Amy Levin: A controversial religious tradition in Iran you wouldn’t expect to hear about is brewing in the news: occultism–or at least some relative version of it. The narrative arguably begins in medias res, when one of Ayatollah Ali Khameni’s aides accused allies of president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of engaging in “occult practices.” The aide specifically targeted Ahmedinajad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, who was blamed for “‘bewitching’ the president with magic spells, of having too much influence over him and of leading a “current of deviation” aimed at destroying the Islamic regime.”
Ann Neumann: What do you get when you mix Buddhism and Punk Rock? Meditate and Destroy.
A parlimentarian in Kuala Lampur today asked the government to investigate “Black Metal,” a so-called “anti-religion cult” practiced by some Malay Muslim teenagers — “confessed ‘satan’s children,’” in the words Continue Reading →
There’s an echo of faith — violent, scary faith — in this AP report on a scalping in Idaho. A 26-year-old woman scalped a 16-year-old girl because the girl had allegedly been Continue Reading →