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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 3- 4 August 4, 2003 [Hate Groups : Scientology] Marin lawyers honored at gala http://www.religionnewsblog.com/archives/00003910.html
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2003
      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 3- 4

      August 4, 2003
      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Marin lawyers honored at gala
      :===Begin Quote===
      [Regarding the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice awards gala]
      In Ford Greene's case, the Church of Scientology agreed to pay his client, a
      former church member, more than $8.6 million to resolve a lawsuit filed in 1980.
      In the suit, Lawrence Wollersheim accused the church of causing him to develop
      bipolar disorder and to contemplate suicide, according to the Associated Press.

      The TLPJ, in honoring Greene and two co-counsels in Southern California, called
      the case a "a landmark victory for former members of Scientology."
      :===End Quote===

      [Campus Cults] Cult Killings: 10 Varsity Students on Murder Charge
      :===Begin Quote===
      Ten students of the Ebonyi State University have been charged with the murder of
      six of their colleagues killed in a recent violent clash between feuding cult
      :===End Quote===
      Note: Generally, Nigeria's 'cult groups' are not religious in nature. Rather,
      they are gangs operating at college campuses.

      [Christian Science] Publisher John Lewis Selover, 72, Dies
      :===Begin Quote===
      John Lewis Selover, the publisher of The Christian Science Monitor and a
      Christian Science Church leader who helped shepherd the church's expansion, has
      died. He was 72.
      :===End Quote===

      [Meditation] Cinema-goers could soon be experiencing ’meditainment’
      :===Begin Quote===
      Meditainment will debut in Brighton next month as Britain’s first cinema-based
      meditation experience.

      Using “meditation by democracy”, audiences pick up a coloured glow-stick on
      their way into the auditorium. Projections and a voice-over then invite them to
      vote for different “journey” options – a mountain top, an ocean, or a meadow,
      for example, with other options for background music and types of breathing and
      relaxation exercises.
      :===End Quote===

      [Witchcraft] Wiccan practitioner accuses pastor of harassment
      :===Begin Quote===
      A self-proclaimed witch in the eastern Hill Country is accusing a Christian
      pastor of leading a harassment campaign aimed at ruining her business and
      driving her out of the region.

      Margie Allen, who practices the pagan religion Wicca, also charges that the
      Llano County sheriff's office with refusing to respond to her complaints and
      that Rev. Joann Jackson had organized an aggressive effort to force her out of
      the area.

      The charges have attracted the attention of the FBI, which says it will
      investigate the claims by Allen, a consignment shop owner, as a possible civil
      rights case.
      :===End Quote===

      [Cults] Bob Pardon to the rescue
      :===Begin Quote===
      In a country teeming with alcohol- and drug-abuse clinics, halfway houses for
      habitual criminals, rehabilitation centers for chronic gamblers and spouse
      abusers, Bob and Judy Pardon’s enterprise is unique. Though there is a
      short-term "emergency room" in Ohio, the Pardons run the only long-term
      residential cult-member-rehabilitation center of its kind in the country.

      "The whole issue of mind-control cults is vastly misunderstood," says Steve
      Hassan. "People have a perception that there aren’t that many cults any more. I
      think there is just widespread ignorance about this."
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] Utah cracks down on multiple marriages to protect underage brides
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Mormon state of Utah has launched a crackdown on polygamists who for
      generations have used their religious beliefs to justify marriage to underage

      Although multiple marriages are illegal, state attorney Mark Shurtleff insists
      it is not a witch-hunt against Utah's estimated 20,000 to 50,000 polygamists,
      who live mostly in large family groups or cults.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mel Gibson] Gibson's film of Christ's last days alarms Jewish groups
      :===Begin Quote===
      Yet the film, co-directed by Gibson, who has spent $25m (£15.6m) of his own
      money on the project, has already attracted lavish praise from evangelicals and
      stern criticism from Jewish and Catholic scholars, with one academic warning
      that it could provoke within the US "one of the great crisis in Christian-Jewish

      The star has claimed the "Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I
      was just directing traffic. I hope the film has the power to evangelise". But a
      panel of three Jewish and six Catholic scholars, who have studied a draft
      script, say the film is anti-semitic and theologically inaccurate, portraying
      Jews as bloodthirsty and vengeful and reviving the worst traditions of the
      passion plays which contributed to deadly attacks against Jews over the
      :===End Quote===

      [Church / State] And on the seventh day Tony Blair created...
      :===Begin Quote===
      It may prove an uphill struggle in this secular day and age, but the Prime
      Minister is aiming to put religion right at the centre of government.
      :===End Quote===

      [Ritual Killing] Suspect responsible for death of 11 kids, wife tells police
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Nigerian man questioned in connection with the suspected ritual murder of a
      boy whose torso was found in the River Thames nearly two years ago is
      responsible for the deaths of 11 children, his wife told British police, The
      Sunday Times reported yesterday.
      :===End Quote===

      [Ritual Killing / Human trafficking] Child-trafficking trade: Ritual killing and
      slavery in Britain
      :===Begin Quote===
      Detective Inspector Will O'Reilly, who led the arrests of the Africans - many of
      them from Benin City - said: 'We believe that these men are part of a criminal
      network involved in smuggling children into Britain.

      'We have evidence that hundreds of children are being trafficked every year and
      the figure could easily be in thousands.

      'They are being used as unpaid domestic slaves, unwilling prostitutes, sex
      slaves for private individuals and as a means of obtaining housing and social
      security payments from the government.

      'We fear that some are brought into Britain for ritual slaughter. Adam was one
      of them - and we wonder how many other bodies are buried, never to be
      :===End Quote===

      [Ritual Killing] The groundbreaking hunt for Adam's killers
      :===Begin Quote===
      [T]he story pieced together of what police consider London's first known ritual
      killing is macabre enough to have challenged even Shakespeare's imagination. And
      the investigative work that has brought police close to cracking the case is

      It combined unprecedented forensic research with old-fashioned legwork that took
      investigators to Germany, the Netherlands, the U.S., South Africa, Nigeria,
      Scotland and Ireland.

      The latest break in the investigation came Tuesday, when Metropolitan Police
      raided several homes in London and arrested 21 suspected members of a child
      trafficking ring.
      :===End Quote===

      [Ritual Killing] Focus: Muti - The Story of Adam
      :===Begin Quote===
      The arrest of 21 people in connection with the discovery of a child's mutilated
      body in the Thames points to a network of people traffickers and an underworld
      of abuse and domestic slavery. Paul Vallely, who has followed the case in the
      two years since the torso of the young African boy was found, says the evidence
      leads to the bloody ritual of muti, where the body parts of children are
      sacrificed in pursuit of spiritual power
      :===End Quote===

      [Raelians] Raelian Cult Leader Threatens to Sue Korea Over Denied Entry
      :===Begin Quote===
      An international cult leader was denied entry to the country on Saturday for his
      beliefs in human cloning, immigration officials said.

      During an interview with Yonhap News Agency, the cult leader accused the
      government of treating him "like a North Korean," and said he will sue the South
      Korean government and the ministry for violating his human rights.
      :===End Quote===

      [Waldorf Schools] Waldorf-style school stirs controversy
      :===Begin Quote===
      Parents in the Ross Valley are asking the school district to establish a
      Waldorf-inspired charter to educate the "whole child" but they could run into
      opposition from others who think such a school should not be publicly funded.

      The parents who developed the 88-page Waldorf proposal say the program would
      take a Waldorf-based approach but will not include religious aspects associated
      with the private schools.

      Critics, however, say the Waldorf method has no place in publicly funded schools
      because it is based on religion and violates the Constitutional division between
      church and state.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christianity] Gay bishop on way to win
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Episcopal Church moved one step closer to making history Sunday when an
      openly gay man won the first of two votes he needs to become a bishop.

      After an hour of sharp debate, the church's House of Deputies voted 128-63 in
      favor of Bishop-elect V. Gene Robinson's confirmation, with 25 deputies
      undecided. Robinson will face his final hurdle today when the church's other
      governing body, the House of Bishops, votes on his confirmation.

      The New Hampshire clergyman would become the first openly gay bishop in a
      mainline denomination.

      Those who opposed Robinson's confirmation argued it would split the Anglican
      Communion, a global alliance of 70 million people in churches that trace their
      heritage to the Church of England.

      They said the Episcopal Church would lose its moral authority by capitulating to
      the prevailing view of modern society.

      "I do not know what I will tell my people at home," said Deputy John Flowers,
      from Louisiana. "How will I tell them that the church I love is now an apostate
      :===End Quote===

      August 3, 2003
      [Spiritual Abuse] Army sergeant buried in care of 'cult' in Germany
      :===Begin Quote===
      After changing her number four times, Rines said she thought her family was rid
      of the cult, until Towle received a call from a church member in June.

      The church member said that the 15-year lease on Carroll Rines' grave was up and
      that unless the family renewed the lease, his body would be removed and
      "disposed of."
      :===End Quote===

      [Transcendental Meditation] Good vibes
      :===Begin Quote===
      Now the Netherlands-based Indian monk has a new spin on an old goal: world
      peace. All it would take, according to his mathematical calculations, is a group
      of people meditating for 20 minutes twice a day inside a "peace palace" in each
      of the world's 3,000 largest cities. The positive energy generated would prevent
      natural disasters, car accidents, violent crime, chronic illness, even
      terminally bad moods.

      Fortunately for Los Angeles, we're next in line for a palace.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientology Church Pays Delinquent Taxes
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Church of Scientology on July 18 paid more than $94,000 in delinquent
      property taxes on four of its Hollywood properties, including tens of thousands
      to the local business improvement district.
      :===End Quote===

      [God's Creation Outreach Ministry] Five women from church ordered to stand trial
      on child-abuse charges
      :===Begin Quote===
      A Wyandotte County judge on Tuesday ordered five women from God's Creation
      Outreach Ministry in Kansas City, Kan., to stand trial on child-abuse charges.

      During a preliminary hearing, Judge Jan Way found there was sufficient evidence
      for the case to go forward against Idella A. Horton, 23; Renita D.
      Allen-Jackson, 41; Patricia A. Walker, 45; Barbara Clark, 45; and Julia
      Edgar-Montgomery, 55.

      Way's ruling came after testimony from police detectives that the women
      disciplined the children by hogtying one and placing her in the bathtub face
      down overnight; by taping another with his arms outstretched "crucifixion-style"
      to the rails of a bunk bed; and by binding a third with twine and wrapping him
      in a sheet "like a mummy."
      :===End Quote===

      [USA] White House: Better PR can reverse anti-American sentiment
      :===Begin Quote===
      The Bush administration spent more than $70 million after the attacks to expand
      broadcasts of U.S.-sponsored international news services, but such expenditures
      have returned to previous levels and critics say they are not enough to counter
      the growing tide of anti-American sentiment.

      Harold Pachios, a member of the congressional Advisory Commission on Public
      Diplomacy since the Clinton administration, said new strategies like a
      U.S.-based Middle East television network are in the works, however, and more
      funding for diplomacy is expected to come when such programs are finalized.

      Pachios blamed U.S. public relations problems for the soured international
      :===End Quote===

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