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    Religion News Blog, March 9, 2003 [Jehovah s Witnesses] Blood substitute is surgical solution for church member
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 9, 2003
      Religion News Blog, March 9, 2003

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Blood substitute is surgical solution for church
      :===Begin Quote===
      PolyHeme, developed by Evanston, Ill.-based Northfield Laboratories
      Inc., is basically recycled blood.

      Though used on a case-by-case basis depending on emergency need,
      PolyHeme has not been approved by the federal Food and Drug
      Administration, said Jason Shane, manager of Fountain Valley Regional
      Medical Center's Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] For Witness faithful, it's all in the blood
      :===Begin Quote===
      L.C. Cotton, associate director of hospital information services for
      Jehovah's Witnesses, said physicians across the world, and especially
      here in the United States, have made efforts to accommodate their

      In this country, there are more than 82 bloodless medicine and surgery
      centers and more than 30,000 physicians capable of treating patients
      without the use of blood products, Cotton said.

      In the world, there are more than 100,000 physicians, he said.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Church lets faithful opt for PolyHeme
      :===Begin Quote===
      Though it is not whole blood, it is derived from it.

      The question now is it still blood?

      Cotton could not answer that question but said individuals must decide
      whether to accept the product.

      "When blood is fractionated beyond those primary components and other
      blood derivatives, we feel that it is an individual decision,' he
      said. "If an individual's conscience will allow him to accept the
      product, then that would be up to that individual. That is between
      himself and his God.'

      As far as other Jehovah's Witnesses possibly ostracizing those who do
      accept hemoglobin substitutes, Cotton said it would never happen.
      :===End Quote===

      [Branch Davidians] Doing time: Branch Davidians still behind bars
      display hope, anguish
      :===Begin Quote===
      Ten years after the federal siege on the Branch Davidians' remote
      settlement 10 miles east of Waco, imprisoned followers of dead
      Davidian prophet David Koresh display hope, anguish and holy
      indignation about the past, present and future.

      During a 1994 criminal trial in San Antonio, 11 Branch Davidians were
      acquitted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges. Five of
      the 11, however, were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and weapons
      charges. Three others were convicted of weapons charges.

      Of those convicted, only Ruth Riddle - a Canadian sentenced to five
      years for carrying a firearm during a crime - has completed her time
      and gained release.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mormon Church] Controversy on Mormon Main Street
      :===Begin Quote===
      In an effort to ease tensions, some members of the city council have
      put forth a plan that would eliminate the public access clause and
      give the Church the right to control behavior on the property. In
      exchange, the Church would give the city some land it owns on the
      other side of town, so that a new community center can be built there.
      But the ACLU's Stephen Clark says that would amount to religious
      favoritism on the part of the government, which is unconstitutional.
      "The government can't be at the behest, can't act at the behest, of a
      religious organization," he says. "That's the classic case of a
      violation of the principle of separation between Church and State."

      Stephen Clark says the ACLU will challenge the deal between the city
      and the Church if it goes through. Meanwhile, church attorneys are
      preparing their request for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
      :===End Quote===

      [Sikhism] The relevance of Sikhism
      :===Begin Quote===
      Forty years ago, there were so few Sikhs in Canada people would stop
      and stare at men with turbans. Though there are now 500,000 Sikhs
      across the country, the culture is still little known.
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] Cycle trip to 'forbidden' Cuba costs
      pensioner £5,000 penalty
      :===Begin Quote===
      Under President George W. Bush, the long-standing embargo on Cuba,
      which is enforced mainly out of deference to Right-wing Cuban exile
      groups dedicated to the overthrow of Fidel Castro, has been policed
      with greater force.

      The number of American visitors to Cuba who have been sought for
      breaking the embargo has quadrupled. The US Treasury now warns people
      who visit without permission that they could face fines of up to

      Last April James Sabzala, a Jamaican-born Canadian citizen with
      business interests in Pennsylvania, was convicted of selling water
      purification equipment to Cuban hospitals and advised that he faced a
      lengthy prison sentence as well as a substantial fine.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hinduism] Religious ritual sparks outrage in India
      :===Begin Quote===
      Devotees, mostly women, in south India are allowing a priest, wearing
      thick wooden sandals embedded with nails, to walk over them in the
      belief that the ritual would cure them of their ailments or even bless
      the childless with a baby.

      The annual ritual at the Poochiyur temple near the city of Coimbatore
      in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has been conducted for years
      without a complaint.

      But this year, it sparked outrage among local media and prompted the
      State Human Rights Commission to call for an investigation.
      :===End Quote===

      [Raelians] Members of sect disrobe as hundreds protest against war in
      :===Begin Quote===
      Four members of the group stood on the grounds of the federal
      building, disrobed for several minutes and encouraged others to do the
      same as a sign of their opposition to war.

      "Whenever everybody undresses, the ego goes away and then we can make
      decisions," said protester Nadine Gary. "Imagine President Bush nude
      addressing the state of the union. Imagine Saddam Hussein nude."
      :===End Quote===

      [Hutterites] Part of Ritzville Hutterite group is moving to Oregon
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Washington Hutterites are expanding to the Oregon farm partially
      because the community in Ritzville has outgrown its land. It has
      almost more hands than work to go around.
      :===End Quote===

      [Maitreya] Cult's leader is out of this world
      :===Begin Quote===
      A cult whose leader is said to appear in different bodies is out to
      bring peace to Iraq.

      Hollywood-based Share International's so-called world teacher,
      Maitreya, is based in London preparing for his emergence.
      :===End Quote===

      March 8, 2003 (Continued..._

      [Oral Roberts] Oral history
      :===Begin Quote===
      He meets twice monthly with Hinn, whom he views as the future of the
      healing movement. Roberts occasionally appears on Hinn's program This
      Is Your Day, which airs on the Colleyville-based Daystar Network and
      the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Trinity Broadcasting Network. TBN
      founders Paul and Jan Crouch have celebrated Roberts' birthdays in
      recent years on their talk show Praise the Lord.
      :===End Quote===

      [Religious Merchandising] Traveling ministries now book big arenas
      :===Begin Quote===
      These days, traveling evangelists prefer football stadiums and concert
      arenas with jumbo screens and high-tech sound systems - and they're
      packing them in.

      T. D. Jakes. Kenneth Hagin. Kenneth Copeland. Creflo Dollar. Joyce
      Meyer. Fred Price.

      If you think their messages of inspiration, hope, faith healing and
      everything in between is for those believers on the fringe, think
      :===End Quote===

      [Wilbur Eash] Amish sect leader may be in prison for up to 15 years
      :===Begin Quote===
      Last August, Eash was accused of violating a 14-year-old boy, the son
      of a woman who followed Eash to the area. He was originally charged
      with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting the boy, but
      he later pleaded guilty to a less serious count punishable by a
      maximum of 15 years in prison.

      According to a 1990 Los Angeles Times story, Eash's followers credited
      him with having supernatural powers. He was disillusioned with the
      Amish religion's strict beliefs and led the splinter group away from
      Shipshewana, Ind., promising the use of phones and electricity.
      :===End Quote===

      [Osho] Concern over 'love' cult
      :===Begin Quote===
      The controversial Orange People cult has been accused of trying to
      lure children as young as 14 to weekend residential retreats at Byron
      Bay on the NSW north coast.

      The group, now known as the Sannyasins, was once notorious for
      promoting free love among members. It is reported to have about 5000
      members in and around Byron Bay.
      :===End Quote===

      [Unification Church] Unification Church to launch political party
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Unification Church said yesterday that it will form a political
      party Monday to prop up its social campaign on family values and world

      The church, also known as the Family Federation for World Peace and
      Unification, said it will hold a mass rally in which about 2,000
      promoters will register with the nation's election commission, a legal
      step essential to organizing a political party.

      "We have made efforts to promote family values, world peace and
      inter-Korean reunification. And we believe we need an organization
      that can operate with legal protection," said a church official on the
      reasons behind the launch of the new party.
      :===End Quote===

      [Harry Potter] The Split Verdict on Harry Potter
      :===Begin Quote===
      While Harry Potter books remain banned in some places, there is a
      growing acceptance of the stories of the boy wizard, with a blessing
      of sorts from the Vatican recently and even new efforts to preach
      Christianity itself through them.

      One critic of the Harry Potter stories is Doug Groothuis, professor of
      philosophy at the interdenominational, graduate-level Denver Seminary.

      "The roots of the Harry Potter books are definitely not Christian,"
      Dr. Groothuis said. "They are not even neutral in the ancient
      tradition of the occult. Children's imaginations should be treated
      very carefully and wisely."

      Richard Abanes, who has written two books that highlight what he sees
      as the wrongs of the Harry Potter stories, said: "I suppose you could
      take anything and make it Christian. Some people want to portray Harry
      as a Christlike figure and bring up several things he does that they
      say are noble, courageous and loyal to his friends. They ignore many
      moments where he is very un-Christian and is blatantly immoral, lying,
      cheating, deceiving."
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Washington state lawmakers apologize for skipping Muslim's
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Muslim leader returned to the state House on Friday to deliver the
      opening prayer, and this time everyone listened.

      Reps. Lois McMahan and Cary Condotta drew criticism Monday when they
      deliberately stayed off the House floor during Imam Mohamad Joban's
      prayer. The Republicans apologized to him and shook his hand on his
      return visit.
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] New warrants out in House of Prayer case
      :===Begin Quote===
      The 70-year-old Allen's apparent absence is unusual because he has run
      the independent church on Hollywood Road, in a poor part of northwest
      Atlanta, for more than 35 years and is deeply involved in his
      followers' lives. Now the outspoken pastor's phone is disconnected.
      Neither Allen nor his wife, Trina, who have seven children under the
      age of 18, answered the door at his house Thursday evening or Friday
      afternoon. Allen's Jaguar was parked in the driveway of his modest
      blue stucco house, and a note left on it Thursday remained there

      Meanwhile, the Duncans have vacated their house on Culpepper Street in
      Atlanta, leaving behind clothing, toys and furniture on the lawn.
      Church members, including a brother-in-law, said they don't know the
      whereabouts of the family, which includes at least eight children
      under 18.
      :===End Quote===

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