Noah Levine Blames the #MeToo Movement for the Demise of His Punk Rock Buddhism EmpireOn a Monday night in March, Noah Levine was sitting in an easy chair, one wounded leg propped up before him as he addressed dozens of followers in a meeting room in Venice Beach and hundreds more who tuned in to…
Scientology Is Looking Abroad for New Stars and Vulnerable RecruitsLast March Isabella Cruise made a rather controversial debut. The formerly press-shy daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman appeared in a much-talked-about recruitment email for Scientology London. The message included her smiling face in a photo and her gushing about her auditor training. “It was…
A Boat Full of Scientologists Is Under Measles Quarantine in the CaribbeanA Caribbean cruise for high-level Scientologists is sounding more like hell on the high seas. According to authorities on the island of St. Lucia, a vessel has been quarantined after a female crew member was found to have the measles. Health officials declined to…
L.A. Muslims Welcome Mourners of All Faiths in the Wake of the New Zealand Mosque MassacreA shudder of grief ripples through the Muslim community and beyond after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 49 people dead and 48 wounded, including children. But with the promise of additional vigilance from local law…
A Christian Film Fest in Bakersfield Is Churning Out the Next Gen of Faithful FilmmakersOn a folding table in the wings of a darkened theater, a dozenish Oscar-like statuettes—their nameplates as of yet unengraved—glimmer in the faint green lights of a mixing console. Best Picture. Best Actress. Best Screenplay. Best Application of Scripture.Music swells. Applause…
A Catholic University Is Hosting an Art Show That Confronts the Church's Sex Abuse ScandalChurch was a refuge for Trina McKillen when she was young. Growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during “the Troubles” of the 1960s and ’70s, her neighborhood was a hotspot for political violence. When bomb scares threatened her elementary school, McKillen…
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