For a site managed by a non-journalist, Religion News Blog is really pretty good. As a monitor of "cultic" or extreme religious activities, it watches a wide variety of groups.
Some of the targets won't surprise anyone who knows the evangelical mindset: Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, fundamentalist Mormons, radical Muslims. But Religion News Blog also reports misdeeds among evangelicals -- for instance, the resignation of a minister from the pioneer megachurch, Willow Creek.
Some of the homepage shows a welcome sense of wit. A top story tells of an attack on the brutally sexist Hindu group Sri Ram Sena -- an attack using 40,000 pairs of pink panties, sent to the group on Valentine's Day. Another article, on anti-gay minister Fred Phelps, is illustrated with a snarling dog's face.
The blog's style is to summarize the story, then link to the original. European media get a lot of attention, like The Guardian and The Times of London. But other media are represented here, too, like the Los Angeles Times and The Straits Times of Singapore.
All this is even more surprising, since the Web site creator, Anton Hein of Amsterdam, founded an anti-cult site called Apologetics Index. You'll see that taste in his coverage patterns. But his approach lacks the hysteria that marks much of the anti-cult movement.
Hein does defend use of the word "cult," a term that some consider pejorative. But if you stick to the news blog itself, you should pretty much escape any propaganda. Of course, if you want some, you can click the parent site.