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[Jehovah's Witnesses] Trial begins in stabbing death of Glenville woman
The case posed an unusual judicial and religious issue because Carol
Ferenz, a devout Jehovah's Witness, declined a potentially life-saving
blood transfusion in keeping with her faith.
Prosecutors weighed manslaughter charges before charging Ferenz with
murder, ultimately deciding that state law warranted the heavier charge
though Carol Ferenz had declined medical treatment, Bernardi said.
[Opus Dei] Kelly denies her religious belief will influence job http://religionnewsblog.com/9970/Ruth-Kelly
Ruth Kelly, the Education Secretary, has insisted her faith is a
private matter that has nothing to do with her new job.
In a newspaper interview, Ms Kelly rejects suggestions she should break
off links with such controversial groups as the hard-line Catholic
organisation Opus Dei, with which she has been linked since being
promoted to the Cabinet. The sect is portrayed as a sinister cult in
the best-selling book The Da Vinci Code.
[Netherlands] Dutch Muslim MP out of hiding after death threats http://religionnewsblog.com/9966/Ayaan-Hirsi-Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of parliament for the centre-Right VVD, or
Liberal party, was working with the film-maker Theo van Gogh when he
was shot dead by a Muslim fanatic on Nov 2.
She said yesterday she intended to publish a second volume of her
controversial book Submission, which was the basis of the film.
Saying he wants to dispel the notion that polygamy is harmless - or
worse - "a laughing matter," Sen. Ron Allen on Tuesday distributed 104
copies of God's Brothel to his House and Senate colleagues.
[Abraham Kennard] Fraud trial in second week http://religionnewsblog.com/9964/Fraud-trial-in-second-week
Kennard, who is defending himself against charges that he stole around
$9 million from 1,600 churches nationwide, spent the morning
cross-examining Bishop Willie Robbins Jr., a former affiliate of his
company, Network International Investment Corporation.
[St. Matthew's Churches] Recipient skeptical of Jesus letter http://religionnewsblog.com/9963/scam
"This is a scam," Damico said. "They ought to go to that postal box and
see who's picking up that mail."
The money actually goes to a St. Matthew's Church, a Los Angeles-based
organization that has been accused of swindling donors.
[UCKG] Mexican church promises miracles for cash http://religionnewsblog.com/9962/universal-church-kingdom-of-god
With Catholicism losing its lure for some, the Universal Church of the
Kingdom of God (UCKG), a Brazil-based evangelical Christian group that
promises miracles for cash, is spreading fast in Mexico, the
second-biggest Catholic country after Brazil.
Omar Bakri Mohammed makes live nightly appeals on the PalTalk site for
his followers to support terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
He claims Muslims have a duty to "hate" Western values, democracy and
other religions including Christianity and Judaism.
[Benny Hinn] Priests call off protests against US evangelist's meeting http://religionnewsblog.com/9960/Benny-Hinn
Karnataka's Hindu priests Wednesday called off protests against a
prayer meeting here by American evangelist Benny Hinn after the state
government assured there would be no conversions or healing sessions
during the event.
[Benny Hinn] Karnataka CM rules out banning American evangelist's
Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh today rejected calls for
banning the controversial American evangelist Benny Hinn's three-day
programme here from Friday, as BJP stepped up pressure seeking its
cancellation and the pastor's arrest.
[Benny Hinn] Pontiffs urge ban on Benny Hinn's discourse http://religionnewsblog.com/9958/Benny-Hinn
Pontiffs of various religious mutts on Wednesday stepped up their
campaign staging dharna demanding ban on discourse by controversial
American evangelist Benny Hinn commencing in Bangalore from Friday, but
government reiterated that it cannot ban the programme.
[Ruben Ecleo] 3 Ecleo cult members fail to dispute charge http://religionnewsblog.com/9954/Runeb-Ecleo
Three prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) got “plain mad”
after three men implicated in the death of lawyer Arbet Sta. Ana-Yongco
failed to submit their evidence in yesterday’s preliminary
The DOJ panel flew in from Manila, only to find out that the three
members of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA)
did not receive the order directing them to present their
counter-affidavit and other evidence.
[Apollo Quiboloy] Cult probed for recruitment of minors http://religionnewsblog.com/9951/Name-Above-Every-Name-Inc
Councilor Jose Molintas presented to the council on Monday a documented
report on Erlinda Rillon, 60, mother of Arlene, a 19-year-old recruit
of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Name Above Every Name Inc.
Rillon claimed that Church founder and leader, Apollo Quiboloy, had
been luring teenagers and young adults from Baguio to operate
Quiboloy's ministry in Barangay Catitipan in Davao City.
[Children of God / The Family] Murder-Suicide Leads to Secretive Cult http://religionnewsblog.com/9950/The-Family-International
A murder-suicide leads to a secretive cult accused of shocking crimes,
adults routinely having sex with children. Tonight, 360 investigates.
What really happened to the so-called Children of God? And what led
this one-time child prophet to kill? [Transcript]
[Children of God / The Family] Former cult member speaks from grave http://religionnewsblog.com/9949/Davidito
In the video, Ricky Rodriguez sits in his apartment, and from his
kitchen table, documents his plan -- to hunt down and kill several
members of a religous sect he claims sexually abused him and other
[Children of God / The Family] 'Prince' of Former Cult Commits
Members of the 1970s cult known as the Children of God believed Ricky
Rodriguez would be the man to lead them to the end. But Rodriguez met a
very different fate -- one that involved an act of revenge against the
people who once saw him as a prince.
[Islam] Prof sets forth 'How Islam Plans to Change the World' http://religionnewsblog.com/9974/How-Islam-Plans-to-Change-the-World
Wagner writes in his book that Islam has grown in America as a result
of a detailed strategy that was already in place long before radical
Islamists associated with Osama Bin Laden perpetrated the tragedies of
“Islam is a world religion with a well-defined culture and a developed
strategy for taking control of the world,” Wagner writes in the preface
of the book.
[Faith Healing] Where is Filipino 'faith healer' now? http://religionnewsblog.com/9973/psychic-surgery
Even doctors agree that faith can heal. But when faith healers become
brands bigger than the faith itself, they tend to court controversy.
The Benny Hinn episode, which is still unravelling itself in Bangalore,
is mired in a controversy — not the first of its kind in Karnataka.
[Opus Dei] A creepy scrape with the Da Vinci Code set http://religionnewsblog.com/9968/Opus-Dei
My article described the members' practice of self-mortification (men
across the buttocks, women across the back); I also mentioned the
peculiar rule that states that single men, including priests, are not
allowed to travel in a car with an unchaperoned woman. (I wonder how
Ruth Kelly gets round that one as she goes about her ministerial
business.) But, on the whole, the tone of my piece was respectful.
Alas, The Spectator decided to have a bit of fun, heading it "Beating a
path to sainthood". Worse, Nick Garland drew a cartoon of a man with
his trousers around his ankles, merrily scourging his fat bottom while
holding a halo over his head.
That was the moment I was added to Opus Dei's secret enemies list.
[Brethren] Veiled sect hails Bush, Martinez http://religionnewsblog.com/9946/Exclusiv-Brethren
The group of men who formed the committee belong to the Exclusive
Brethren, a reclusive religious group with roots in England and
Australia. The group includes members from Knoxville, Tenn., Omaha,
Neb., and other U.S. cities. Members of the Exclusive Brethren do not
vote, read newspapers, watch television or participate in the outside
world, according to published reports. So why would they care who gets
elected in the United States?
"I am the only daughter of my father's fourth plural wife, 28th of 48
children -- a middle kid, you might say."
Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
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