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    February 26, 2003 [Glenn Summerford] Former Snakehandling Preacher Escapes Prison Briefly http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002499.html ...
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      February 26, 2003

      [Glenn Summerford] Former Snakehandling Preacher Escapes Prison
      Briefly
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002499.html
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      Summerford, 58, was convicted of attempted murder in 1992 after his
      wife, Darlene, testified that he grabbed her by the hair and forced
      her to put her hand in a cage of rattlesnakes after hitting it with a
      pipe to make the snakes mad. She was bitten twice but survived.
      Summerford at the time handled snakes as pastor of the Church of Jesus
      With Signs Following near Scottsboro.
      :===End Quote===


      [Spiritism] Famed spiritualist testifies in estate trial
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002498.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Dorset woman who bills herself as “The Voice of the Spirit World”
      was either a spiritualist helping an older woman with cancer or an
      opportunistic pretender seeking the woman’s 580-acre property.

      Those were the two pictures presented of Rosemary Altea — a medium,
      spiritualist and best-selling author — Tuesday in Rutland Superior
      Court. A jury will decide.

      At stake is the estate of the late Llewella Day, valued at $720,000
      with most of it consisting of an expansive hilltop tract in Ira. Altea
      is appealing a decision that removed her as Day’s sole beneficiary.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Spiritual warrior for Islam
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002497.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      "Let it be known, there's thousands of Osama bin Ladens here and if
      they ever find Osama bin Laden, another thousand will pop up," says
      Khalid, who is not alone as an Aboriginal convert to Islam who admires
      the terrorist leader.
      :===End Quote===


      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Judge: Sisters may pursue church case
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002496.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Two sisters can pursue their claims that elders from their Jehovah’s
      Witness congregation in Wilton ignored their mother’s complaints of
      sexual abuse, a judge has ruled.

      The sisters say that church elders failed to report their father’s
      abuse or do anything to stop it. They also claim that church policy
      and practices shield abusers from prosecution.
      :===End Quote===


      [Christianity] Lord Have Mercy On the Church in Zimbabwe
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002495.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      If Zimbabwe suffers from pathetic political leadership under President
      Mugabe, the religious establishment is not much better. At a time of
      crisis, one would have hoped for bold moral leadership from the
      church.
      [...]

      The image of Jesus that we are sold by the religious establishment is
      of a wimp best known for avoiding confrontation and turning the other
      cheek, volunteering for more abuse. We like this conception of Jesus
      because it gives us an excuse to wallow in our fear of the abusive
      authorities.
      [...]

      While Jesus may have been meek and mild when the occasion required it,
      he did not hesitate to "raise hell" and kick butt when necessary, and
      damn the consequences!

      He didn't cozy up to the politicians and the powerful, nor seek
      shallow popularity by only telling people what they wanted to hear. He
      was not compromised by the promise of material comforts, he defended
      the oppressed and marginalised. No wonder the real Jesus makes us so
      uncomfortable!
      :===End Quote===


      [Offbeat News] Ky. Man Caught at Christian Bookstore
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002494.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      "Thou shalt not use a stolen credit card" isn't one of the Ten
      Commandments. But it seems like wise advice, especially after a man
      accused of stealing from several churches was tracked down through a
      purchase at a Christian bookstore.
      [...]

      "He bought 10 copies of a Bible study called 'Making Peace With Your
      Past' and a follow-up study called 'Moving Beyond Your Past,'"
      bookstore manager Jonathan Gallegly said.
      :===End Quote===


      [Mariology] Mary's tears not an official miracle, church rules
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002493.html
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      A church investigation in Perth has ruled that a supposed "weeping
      statue" of the Virgin Mary is not a proven miracle.

      The Catholic Church called the inquiry after thousands of people
      flocked to Rockingham Parish to view the statue.

      It found the substance the statue produced was vegetable oil mixed
      with another substance that might have accounted for its rose perfume.
      :===End Quote===


      [Human Rights Violations, USA] U.S. Justices Reopen Door a Bit for
      State Inmates' Appeals
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002492.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Supreme Court ordered a new hearing for a Texas death row inmate
      today in a surprisingly broad 8-to-1 decision that warned the federal
      courts of appeals against shutting the door prematurely on state
      inmates who seek to present constitutional challenges to their
      convictions or sentences.
      :===End Quote===


      [Catholic Church] Grand Jurors Interrogate Cardinal Law
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002491.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston last
      December, was questioned today by a criminal grand jury that is trying
      to decide whether to indict him or other Boston church officials for
      their handling of clergy members accused of sexual abuse.
      :===End Quote===


      [Raelians] "Babytron" Artificial Womb Is the Next Raelian Project
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002490.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      "His Holiness Rael, founder and spiritual leader of the Raelian
      Movement, has just asked Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, who is in charge of
      the Clonaid project and who has announced the birth of the first five
      cloned babies, to create a new company involved in the development of
      'artificial wombs,'" reads a Raelian press release.

      Rael has asked Boisselier to launch a project called Surrogaid
      (Website coming soon) aimed at developing an artificial womb to allow
      people to clone babies without using a surrogate mother.
      :===End Quote===


      [Unification Church] Commentary: War, Peace & Rev. Moon
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002489.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      All of my bosses spoke at the conference -- John O'Sullivan, editor in
      chief of UPI; Larry Moffitt, UPI vice president of operations; and Dr.
      Chung Hwan Kwak, president of UPI and chairman of News World
      Communications, which publishes The Washington Times.
      [...]

      Despite working at UPI, I had never been entirely clear on exactly
      what the Unification Church stands for or why it was so intent on
      acquiring media organizations. But over this three-day period it
      became fairly apparent that the church and its leaders believe that
      eventually, by moral persuasion, they'll be able to transform the
      media in a number of ways that will contribute to some sort of, well,
      unification of the world.
      [...]

      Even more important, though, was a strange announcement that came --
      according to the church -- from a dead man. OK, bear with me on this.

      Dr. Sang Hun Lee, a South Korean critic of Marxism-Leninism during the
      Cold War era and a member of the Unification Church, died in 1997. But
      he has recently been speaking to a spiritual medium named Mrs. Young
      Soon Kim. And Dr. Lee's report through her is this: On December 25,
      2001, at high noon, a meeting was held in heaven between Jesus,
      Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad and Shankara (founder of the Advaita
      Vedanta in Hinduism). Sitting with them were 600 representatives of
      the five leading religions -- 120 for each leader. And together they
      adopted a resolution that says God is the "parent" of all humankind,
      and the Reverend Moon is the "Savior, Messiah, Second Coming and True
      Parent of all humanity."
      [...]

      OK. As you might imagine, there was a divergence of opinion as to how
      to receive this information. To those journalists who belong to the
      church, it was basically "Isn't this amazing stuff?" To those who
      don't, it was, "Have these people lost their minds?"

      So I'm in the middle here. As a journalist, I don't particularly like
      reporting on something that ultimately can't be verified independently
      (to say the least). As a UPI reporter, I find myself working at one
      remove from an organization that says it wants this information not
      only reported, but disseminated widely.
      :===End Quote===


      [Hoaxes : Bible Code] Bible code: ‘Snake oil’ soothsaying
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002488.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      On Sept. 11, 2001, Drosnin’s computer found “twin,” “towers,”
      “airplane” and “it knocked down” hidden in the Bible, and “sin, crime
      of bin Laden” with “city and tower.”

      But skeptics say Drosnin’s World Trade Center code words also occur in
      the Hebrew translation of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and that his new
      book has this encoded warning: “The Bible Code is a silly, dumb, fake,
      false, evil, nasty, dismal fraud and snake-oil hoax.”
      :===End Quote===


      [Vampirism] Romanian church leaders say Dracula theme park hurts
      country's image
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002487.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The park was planned for the country's Transylvania region, but
      Romanian officials announced in early February that the park would be
      built at a lakeside resort north of Bucharest, near the burial site of
      Vlad the Impaler, the real-life Romanian prince who inspired the
      vampire myth.
      :===End Quote===

      Interesting side note: Cult apologists J. Gordon Melton and Massimo
      Introvigne operate, respectively, the American and Italian chapters of
      The Transylvanian Society of Dracula:
      http://www.kelebekler.com/cesnur/txt/vamp2.htm

      Anton
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