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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 25, 2003 [Islam] Newsweek article insults Koran, Pakistan says, bans it http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003788.html ...
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      ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 25, 2003

      [Islam] Newsweek article insults Koran, Pakistan says, bans it
      :===Begin Quote===
      An article on Newsweek's Web site deals with a new interpretation of Islam's
      holy book by a German scholar of Semitic languages, who uses the pseudonym
      Christoph Luxenberg.

      He argues that the language of the Koran has been misinterpreted and that in
      verses detailing the rewards of heaven the text's original word, meaning "white
      raisins," was mistaken for the word "houris," or dark-eyed virgins, the article
      :===End Quote===
      NOTE: If true, that should put a dent in the suicide bombing business... The
      article itself is over here:

      [Religious Insanity] Priest with no faith gets his job back after apologising
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Danish priest who admitted to not believing in God has been given his job back
      after he apologised for his comments.

      The Danish media are now questioning the priest's credibility and the bishop's
      right to decide whether his faith is strong enough.
      :===End Quote===
      NOTE: Someone who claims to represent a god he does not believe in is, of
      course, a hypocrite.

      [Christianity] Jensen warns US church over gays
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has joined forces with
      conservative primates from Africa and Asia and issued a veiled threat to the
      American branch of the church over the ordination of gay clergy.

      The group, known as the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, has
      warned that a "constitutional crisis" was inevitable if the Episcopal Church USA
      voted in favour of approving homosexual bishops or same-sex blessings at its
      convention next week in Minneapolis.

      The convention is expected to ratify the appointment of Canon Gene Robinson, a
      priest who lives in an openly gay relationship, as Bishop of New Hampshire.
      :===End Quote===

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      :===Begin Quote===
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      In the near future, that link will no longer work. Instead, you will be able to
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      :===End Quote===

      [Word of Faith Fellowship] Complaint filed in WOFF case case
      :===Begin Quote===
      woman who retained custody of her stepson last week despite a challenge from
      the boy's aunt who is a member of the Word of Faith Fellowship has filed a
      complaint with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department alleging kidnapping
      and child abuse.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Suit Over Priest's Funeral Eulogy Could Have Wide-ranging
      :===Begin Quote===
      Can you sue the person in the pulpit for preaching hellfire — at least if it
      gets personal?

      That's only one of the questions raised by an unusual lawsuit filed last month
      against a local priest in northern New Mexico and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese
      of Santa Fe, N.M.

      The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family of Ben Martinez, charged that at the
      funeral for Martinez, the parish priest declared that the deceased, an
      80-year-old former town councilor in Chama, N.M., had been a lukewarm Catholic
      who had been living in sin and was going to hell.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hinduism / India] Fifty-five years down, decades to go: a Sanskrit dictionary
      grows in India
      :===Begin Quote===
      For three generations, they have compiled and argued, agonized and transcribed —
      toiling in monastic tedium to turn an intricate 44-letter language into six
      volumes, so far, of word after long-forgotten word.

      They have delved into the grammatical roots of ''antahpravesakama'' and debated
      the pun hidden in ''anangada.'' They've done a brain-numbingly complete
      dissection of ''anekakrta.''

      Now, 55 years after a group of scholars began composing the authoritative
      dictionary of Sanskrit, the long-dead language of India's ancient glory, they
      are almost done — with the first letter.
      :===End Quote===

      [Lord's Resistance Army] Uganda's spiritual war heats up
      :===Begin Quote===
      Controversy is brewing in Uganda after a proposal by traditional healers to use
      killer bees and diseases such as smallpox to help beat the rebels of the Lords
      Resistance Army (LRA).

      The LRA has been fighting since the late 1980s to replace President Yoweri
      Museveni's secular government in a campaign marked by brutality against

      The government has appeared powerless in recent months to halt intensified rebel

      But now a group of traditional healers, whose own alleged spiritual powers
      afford them both fear and respect among many poor and rural communities, have
      offered to step in.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christianity] The African Church and change
      :===Begin Quote===
      The appointment in Britain of the gay Bishop of Reading went down particularly
      badly in Nigeria, even if he did subsequently resign.

      But the Lagos-based Reverend Yinka Omolulu, Provost of the Anglican Christ
      Church Cathedral, is more concerned with the explosion in new churches in

      He puts this down partly to the "Get-rich-prosperity-message" they preach.

      This, he told BBC World Service's Africa Live! programme, is being put out by
      untrained and uneducated, self-appointed priests.
      :===End Quote===

      [Religious Intolerance] Bible verses back up at Grand Canyon
      :===Begin Quote===
      The bible is back at the Grand Canyon - at least for now.

      Three bronze plaques inscribed with biblical passages that were removed this
      month from scenic overlooks at the canyon's South Rim have been reinstalled
      pending legal advice, David Barna, a National Park Service spokesman, said

      The plaques were pulled from Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio and Desert View
      overlooks earlier this month after the Arizona chapter of the American Civil
      Liberties Union concluded that they violated the U.S. Constitution's precepts on
      separation of church and state. As a national park, the Grand Canyon is run by
      the U.S. Department of the Interior.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Americans link Islam and violence: Poll
      :===Begin Quote===
      A growing number of Americans associate Islam with violence, according to a new
      survey that examined issues likely to impact the 2004 election.

      A significant shift in the number of the people who associate Islam with
      violence has occurred in the last year—a period that follows the September 11
      terrorist attacks and the subsequent war to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Forty-four per cent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center for the People
      & the Press said they believe Islam encourages violence—a 20 per cent increase
      from March 2002. At the same time, 51 per cent of those surveyed said they have
      a favourable view of Muslim Americans.

      "For all the rise in concerns about Islam, we don't see much of an overt
      increase in hostility toward Muslim Americans," said Andrew Kohut, director of
      the Pew Research Center.
      :===End Quote===

      07/24/2003: [Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientology Church Owes Hollywood Back
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Church of Scientology has failed to pay more than $94,000 in property taxes
      for the last fiscal year on four of its Hollywood properties, marking the second
      time in recent years that the religious group has had an outsize tax
      :===End Quote===

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