Religion News Blog, Apr. 2, 2003
- Religion News Blog, April 2, 2003
[Brian Mitchell] Mitchell's Journey to 'Immanuel'
A decade ago, Brian David Mitchell was a clean-cut husband and father,
a Salt Lake Temple worker and a diecutter at O.C. Tanner. Today he is
a bedraggled prisoner at the Salt Lake County Jail, charged with
kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.
What happened to him? Doug Larsen believes he has a clue.
In the early 1990s, Larsen was perhaps Mitchell's best friend. The two
devout Mormons shared an office at O.C. Tanner, where they discovered
a mutual interest in religious philosophy and scripture. Isolated
somewhat from their co-workers, they talked for hours about their
[Jehovah's Witnesses] Longo says wife was first to kill
Christian Longo testified Tuesday that he strangled his wife,
MaryJane, on Dec. 17, 2001, then killed their unconscious daughter
Madison only after learning MaryJane had drowned two of their children
and tried to smother Madison.
[Offbeat News] UFO was ... cat
Observers heard an explosion and spotted a fireball in the night sky
over Lardal on March 14. Now authorities have managed to puzzle out
the evidence, and say a housecat caused the sighting, NRK Vestfold
[Buddhism] Buddhist precepts revised for modern life
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk living in exile in France,
made public a revision of Pratimoksha, a list of precepts that
Bhikshus, or male Buddhist monks, need to study and practice, at a
lecture held yesterday at the Joong-Ang Sangha University.
Thich Nhat Hanh is well known for his interest in modernized Buddhism.
The revision serves to update the traditional Pratimoksha to meet the
needs of an advanced scientific era, with such developments as
computer technology, cell phones and the Internet.
[Order of Saint Charbel] Kamm's queen at 14
One of the 12 chosen queens of controversial religious leader William
Kamm was taken to a hotel for regular sex sessions from the time she
was just 14, Nowra Local Court heard yesterday.
The claim was made during a committal hearing into four charges each
of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault on a
child aged under 16, along with one charge of inciting a child under
16 to commit an act of indecency, laid against Kamm, also known as The
[Order of Saint Charbel] Little Pebble sex charges
A distressed woman yesterday told a court how her mother had approved
of her having a sexual relationship with a religious cult leader when
she was just 14 years old.
The woman cried at times as she told magistrate David O'Connor, in
Nowra Local Court, about the occasions on which William "Little
Pebble" Kamm had taken her to a Figtree motel, and a Corrimal flat,
[Hinduism] Pillar Found at Site of India Mosque
Archaeologists have uncovered a broken pillar with a carving of a
lotus flower at the site of a destroyed 16th-century mosque claimed by
both Hindus and Muslims, a government official said Tuesday.
The significance of the discovery was still unclear, but officials
hope it will eventually help settle the impassioned debate about what
was originally built on the site.
[Islam] 'A dark future awaits the world'
Today, Dr. Lewis, who is Jewish and was born in Britain, is regarded
as the world's foremost interpreter of the Arab world.
Although he has written more than 20 books on the Islamic world, his
most famous book is What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and
Modernity. The book, completed just before the Sept. 11 terrorist
strikes, topped best-seller lists around the world, largely because it
was one of the first to address the root causes of Islamist terrorism,
focusing on the rise of militant Islam in Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia
and the influence of the radical Wahhabi sect. Many of the Sept. 11
terrorists, including bin Laden, practise Wahhabism, which since its
founding in the 18th century has advocated a harsh, puritanical and
often violent form of Islam.
[Nuwaubians] York's wife pleads guilty
The wife of convicted child molester and cult leader Dwight
''Malachi'' York pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday in federal
Kathy Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Macon to
misprision of a felony.
Misprision of a felony means ''she knew a felony was taking place and
she didn't do anything about it,'' said U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Pam
[Human Rights Violations, USA] More double standards as another child
offender set to be executed
In the same week that Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke of "the
steadfast commitment of the United States to advance internationally
agreed human rights principles worldwide", the USA is set to violate a
fundamental principle of international law respected across the world,
Amnesty International said today, as Oklahoma prepared to execute
Scott Hain for a crime committed when he was 17.
Note: "The Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly stipulates
that capital punishment shall not be imposed for offences committed by
persons below eighteen years of age. All States, but the United States
and Somalia have ratified the Convention."
-- Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
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