Religion News Blog, Feb. 25, 2003
- February 25, 2003
[Cloning] Clone claim produces flurry of bills
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.
[Catholic Church] Non-ordained Catholics filling void left by priest
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.
[Postmodernism] 'Church of Oprah' lectureship class bridges new-age
Christianitys 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 Christianitys 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.
[Islamism] Hamza 'close to being deported'
[The Family (Winnfred Wright)] Second mother wants cult therapy
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.
[Hate Groups] Former skinhead speaks out against hate
[Hate Groups] Federal investigators infiltrate extremist groups
[Human Rights Violations, USA] US death penalty creates international
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.
[Human Rights Violations, USA] Prosecutors See Limits to Doubt in
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."
[Human Rights Violations, USA] Md. Man's Exoneration Didn't End
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