ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 29 - 30, 2003 - Part 1/2
July 30, 2003
[Jay Richard Morrison] Man Accused of Threatening LDS Church President to be
Jay Richard Morrison's mental evaluators recommended treatment because the
delusions that reportedly led him to threaten to behead Hinckley. Those
delusions would interfere with his ability to assist in his defense, said
attorney Ben Hamilton, reading from the psychiatric report.
[USA] The new United States ... not so much a nation as a religion
What is lacking in the Pentagon and the White House is not intelligence (or not,
at any rate, of the kind we are considering here), but receptivity. Theirs is
not a failure of information, but a failure of ideology.
To understand why this failure persists, we must first grasp a reality which has
seldom been discussed in print. The US is no longer just a nation. It is now a
religion. Its soldiers have entered Iraq to liberate its people not only from
their dictator, their oil and their sovereignty, but also from their darkness.
In December 2001 Rudy Giuliani, New York's mayor, delivered his last mayoral
speech in St Paul's Chapel, close to the site of the shattered twin towers. "All
that matters," he claimed, "is that you embrace America and understand its
ideals and what it's all about. Abraham Lincoln used to say that the test of
your Americanism was ... how much you believed in America. Because we're like a
religion really. A secular religion."
The United States of America no longer needs to call upon God; it is God, and
those who go abroad to spread the light do so in the name of a celestial domain.
The presidency is turning into a priesthood.
[Religious Intolerance] Anti-Muslim sentiment on rise in Russia: Rights groups
Russian human rights groups and Islamic organizations on Wednesday accused
authorities of cracking down on Muslim believers following a Moscow suicide
attack this month that killed 15 people.
[Islam] Beep Beep: You've Got a Message ... and a Divorce
Malaysian Muslim men can divorce their wives through text messages on mobile
telephones, the New Straits Times daily reported, quoting a religious adviser to
[Malaysia] Dont be duped by new cult, Malays told
Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin has cautioned Malays against
being drawn to a newly exposed cult that operates on donations and a mix of
[NXIVM] Plans for human potential school raise concern
The architect of an alleged multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme that toppled
under dozens of state and federal investigations wants to build a headquarters
here for his latest controversial enterprise: a human potential school.
Self-described "scientist, mathematician, philosopher and entrepreneur" Keith
Raniere has proposed a 66,900-square-foot complex for rapidly growing southern
Saratoga County that would serve as a training center for his company, NXIVM,
and its Executive Success Programs.
The programs, founded by Raniere in 1998, instruct people on "how to maximize
their potential in all fields of human experience." Town planning officials are
due to meet this week with representatives of NXIVM, pronounced Nexium, to learn
more about the project.
[Tyndale Theological Seminary (Texas)] Small seminary must pay fine, court rules
An Austin appeals court ruled Thursday that Tyndale Theological Seminary in Fort
Worth must pay a fine of $173,000 for issuing degrees without state authority to
The 3rd Court of Appeals said the seminary, operated by HEB Ministries, must pay
the fine imposed in 1998 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The amount includes penalties for issuing 34 degrees plus the appeals court's
reinstatement of a $3,000 penalty because the institution uses the word
"seminary" in its name.
By restricting degree-granting powers of post-secondary institutions and
restricting the use of academic terms in the names of institutions, the Texas
Legislature has assured that those institutions meet basic educational
standards, the court wrote.
[James Gilles] Evangelist files suit against IUP officers
A roaming evangelist is seeking restitution of at least $450,000 for an incident
that occurred two years ago while preaching on campus. He has filed a federal
lawsuit against two campus police officers and IUP's director of the Center for
On Oct. 5, 2001, James Gilles of The Campus Ministry -- a group that travels to
educate others according to their Pentecostal faith -- was arrested for
disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and failure of disorderly persons to
disperse after preaching in the Oak Grove to a crowd of 50 to 100, mostly
students, about what, some consider, controversial topics.
[Christianity] Church strives to lose fuddy-duddy image on sex
The Church of England sought to shed its puritanical image on sexual issues
yesterday in a report that could pave the way for further liberalisation.
Its Doctrine Commission admits that the Church has "acquired a reputation for
being negative about sex". It should celebrate it as "a wonderful gift from
Pejorative language, such as the phrase "living in sin", is absent from the
report, which instead encourages "covenanted relationships".
[Israel] Police halt Jewish visits to Temple Mount
Just weeks after opening the Temple Mount to Jews and Christians for the first
time in nearly three years, Jerusalem police on Wednesday abruptly suspended the
limited visits in the face of rising Palestinian anger.
[Islam] Police raid Islamic group
Anti-terrorist police officers have raided the headquarters of the radical
Islamic group al-Muhajiroun.
Scotland Yard said search warrants to enter the properties in London and also
Essex were executed under the Terrorism Act.
No arrests have been made.
Al-Muhajiroun has been linked to the recent British suicide bombers in Israel
and has been behind calls to overthrow the UK government.
>Continued in Part 2Anton
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