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Religion News Blog, Mar. 3, 2003

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  • Anton Hein
    Religion News Blog, Mar. 3, 2003: [Hate Groups] KKK backs Augusta ban on women http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002557.html ... A new controversy
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      Religion News Blog, Mar. 3, 2003:

      [Hate Groups] KKK backs Augusta ban on women
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      A new controversy over racism and bigotry threatens to engulf the
      world’s biggest golf tournament as the Ku Klux Klan wades into the row
      over the exclusion of women from the club that hosts the US Masters.

      A splinter group of America’s notorious white supremacist movement
      says the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia has the right
      to pick whoever it wants as its members and plans to show its support
      for the club by demonstrating at next month’s event.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Reports to Detail N.H. Church Sex Cases
      :===Begin Quote===
      In dueling reports, the state attorney general and New Hampshire's
      Roman Catholic archdiocese both hope to shed light on a dark chapter
      in the state's priest abuse scandal.
      :===End Quote===

      [False Memory Syndrome] Ending the 'Memory Wars' does not redeem the
      :===Begin Quote===
      The wars turned on a bizarre psychiatric opinion: that a child when
      sexually abused by a trusted parent or teacher could "repress" and
      forget the experience even while it was happening. These "repressed
      memories" could then produce unexplained mental depression later in
      life unless a therapist drew them forth with such procedures as

      As the wars wind down, three books together give a full picture of
      these events. One describes in vivid detail just how vicious the
      battles were and how the falsely accused were mistreated by the
      judicial system. The second explains just how false evidence and
      misdirected testimony were produced, leading to the erroneous
      convictions and false memories. The third brilliantly explains just
      how our minds are built so as to develop beliefs that go beyond
      evidence - and how in most other circumstances this feature is
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] Lu calls on nation to view Falun Gong abuse as a
      :===Begin Quote===
      Following reports last month of the mistreatment of Taiwanese Falun
      Gong members at the hands of Hong Kong immigration, Vice President
      Annette Lu yesterday called on the public to view the incident
      as a serious violation of human rights.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mike Murdock] Profit in the pulpit
      Part 1 of 3.
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Denton televangelist who says his mission is to rescue people from
      poverty is living lavishly, while the ministry he founded spends most
      of its money on overhead, an examination finds.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mike Murdock] Ministry gives money to Murdock's relatives
      Part 2 of 3. (Part 3 tomorrow)
      :===Begin Quote===
      Some of the ministry's chief beneficiaries are Mike Murdock's
      relatives, documents show. The ministry, incorporated in 1973 to
      spread the Gospel and provide charity, gives money to or employs Mike
      Murdock's father, sister, son and niece.
      :===End Quote===

      [AUM Shinrikyo] Noose tightens for Aum's Matsumoto
      :===Begin Quote===
      Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Aum Shinrikyo founder
      Chizuo Matsumoto when they present final arguments April 24 on his
      role in two deadly nerve-gas attacks and other crimes, sources said.
      :===End Quote===

      [Internet / Hate Groups : Scientology] Big Brother and your browser
      :===Begin Quote===
      What appears to be the first case of this sort arose in 1996, when the
      Cult Awareness Network--which warned of the dangers of unconventional
      religions--was sued into oblivion by the Church of Scientology. A
      bankruptcy court judge placed the group's assets including
      cultawarenessnetwork.org up for auction--and the winning bidder
      was--you guessed it--Scientology.

      The disturbing thing is that it would be legal for the Justice
      Department to seize control of a purportedly illegal site and set up a
      sting operation tomorrow.

      Mark Rasch, a former federal prosecutor who's a vice president at
      Solutionary in McLean, Va., represented Cult Awareness Network during
      its demise. After Scientology gained control of
      cultawarenessnetwork.org and promptly began reading e-mail sent to the
      old addresses, Rasch told me on Friday, "people thought they were
      communicating confidentially with an anti-cult group when they were
      talking with their enemies."
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] Saudis: No ‘Particular Concern’
      :===Begin Quote===
      In a move expected to infuriate religious conservatives and
      human-rights advocates alike, the Bush administration has decided to
      reject the recommendation of a special government commission to place
      Saudi Arabia on an American blacklist of countries that violate
      religious freedom.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Victims of Priests' Abuse Seeking Redress Outside
      :===Begin Quote===
      Anderson's presentation at a conference of survivors of sexual abuse
      marked a pivotal moment in the scandal gripping the Catholic Church.
      Frustrated after months of pleas for change inside the church, the
      victims' movement is shifting tactics and applying pressure primarily
      from the outside by lobbying state legislators and assisting grand
      jury investigations.

      "In the past, survivors always tried to force changes from within,"
      said Susan Archibald, president of the Linkup, a victims' support
      group that gathered here for its 11th annual meeting. "But at the end
      of last year, we were still disappointed by the level of transparency
      and accountability accepted by the bishops. So we decided to fight
      from another direction."
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Anti-Gay Group Demonstrates Against Play In
      :===Begin Quote===
      A handful of demonstrators from a Kansas group known nationally for
      its anti-gay views picketed a Mary Washington College performance
      Saturday night of a play about the notorious murder of a gay student.

      The anti-gay demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka,
      Kan., were met by about 400 students holding a candlelight vigil.

      The reason for the groups' presence was a performance of a play, "The
      Laramie Project," about the murder in 1998 of openly gay college
      student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., and the community's reaction
      to the slaying.
      :===End Quote===

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