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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 18, 2003 [Burning Man] Burning Man desert event fires up creativity http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4056-.html ... The festival that
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      [Burning Man] Burning Man desert event fires up creativity
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      The festival that began in 1986 with a few friends burning an 8-foot wooden man
      on a San Francisco beach has mutated into a temporary annual city of 30,000
      where the flames of creativity burn bright.
      :===End Quote===

      [UFOs] UFO pioneer inspires camp site's astronomy theme
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      When Larry Read and Elizabeth Norris became partners and bought the Oak Knoll
      Campground on Palomar Mountain four years ago, they didn't know they were
      acquiring what some consider among the most famous landing sites in the world,
      if not the solar system.

      "We asked the prior owner what was going on and he said, 'Oh, those are the
      Adamski people from Japan.' We didn't know what an Adamski was."

      Adamski was George Adamski, considered to be a founding father of ufology, the
      study of unidentified flying objects.
      :===End Quote===

      [Lord's Resistance Army] Ugandan rebels raid village, kill 12 former captives
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      Rebels from the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army slashed more than a dozen of
      their former captives to death with machetes during an attack on a village in
      north central Uganda, officials said Sunday.
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      [Unification Church] Events will honor slain Unification Church worker
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      Byrne was abducted and murdered as she offered jewelry in exchange for donations
      for the Unification Church at Roseland Apartments in west Charlotte. Eugene
      Evans pleaded guilty and will spend at least 40 years in prison after Byrne's
      parents pleaded with prosecutors not to seek the death penalty.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Why young Muslims line up to die
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      While there are many reasons young Muslims sacrifice their lives -- including
      the honor and money bestowed onto their families after their death -- it is the
      martyr's afterlife that captures the imagination.

      In the late 1990s, Pakistani journalist Nasra Hassan interviewed nearly 250
      prospective bombers, their families, as well as their trainers, from within
      militant Palestinian camps.

      In remarkable accounts, members of the Palestinian fundamentalist group Hamas
      described how potential bombers came to believe that paradise was on the "other
      side of the detonator."
      :===End Quote===

      [Five Percent] Inmates Are Free to Practice Black Supremacist Religion, Judge
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      For years, New York State prison officials would not allow Mr. Allah — who is
      known to inmates and guards by his new legal first name, Intelligent, or Intel —
      to openly practice what he describes as his religion, central tenets of which
      encourage self-analysis, meditation and a black supremacist message.

      Mr. Allah is a Five Percenter, part of a black militant group that broke from
      the Nation of Islam in the 1960's.

      But on July 31, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of Federal District Court in
      Manhattan ruled that Mr. Allah is entitled to the same religious freedoms as the
      thousands of practicing Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hare Krishnas and Wiccans
      incarcerated in New York State's prisons.
      :===End Quote===

      [Astrology] Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong
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      For several decades, researchers tracked more than 2,000 people - most of them
      born within minutes of each other. According to astrology, the subject should
      have had very similar traits.

      The scientists failed to find any evidence of similarities between the "time
      twins", however. They reported in the current issue of the Journal of
      Consciousness Studies: "The test conditions could hardly have been more
      conducive to success . . . but the results are uniformly negative."
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] David Oldfield sued over terrorism website
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      Pauline Hanson's controversial former chief advisor, David Oldfield, is at the
      centre of a case which could set new limits on what material can legally be
      published on the internet.

      A Melbourne lawyer has taken action against the One Nation politician under
      Victoria's new Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.

      MARK TAMHANE: New South Wales Upper House MP, David Oldfield, says
      muslimterrorists.com serves an important function.

      DAVID OLDFIELD: It's a resource, an archive, and provides forum for people with
      regards to the debate generally in Australia and internationally on Islam and
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Europe Suffering Values Crisis, Pope Says
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      Pope John Paul II said Sunday that Europe is suffering a crisis in values and
      expressed hope that the addition of 10 more countries to the European Union next
      year would be an occasion for the continent's renewal.

      The pontiff in recent weeks has decried what he calls a movement away in Europe
      from its Christian roots.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] AG: Polygamy conviction is the beginning of more prosecutions
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      A Washington County jury's conviction of a police officer for bigamy and illegal
      sex with a minor could bring a new round of prosecutions targeting those who
      exploit children in plural marriages, state lawyers say.

      The officer's attorneys, however, say their defense and promised appeal means
      Rodney Holm and polygamists like him have a better chance of legalizing the
      religious practice.
      :===End Quote===

      [Church and State] Crowd rallies to support Commandments monument
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      Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told thousands of supporters Saturday that he
      would be guilty of treason if he didn't fight to keep a monument of the Ten
      Commandments in the rotunda of the state judicial building.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] NY firefighters visit Vail firehouse
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      "These guys weren't sleeping, they weren't eating and they couldn't exercise,"
      said Joanie Sigel, a spokeswoman for the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification
      Fund. "In September 2002, we opened a detoxification clinic in downtown
      Manhattan with more than 150 rescue workers who received the detox."

      The detoxification clinic is part of a research project that was founded more
      than 20 years ago to help remove drugs and residuals from the body, said Jim
      Woodworth, director of operations for the New York Rescue Workers
      Detoxificiation Project.

      Two clinics were set up in Los Angeles by medical doctors who used L. Ron
      Hubbard 's method of detoxification.
      :===End Quote===

      [Transcendental Meditation] Relax: Denver to vote on stress-reducing referendum
      :===Begin Quote===
      If honking motorists and your boss are making you tense, Jeff Peckman thinks he
      has the answer: Force the city to come up with a stress-busting plan.

      The former transcendental meditation teacher collected enough signatures to put
      a proposal on the November ballot requiring the City Council to reduce stress in
      hopes of "defusing political, religious and ethnic tension worldwide."

      It's a plan that isn't exactly putting him in harmony with the council.

      "It's fantasy. We live in Denver, Colorado, not in Disney World," said
      Councilman Charlie Brown. "What are we supposed to do, hand out incense sticks
      at Denver International Airport? Is that the image we want for our city?"
      :===End Quote===

      [Mormon Church] Work on Mormon Temple to Begin
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      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground in Newport Beach on
      Friday for its first Orange County temple, the religion's most sacred facility.

      The hourlong event, attended by a small number of church and city officials, was
      a significant moment for the county's 50,000 church members.
      :===End Quote===

      [Christian Research Institute] Audit's Lesson Was 'Painful' for Evangelist
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      Officials with the national Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
      conducted an audit that has resulted in what they called a "significant
      reimbursement" in June to the Christian Research Institute, a ministry run by
      Christian author and radio personality Hank Hanegraaff.

      The dispute is another in a string of controversies surrounding Hanegraaff, who
      is best known as a Christian purist who holds pastors, churches and
      denominations accountable for teaching Bible-based Christianity.

      Nine years ago, another group of former employees who banded together as the
      "Group for CRI Accountability" accused Hanegraaff of abusive leadership, misuse
      of donor money and other transgressions. In 2000, the widow of institute founder
      Walter Martin called for Hanegraaff's resignation, citing similar concerns.
      :===End Quote===

      [Catholic Church] Vatican 'ordered abuse cover-up'
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      A secret Vatican document, outlining procedures for handling allegations of sex
      abuse by priests, has been published in the US and UK.

      Lawyers acting for alleged victims of abuse say the document proves that for
      decades the Vatican has systematically obstructed the course of justice in order
      to protect Catholic priests.

      Church lawyers, on the other hand, argue that the document referred only to
      church law and did not order bishops to engage in criminal cover-ups.

      But the US lawyer who uncovered the document told a British newspaper the
      archive material is a smoking gun.
      :===End Quote===

      [Holocaust] Germany's Holocaust Memorial Takes Shape
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      Germany's national Holocaust memorial took shape Saturday after years of delay
      as its U.S. architect presented the first of 2,700 stark charcoal-gray concrete
      slabs that will make up the monument near the Brandenburg Gate.

      Backers expressed relief that the memorial was finally getting under way in
      earnest on a sandy site in the capital's revived center where the Berlin Wall
      ran before Germany reunited in 1990.
      :===End Quote===

      [Hate Groups] German police arrest 71 neo-Nazis at march
      :===Begin Quote===
      German police detained 71 neo-Nazis marching Saturday in the Bavarian town where
      Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess was buried after his 1987 suicide.

      Police said they deployed some 1,000 officers to prevent trouble at the march,
      which drew 2,600 neo-Nazis to Wunsiedel. Demonstrators were detained for
      displaying outlawed Nazi symbols like the swastika or for carrying weapons such
      as knives, tear gas spray and a baseball bat, police spokesman Klaus Bernhardt

      All 71 were released without charges by Saturday evening, by which time marchers
      dispersed without incident, he said. Police said they also confiscated neo-Nazi
      music CDs from some marchers.
      :===End Quote===

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