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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 28, 2003 [Christianity] Bishop invites more media coverage http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003827.html ... The bishop for
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      ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 28, 2003

      [Christianity] Bishop invites more media coverage
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003827.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The bishop for the Norwegian state church district in Trondheim is encouraging
      journalists to critically review local church services. He said they should be
      covered just like other cultural events.

      Bishop Finn Wagle, who presides over the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, even
      wants journalists to rate church services, just like they rate movies.
      :===End Quote===


      [USA] On the Right Side of the Law
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003826.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Imagine, on the other hand, what could happen if the United States acted on the
      side of international law, rather than against it. Within Iraq, the United
      Nations could bring in international experts to set up a war-crimes tribunal
      very quickly—the same experts who have been through this process in East Timor
      and Bosnia, Argentina and South Africa. They could review the evidence against
      the men on the U.S. military’s Most Wanted cards and indict the perpetrators,
      taking testimony from Iraqi victims along the way. The aim then would be to
      arrest them; if a shoot-out ensued, they would die resisting arrest for horrible
      crimes, rather than becoming Islamic martyrs who heroically resisted
      overwhelming American might, at least to some Iraqis. After all, in the Iraq we
      are trying to build, simply shooting “wanted” men is assassination, not justice.
      :===End Quote===


      [Benny Hinn] The Price of Healing
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003825.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      But now, Hinn says he wants the public to know more about him than the
      controversies [...]

      The pastor says he's come to believe that his insular ministry needs to be open
      to public scrutiny for its prosperity to continue. The secrecy, Hinn says, has
      led to unflattering exposés in the media, including several network television
      investigations.
      :===End Quote===


      [Hypocrisy : Mormon Church] LDS can be a hard sell in Russia
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003824.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Five miles is not a long way to go, even in the hopelessly congested Russian
      capital. But the five miles that separate the Moscow offices of the Rev.
      Vsevolod Chaplin of the Russian Orthodox Church and Douglas L. Callister,
      president of the Europe East Area branch of the LDS Church, may seem impossible
      to traverse.

      "Our relations [with the LDS Church] are minimal," Chaplin, vice chairman of the
      Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, said Wednesday.
      "Our ecclesiastical differences are much too significant."

      "The Orthodox Church is getting more assertive, it's getting into politics and
      schools," said Callister, in his fourth year in Moscow. "They seek and often
      receive preferential treatment in Russia. There is no big difference between
      discrimination against someone and in favor of someone. The result is the same."
      :===End Quote===
      NOTE: As the following item shows, the Mormon church also seeks and often
      receives preferential treatment:


      [Censorship : Mormon Church] LDS Church's contested control of Main Street Plaza
      begins today
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003823.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The LDS Church' s contested control over a downtown block is about to take
      effect.

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was to assume control of the
      block Monday at 11 a. m. In return for giving up its easement to the plaza, the
      city receives two acres of land in Glendale, where it may build a community
      center.
      :===End Quote===


      [Mormon Church] Two powerful experiences changed the focus of Krakauer's book
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003822.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      "Under the Banner of Heaven" has just debuted near the top the national
      best-seller lists as a result of Krakauer's megastar byline, a massive first
      printing of 350,000 copies and prominent coverage in the national media after a
      few, selective interviews with the author.

      The book's greatest strength is Krakauer's brilliant reportage about life inside
      fundamentalist enclaves, primarily the twin communities of Colorado
      City-Hildale, with 9,000 fundamentalists along the Utah-Arizona border; and
      Bountiful, B.C., a town with 700 fundamentalists just across the border from
      Idaho.

      Krakauer writes that life in these communities bears "more than a passing
      resemblance to life in Kabul under the Taliban."
      :===End Quote===


      [Mormon Church] LDS Church feels 'tarred' by the book
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003821.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Krakauer stands behind his approach: "The fundamentalists are less than 1
      percent of Mormons. Among those, the truly scary are a small percentage of that,
      but that's still a significant number. Mormons try to divorce themselves from
      the fundamentalists, but they still believe in polygamy in the afterlife and
      that doctrine (repudiated by the mainstream church in 1890) is at the heart of
      the religion.

      "What the fundamentalists do is give license to marginal characters, a road map.
      I doubt that Dan Lafferty would have been a murderer if he hadn't been a Mormon
      fundamentalist. It is disingenuous for the church to say that has nothing to do
      with doctrine."
      :===End Quote===


      [Unification Church] Rev. Moon son made gun
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003820.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The pistol Othniel Askew produced from the scant concealment of his light summer
      suit to kill Councilman James Davis was a Kahr MK-40 semiautomatic "pocket
      rocket" designed and manufactured by the son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon to be at
      once "super-compact" and super lethal.
      :===End Quote===


      [Islam] Dr Akbar S Ahmed lone Muslim voice in favour of Daniel Pipes nomination
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003819.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Senate put off a vote on Daniel Pipes’s nomination to the governing board of
      the federally-funded US Institute of Peace last week but not before several
      senators had pronounced him unfit to hold the position because of his often
      fiercely anti-Islamic views and the fact that almost the entire Muslim community
      is up in arms against his nomination by the Bush administration.

      The only Muslim academic who has spoken in favour of Daniel Pipes is Dr Akbar S
      Ahmed, who holds a chair in Islamic studies at the American University,
      Washington.

      Dr Ahmed’s endorsement has brought criticism from a number of community
      activists since he is the lone Muslim voice supporting a person who has said and
      written some extremely poisonous things about Islam and Muslims
      :===End Quote===


      [Religion Trends] Czechs losing religion
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003818.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      Recalcitrant and suspicious, Czechs are not entirely godless. They just don't
      much care for organized religion. Unlike its neighbor Poland, where Roman
      Catholicism and nationalism are inseparable, the Czech Republic never forged its
      identity around a church. Czechs are aloof when it comes to matters of the
      divine and many view Catholicism, the predominant religion, as a centuries-old
      oppressor that was muffled by Communism and then further diminished by
      capitalism.
      [...]

      A poll done by the European Values Study, a Netherlands-based organization that
      tracks religious and moral attitudes, found that fewer Czechs claim allegiance
      to organized religion than any other people in Europe except Estonians, who are
      still trying to move beyond their Soviet past. Only 33.6 percent of Czechs
      belong to a religious denomination and only 11.7 percent attend services once a
      month or more.
      :===End Quote===


      [Religious Insanity] Judges deny appeal from 'son of God' in Morgan
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003817.html
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Morgan County man has failed to convince an appellate court his right to
      religious freedom was violated in a trial in which he claimed to be one of seven
      sons of God.

      Michael Sammie Brown, convicted of sending a threatening letter to a Morgan
      County chancellor, contended in an appeal that prosecutors had no right to talk
      about his religious beliefs when arguing the case in front of a jury.
      :===End Quote===

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