Actor John Travolta has broken his silence and spoken out about his time with the Church of Scientology but admitted that he refuses to watch the HBO documentary "Going Clear."
"I haven't experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so why would I communicate something that wasn't true for me?" he asked the Tampa Bay Times before speaking on behalf of fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise.
"It wouldn't make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine," Travolta said. "I've been so happy with my experience in the last 40 years … that I really don't have anything to say that would shed light on (a documentary) so decidedly negative. I've been brought through storms that were insurmountable, and Scientology has been so beautiful for me that I can't even imagine attacking it. Why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that." more >>
Seattle's Satanic Temple chapter is campaigning against a "In God We Trust" sign set to be put up at a Clark County public hearing room in Vancouver, Wash. The group said that its goal is to separate church and state, and with Satan as its symbol it wants to "rebel against tyranny."
"We see Satan as our symbol of the rebel against tyranny," said Satanic Temple's Lillith Starr, who founded the Seattle chapter in late 2014, according to KING 5 News.
The county council explained that the sign in question was donated by a non-profit, and so there was no government money spent on it. more >>
Answers in Genesis President and CEO Ken Ham has said the news that Iceland is building its first temple to the Norse gods since the Vikings era is proof that Europe is now in a "post-Christian" state. He added that the United States is following the same path.
"This sad story shows the continuing spiritual decline in Europe. Despite its strong Christian heritage in the past, Europe is now certainly post-Christian and America is quickly going in the same direction," Ham wrote for his AiG blog on Thursday.
"Instead of acknowledging the truth of God's Word and the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ, people are choosing to embrace ancient Norse paganism! How sad!" more >>
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 >>