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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, May 8, 2003 [Word of Faith Fellowship] Officials mum on WOFF hearing http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003256.html ... A
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      [Word of Faith Fellowship] Officials mum on WOFF hearing
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003256.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A juvenile court hearing regarding children inside The Word of Faith
      Fellowship was called off on Wednesday after attorneys apparently
      reached an agreement outside the courtroom.
      [...]

      Earlier this year, DSS filed motions requesting the names of all
      children 5- years-old and younger who were members of the church.
      :===End Quote===


      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientology gets lift from Cruise
      popularity
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003255.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Church Of Scientology officials are hoping Hollywood star Tom Cruise's
      popularity in Taranaki will ignite interest in his religion.

      The Auckland-based church will hold a two-day exhibition in New
      Plymouth this weekend in an effort to enlighten people on the
      philosophies of the religion.

      Church director Mike Ferris said publicity surrounding Cruise's
      religious beliefs since arriving in New Zealand had undoubtedly helped
      raise the church's profile in the country.
      :===End Quote===


      [Panawave] TELEVIEWS / Tama-chan, star of river and screen
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003254.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      And now the Televiews award for the best continuing series of the
      spring TV season...and the winner is: "The World According to
      Tama-chan."
      [...]

      The story reached a stunning turning point at the end of Episode 6
      when the wide shows, always willing to serve as the nation's devoted
      deputy sheriffs, got their first helicopter shots of the Shiro-shozoku
      (also known as the Pana Wave Research Center), the strange sect that
      had masterminded the Tama-chan abduction/rescue plan of fan club B.
      :===End Quote===


      [Panawave] NPA promises to keep monitoring Pana Wave cult
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003253.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      "The bizarre nature of its members' outfits plus a sense they are
      strange are causing public anxiety," Sato told a regular news
      conference. "We have no plan to change our policy to build up efforts
      to resolve these concerns."
      :===End Quote===


      [Catholic Church] Md. Priest Charged With Child Sex Abuse
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003252.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A priest who was shot three times last year by a man who accused him
      of sexual abuse has been charged with molesting the shooter as a
      child.

      The Rev. Maurice Blackwell, 57, was expected to report to authorities
      to face four child sexual abuse charges Thursday, a day after he was
      indicted by a grand jury. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 15
      years in prison.
      :===End Quote===


      [Interfaith] Pursuing an Evangelical-Muslim dialogue
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003251.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Top American evangelicals met in Washington Wednesday to begin the
      daunting process of trying to square a circle.

      Here is the problem: How do you dialogue with Muslims without engaging
      in syncretism - the mixing of religions traditional Christians eschew?

      How do you proceed without minimizing, on the one hand, the difference
      between Christianity and Islam - and without trading gratuitous
      insults on the other, as Diane Knippers, President of the Institute on
      Religion and Democracy, phrased it? At a Consultation on Evangelical
      Christian-Muslim Relations, organized by the IRD and the National
      Association of Evangelicals, fellow conservative Christians, such as
      the Rev. Franklin Graham, were gently rebuked for calling Islam a
      wicked and evil faith.
      [...]

      The 60-odd participants in Wednesday's consultation all seemed to
      agree that a dialogue was essential, even though a survey of
      evangelical leaders in the U.S. revealed that 77 percent had an
      unfavorable view of Islam.

      In a poll commissioned by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a
      Washington-based think tank, and belief.net, an Internet publication,
      76 percent of the respondents said Islam opposes religious freedom.

      Almost as many (72 percent) stated that Islam is against pluralism and
      democracy and the Sharia legal system violates human freedom. Only 10
      percent agreed with President George W. Bush that Islam is "a religion
      of peace."
      [...]

      To dialogue well with Muslims, the IRD presented to the consultation
      Guidelines marked by great theological rigor. These Guidelines hold it
      "appropriate and necessary to... seek to understand Islam and Muslim
      peoples."

      Christians are to open themselves to "talk with all varieties and
      stations of Muslims (and) give testimony to the Gospel of Jesus
      Christ, because it is our duty to do so."

      Clearly rejecting the mushy approach by some mainline Protestants to
      interfaith discussions, the Guidelines advise evangelicals to "make
      sure that Christians entering into dialogue with Muslims have a firm
      grasp of an orthodox faith in the mainstream of the Christian
      tradition."
      :===End Quote===
      NOTE: Link to the guidelines published by the IRD:
      http://tinyurl.com/bbru


      [Gambling] Bennett’s gambling reveals split in Catholic, Protestant
      stance
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003250.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Since William Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues,” was revealed
      as a high-stakes casino player, several Protestant organizations have
      lamented his gambling, which they consider sinful.

      But groups from the Roman Catholic Church, Bennett’s own denomination,
      have remained largely silent, reflecting a long-standing split in
      Christianity over gaming.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Christians condemn anti-Islam talk
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003249.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      In an unusual public rebuke, leading evangelical Christians condemned
      derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. Franklin Graham and
      others among their fellow religious conservatives. They also pledged
      to improve relations with Muslims.

      The evangelicals meeting Wednesday said the derisive comments
      endangered Christian missionaries in the Muslim world, strained
      already tense interfaith relations and fed the perception in the
      Mideast and beyond that the war on terrorism is a Christian crusade
      against Islam.
      :===End Quote===


      [Falun Gong] Pitt researcher's wife released from labor camp in China
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003248.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A University of Pittsburgh researcher said his wife, a member of the
      banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, has been released from a forced
      labor camp in China.

      Cailu Xu said that over the weekend he spoke to his wife, Xiaomei Jai,
      for the first time in 18 months.

      Xu, also a practitioner of Falun Gong, fled his native country after
      his wife was arrested in November 2001. He left China last summer to
      attend an academic conference in Boston and has not returned.
      :===End Quote===


      [Panawave] Countdown to doomsday: What makes a cult leader tick?
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003247.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      About the only constant in Yuko Chino's apparently soon to be over
      life is that other people have nearly always regarded her as something
      of a kook. Those who knew her as a child almost universally describe
      the ailing 69-year-old cult leader as a weirdo. Much of Japan remains
      befuddled as her white-clad followers from Panawave Laboratory drape
      unblemished cloth along the roads as they traverse the countryside in
      preparation for what they believe will be the end of the world later
      this month.
      :===End Quote===


      [Panawave] Koizumi urges cult not to inconvenience others
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003246.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday urged a white-robed
      doomsday group "not to cause inconvenience to other people," as its
      caravan of vehicles stopped once again on its journey through central
      Japan, this time on a sightseeing road in the mountains of Nagano
      Prefecture.
      :===End Quote===


      [Amina Lawal] Saving Amina
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003245.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Five million people signed a petition to save this Nigerian woman from
      being stoned to death next month. But, say experts, the protest is
      mistaken and may even harm her cause. Libby Brooks investigates
      :===End Quote===


      [Amina Lawal] False Information About Amnesty International's Campaign
      on Amina Lawal
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003244.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Amnesty International today moved to correct misleading information
      falsely attributed to one of the web pages of the Spanish section of
      Amnesty International. Information has been widely distributed by
      email falsely claiming that Amina Lawal's execution had been set for 3
      June 2003 and referring to Amnesty International as a source.
      :===End Quote===

      Anton
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