ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 13, 2003
- ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 13, 2003
[Nuwaubians] Judge denies request by York's 'main wife' to see her son
A judge Tuesday denied a request from Kathy Johnson to see one of her children
who is an alleged victim in a criminal child molestation case against Johnson
and sect leader Malachi York.
Johnson, who is described by York's followers as his "main wife," was arrested
in May 2002 with York and implicated in federal and state charges involving
child molestation of at least 13 children. Johnson's son is among those 13 named
by the state as victims, and the state alleges that Johnson knowingly allowed
York to have sex with her son.
[Nuwaubians] Nuwaubian sect leader will undergo psychological evaluation
Religious sect leader and admitted child molester Dwight ''Malachi'' York is to
be transferred this week from a Georgia county jail to a federal penitentiary
where he will undergo psychological testing to determine his fitness to stand
trial, York's defense attorney said Tuesday
[Laci Peterson] Defense outlines cult theory
Scott Peterson's defense team Tuesday briefed two forensic experts on a statanic
cult theory, including paintings and artwork near San Francisco Bay and an
experiment showing that the pregnant Laci Peterson's body could have been placed
in the water at the art site.
Attorney Matt Dalton, using a laptop computer, showed artwork that he said
depicted ritualistic killings and occult practices, and said the artwork could
be found near the end of a peninsula in the bay.
[Hate Groups] White supremacist group distributes racist fliers
Racist fliers were scattered Tuesday on lawns and windshields in the town where
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is to go on trial on sexual assault charges.
A white supremacist group acknowledged leaving the fliers -- headlined "Don't
have sex with blacks" -- and said they were in response to the Bryant case.
"We're concerned about areas such as Eagle County, where they have a relatively
small number of blacks," Erich Gliebe, a spokesman for West Virginia-based
National Alliance, said in a telephone interview.
[Mel Gibson] Passions collide over movie about Jesus' last day
Devout Catholic Mel Gibson's movie-in-the-making on the final hours of Jesus'
life won't be on screens until February, but an early version has ignited claims
it incites anti-Semitism.
A Jewish human rights organization in Los Angeles already has received dozens of
hate calls and letters based on news reports on the film, the Simon Wiesenthal
Center told Reuters news service Tuesday.
And another group, the Anti-Defamation League, charges that the current version
of the film The Passion "unambiguously portrays Jewish authorities and the
Jewish mob as the ones responsible for the decision to crucify Jesus."
[Laura Schlessinger] Dr. Laura Renounces Jewish Orthodoxy
In a little-noticed pronouncement, Schlessinger who very publicly converted to
Judaism five years ago opened her radio show, "The Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Program," with the revelation that she will no longer practice Judaism. Although
Schlessinger says she still "considers" herself Jewish, "My identifying with
this entity and my fulfilling the rituals, etcetera, of the entity that has
Schlessinger even hinted at a possible turn to Christianity a move that, radio
insiders say, would elevate her career far beyond the 300 stations that
currently syndicate her show. "I have envied all my Christian friends who
really, universally, deeply feel loved by God," she said. "They use the name
Jesus when they refer to God... that was a mystery, being connected to God."
[Labyrinths] Churches trace ancient path for spiritual renewal
More than ever, labyrinths are being incorporated into places of worship and
other public spaces.
Unlike a maze, which seeks to confuse, labyrinths are seen as pathways to
spiritual insight and clarity.
[Pop Spirituality] Spiritual Teacher to Stars Gets Book Deal
Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher whose fans include Oprah Winfrey and Meg
Ryan, has agreed to a one-book deal with Penguin Group USA.
Tolle, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is author of the best seller "The
Power of Now."
"His work is inclusive," Kellough, who represented Tolle in his negotiations
with Penguin, told The Associated Press Tuesday. "He does not affiliate himself
with any religion or any tradition. He embraces it all."
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[Pledge of Allegiance] Group Calls Pledge Of Allegiance Unconstitutional
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to
throw out a new Colorado law requiring teachers and students to say the Pledge
Mark Silverstein, legal director for the Colorado chapter of the ACLU, said the
law violates the First Amendment.
[Polygamy] Jury selected in trial of polygamous police officer
Rodney Holm, 37, a polygamous police officer, is accused of having sex with
Stubbs when she was 16. Stubbs said she was Holm's third wife. State law bans
sexual relations involving 16- and 17-year-olds when their partner is 10 or more
years older, unless the couple is legally married.
Holm was 32 when he allegedly took Stubbs as a ''spiritual'' wife, which is not
a legal marriage.
[Aum Shinrikyo] Aum Shinrikyo Has More Members In Russia Than In Japan
Aum Shinrikyo sect has more members in Russia than in Japan, Metropolitan Kiril,
head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Foreign Relations Department, has announced.
On Tuesday, Metropolitan Kiril met with the chief priests of the six largest
Japanese churches. The Japanese delegation expressed regret that members of the
Aum Shinrikyo sect, who organized a terrorist attack in Tokyo eight years ago,
continue to influence the spiritual health of Russian citizens.
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Top Gun Tom Under Fire! . . . over claim church
helped his dyslexia
"Top Gun" star Tom Cruise is under intense fire for claiming that his problems
with dyslexia disappeared thanks to the teachings of the controversial Church of
The heartbreaking learning disability that afflicts as many as 40 million
Americans simply CANNOT be treated successfully with their method, say experts.
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientology finds a jury - in Pinellas
The case is an offshoot of the wrongful death lawsuit against the church by the
estate of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who died in 1995 after 17 days in the
care of the church, whose spiritual headquarters is in downtown Clearwater.
In May, the church filed a motion to move the breach of contract case to another
county after a survey suggested most Pinellas residents had unfavorable opinions
of the church.
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