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    Religion News Blog, March 12, 2003 [Shadowmancer] Move over, Harry Potter http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002676.html ... Millions of children are
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      Religion News Blog, March 12, 2003

      [Shadowmancer] Move over, Harry Potter
      :===Begin Quote===
      Millions of children are waiting anxiously to get their hands on the
      latest Harry Potter novel but a book written by a North Yorkshire
      vicar could knock the teenage wizard off the top of the best seller

      He's already had letters castigating him for promoting witchcraft in
      the book but he dismisses the criticism as "nonsense". Shadowmancer is
      informed by his Christianity and ultimately, good triumphs over evil.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam / Islamism] Saudi form of Islam wars with moderates
      :===Begin Quote===
      Some Muslims say Wahhabism, the fundamentalist version of Islam
      practiced in Saudi Arabia, is intent on stamping out all other sects.
      :===End Quote===

      [Atheism] Why I sued over the intrusion of 'under God' into the Pledge
      of Allegiance. (By Michael Newdow)
      :===Begin Quote===
      More than anything, I've learned to truly appreciate the genius of the
      constitutional democracy left to us by the founders. It's still
      amazing to me that one individual can force the entire nation to at
      least ponder the ideals upon which our laws rest.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christianity] Bible scholars rejoice at signs
      :===Begin Quote===
      Ever since Jesus said only God knows the hour or day of the Second
      Coming, preachers and self-appointed prophets have been trying to
      predict when it will happen — and watching the sun rise on another

      Such talk bothers Craig Hill, professor of New Testament at Wesley
      Theological Seminary in Washington and one of many biblical scholars
      who say end-time interpreters distort Scripture to fit their own point
      of view. Most claim to read the Bible “literally” yet take bits and
      pieces from books written centuries apart under different
      circumstances, he said.
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] Menlo Park man faces charges of sabotaging broadcasts in
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Chinese court said today it would put an American citizen on trial
      later this month on charges of disrupting government television and
      radio broadcasts -- accusations apparently related to his ties to the
      banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Supremacist held on gun charges
      :===Begin Quote===
      A former leader of a white supremacist group is being held on weapons
      charges after dozens of federal agents descended on his isolated
      Dahlonega home to arrest him over the weekend.

      Chester James Doles, once a local organizer of the National Alliance
      and a longtime Ku Klux Klan activist, will remain in federal custody
      at least until Wednesday, when prosecutors will ask that he be
      detained until trial. Doles was charged with being a felon who
      illegally possessed a number of rifles and handguns.
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] China officials vow to intensify cult crackdowns
      :===Begin Quote===
      China's top law enforcement officials promised redoubled efforts
      yesterday to crush terrorists, ethnic separatists, Falun Gong
      activists and others who they said threaten national security -- and,
      just as importantly, economic progress.
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] Pitt researcher Xu fights to free wife
      :===Begin Quote===
      In November 2001, Jia was taken into custody because she distributed
      information about Falun Gong and was put into the Beijing female labor
      camp. Xu said he and their son had not seen her since October 2001,
      when she left home to avoid being arrested.
      :===End Quote===

      [Satanism] Devil worshipping rumors rife among children
      :===Begin Quote===
      “They are convinced that devil worshippers are around the corner and
      are waiting to kidnap them,” she said. “No matter what I tell them
      they don’t believe me, because they hear their friends saying that
      they saw a real devil worshipper on television, discussing what they
      do in their meetings.”

      Tele-Lumiere, a private Christian television station, aired a report
      on devil worship last Sunday, and included a live testimony from an
      alleged former devil worshipper, who described in detail the orgies
      and bloody rituals she and her devil worshipping mates would partake
      :===End Quote===

      [Antisemitism] W.House Condemns Lawmaker's Remarks on Jews, Iraq
      :===Begin Quote===
      The White House, lawmakers of both parties and local Jewish groups on
      Tuesday criticized a Democratic representative's remarks suggesting
      that American Jews were responsible for the push for war with Iraq.

      Rep. James Moran of Virginia told a church forum March 3 that if "it
      were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war
      with Iraq, we would not be doing this." He then suggested Jewish
      leaders could prevent the war if they chose to. The remarks were later
      reported by local papers.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Longo prosecutors offer motive
      :===Begin Quote===
      Christian Longo murdered his wife and three children in December 2001
      because he was tired of them and they were preventing him from living
      a wilder lifestyle, a prosecutor argued at Longo's trial yesterday.
      :===End Quote===

      [Church / State] Church and state connected in most European countries
      :===Begin Quote===
      Religion and politics are far from being so strictly separated in the
      European states as the political debate might lead one to believe,
      writes Danish paper Kristeligt Dagblad on presenting the findings of
      an extended research into the constitutions of 25 European countries.

      The research shows that the state is entwined with the religious life
      in the vast majority of the 25 EU countries – the fifteen EU member
      states plus the ten acceding countries.
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] Pastor's Attorney Advises to Surrender
      :===Begin Quote===
      “The court might revoke his probation based on the fact he didn't
      appear and violated his probation by failing to appear. But i would
      advise him to come back and face the charges and face the issues,” he

      If convicted of probation violations, Allen could face up to 10 years
      in prison. David Duncan could face eight years and Sharon Duncan could
      face up to five.
      :===End Quote===

      March 11, 2003 (Continued..._

      [Human Rights] Milestone in international justice
      :===Begin Quote===
      The swearing in of 18 judges at the International Criminal Court in
      The Hague marks the court's official inauguration on Tuesday. Many of
      the 139 signatory states sent delegates to the ceremony, attended by
      Queen Beatrix and UN Chief Kofi Annan. Noticeably absent was the
      United States, which has boycotted the tribunal and left the bill for
      its running with European and other Western nations.
      :===End Quote===
      NOTE: Listen to the comments of Benjamin Ferencz, one of the original
      Nuremberg prosecutors, who - correctly - states that the current
      administration has "deceived" the American public with regard to the
      http://www.xs4all.nl/~ahein/multimedia/icc030311.rm (RealAudio)

      [House of Prayer] Atlanta Pastor Declared a Fugitive
      :===Begin Quote===
      State officials said the pastor of the controversial church violated
      his parole and then failed to show up in court to explain why. The
      three convicts could now face up to 10 years in prison.

      Last year, Allen was convicted on several charges, including spanking
      children in a way that Division of Family and Children Services
      (DFACS) considered abuse.

      Allen, along with David and Sharon Duncan, spent weeks in jail before
      returning to the controversial church.
      :===End Quote===

      [Chrysalis] Program lets inmates find God in different ways
      :===Begin Quote===
      Dubbed "Chrysalis" - the last stage in a butterfly's development - the
      program was created by Etter for her thesis project at Hartford
      Seminary as an alternative to traditional residential programs taught
      from a Christian perspective.

      "What happened in most faith-based programs was basically Christian,"
      said the Rev. Anthony Bruno, director of Religious Services for the
      state Department of Correction. "To have something that expands to the
      true minority religions, and have them participate, that's the
      :===End Quote===

      [Santeria] Santeria, intrigue surround alleged hit man murder case
      :===Begin Quote===
      Even after the divorce, he kept sending her flowers. Constantly, he'd
      call her and pass by her house at night.

      Then he started leaving brujeria, black magic, at her door. On one day
      it was coconuts, on another an egg, the next a headless chicken with a
      burned note in a paper bag.

      The last thing he sent her, police say, was a hit man with bullets in
      his gun.
      :===End Quote===

      [Human Rights Violations, USA] War tribunal starts without U.S.
      :===Begin Quote===
      Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress has enacted legislation giving the
      president power to use "all means necessary" to free any Americans the
      court takes into custody. The new law is jokingly referred to as the
      "Invasion of The Hague Act."

      Tuesday's ceremony won't be without an unofficial American presence,

      The man who signed the treaty on behalf of the United States, former
      war crimes ambassador David Scheffer, is attending.

      Scheffer told The Associated Press he was "very disappointed"
      Washington wasn't participating and was forfeiting its chance to take
      a leadership role in world justice.

      Likewise, Benjamin Ferencz, a war crimes prosecutor for the United
      States at Nuremberg, is attending. Ferencz, 82, also has raised his
      voice against Washington's stance.

      "The current leadership in the United States seems to have forgotten
      the lessons we tried to teach the rest of the world," Ferencz wrote on
      his Web site.

      Richard Dicker, international justice expert at Human Rights Watch,
      said the inauguration of the first 18 judges would help to thwart U.S.
      efforts to undermine the court.

      "The judges' inauguration makes this court more unstoppable than
      ever," Dicker told the AP.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Saudi defense minister says churches will never be allowed in
      Saudi Arabia
      :===Begin Quote===
      Sultan said that foreigners have been allowed to worship freely in
      their homes since they began arriving in Saudi Arabia in 1951 but
      permitting a church in the country "would affect Islam and all
      :===End Quote===

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