ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 27, 2003
- ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 27, 2003
[Northern Ireland] Police must reveal secret society links
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
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.
[Shakers] Shakers get by with help from friends
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
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.
[Polygamy] Polygamy raid in '53 recalled tearfully
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
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
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.
[Islam] Book Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
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 whats what.
[Nuwaubians] New judge in sect leader's trial
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
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.
[Ahmadiyya] Islamic sect gathers in Surrey
They may call themselves Muslims but they are ostracised by mainstream Islam for
This difference goes beyond mere name-calling.
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, Ahmadiyyas are being
persecuted and killed.
[USA] U.S. prosecutors sue Quaker group over pacifist's unpaid taxes
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.
[Nuwaubians] Former Nuwaubian says leader abused her for years
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.
[Bahai] 'Suicide is always a tragedy'
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
[Papua New Guinea] Sex cult clash leaves 17 dead
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.
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[Archeology] Forgery mystery creates a Pandora's Box
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.
[Neil and Christy Edgar] Lawyers Argue About Evidence in Edgar Case
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.
[Unification Church] Presidential Body Demands Tough Action Against 'Subversive
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.
[USA] Hundreds Continue Nuns' War Protest
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.''
[Voodoo] Haiti Voodoo Pilgrimage Draws Thousands
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.
[Buddhism] A City's Police Turn to Buddhism to Fight Gangs
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
[Nuwaubians] Government seeks York's money, properties
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
[Polygamy] Utah: More Polygamy Charges May Follow
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.
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