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Religion News Blog, Apr. 3 - 4, 2003

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    Religion News Blog, April 4, 2003 [Zoroastrianism] Religion in the News: Zoroastrians http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00002939.html ... One of the
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      Religion News Blog, April 4, 2003

      [Zoroastrianism] Religion in the News: Zoroastrians
      :===Begin Quote===
      One of the world's oldest religions is establishing a new, American
      temple for the faith outside the nation's capital, the Zoroastrian
      Center and Darb-e-Mehr.

      Once the state religion of an empire that stretched throughout much of
      the ancient world, Zoroastrianism now has only about 200,000 adherents
      worldwide (some estimates say the number is fewer). Up to 15,000
      believers are in the United States.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Two suspects supremacists, watchdogs say
      :===Begin Quote===
      Two of three men arrested in Scranton last month on ethnic
      intimidation charges are members of a statewide white supremacist
      group that has recently established a local chapter, according to
      extremist group watchdogs.

      A hate group expert at the Anti-Defamation League, an organization
      that focuses on domestic extremist groups and advises law enforcement
      agencies, said Keith Carney, 21, Feasterville, and Steve Smith, 31,
      West Chester, are members of the Keystone State Skinheads.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] White supremacist group puts up billboard in north
      :===Begin Quote===
      A white supremacist organization has put up a billboard message in
      north Florida that urges the United States to cut ties with Israel and
      to stop immigration.

      The National Alliance's message and its Internet address went up last
      month on a highway four miles northwest of Old Town, about 100 miles
      southeast of Tallahassee. A few days after the message was posted, an
      e-mail from group listed the sign as an accomplishment.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] East Providence man pleads guilty to sexual
      assault charges
      :===Begin Quote===
      A former Jehovah's Witnesses official pleaded guilty Tuesday to
      sexually assaulting his young stepdaughter and her male cousin in the
      1970s and was sentenced to one year in prison.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Woman bled to death after refusing transfusion
      :===Begin Quote===
      A young woman died after refusing a vital blood transfusion through
      religious beliefs days after giving birth at Whipps Cross Hospital.

      Patience Edema, a Jehovah's Witness, 24, died three days after giving
      birth to her second daughter, on Tuesday, October 24 last year, from
      complications after an emergency hysterectomy an operation to remove
      the womb.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christianity] American bishop says Jesus was a sinner
      :===Begin Quote===
      A new row over whether Jesus sinned broke out this week around the
      controversial Bishop of Pennsylvania, Charles Bennison.

      Last year the radical bishop drew the fire of both the former and
      current Archbishops of Canterbury after his decision to sack a
      traditionalist priest. Both Dr Carey and Dr Williams told the priest,
      Fr David Moyer, that they would have no problem licensing him for
      ministry in their dioceses, despite the fact that he was deposed by
      the diocese of Pennsylvania.

      But, according to critics in his diocese, his latest statement
      suggesting that Jesus sinned dwarfs any other incidents in his
      turbulent episcopate.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] North Utah Faces Influx of Racists
      :===Begin Quote===
      Law enforcement officials here and in other towns in northern Utah say
      they are grappling with a marked increase in crimes committed by men
      who joined white supremacist gangs while in prison and who, once
      released and bound by ideology and kinship, have settled in the area
      to pursue lives of crime.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] Mormon 'prophet' charged with rape, molestation
      :===Begin Quote===
      A self-proclaimed Mormon prophet from Folsom has been charged with
      molesting and raping three of his daughters and a stepdaughter for
      nearly a quarter-century, couching the abuse in religious doctrine
      that he wrote for his followers.

      Allen Rex Harrod, 55, faces 97 counts of child molestation stemming
      from abuse he wove into rituals for his polygamous sect, authorities
      :===End Quote===

      [Cloning] Human beings can’t be cloned, bioethicist says
      :===Begin Quote===
      Human cloning — despite the Raelian cult’s claim last December of
      cloning a baby girl named Eve — just doesn’t work, Caplan said.

      The reason is that “you’re using old or damaged DNA (from an adult) to
      try and make something new,” he said.
      :===End Quote===

      [FLDS] Bishop loses Bountiful school case
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Canadian bishop of a polygamist religious group lost control
      yesterday of the community's school in British Columbia and over
      $1-million in assets to rivals aligned with the U.S.-based sect.

      The shift in power was the most recent incident in a bitter fight that
      has split families and neighbours in Canada and the United States over
      who speaks for God and who should be acknowledged as the Prophet in
      the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Russian May Prosecute Islamic Leader
      :===Begin Quote===
      Russian officials warned a top Islamic leader Friday that his call for
      a holy war against the United States was illegal and he will be
      prosecuted if he repeats it.

      Supreme Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin said Thursday that his organization
      had declared jihad, or holy war, against the United States and would
      raise money to "buy weapons for fighting America and food for the
      people of Iraq."
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Aborigines turn to Islam
      :===Begin Quote===
      A rising number of young Aborigines in Australia are converting to

      Many have embraced the religion for spiritual reasons, while others
      insist it gives them a way to escape the oppression suffered by the
      country's indigenous population.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Listening for a voice of Muslim youth
      :===Begin Quote===
      Somewhere in the US's Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, there are a number
      of young British men.

      The men, including a trio dubbed the 'Tipton Taleban' remain
      incarcerated after being seized by US forces in Afghanistan.

      Why would men such as Asif Iqbal, Shafiq Rasul and Rahul Ahmed leave
      their West Midlands homes to allegedly fight abroad?

      Paradise, a new play in Birmingham, home to the second largest Muslim
      community in Britain, explores these ideas.

      The play, by British-born Kashmiri Amber Lone, charts how a frustrated
      young man with limited prospects, Umar, falls in with an old
      friend-turned-radical, Younis.

      Umar soon finds himself in a Muslim country, fighting for an Islamic
      cause that ultimately leads to his own death, shattering his family
      and friends.
      :===End Quote===

      [Alternative Healing] Homeopathy Same as Placebo for Kids with Asthma
      :===Begin Quote===
      Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine that involves diluting
      drugs in a solution to the point where only a few or no molecules of
      the original drug remains. Homeopaths believe the small amount of drug
      will stimulate or provoke the body's immune system to defend itself.

      But Dr. Adrian White at the Peninsula Medical School at the University
      of Exeter and colleagues in the UK found that homeopathy seemed to be
      no better than a placebo at improving quality of life for children
      with mild to moderate asthma.
      :===End Quote===

      [Harry Potter] Harry Potter triumphs over Russian rival
      :===Begin Quote===
      Harry Potter author JK Rowling has succeeded in blocking publication
      of a Russian children's book about a magical girl named Tanja Grotter.

      A Dutch judge said the Tanja Grotter story has too many similarities
      to the boy wizard of Hogwarts.

      Sitting in Amsterdam, he ordered Dutch publisher Byblos to withhold
      7,000 translated copies of the first book by Russian Dmitry Yemets. He
      rejected an argument that it was a parody of Harry Potter, not
      :===End Quote===

      April 3, 2003

      [Unification Church] Bush Nominates Ex-Journalist to Senior Trade Post
      :===Begin Quote===
      President Bush has nominated a former managing editor of The
      Washington Times to the post of deputy U.S. trade representative, the
      administration said on Wednesday.

      Josette Shiner, who currently holds the job of associate U.S. trade
      representative for policy and communications, will replace Deputy U.S.
      Trade Representative Jon Huntsman, who has overseen USTR activities in
      Africa and Asia since August 2001.
      :===End Quote===
      Note: While they claim to be Christians, both Bush Sr. and Bush Jr.
      have a cozy relationship with the Unification Church.

      [Bioterrorism] FBI: Terrorists may try to improvise chemical,
      biological weapons
      :===Begin Quote===
      The FBI says terrorists could use common household items to improvise
      chemical or biological weapons and then hide them in food.

      Using materials available at stores, on the Internet or through
      mail-order firms, terrorists could make cyanide compounds, grow
      salmonella bacteria and botulinum toxin, or distill the poison ricin
      from castor beans, the FBI said Wednesday in its weekly bulletin.

      The memo, sent to 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies,
      said there is no specific threat or indication that an attack is
      imminent. But it detailed several past attacks using such weapons,
      including an Oregon cult's contamination of local restaurant salad
      bars with salmonella bacteria that sickened 751 people in 1984.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Boston Archdiocese Is Sued by San Bernardino Diocese
      :===Begin Quote===
      Underscoring the financial toll of the sexual abuse scandal on the
      Roman Catholic Church, a California diocese has sued the Archdiocese
      of Boston for damages resulting from its failure to disclose a
      priest's history of sexual molestation.

      In a lawsuit filed on Monday, the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif., a
      populous jurisdiction just east of Los Angeles, said Boston church
      officials gave assurances that the priest, the Rev. Paul R. Shanley,
      was in good standing, despite a record of sexual abuse when he
      transferred from Boston in 1990.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] West Europe's Muslims and the Iraq war
      :===Begin Quote===
      Most Muslims in west European countries are fiercely critical of the
      war. But not so fiercely, their leaders hope and urge, as to be out of
      step with other critics

      “THANK you, Germany,” said one banner as Berlin Muslims last weekend
      protested against the Iraq war. Like most Muslims in western Europe,
      they are appalled by it. But there is a hint of a silver lining: so
      are most Germans, not least Gerhard Schröder, and most west Europeans
      are against it; and that shared feeling may be bringing together the
      natives and the Muslim minority.

      Not only in Germany, and not before time: the two groups have been
      drifting apart, especially since September 11th. Germany's 3.2m
      Muslims are mostly Turks. But they have felt, and resented, the
      suspicion as police raid mosques and other Muslim centres to catch
      Arab terrorists. In the Netherlands too its 850,000-plus Muslims have
      felt increasingly suspect; especially the many Moroccans, says Mohamed
      Sini, one of their leaders. But now, he says, relations are improving
      again, as the native Dutch—mostly against the war, though the prime
      minister backs it—see Muslims reacting much as they do.
      :===End Quote===

      [International Law] What Would Grotius Do? The Founder of
      International Law Speaks Out on Iraq
      :===Begin Quote===
      Fortunately, with the legality and legitimacy of the present conflict
      in Iraq very much in doubt, there is still one untarnished authority
      to whom we can turn. He has remained largely quiet during the crisis,
      offending none of the principal antagonists.

      To the war's critics, especially in Europe, he is a symbol of balance
      and humanism, of respect for the rule of law over the law of the
      jungle. And to the Bush Administration, he represents an era for which
      they are openly nostalgic--a world of independent states looking out
      for themselves, their judgments unclouded by the illusory security
      afforded by ineffective international organizations.

      He is the Dutch scholar Huig de Groot. Better known by his Latin pen
      name, Hugo Grotius, he is perhaps the world's leading authority on
      international law. According to most accounts, he virtually invented
      the field.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] Holocaust denier Zundel to remain in jail
      :===Begin Quote===
      Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel will remain in jail pending an
      immigration hearing because the government believes he would continue
      to spread his anti-Semitic views if released, an Immigration and
      Refugee Board member ruled Tuesday.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] Leavitt adds new polygamy offense to crime books
      :===Begin Quote===
      Gov. Mike Leavitt quietly signed into law a tougher criminal sanction
      for men who take young girls as their polygamist wives.

      House Bill 307 created the new crime of child bigamy - marrying a
      second wife who is under the age of 18. The second-degree felony is
      punishable by one to 15 years in prison.

      The penalty for ordinary bigamy is zero to five years.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientologists in Germany launch legal
      crusade to end observation
      :===Begin Quote===
      The German branch of the Church of Scientology has launched a legal
      battle aimed at declaring the organization's continued surveillance by
      German security agencies unconstitutional, a spokeswoman said

      On Tuesday, the Scientologists filed a suit at a state court in
      Cologne against Germany's federal Office for the Protection of the
      Constitution, declaring the continued monitoring of Scientologists
      illegal. A similar lawsuit was filed in against state authorities in
      Berlin Monday.
      :===End Quote===
      Note: Documents seized from the cult in Greece provide a good
      indication of dangerous the extremist organization is:

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