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Religion News Blog, July 24, 2003 (Part 2)

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  • Anton Hein
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      [Unification Church] PSV's Hiddink hoping to win Peace Cup
      :===Begin Quote===
      The inaugural Peace Cup is hosted by Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation, an
      affiliate of Rev. Moon Sun-myung's Unification Church.

      The tournament, which was established with the purpose of fostering world peace
      through soccer games, is expected to be staged biannually, with profits going to
      childrens charities.
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Defendant responds to sexual abuse allegations
      :===Begin Quote===
      The national Jehovah’s Witnesses organization and Larry Kelley, a former elder
      in the Dumas and Amarillo congregation of the church, have filed court documents
      denying allegations of sexual abuse which were filed by a former member of the
      Amarillo Congregation.

      Amy B., the plaintiff, filed a negligence suit in the 251st District Court at
      the beginning of June against Kelley, the Watchtower and Bible Tract Society of
      New York, the Dumas congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the
      Amarillo-Southwest congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      :===End Quote===

      [Religious Intolerance] Georgia: Religious sect reportedly harassed by local
      :===Begin Quote===
      After constant confrontations with Jehovah's Witnesses, people are now showing
      intolerance towards Pentecostals as well.
      :===End Quote===

      [Sabaean Mandeans] Iraqi Sect Holds Onto Old Ritual
      :===Begin Quote===
      The group which believes that John, and not Jesus Christ, was the true messiah
      was allowed to worship under Saddam. But the regime seized several of its
      temples, and the group was not allowed to build new ones outside Baghdad. Like
      all groups in Iraq, they say many followers were among the estimated 300,000
      people murdered during Saddam's 23-year reign.

      Still, they say the future may be even worse for their sect as fundamentalist
      Islamic groups begin to assert control in a new Iraq. Majority Shiite Muslims,
      long oppressed by Saddam, appear poised to take a commanding role in the
      emerging government, much to the dismay of the Sabaean Mandeans.
      :===End Quote===

      [Full Gospel Mission Fellowship] New twist to tug-of-war over cult's assets
      :===Begin Quote===
      An independent party is poised to enter the tug-of-war over the assets of a
      former religious cult in prime wine-growing country near Waipara.

      An application will be filed in the High Court soon for Tower Trust Ltd to
      become the sole trustee of the Full Gospel Mission Trust.
      :===End Quote===

      [Zhong Gong] Hearing date set for Chinese dissident charged with attacking
      Pasadena housekeeper
      :===Begin Quote===
      If convicted, he could face deportation to China, which those who follow his
      movement say could lead to his execution there. He is wanted in China on charges
      of murder and rape.

      He was granted asylum in the United States in 2001 after a lengthy immigration
      trial. Politicians including then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of
      Mississippi and Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., were among those who lobbied on his
      :===End Quote===

      [Falun Gong] U.S. Says Chinese Force-Fed Jailed U.S. Citizen
      :===Begin Quote===
      Chinese prison authorities force-fed an American Falun Gong member who went on
      hunger strike last week, the State Department said on Tuesday.

      U.S. citizen Charles Li, a member of the banned spiritual movement, is serving a
      three-year sentence after a Chinese court found him guilty of sabotaging
      television broadcasts.

      Li told U.S. officials on July 16 that he intended to go on hunger strike in
      protest at his treatment.

      "We understand he was force-fed on July 17 and that he resumed eating normally
      on July 18," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told a daily briefing.
      :===End Quote===

      [The Body] Prosecutor calls cult mom's psych claim a sham
      :===Begin Quote===
      The prosecutor in the murder case against an Attleboro religious cult member
      charged with starving her infant son to death accused the mother of faking
      psychological ailments that prompted a judge yesterday to again proclaim her
      unfit to stand trial.
      :===End Quote===

      [The Body] Cult Mom Still Incompetent To Stand Trial, Judge Says
      :===Begin Quote===
      A mother who allegedly watched her infant son starve to death because of her
      religious beliefs was ordered Tuesday to return to a state hospital for
      treatment after a judge ruled that the woman was still incompetent to stand
      :===End Quote===

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Jehovah's Witnesses asking woman to pay legal costs in
      sexual abuse lawsuit
      :===Begin Quote===
      A woman who received $5,000 in damages after accusing the Canadian wing of the
      Jehovah's Witnesses of negligence over their handling of allegations of sexual
      abuse is being asked to pay part of the religious group's $160,000 in legal
      costs in the case.

      Colin Stevenson, the lawyer representing Watch Tower, confirmed Wednesday that
      the religious group is asking Boer to pay part of its legal tab.

      Stevenson said Watch Tower is not being vindictive.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christianity] The most watched film in history
      :===Begin Quote===
      At first sight, Jesus, or the Jesus Film as it has come to be known, is an
      unlikely candidate for the title of most watched - and most translated - film.

      Documentary-maker Deep Sehgal filmed the screening as part of a six-month
      venture to record the work of the project. His film, Selling Jesus, is to be
      broadcast in the UK on BBC Four next week.

      "The events we witnessed were often bewildering," he says. "But what struck us
      most was the utter normality of those who were willing to risk their lives for

      "These are not Stepford Christians with glazed expressions and dogmatic
      platitudes. These are dedicated, caring and liberal people who believe that they
      have stumbled upon the one great Truth, and will die for their right to share
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Aum Shinrikyo] Three held for playing doctor freed
      :===Begin Quote===
      Three Aum Shinrikyo members who had been arrested on suspicion of practicing
      medicine without a license in Aichi Prefecture were released Wednesday due to
      lack of sufficient evidence for an indictment.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Hate Groups : Scientology] Group sees need to screen chaplains
      :===Begin Quote===
      So many clergy who descended on Ground Zero in late 2001 were either unprepared
      or unwilling to offer appropriate spiritual counseling that a new clergy group
      plans to screen and credential chaplains for future emergencies in the tri-state

      The Church of Scientology had dozens of "volunteer ministers" on hand to offer
      counseling, and their involvement was criticized by the mental health
      establishment. It is unclear whether Scientologists can meet Disaster Spiritual
      Care Services' standards, which will likely ask that chaplains be prepared to
      refer people for psychological services. Scientology rejects traditional mental
      health treatment.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Mormon Church] Former Mormon seeks to bring Gospel light to LDS
      :===Begin Quote===
      John Divito has a passion for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Mormons.
      It's a passion driven by an insider's perspective.

      For the first 19 years of his life, Divito -- a master of divinity student at
      Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- was a member of the Church of Jesus
      Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

      Divito spent a week passing out Gospel tracts and discussing the Gospel with
      Mormons at the church's annual Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah, in June.
      Divito worked with Mormonism Research Ministry (MRM), an apologetics group for
      which he serves as a staff member.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Michael Murphy : Brother Benedict] Victims' anger at torturer's
      jail term
      :===Begin Quote===
      Victims of a monk who tortured pupils with a home-made electric shock machine at
      a school for problem children reacted angrily yesterday as he was jailed for two
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Seventh–Day Adventism] Inspectors order group to leave overcrowded
      :===Begin Quote===
      Metro Louisville inspectors yesterday ordered 18 people, most of them young and
      apparently affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to leave the
      three-bedroom house in Newburg in which they had been living.

      Jan Tucker, a code enforcement officer, said the house, at 4203 Wooded Way, was
      overcrowded. Tucker said the youths were sleeping on air mattresses and floors
      throughout the house.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Nuwaubians] Judge removes himself from York case
      :===Begin Quote===
      Defense lawyer Ed Garland asked Lawson to step down, saying the judge had
      inadvertently involved himself in plea negotiations. He said that affected
      York's ability to make decisions about his case.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Hate Groups : Scientology] War of words over Cruise's 'dyslexia
      :===Begin Quote===
      “There is not a lot of science to support the claims that the teachings of
      Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard are appropriate to overcoming dyslexia,” said
      J Thomas Viall, executive director of the International Dyslexia Association.
      :===End Quote===

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