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Religion News Blog, Mar. 10 - 11, 2003

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    Religion News Blog, March 11, 2003 [Islamism] Sunni authority calls war against Iraq new crusade http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002657.html ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 11, 2003
      Religion News Blog, March 11, 2003

      [Islamism] Sunni authority calls war against Iraq 'new crusade'
      :===Begin Quote===
      The highest authority in the Sunni Islamic world on Monday declared
      that war against Iraq will be a "new crusade" compelling every Muslim
      to perform "jihad."

      The Islamic Research Center at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, the
      world's leading teaching institution from Islam's Sunni sect, did not
      elaborate, however, on what form any jihad -- or "holy struggle" --
      should take.
      :===End Quote===

      [Yazidi] Ancient Faith Is a Reminder of Iraq's Diversity
      :===Begin Quote===
      For centuries, believers in the Yazidi religion in northern Iraq were
      oppressed by their Ottoman overlords and Muslim Kurdish neighbors and
      labeled a sect of devil worshipers. When not the victims of massacres,
      they were snickered at for what was seen as their strangely eclectic
      list of taboos -- among them, eating lettuce, wearing the color blue
      and uttering words that begin with the sound sh.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Koran to get Irish translation
      :===Begin Quote===
      There are about 18,000 Muslims in the State, almost 12,000 of them in
      Dublin. The Islamic community is the fastest-growing religious
      minority in the State.
      :===End Quote===

      [Church Universal and Triumphant] Bison didn't gain much from CUT land
      :===Begin Quote===
      Late in 1998, the Church Universal and Triumphant and the federal
      government announced they had worked out plans for the church to sell
      land or conservation easements on 5,000 acres along the park border to
      the U.S. Forest Service.

      At the time, the church also proposed selling the cattle grazing
      rights on its remaining 7,000 acres to the government. But the church
      and the Clinton-era Interior Department couldn't agree on the value of
      those rights, former officials with both entities said Thursday.

      And that means cattle are still there and bison aren't allowed.
      :===End Quote===

      [Transcendental Meditation] Can good vibrations stop war?
      :===Begin Quote===
      Hagelin and the Marharishi view war as a failure of leadership and
      diplomacy, two qualities that were often founded on the idea of
      successfully prosecuting war in less advanced times. The Maharishi's
      idea is that these failures of leadership and diplomacy usually exist
      in a maelstrom of mounting tensions -- be they ethnic, religious or

      His idea of the pagodas filled with meditating believers amounts to
      stress management on a societal scale.
      :===End Quote===

      [Transcendental Meditation] F.U.M. asks county to help secure funding
      :===Begin Quote===
      The dorms will be specifically designed to accommodate Vedic pandits,
      or peace-creating students specifically trained in the Transcendental
      Meditation and TM-Sidhis programs. A total of 40,000 pandits are
      expected to be permanently established in India in the next few
      months, according to the university.

      The 1,600 group is a part of a larger group of 8,000 planned for the
      United States. These groups are part of a plan created by university
      founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to create permanent world peace using
      large groups of pandits practicing meditation.
      :===End Quote===

      [Psychics] ITC monitors Diana spirit show
      :===Begin Quote===
      When shown on a US pay-per-view TV channel on Sunday, The Spirit of
      Diana featured footage of séances in Paris and London in which mediums
      said Diana was "having fun" in the afterlife.

      She was also spending time with Mother Theresa and planned to marry
      Dodi Fayed, mediums Craig and Jane Hamilton-Parker claimed.

      Viewers paid $14.95 (£9.50) to hear the mediums relay "messages" from
      the princess that her death was definitely an accident and that she
      was not bitter about it.
      :===End Quote===

      [Bible Code] Is It Good for the Jews?
      :===Begin Quote===
      Two weeks ago, a group of senior intelligence officials in the Defense
      Department sat for an hour listening to a briefing by a writer who
      claims — I am not making this up — that messages encoded in the Hebrew
      text of the Old Testament provide clues to the whereabouts of Osama
      bin Laden. One of the officials told me that they had agreed to meet
      the writer, Michael Drosnin, author of a Nostradamus-style best
      seller, without understanding that he was promoting Biblical prophecy.
      Still, rather than shoo him away, they listened politely as he
      consumed several man-hours of valuable intelligence-crunching time.
      Apparently he has given similar briefings to top officials of Mossad,
      the Israeli intelligence agency.
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] War crimes court to receive judges
      :===Begin Quote===
      The United States has withheld support, fearing its citizens might
      become targets for politically-motivated persecution.

      It has signed agreements with 24 other countries guaranteeing immunity
      for American subjects in those countries.

      Russia and China have also refused to ratify the treaty.
      :===End Quote===

      [Unification Church] 'Moonies' launch political party in S Korea
      :===Begin Quote===
      The religious sect said its leader, Reverend Moon Sun-Myung, and his
      followers held a convention at the Little Angels Hall in Seoul to kick
      off the Party for God, Peace, Unification and Home.

      He said the church would seek to create similar parties in Japan and
      the United States.
      :===End Quote===

      ['Satanic Cults' Rumors] Justice in Guatemala Can Be Gasoline and a
      :===Begin Quote===
      Several factors lie behind the violence. The shared experience of
      decades of war and the resulting breakdown in village leadership left
      divisions and suspicions that set the stage for vigilante outbursts.

      Several human rights advocates also said that fast-growing Evangelical
      churches, whose preachers work independently in small congregations,
      had frightened villagers about the dangers of satanic cults and
      encouraged retribution with strict interpretations of Scriptures.

      Such teachings by locally trained Guatemalan preachers, they said,
      played a role in whipping up hysteria among the villagers of Todos
      Santos, a western mountain village famous for its colorful textiles,
      where a lynching in 2001 claimed the life of a Japanese tourist who
      tried to photograph a child.
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] Ex-FBI Chief, Judges Take Interest in
      Texas Execution
      :===Begin Quote===
      The case has attracted the attention of former FBI director William S.
      Sessions who, joined by two retired federal appeals court judges and a
      top former federal prosecutor, has asked the Supreme Court to stay
      Banks's execution.

      The intervention of four such prominent figures is the latest
      high-level attack on alleged procedural and other flaws in the
      practice of capital punishment in the United States. The critique is
      particularly significant because it has been leveled in Texas, which
      executes nearly as many convicts as all the other states combined and
      has come under repeated attack as error-prone and dismissive of
      systemic mishaps.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Oregon Family Killing Trial Opens
      :===Begin Quote===
      In police interrogations, Longo has claimed he was driven to murder by
      financial problems and shame over being expelled from the Jehovah's
      Witnesses for passing bad checks. According to investigators, Longo
      said: ``I sent them to a better place.''
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Jehovah's Witness 'killed family out of shame'
      :===Begin Quote===
      Financial troubles and the shame of being thrown out of the Jehovah’s
      Witnesses drove an Oregon man to murder his wife and three young
      children and dump their bodies along the Pacific coast, a court was
      told yesterday.

      Christian Longo has pleaded guilty to killing his wife and youngest
      daughter, but has denied being responsible for the deaths of his two
      other children.
      :===End Quote===

      March 10, 2003

      [Christianity] Threat of war conjures visions of Armageddon
      :===Begin Quote===
      The site of this battle is the Plain of Megiddo in Israel, within easy
      striking distance of Iraq, where an American war appears increasingly
      likely. And so it isn't surprising to see biblical prophecy
      conferences popping up or to hear a caller ask a local Christian radio
      host, "Could this war in Iraq signal the beginning of Armageddon?"

      Could it trigger the end of the world as we know it?

      No, say a wide range of Bible scholars.

      Even those fundamentalists who adhere to a very strict line of
      end-times prophecy say more has to happen first.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mannatech] Sugar pill's claims sicken health groups
      :===Begin Quote===
      A sugar pill promoted as a treatment for Aids, cystic fibrosis and
      Down's Syndrome is being peddled to vulnerable Kiwi families.

      Doctors and support groups are alarmed that sufferers are being given
      false hopes by the distributors of Ambrotose, a product with no
      scientific evidence supporting its claims.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mannatech] Prosecution threat to sugar pill distributors
      :===Begin Quote===
      Ambrotose is made from eight sugars, aloe vera and vegetable extracts
      and was developed by the Texas-based company Mannatech, which has an
      "aid relief" arm called MannaRelief.

      Mr Pratt will meet a company representative today to discuss the

      He said the company had strict rules about what could be said about
      the pills and he understood that if it was found people were breaching
      company rules they would lose their distributorships.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mannatech] 'Shonky' sugar pill created by religious group
      :===Begin Quote===
      Canadian Eugene Fox, who sends out a MannaPrayer email to followers of
      the group, claims on his website that Ambrotose helped his bowel
      disease and his wife's arthritis.

      "The Lord places a high value on our physical health.... The Lord
      built Mannatech around an amazing discovery given through prayer to
      the chief scientist, Dr Bill McAnalley. It's the plant-derived
      glyconutrient complex (brand name Ambrotose)," Mr Fox said.

      Mr Fox said Mannatech was established when founders Sam and Linda
      Caster knelt with family members in a Texas living room and "gave
      themselves to the Lord in a fresh commitment".
      :===End Quote===

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