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Encyclopedia > List of convicted or indicted religious leaders

This is a list of religious leaders or founders who have been convicted or indicted of serious crimes. This list is not limited to living leaders of movements. It is not limited to religions purported to be "cults." Indeed the real or alleged criminality of a religious leader does not necessarily say anything about the nature of the religion.


For a variety of reasons certain restrictions might prove useful. The most obvious being restricting it to crimes committed during or after their period as religious leader. There are cases of ex-convicts founding religions, but if they did not commit their crimes in the period as religious figures it is inaccurate to say they were "convicted or indicted religious leaders." In the cases of early religious leaders there are also issues of documentation, the lack of religious freedom, and the definition of crime that would make their inclusion problematic. Hence it seems wise to limit it to founders or leaders convicted or indicted after 1880. Another limitation is to generally limit it to actual leaders or founders of a religion or religious organization rather than including any well-known criminals in varied clergies. Freedom of religion is the individuals right or freedom to hold whatever religious beliefs he or she wishes, or none at all. ... 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

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Kenja Communication was started by Scientologist Kenneth Dyers, and Actress Jan Hamilton. ... Tony Alamo (born 1934) is the alias of Bernie Lazar Hoffman, a controversial American preacher, singer, entrepreneur and evangelist. ... Texarkana is the name of two U.S. cities which are twin cities: Texarkana, Texas Texarkana, Arkansas The name is a portmanteau of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. ... Shoko Asahara (麻原 彰晃 Asahara Shōkō) (born Chizuo Matsumoto (松本智津夫 Matsumoto Chizuo) on March 2, 1955) is the founder of Japans controversial Buddhist religious group Aum Shinrikyo (now known as Aleph). ... Aum Shinrikyo (also spelled Om Shinri Kyo) was a religious group which mixed Buddhist and Hindu beliefs and was based in Japan. ... Suicide by hanging. ... Japanese law was historically heavily influenced by Chinese law and developed independently during the Edo period through texts such as Kujikata Osadamegaki, but has been largely based on the civil law of Germany since the late 19th century. ... The Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, usually referred to in the Japanese media as the 地下鉄サリン事件 (chikatetsu sarin jiken subway sarin incident) was an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by members of the religious group Aum Shinrikyo on March 20, 1995. ... Book cover with photo Alice Auma (b. ... The Holy Spirit Movement (HSM) was the Ugandan rebel group led by Alice Auma, a spirit-medium under the direction of the spirit Lakwena. ... A paramilitary is a group of civilians trained and organized in a military fashion. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ervil Morrell LeBaron (1925 to August 16, 1981) was the leader of a polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group who ordered the killings of many of his opponents. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Mormon fundamentalism. ... Maria Devi Christos (born Maria Tsvigun (Мария Цвигун) in 1960 in Donetsk) was a leader of an apocalyptic sect in the Former Soviet Union. ... // Esoteric Christianity In the teaching of the Master Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov), the Universal White Brotherhood is the equivalent of the Angelic hierarchy in traditional Christianity: Seraphims - Brothers of Love; Cherubims - Brothers of Harmony; Thrones - Brothers of Will; Dominions - Brothers of intelligence and joy; Virtues - Brothers of movement and growth... Matthew F. Hale (center) at the Peoria Public Library. ... The Creativity Movement is a racist, anti-semitic, anti-Christian and white-supremacist organization which advocates a White Religion called Creativity. ... Joan Humphrey Lefkow (born 1944) is a United States district court judge. ... Warren Steed Jeffs (b. ... The FLDS Temple in Eldorado, Texas The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) is a denomination of Mormon fundamentalists outside the Latter Day Saint movement, and may be Americas largest polygynous group. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Brochure of the Peoples Temple, portraying cult leader Jim Jones as the loving father of the Rainbow Family. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... This article contrasts tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax resistance and tax mitigation. ... Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as cults, have led to their membership committing suicide. ... Luc Jouret (1947 - 1994) was a Belgian (Belgian Congolese-born) cult leader in Switzerland. ... The Order of the Solar Temple also known as Ordre du Temple Solaire (OTS) in French, and the International Chivalric Organization of the Solar Tradition or simply as The Solar Temple was a secret society based upon the new age myth of the continuing existence of the Knights Templar (see... Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as cults, have led to their membership committing suicide. ... Rabbi Meir Kahane. ... Orthodox Judaism is one of the three major branches of Judaism. ... Rabbi (Classical Hebrew רִבִּי ribbÄ«;; modern Ashkenazi and Israeli רַבִּי rabbÄ«) in Judaism, means teacher, or more literally great one. The word Rabbi is derived from the Hebrew root-word RaV, which in biblical Hebrew means great or distinguished, (in knowledge). In the ancient Judean schools (and among Sefaradim today) the sages... The logo of the Kach party. ... William Kamm aka The Little Pebble or the Australian Antipope Peter II the Roman. ... By tradition, Saint Peter was the first Roman Catholic Pope, and no other widely-recognized pope since has used that name. ... Joseph Kibweteere was the leader of a suicidal cult that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda. ... The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was a breakaway group from the Roman Catholic Church that formed in Uganda in the late 1980s. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as cults, have led to their membership committing suicide. ... Associated Press logo The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Joseph Kony Joseph Kony (born 1961 in Odek, northern Uganda) is the primary leader of a guerrilla paramilitary group,(and possibly new religious movement),called the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), engaged in a violent campaign to establish a theocratic government in Uganda purportedly based on the Bible and the... The conflict forces many civilians to live in internally displaced person (IDP) camps. ... Official logo of the ICC. The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, as defined by several international agreements, most prominently the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. ... David Koresh David Koresh was born Vernon Wayne Howell (August 17, 1959 – April 19, 1993). ... The Branch Davidians are a religious group originating from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. ... Cult suicide is that phenomenon by which some religious groups, in this context often referred to as cults, have led to their membership committing suicide. ... Lumpa Church This is the name given to a religious movement that arose in Zambia in the 1950s. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA. Dedicated 1994 The Community of Christ, previously known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or RLDS church is a branch of Christian Restorationism, and is the second largest denomination of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... Death Row is a term used in some countries including the United States which refers to the section of a prison which houses people awaiting execution. ... Charles Manson Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) is an American career criminal and was the leader of a group known as The Family, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Charles Milles Manson (born November 12th, 1934) was convicted of murder in what became known as the Tate/La Bianca case. ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ... Concerned Christians is an apocalyptic Christian group widely deemed to be a cult. ... The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy whose political system and main principles are set out in 11 Basic Laws. ... The Temple Mount (Hebrew: (without niqqud: הר הבית), Har haBáyit) or Noble Sanctuary (Arabic: الحرم الشريف, â–¶ (help· info)) is a hotly contested religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem. ... Shukri Mustafa was an agricultural engineer who would rise to lead Takfir wal-Hijra. ... Takfir wal-Hijra (Arabic - Apostasy and Exile) was founded as an Egyptian terrorist group in the 1960s. ... A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم) is an adherent of Islam. ... Fred Phelps, c. ... WBC member Jael Phelps (right) and an unidentified WBC child protesting in Tulsa, Oklahoma Westboro Baptist Church is an organization based in Topeka, Kansas, headed by minister Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. ... Extortion is a criminal offense, which occurs when a person obtains money, behaviour, or other goods and/or services from another by wrongfully threatening or inflicting harm to this person, reputation, or property. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... OSHO, who used to be referred to as Rajneesh. ... We dont have an article called Swami Premananda of Tiruvannamalai Start this article Search for Swami Premananda of Tiruvannamalai in. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Matale is a town in the hill country of Sri Lanka, 96 miles from Colombo. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid —usually in the form of a double helix— that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life, and most viruses. ... References ^ Tirha, B. B. A Taste of Trascendence, (2002) p. ... The Body of Christ, also known as the Attleboro cult, was a small religious group founded in Attleboro, Massachusetts, which began as a Bible study group in the late 70s but became a cult. ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ... Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar (1921-1990) was an Indian philosopher, social revolutionary, poet and linguist. ... Paul Schäfer Paul Schäfer Schneider (born December 4, 1921) is the founder and former leader of a sect and agricultural commune of German immigrants called Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony)—later renamed Villa Baviera—located in central Chile, about 340 km south of Santiago. ... Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony, now known as Villa Baviera, Bavaria Village), is a settlement located in an isolated area in the Maule Region of southern Chile, near the village of Parral. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Juan Bosco Maino Canales (died 1976?) was a photographer, political activist, and opponent of Augusto Pinochets regime in Chile. ... Roch Moses Theriault was the charismatic leader of a tiny sect based near Burnt River, Ontario. ... Life imprisonment is a term used for a particular kind of sentence of imprisonment. ... Yahweh ben Yahweh is the name of the leader of the Nation of Yahweh, a black supremacist group widely deemed a cult. ... Nation of Yahweh is a radical offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites line of thought created by Yahweh ben Yahweh. ... For The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a United States law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization, see: RICO (law) For Rico the Border Collie, see: Rico (Border Collie). ... Malachi Z. York Dwight D. York (Malachi Z.York) (born June 26, 1945 or 1935[1]) is an author and musician and the founder of various fraternal orders, religious, and black nationalist groups collectively referred to here as Nuwaubianism. ... Nuwaubian flag as designed by Malachi Z. York Nuwaubian doctrine is given in hundreds of books, or “scrolls,” written by Malachi Z. York Nuwaubianism is a term being used here to describe the various doctrines and practices of Malachi Z. York and his students, though it is not a term... 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Non-violent crimes

I was wrong written by Jim Bakker James Orson Bakker (born January 2, 1939 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American televangelist, former Assemblies of God preacher, and evangelist beset by scandal, and the former host of The PTL Club (PTL being an acronym for Praise the Lord and People That... Jim Bakker (born January 2, 1939 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American televangelist, Assemblies of God preacher, and evangelist beset by scandal, and the former host of The PTL Club (PTL being an acronym for Praise the Lord and People That Love) with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker. ... This article contrasts tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax resistance and tax mitigation. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... Ho No Hana is often called the foot reading cult. ... Suck my nipple, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain, although it has a more specific legal meaning, the exact details varying between jurisdictions. ... Japanese 10 yen coin (obverse) showing Phoenix Hall of Byodoin Yen is the currency used in Japan. ... Mary Sue Hubbard (born Mary Sue Whipp) (17 June 1931–25 November 2002 [1]) was the third wife of science fiction writer and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and often regarded as the first lady of Scientology. ... Scientology is an organization based on a system of beliefs and practices that originated as philosophy in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, an American pulp fiction writer. ... Official Scientology Cross Symbol The Church of Scientology was founded by author L. Ron Hubbard as an organization dedicated to the practice of Scientology, an applied religious philosophy formulated by Hubbard. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... In a political sense, conspiracy refers to a group of persons united in the goal of usurping or overthrowing an established political power. ... The government of the United States, established by the United States Constitution, is a federal republic of 50 states, a few territories and some protectorates. ... Operation Snow White was the name given internally by the Church of Scientology to a program which included the largest incident of domestic espionage in the history of the United States. ... Henry Lyons, Former President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ... The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... Grand theft is a felony crime in the United States defined as the theft of objects exceeding a certain monetary value, as set by statute or court ruling. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Mary Morrissey speaking before the Living Enrichment Center congregation, Wilsonville, Oregon, circa 2004. ... The entrance to Living Enrichment Center. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... House of David The name for a religious commune founded in 1902. ... The 1920s were a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ...

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