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Religion News Blog, Mar. 4, 2003

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    Religion News Blog, March 4, 2003 [Mike Murdock] Murdock uses love bonding to reach donors http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002579.html ... Ole
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      Religion News Blog, March 4, 2003

      [Mike Murdock] Murdock uses 'love bonding' to reach donors
      :===Begin Quote===
      Ole Anthony of the Trinity Foundation, a televangelist watchdog group,
      bluntly says that Murdock allows people, women in particular, to think
      he has a personal relationship with them.

      Consider the messages Murdock sends, critics say. On one
      audiocassette, he assures the listener, "I'm not sending this to
      everyone. I felt led of God to tell you this."
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Muslim leader pleads guilty to having false Social Security

      [Catholic Church] Judge rejects motion that would have delayed

      [Offbeat News] Muslims have blasted a school's decision to ban the
      Three Little Pigs from classes
      :===Begin Quote===
      The ban, which extends only to classes of under-seven-year-olds, has
      attracted criticism from leading British Muslims.

      But Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain told The Sun:
      "This is bizarre - there is nothing to stop children from reading
      about pigs.

      "The ban is simply on the consumption of pork and pig products."
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Church hangs up on Internet confessions

      [Church of God Restoration] Judge rules for CAS in Aylmer spanking
      :===Begin Quote===
      A judge says that while the seizure of seven children from their home
      two years ago for fear they were being spanked was "very traumatic," a
      child welfare worker did not violate anyone's constitutional rights.
      :===End Quote===

      [Church of God Restoration] Ruling stems from case where social
      workers took kids
      :===Begin Quote===
      The interests of children take precedence over the rights of parents,
      an Ontario court judge has emphasized.

      "The court has clearly said children's rights trump parental autonomy
      every time," London lawyer Alfred Mamo said yesterday, after Madam
      Justice Eleanor Schnall released her reasons for upholding the actions
      of a social worker who took seven children from their home in July,
      :===End Quote===

      [Zhong Gong] U.S.-based dissident reported freed from Chinese
      :===Begin Quote===
      Zhang was a member of the banned Zhong Gong spiritual group, Cooper
      said. The group was outlawed following the 1999 crackdown on the
      better-known Falun Gong group, which communist leaders regarded as a
      threat to their control.
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] A world apart: Local Amnesty chapters host benefit for
      persecuted wife of Pitt researcher

      [UFOs] N.H. case called ‘flagship’ in UFO abduction annals
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Hills’ story was documented in John Fuller’s best-selling book
      "Interrupted Journey." Fuller learned of the Hills while researching
      his book "Incident in Exeter," about Norman Muscarello, who saw a UFO
      in Exeter in 1965. (See related story.)

      Muscarello, an Exeter resident, passed away this past week. Betty said
      she didn’t know him well, but was sorry to hear of his death. The pair
      were kindred members of a galactic club.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Judge to Remain on Supremacist's Case
      :===Begin Quote===
      U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow said removing her from the
      copyright infringement case would only subject another judge to
      Matthew Hale's hatred.

      ``Based on Hale's expressed contempt for this nation's 'illegitimate
      government,' there is no reason to believe that any other judge who
      might inherit this case ... would not be subject to the same or
      similar attacks,'' Lefkow wrote last week in denying a request that
      another judge be assigned to the case.
      :===End Quote===

      [Koreshans] College of Life leaders surprised to learn state votes to
      pursue their property
      :===Begin Quote===
      The foundation owns around 50 acres at the intersection, land that
      includes the foundation headquarters and a few historic sites from the
      days when the Koreshan cult pioneered the area. Cult leader Cyrus Teed
      had visions of a utopian society preaching celibacy, communal living
      and the belief the universe was a sphere, with the Earth and
      everything else inside it.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Paramedic's wife tells of terror
      :===Begin Quote===
      The soft-spoken woman said she also was prevented from leaving the
      marriage by her faith as a Jehovah's Witness, a religion she said
      frowns on divorce unless one of the parties cheats on the other.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Report Details Sex Abuse by Priests and Inaction by
      a Diocese
      :===Begin Quote===
      The New Hampshire attorney general's office released more than 9,000
      pages of documents and a detailed report today showing how the
      leadership of the state's Roman Catholic diocese knew for years about
      sexual abuse of minors by some of its priests and helped cover it up,
      violating the state's child endangerment law.
      :===End Quote===

      [Love Israel Family] Bankruptcy may be Love Israel family's salvation
      :===Begin Quote===
      The bankruptcy filing is the latest twist in the odyssey of a
      religious family that got its start on Queen Anne Hill in the 1960s
      and moved to Snohomish County after an internal breakup that members
      still refer to as "the divorce."

      Now, after efforts to preserve their lifestyle led them into the rat
      race they had tried to avoid, the aging hippies who remained together
      say the financial implosion may have set them free.
      :===End Quote===

      [Love Israel Family] Faith and community bind the Love Israel family

      [Shunning] Cast Out
      :===Begin Quote===
      Shunning is not a topic that typically arises when detectives
      interview a murder suspect.

      But Christian Longo, accused in the December 2001 killings of his
      wife, MaryJane, and their three children, raised shunning as the
      reason they moved to Oregon, so far from friends and family in

      After McMinnville resident Robert Bryant killed his wife, Janet, their
      four children and himself in February 2002, Janet's sister also cited
      the practice, saying it helped create the isolation and despair that
      drove Robert - "a loving and dedicated husband" - to snap.

      Both families were members of the Jehovah's Witnesses, who say
      shunning is an act of love intended to inspire repentence and a return
      to right living.
      :===End Quote===

      [Shunning] Many religions remove members

      [Exorcism] Kirk plans to tackle taboo of possession by evil spirits
      :===Begin Quote===
      Saving those suffering from demons through the power of exorcism - the
      mission sounds like a quest from the Middle Ages.

      In fact this is the drive behind a new study launched by the Church of
      Scotland amid concerns it is not doing enough for people who have been
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] Church couple now 'fugitives'
      :===Begin Quote===
      Two members of the House of Prayer church were classified as fugitives
      Monday after failing to turn themselves in to their probation officer,
      a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections said.

      Church members David and Sharon Duncan, convicted of child cruelty in
      October, did not report in as expected by by 4:30 p.m. Monday for
      allegedly violating terms of their probation.
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] Warrants Issued for Pastor, Members
      :===Begin Quote===
      A judge issued new warrants late Monday afternoon for the arrest of
      the Rev. Arthur Allen and two members of his House of Prayer church.

      Rev. Allen and his church members failed to turn themselves into
      police at 4:30 p.m. for allegedly violating their probation.
      :===End Quote===

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