Religion News Blog, March 4, 2003
[Mike Murdock] Murdock uses 'love bonding' to reach donors
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."
[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
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
"The ban is simply on the consumption of pork and pig products."
[Catholic Church] Church hangs up on Internet confessions
[Church of God Restoration] Judge rules for CAS in Aylmer spanking
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.
[Church of God Restoration] Ruling stems from case where social
workers took kids
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,
[Zhong Gong] U.S.-based dissident reported freed from Chinese
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.
[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
The Hills story was documented in John Fullers 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 didnt know him well, but was sorry to hear of his death. The pair
were kindred members of a galactic club.
[Hate Groups] Judge to Remain on Supremacist's Case
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.
[Koreshans] College of Life leaders surprised to learn state votes to
pursue their property
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.
[Jehovah's Witnesses] Paramedic's wife tells of terror
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.
[Catholic Church] Report Details Sex Abuse by Priests and Inaction by
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.
[Love Israel Family] Bankruptcy may be Love Israel family's salvation
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.
[Love Israel Family] Faith and community bind the Love Israel family
[Shunning] Cast Out
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.
[Shunning] Many religions remove members
[Exorcism] Kirk plans to tackle taboo of possession by evil spirits
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
[House of Prayer] Church couple now 'fugitives'
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.
[House of Prayer] Warrants Issued for Pastor, Members
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.
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