ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 28, 2003
- ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 28, 2003
[Christianity] Bishop invites more media coverage
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.
[USA] On the Right Side of the Law
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 quicklythe 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. militarys 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.
[Benny Hinn] The Price of Healing
But now, Hinn says he wants the public to know more about him than the
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
[Hypocrisy : Mormon Church] LDS can be a hard sell in Russia
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
"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."
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
The LDS Church' s contested control over a downtown block is about to take
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
[Mormon Church] Two powerful experiences changed the focus of Krakauer's book
"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
Krakauer writes that life in these communities bears "more than a passing
resemblance to life in Kabul under the Taliban."
[Mormon Church] LDS Church feels 'tarred' by the book
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
"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
[Unification Church] Rev. Moon son made gun
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.
[Islam] Dr Akbar S Ahmed lone Muslim voice in favour of Daniel Pipes nomination
The Senate put off a vote on Daniel Pipess 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,
Dr Ahmeds 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
[Religion Trends] Czechs losing religion
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
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.
[Religious Insanity] Judges deny appeal from 'son of God' in Morgan
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.
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