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27Apologetics Index Update

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  • Anton Hein
    Jan 4, 2001
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      You receive this Apologetics Index update because you signed up for it at:


      A belated Happy New Year to everyone!

      - Religion News Report
      - Scientology
      - News Database?

      === Religion News Report

      I have archived the Jan. 1, 2001 issue of Religion News Report:


      It includes the following items:

      :===Begin Quote===
      === Aum Shinrikyo
      1. Children of Asahara forced to pay for guru's alleged crimes
      2. Aum ranks' rights compromised by fear

      === Falun Gong
      3. China Detains Hundreds in Falun Gong Protests
      4. Falun Gong in Singapore Standoff
      5. Falun Gongs Refuse To Post Bail
      6. Falun Gong Urges Members in Singapore to Accept Bail
      7. Falun Gong Members Charged
      8. Falun Dafa movement lobbies for local support

      === Zhong Gong
      9. Four Members of Zhong Gong Sect Jailed for Subversion
      10. Falling victim to U.S.-Chinese diplomacy

      === Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God
      11. Ugandan President Vows to Prevent Cult Tragedy

      === Scientology
      12. Prozac defense hits home

      » Part 2

      === Islam
      13. Muslims still looking for martyrs
      14. British Muslims take path to jihad
      15. U.S. Freedoms Give American Muslims Influence Beyond Their Numbers
      16. Canada assails Nigeria on flogging
      17. Gambia to introduce Sharia law
      18. Iran Now a Hotbed of Islamic Reforms
      19. Religious pressures rising in Indonesia

      === Mungiki
      20. Mombasa Muslim leaders disown Mungiki
      21. Sect Leader Scoffs At Expulsion Threat

      === Mormonism
      22. In a Push for Unity, Mormons Stand Apart
      23. Polygamy Facts
      24. Federal regulators clear way for sale of Salt Lake Tribune
      25. Regulators Clear Sale Of Tribune

      === Jehovah's Witnesses
      26. Fugitive mom turns self in She's charged with child abduction

      » Part 3

      === Hate Groups
      27. Hate in state
      28. Web restrictions unlikely to muzzle neo-Nazi speech
      29. Cross-burning case appeal fails
      30. McVeigh Execution Could Be in May
      31. Devil Dogs left scars on Gilbert

      === Other News
      32. Nun Killed, 13 Hurt in Church Attack
      33. 2nd bust in Caribbean church horror
      34. Millennium renews concerns about cult (Concerned Christians)
      35. Dutch Faith Healers Make Inroads (Jomanda)
      36. Sects and Religions in Russia Face Day of Reckoning
      37. National Anthem Calls Russia 'Holy'
      38. Cult attempts to regenerate deceased girl (Raelians)
      39. True to the Temple (Indianapolis Baptist Temple)
      40. Would-be messiahs back in action
      41. Sects, power and miracles in the Bible belt of Essex (Peniel)
      42. Iglesia ni Cristo's Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo marks his 76th birth
      43. Prayer urged to stop presidential `curse'

      » Part 4

      === Noted
      44. The Beauty And Perils Of The Irrational (False Memory Syndrome)
      45. Miracles don't happen (Premanand, Indian skeptic)
      46. Back to Ruby Ridge: Why Idaho Shouldn't Be Prosecuting FBI Agent Lon
      :===End Quote===

      === Scientology

      The l-o-n-g page on Scientology has now been split up and divided over 14 pages,
      starting here:


      === News Database?

      If you reguarly use the news database feature, I'd like some feedback on whether
      or not you think it is too slow. Here's why: the recommended size of the data
      file is 1 MB. After that, the program may get too slow in serving data. That
      said, the program's instruction files do say that this depends on the servers.

      As you probably know, Apologetics Index is a Gospelcom affiliate. Gospelcom is
      the net's most-visited religion site ( see:
      http://www.apologeticsindex.org/news/an201222c.html#34 ) It uses 4 powerful
      servers, which should assure that you usually get the info you want pretty fast.
      However, since I have a 24/7 high-speed cable connection, I have no way of
      checking how fast most people receive the info - especially from the news
      databse, which now is nearly 2.5 MB in size (thus well over the recommended

      So far, I have heard no complaints. However, should the database be or get too
      slow for most users, I may have to split it up into different sections (say, by
      year). The alternative is to purchase the SQL version of the database, which,
      at $350, is far out of my reach.

      *If* you do regularly use the news database (either directly or through one of
      the predefined news database links as described here:
      http://www.apologeticsindex.org/apolnews.html#database), and *if* you think it
      is *too slow,* please let me know by writing to: database@...

      If you do, please include the following information:

      - the connection speed with which you access the internet
      - the general geographic location (e.g. India, London, California)
      - time(s) and date(s) you accessed the news database (this is so I
      can check with Gospelcom whether there were server maintenance
      routines during those times)
      - how many seconds it took for the first results page to display
      - whether you used a pre-defined link (what topic?) or searched using
      your own settings (which terms and preferences?)


      Anton (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
      Apologetics Index: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/ / http://www.countercult.com
      1140+ pages of apologetics and countercult information about cults, sects, and
      alternative religious movements.
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