Rest

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