The school board of Orange County, Florida voted on Tuesday to ban the distribution of Bibles and all other religious materials at its public schools in order to prevent The Satanic Temple organization from handing out Satanic coloring books to students.
WFTV reported that board members voted 7-1 to amend school policy and ban all religious materials. The move is in response to The Satanic Temple attempting to offer coloring books and fact sheets to students in the Fall of 2014, after another group, World Changers of Florida, had offered Bibles.
The Liberty Counsel, which is representing the Christian group, argued that the school blocking the distribution of religious material is unconstitutional, and it may decide to sue. more >>
A program aired on the British Broadcasting Corporation recently held a discussion as to whether or not major religious figures like Jesus Christ and the Buddha were from other planets.
In a religion-focused series titled "The Big Questions", host Nicky Campbell oversaw a discussion asking the query, "Have beings from other planets guided our religions?"
A new film that is critical of Scientology premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival and the event required police protection due to hostile members of the religion.
The movie, titled "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief", garnered significant backlash from the Scientologist community as the organization took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming that the documentary contains many falsehoods.
The film is based on author Lawrence Wright's 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief and is directed by Oscar Alex Gibney. The movie, much like the book, claims the organization routinely intimidates, manipulates and even tortures its members, tracing the rise of the religion and its founder, former science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and his successor David Miscavige. more >>
A Houston teen, who claims to have sold his soul to the devil, was found guilty of capital murder by a jury on Thursday afternoon for what has been deemed a satanic killing, rape and mutilation of a 15-year-old girl.
After the jury deliberated for over an hour, 18-year-old Jose Reyes was given a life sentence without the option of parole but was spared from the death penalty because of the fact that he was only 17 when he killed his friend and classmate, Corriann Cervante, this past February.
Reyes proclaimed that the murder occurred as part of a ritual that allowed his friend, Victor Alias, who's also facing murder charges, to sell his soul to the devil. Reyes alleges that he had previously sold his soul to the devil prior to that night. Alias, who is 16 years old, will stand on trial at a later date. more >>
The Satanic Temple group has for the first time won the right to showcase its holiday display, featuring Satan descending into hell, at the Florida Capitol this year.
The Department of Management Services approved this week the applications of five groups looking to set up a display for the holiday season, Tallahassee Democrat reported on Wednesday.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argued that "state officials simply can't get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are 'offensive' and must be banned." more >>
HBO is producing a documentary on Scientology that will also take a closer look at its hold on some of Hollywood's biggest names, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Based on the controversial book, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, production on the documentary started around two years ago, and once complete is set to air on HBO next year.