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    February 25, 2003 [Cloning] Clone claim produces flurry of bills http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002482.html ... The Raelian religious sect may or
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      February 25, 2003

      [Cloning] Clone claim produces flurry of bills
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      The Raelian religious sect may or may not have produced a cloned human

      But its unproven claim to have done so is producing its own bumper
      crop of offspring. At least 48 bills to ban or to regulate cloning
      have been introduced in state legislatures and Congress since the
      Raelians' announcement in late December. Only one cloning bill, a ban
      enacted by the Iowa legislature, was approved earlier in 2002, before
      the Raelians' claim. None of this year's proposals yet has become law.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Non-ordained Catholics filling void left by priest
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      The clergy sexual abuse crisis that erupted last year ignited lay
      Catholics across the country to lobby for a greater voice in church
      affairs. They want more accountability, less secrecy and better
      collaboration among bishops, priests and laypeople.

      Some call it a new model of church, but it's old hat in Kosciusko
      (pronounced kahs-ee-US-ko). When the last resident priest retired in
      1987, Catholics took to heart what he told them – that they were the
      church – and carried on under lay leadership.
      :===End Quote===

      [Postmodernism] 'Church of Oprah' lectureship class bridges new-age
      spirituality gap
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      Christianity’s exclusive claim to salvation is a stumbling block to
      many post-modern Americans, Altrock said. He offered tips to church
      leaders for addressing that issue and the other barriers they face in
      trying to attract post-moderns:

      • Highlight the inclusive nature and tolerance of Christianity.
      • Explore the basis for Christianity’s exclusive claims of
      incarnation, atonement and resurrection.
      • Reveal the exclusive message of other faiths.
      • Point out the inaccuracies of pluralism, the belief that no single
      explanatory system or view can account for all the phenomena of life.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islamism] Hamza 'close to being deported'

      [The Family (Winnfred Wright)] Second mother wants cult therapy
      :===Begin Quote===
      The defense attorney for Deirdre Hart Wilson, the mother of five of
      the 13 children in the home, told a judge yesterday his client wants
      to attend a treatment program as part of her sentence.

      The request follows a similar request last week from Mary Campbell,
      the mother of the deceased boy and five other of the abused children,
      who asked that she be allowed to go to the Wellspring Retreat and
      Resource Center as part of her pending criminal sentence.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Former skinhead speaks out against hate

      [Hate Groups] Federal investigators infiltrate extremist groups

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] US death penalty creates international
      :===Begin Quote===
      Earlier this month, the International Court of Justice ordered a stay
      of execution for three Mexican nationals who claim they weren't given
      access to their consulates when arrested in the US. It's the third
      time in five years that a foreigner has accused the US of such a

      The right to talk to a representative of one's country if arrested is
      protected under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, on
      which the US remains a signatory. In fact, just months after taking
      office, President Bush cited the treaty when demanding that US
      consulate officials be allowed to visit the crew of a surveillance
      plane that made an emergency landing in China.
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] Prosecutors See Limits to Doubt in
      Capital Cases
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      Judge Laura Denvir Stith seemed not to believe what she was hearing.

      A prosecutor was trying to block a death row inmate from having his
      conviction reopened on the basis of new evidence, and Judge Stith, of
      the Missouri Supreme Court, was getting exasperated. "Are you
      suggesting," she asked the prosecutor, that "even if we find Mr.
      Amrine is actually innocent, he should be executed?"

      Frank A. Jung, an assistant state attorney general, replied, "That's
      correct, your honor."
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] Md. Man's Exoneration Didn't End

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