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  • Anton Hein
    Jul 30, 2003
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      July 30, 2003
      [Jay Richard Morrison] Man Accused of Threatening LDS Church President to be
      Treated
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003850.html
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      Jay Richard Morrison's mental evaluators recommended treatment because the
      delusions that reportedly led him to threaten to behead Hinckley. Those
      delusions would interfere with his ability to assist in his defense, said
      attorney Ben Hamilton, reading from the psychiatric report.
      :===End Quote===


      [USA] The new United States ... not so much a nation as a religion
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003849.html
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      What is lacking in the Pentagon and the White House is not intelligence (or not,
      at any rate, of the kind we are considering here), but receptivity. Theirs is
      not a failure of information, but a failure of ideology.

      To understand why this failure persists, we must first grasp a reality which has
      seldom been discussed in print. The US is no longer just a nation. It is now a
      religion. Its soldiers have entered Iraq to liberate its people not only from
      their dictator, their oil and their sovereignty, but also from their darkness.
      [...]

      In December 2001 Rudy Giuliani, New York's mayor, delivered his last mayoral
      speech in St Paul's Chapel, close to the site of the shattered twin towers. "All
      that matters," he claimed, "is that you embrace America and understand its
      ideals and what it's all about. Abraham Lincoln used to say that the test of
      your Americanism was ... how much you believed in America. Because we're like a
      religion really. A secular religion."

      The United States of America no longer needs to call upon God; it is God, and
      those who go abroad to spread the light do so in the name of a celestial domain.
      The presidency is turning into a priesthood.
      :===End Quote===


      [Religious Intolerance] Anti-Muslim sentiment on rise in Russia: Rights groups
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003848.html
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      Russian human rights groups and Islamic organizations on Wednesday accused
      authorities of cracking down on Muslim believers following a Moscow suicide
      attack this month that killed 15 people.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Beep Beep: You've Got a Message ... and a Divorce
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003847.html
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      Malaysian Muslim men can divorce their wives through text messages on mobile
      telephones, the New Straits Times daily reported, quoting a religious adviser to
      the government.
      :===End Quote===


      [Malaysia] Don’t be duped by new cult, Malays told
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003846.html
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      Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin has cautioned Malays against
      being drawn to a newly exposed cult that operates on donations and a mix of
      retail businesses.
      :===End Quote===


      [NXIVM] Plans for human potential school raise concern
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003845.html
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      The architect of an alleged multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme that toppled
      under dozens of state and federal investigations wants to build a headquarters
      here for his latest controversial enterprise: a human potential school.

      Self-described "scientist, mathematician, philosopher and entrepreneur" Keith
      Raniere has proposed a 66,900-square-foot complex for rapidly growing southern
      Saratoga County that would serve as a training center for his company, NXIVM,
      and its Executive Success Programs.

      The programs, founded by Raniere in 1998, instruct people on "how to maximize
      their potential in all fields of human experience." Town planning officials are
      due to meet this week with representatives of NXIVM, pronounced Nexium, to learn
      more about the project.
      :===End Quote===


      [Tyndale Theological Seminary (Texas)] Small seminary must pay fine, court rules
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003844.html
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      An Austin appeals court ruled Thursday that Tyndale Theological Seminary in Fort
      Worth must pay a fine of $173,000 for issuing degrees without state authority to
      so do.

      The 3rd Court of Appeals said the seminary, operated by HEB Ministries, must pay
      the fine imposed in 1998 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

      The amount includes penalties for issuing 34 degrees plus the appeals court's
      reinstatement of a $3,000 penalty because the institution uses the word
      "seminary" in its name.

      By restricting degree-granting powers of post-secondary institutions and
      restricting the use of academic terms in the names of institutions, the Texas
      Legislature has assured that those institutions meet basic educational
      standards, the court wrote.
      :===End Quote===


      [James Gilles] Evangelist files suit against IUP officers
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003843.html
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      A roaming evangelist is seeking restitution of at least $450,000 for an incident
      that occurred two years ago while preaching on campus. He has filed a federal
      lawsuit against two campus police officers and IUP's director of the Center for
      Student Life.

      On Oct. 5, 2001, James Gilles of The Campus Ministry -- a group that travels to
      educate others according to their Pentecostal faith -- was arrested for
      disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and failure of disorderly persons to
      disperse after preaching in the Oak Grove to a crowd of 50 to 100, mostly
      students, about what, some consider, controversial topics.
      :===End Quote===


      [Christianity] Church strives to lose fuddy-duddy image on sex
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003842.html
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      The Church of England sought to shed its puritanical image on sexual issues
      yesterday in a report that could pave the way for further liberalisation.

      Its Doctrine Commission admits that the Church has "acquired a reputation for
      being negative about sex". It should celebrate it as "a wonderful gift from
      God".

      Pejorative language, such as the phrase "living in sin", is absent from the
      report, which instead encourages "covenanted relationships".
      :===End Quote===


      [Israel] Police halt Jewish visits to Temple Mount
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003841.html
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      Just weeks after opening the Temple Mount to Jews and Christians for the first
      time in nearly three years, Jerusalem police on Wednesday abruptly suspended the
      limited visits in the face of rising Palestinian anger.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Police raid Islamic group
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003840.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Anti-terrorist police officers have raided the headquarters of the radical
      Islamic group al-Muhajiroun.
      [...]

      Scotland Yard said search warrants to enter the properties in London and also
      Essex were executed under the Terrorism Act.

      No arrests have been made.

      Al-Muhajiroun has been linked to the recent British suicide bombers in Israel
      and has been behind calls to overthrow the UK government.
      :===End Quote===

      >Continued in Part 2

      Anton
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