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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 27, 2003 [Northern Ireland] Police must reveal secret society links http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003816.html ... The
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      [Northern Ireland] Police must reveal secret society links
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003816.html
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      The police service of Northern Ireland is to become the first in the Western
      world to make officers register their membership of secret societies such as the
      Masons.

      A Register of Interest will become mandatory for all policemen and women up to
      and including Chief Constable Hugh Orde within the next three weeks.
      :===End Quote===


      [Shakers] Shakers get by with help from friends
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003815.html
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      It's a tall order keeping a big family farm going when you grow your own
      vegetables, raise your own livestock and care for 18 buildings, some as old as
      the nation itself.

      It's even tougher when there are just the four of you overseeing 1,800 acres and
      no descendants to take over when you're gone. That's the situation for the
      world's remaining Shakers, members of a dying religious sect that flourished in
      the 1800s.

      Fortunately, they have dozens of supporters – a group of volunteers, who, though
      unwilling to join their religion, admire their way of life so much that they do
      what they can to support the Shakers.
      :===End Quote===


      [Polygamy] Polygamy raid in '53 recalled tearfully
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003814.html
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      In a solemn ceremony Saturday, several hundred people of all ages gathered at
      the old schoolhouse to dedicate a monument and museum in memory of that event 50
      years ago.

      Colorado City is home to more than 7,000 members of the Fundamentalist Church of
      Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Polygamy is taught as a central tenet of the
      church.

      Barlow, 71, narrated a re-enactment of what happened that night when families
      were ripped apart by order of Arizona's then-governor Howard Pyle.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Book Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003813.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Unlike Hughes’ Dictionary of Islam that is really meant for scholars with
      detailed entries on the doctrines, rites, ceremonies and customs of Islam
      together with the technical and theological terms, the Oxford dictionary is
      meant for ‘general readers with little or no knowledge of Islam.’

      It has 3000 entries in all that been contributed by different Islamic scholars
      teaching in American universities and specialised centres. The language is
      simple and direct that would be easily understood by the general reader who
      wants to know what’s what.
      :===End Quote===


      [Nuwaubians] New judge in sect leader's trial
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003812.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A former University of Georgia law professor has been appointed the new judge in
      the trial of religious sect leader and admitted child molester Dwight
      ''Malachi'' York.

      U.S. District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal replaces Judge Hugh Lawson, who
      recused himself July 18 on a motion by York's attorneys claiming Lawson was not
      impartial to their client's case.
      :===End Quote===


      [Ahmadiyya] Islamic sect gathers in Surrey
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003811.html
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      They may call themselves Muslims but they are ostracised by mainstream Islam for
      being impostors.

      This difference goes beyond mere name-calling.

      According to the human rights group Amnesty International, Ahmadiyyas are being
      persecuted and killed.
      :===End Quote===


      [USA] U.S. prosecutors sue Quaker group over pacifist's unpaid taxes
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003810.html
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      The IRS, which says Adams owes more than $42,000 in back taxes, interest and
      fines, upped the ante in the ongoing dispute Tuesday when it sued her employer
      for allegedly refusing to garnish her wages. The IRS wants to lodge a 50 percent
      penalty - of more than $21,000 - against the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the
      Religious Society of Friends, a regional Quaker organization.
      :===End Quote===


      [Nuwaubians] Former Nuwaubian says leader abused her for years
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003809.html
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      A spaceship from another universe would be arriving to save her from the coming
      apocalyptic destruction of life on Earth.

      The price for this 11-year-old girl's ticket to safety was nothing less than the
      theft of her childhood, innocence and faith.

      They were allegedly stolen by Dwight ''Malachi'' York, leader of the United
      Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a religious sect to which the girl, her mother and
      younger sister belonged. Membership for the girl meant years of alleged sexual
      abuse at the hands of York and a Spartan existence at the sect's Putnam County
      compound, devoid of the normal pleasures of childhood.

      She can never regain what has been stolen from her, but the now-18-year-old
      woman is seeking at least $1 billion in damages from York in a lawsuit filed in
      U.S. District Court in Athens.
      :===End Quote===


      [Bahai] 'Suicide is always a tragedy'
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003808.html
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      Dr Kelly's conversion to the Bahai faith four years before his suicide has
      catapulted a previously obscure religion into the media spotlight. Now some
      adherents, frustrated by speculation that the religion's stance on suicide might
      have played a part in Kelly's death, argue that their beliefs are being
      misrepresented.
      :===End Quote===


      [Papua New Guinea] Sex cult clash leaves 17 dead
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003807.html
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      People in the Upper Lai area of the Enga province attacked and killed 17 people
      last week for allegedly being involved with a new sect movement that was
      promoting forced sex with young girls in the area.
      :===End Quote===


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      [Archeology] Forgery mystery creates a Pandora's Box
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003805.html
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      Some of the world's foremost experts in epigraphy and paleography believe the
      script is genuine. If it is, and if it refers to the New Testament's James, a
      Jerusalem church leader, it would be the first historical reference to the
      father of Christianity.

      But many other scholars, including those connected to the Israel Antiquities
      Authority, are convinced that it's bogus.
      :===End Quote===


      [Neil and Christy Edgar] Lawyers Argue About Evidence in Edgar Case
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003804.html
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      Prosecutors have asked a Johnson County judge to allow testimony that a Johnson
      County husband and wife accused of murder accepted "large sums of money" to
      house and adopt the boy they are charged with killing and his siblings.

      Prosecutors claim in the motion filed Wednesday that the payments explain why
      Neil and Christy Edgar would take the children into their home. The Edgars and
      their baby sitter, Chasity Boyd, are charged with first-degree felony murder in
      the death of 9-year-old Brian Edgar.
      :===End Quote===


      [Unification Church] Presidential Body Demands Tough Action Against 'Subversive
      Cults'
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003803.html
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      A commission advising President Robert Kocharian on human rights issues has
      urged the authorities to take strict measures to stop a controversial religious
      group expanding its activities in Armenia.

      Commission members and some government officials attending its meeting on
      Thursday referred to the Unification Church of Korean preacher Sun Myung Moon as
      a totalitarian sect that recruits young people with deceit and brainwashing.
      :===End Quote===


      [USA] Hundreds Continue Nuns' War Protest
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003802.html
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      Hundreds of demonstrators Saturday fanned out across parts of Colorado and
      Nebraska to carry on the work of pacifist nuns sentenced to prison for their
      anti-war protest at a missile silo
      [...]

      Colorado protesters arrived at the missile site in cars with signs proclaiming
      ``Citizen Weapons Inspector.'' A plane flew overhead with a banner stating: ``We
      found the weapons of mass destruction here in Colorado.''
      :===End Quote===


      [Voodoo] Haiti Voodoo Pilgrimage Draws Thousands
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003801.html
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      Carrying candles and a heavy spiritual debt, Josephine Derulien walked for 17
      hours to reach this small farming town, swollen by thousands of people during an
      annual four-day pilgrimage.

      The pilgrimage, one of the most important in the Voodoo religion, began
      Wednesday with rituals to Ogou, the god of war, and ended Saturday with rites to
      the goddess of love, Erzuli. This year's crowd of more than 10,000 was half the
      turnout of last year.
      :===End Quote===


      [Buddhism] A City's Police Turn to Buddhism to Fight Gangs
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003800.html
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      The police enlisted the help of Chanda Soth, a police project assistant who
      lives in the gang members' neighborhood and has strong ties to a Buddhist temple
      in neighboring town of North Chelmsford, a five-minute drive from here. Ms. Soth
      also speaks Khmer, and acts as the police translator. The seven monks who live
      at the temple immediately agreed to a program intended to help the troubled
      Cambodian youngsters.
      :===End Quote===


      [Nuwaubians] Government seeks York's money, properties
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003799.html
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      The U.S. Attorney's office in Macon has filed a civil suit seeking the
      forfeiture of money and property from cult leader Malachi York.

      The property includes the 476-acre Putnam County compound where York and his
      followers, the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, erected pyramids, a sphinx and
      other Egyptian-style statues. The government also wants York's home that is in
      an upscale Athens neighborhood. York's followers refer to the home as "the
      mansion."
      :===End Quote===


      [Polygamy] Utah: More Polygamy Charges May Follow
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003798.html
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      An alleged polygamist has been arrested and charged with marrying his first
      cousin, and Utah's attorney general says it's a signal that the state is going
      after more offenders.

      Jeremy Kingston, a member of the large, polygamous Kingston clan, was arrested
      Thursday at a family gathering in Bountiful on a charge of incest stemming from
      his 1995 arranged marriage to LuAnn Kingston, when she was 15 and he was 24.
      :===End Quote===

      Anton
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