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    March 1, 2003 [Yellow Journalism : NBC] NBC targets Southern Baptist pastor about 2002 remarks on Islam s Muhammad
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      March 1, 2003

      [Yellow Journalism : NBC] NBC targets Southern Baptist pastor about
      2002 remarks on Islam's Muhammad
      :===Begin Quote===
      Vines also stated, "It is my understanding that good journalism seeks
      to be fair and balanced. NBC Nightly News was neither. The story was
      so poorly done, I am embarrassed for them."

      No one supportive of Vines appeared on the NBC segment, while six
      critics of Vines were quoted, including Greg Warner, executive editor
      of Associated Baptist Press, a part of a breakaway movement opposed to
      the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention.
      :===End Quote===

      [Yellow Journalism : NBC] Reaction mounts to NBC News over segment on
      pastor's view of Muhammad
      :===Begin Quote===
      Two key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have added their
      concerns about NBC News/Tom Brokaw's depiction of a former SBC
      president as "Preaching hate."

      SBC President Jack Graham and SBC Executive Committee President Morris
      H. Chapman issued statements Feb. 27 concerning an "NBC Nightly News"
      segment targeting Florida pastor Jerry Vines, a former SBC president
      who described Islam's prophet Muhammad as a pedophile in a widely
      publicized sermon last summer.

      The statements by Graham and Chapman joined concerns voiced by Richard
      Land, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and
      R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological
      Seminary in Louisville, Ky., voicing an array of concerns about the
      NBC segment.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Longo Trial: Potential Jurors Asked About
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Jehovah's Witness church in 2000 shunned Longo, who will stand
      trial for the deaths of his two oldest children, after he was
      convicted of writing $30,000 in bad checks.

      Potential jurors are now being questioned on their knowledge and
      understanding of the practice.
      :===End Quote===

      [Branch Davidians] Survivors, relatives mark anniversary of raid on
      Waco sect

      [Hate Groups] Winrod property, church to be sold to pay court award
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Rev. Gordon Winrod's church and Ozarks farm will be sold in March
      to pay a $26 million jury award for abducting his grandchildren and
      indoctrinating them in his anti-Semitic beliefs.

      Jurors returned the award last May in a civil lawsuit accusing Winrod
      of using mind-altering techniques, such as keeping the children in
      isolation and whipping them, to meld the children's attitudes. His son
      Stephen and daughter Carol, along with Our Savior's Church, also were
      defendants in the lawsuit.
      :===End Quote===

      [AUM Shinrikyo] Asahara trial nears sentencing as defense questioning
      :===Begin Quote===
      If Asahara does not cooperate at the next hearing, three attempts will
      be made to question him. If those attempts fail, prosecutors will
      present their case for Asahara's sentencing on April 24, and defense
      lawyers will give their closing arguments in autumn. The ruling on
      Asahara would then likely be handed down next spring, eight years
      since the beginning of the trial.
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] Families' suit charges state with child abuse
      :===Begin Quote===
      A blistering federal lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of 46 children
      from the House of Prayer charges that when the state took them into
      protective custody, it sent them to places far more abusive than their
      families' homes.

      The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges that
      children were forced to wear the same underwear for weeks, lived with
      rats and roaches, were punched, slapped and burned and went to bed
      hungry, all while in the state's foster care system.

      House of Prayer families are seeking $100 million in punitive damages
      from the city of Atlanta, Atlanta police, the Division of Family and
      Children Services, foster parents and others in the 43-page lawsuit.
      :===End Quote===

      [Offbeat News] Bible College Gets 666 Prefix Removed

      [Atheism] Pledge Battle Could Head To High Court
      :===Begin Quote===
      A federal appeals court Friday rejected the Bush administration's
      request to reconsider its decision that the Pledge of Allegiance is
      unconstitutional because of the phrase "under God."

      This now means the case almost certainly will go to the U.S. Supreme
      Court, says CBSNews.com legal analyst Andrew Cohen, where at least one
      justice, Antonin Scalia, said in January that judges who declared the
      pledge unconstitutional had some "plausible support" to reach their
      conclusion. Most legal experts, however, think the high court will
      overturn that conclusion and uphold the pledge as is.
      :===End Quote===

      February 28, 2003 (Continued)

      [Ritual Killing] Kanu appeal in torso case
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Arsenal footballer Nwankwo Kanu has appealed for information to
      help solve the murder of a young Nigerian boy whose mutilated body was
      found in the River Thames.
      :===End Quote===

      [World Ministries Church / Stan Adair Bennett] Wife prayed 3 weeks
      with dead man in home
      :===Begin Quote===
      A woman remained in her Tucson home for up to three weeks with her
      dead husband as his corpse decomposed and friends and a religious
      leader prayed for his resurrection, police said.

      "Chris said that James became involved in a 'cult,' " Doggett wrote,
      adding, "Chris also said that James told him that he was going to be
      resurrected by the 'cult' leader, Stan Adair Bennett."

      A friend of James Killeen told Doggett that "Stan told his 'followers'
      that he could resurrect people from the dead," Doggett wrote.

      Bennett, identified in police reports as the minister of the World
      Ministries Church, did not return phone calls from the Tucson Citizen
      and could not be reached for comment.
      :===End Quote===

      [Media] What we don't know can hurt us
      :===Begin Quote===
      Last year WORLD examined the treatment of Christian conservatives in
      the press. This year, with the war in Iraq, the slant of stories about
      Saddam Hussein and the effort to stop him is significant. But it's
      even more important over the long run that our press educators alert
      us to the warlike propensities of a large chunk of Islam, not just an
      extremist faction.

      This essay examines U.S. newspaper coverage of the three powerful
      non-Christian religions in the world: Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
      Related articles bring out some press tendencies concerning Judaism
      and Christianity. Drawing from an examination of several thousand
      newspaper articles from January 2000 to January 2003, what follows
      provides examples of two press tendencies—superficiality and
      syncretism—and raises questions about what we're missing. But we'll
      begin with what readers in the United States are learning about Iraq.
      :===End Quote===

      [Branch Davidians] Lawman kept Koresh on the line

      [Patriot/Militia Groups] Patriot games: 10 years after Waco, players
      are harder to find
      :===Begin Quote===
      But where are they now almost 10 years after the Waco inferno that so
      incited them to action?

      “Reality is you never hear about Waco anymore,” said Mr. Potok, who
      routinely monitors Patriot propaganda. “I haven’t seen a poster, heard
      a speech or read an article about Waco in probably two years.”

      Authorities believe a combination of tough new laws and unfulfilled
      prophecies have left the militia movement vanquished.

      “There really are no real active militias out there anymore,” Mr.
      Potok said.
      :===End Quote===

      [AUM Shinrikyo] Asahara to be questioned March 13
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Tokyo District Court on Friday finished hearing from witnesses in
      the trial of AUM Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara charged with murder
      and attempted murder in the fatal 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack,
      setting the stage for questioning Asahara himself at the next session
      slated for March 13.
      :===End Quote===

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