ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 19, 2003
- ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 19, 2003
[House of Prayer] House of Prayer leader arrested
The leader of the House of Prayer church was arrested Monday night after eluding
authorities for nearly five months.
Allen, 71, along with two followers -- welder David Duncan, 46, and Duncan's
wife, Sharon, 42 -- became fugitives in March after skipping a hearing to
determine whether their probation should be revoked.
[House of Prayer] House of Prayer pastor arrested after five months as fugitive
The leader of the House of Prayer church, who was convicted on child cruelty
charges and evaded arrest for five months after missing a probation hearing, was
taken into custody Monday night.
[Islamism] Iraq becomes a battleground in war on infidels
Muslim fundamentalists from throughout the Middle East are being drawn to Iraq
for a protracted guerrilla war, senior military officials said yesterday after a
wave of weekend sabotage attacks.
Contrary to President George W Bush's assertion this month that "Iraq is more
secure" than at any time since the war, General John Abizaid, who took over in
July from Tommy Franks as the US military commander in Iraq, conceded that
resistance had intensified.
[USA] Amnesty slams US anti-terror drive
"Allegations of abuses such as arbitrary arrests, prolonged incommunicado
detention, ill-treatment, interrogations without legal counsel and threats of
unfair trials by military bodies are raised each year in the US State
Department's reports on human rights practices in other countries," Amnesty
"Now they are being made against the US government in the context of its 'war on
"The administration has sought to insulate its actions from domestic judicial
review and from the eyes of the international community. The USA is undermining
the rule of law, and setting a dangerous example in so doing," Amnesty
[Occultism] Wizard: Hussein obsessed with magic
Thousands of magicians, fortunetellers and faith healers make up a huge world of
Iraqi spirituality despite being considered by many Muslims to be sinful. But
this man is different. He was Hussein's own sorcerer, and therefore, for Iraqis
his visions of the dictator's demise carry special weight.
[Mormon Church] BYU building ties to Muslims
Brigham Young University and the LDS Church are both benefiting from the
school's efforts to coordinate translation of a series of ancient Middle Eastern
religious texts never before accessible to the Western world.
During Monday's opening sessions of BYU's annual Education Week, Peterson shared
the history of how ISPART [Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts]
came to be, and the variety of materials and scholars involved in the
translation effort over the past decade. He said the program is not only a
premiere academic endeavor, but is building bridges for the school and The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among international Muslim scholars,
politicians and students.
[Islam] Muslim charity leader linked to bin Laden gets 11 years
Arnaout's foundation funneled an estimated $20 million to Muslim countries over
eight years in the 1990s to help widows, orphans and refugees.
The amount that went to fighting groups has been estimated between $200,000 and
$400,000. Conlon ordered $315,624 in restitution to be sent to the United
Nation's high commissioner for refugees.
Conlon declined to boost Arnaout's sentence for what federal prosecutors say are
clear ties to al-Qaida.
[Mormon Church] 'Massacre' highlights dark spot in Mormon history
Half the book is an unsympathetic history of the Mormon Church from Joseph
Smith's visit by the angel Moroni to the death of Brigham Young, Smith's
disciple and successor as prophet of the Latter-Day Saints.
The other half is a detailed narrative of the Mountain Meadows massacre, which
Denton calls the worst act of mass murder by Americans prior to the Oklahoma
Denton, a descendant of Mormons, is no friend of the LDS. This book will not go
down well on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
[Mormon Church] Providing for poor a staple of LDS church
Mormons take care of themselves and others.
The church that is known for its exclusive rituals and richly appointed temples
humbly performs good works.
Faithful members give 10 percent of their income to the church, but the funding
for the welfare system comes from separate monthly offerings equivalent to the
cost of two meals, which members go without to finance welfare programs. The
donations are administered locally so each community can care for its own
[Buddhism] Charismatic Hsin Yun looks to expand Buddhism by making it more
Hsin Yun has broken from the the Buddhist tradition of shying away from secular
world. He has been keenly involved in world affairs and run his Buddhist
organization more like a business. His internationalization of Buddhism was
previously unimaginable. There are Fo Kuang Shan branches on five continents.
KMT Deputy Chairman Wu Po-hsiung, the head of the Buddha's Light International
Association Taiwan branch, said that Hsin Yun had become an important figure in
Buddhism for his international promotion of the religion. The association is an
international Buddhist organization originating from Fo Kuan Shang.
[Polygamy] Polygamy is illegal for sound reasons
Legalizing polygamy redefines marriage and family. It allows not only consenting
adults to marry in a polygamous relationship, but also subjects unprepared
children to the rigors of such an adult relationship. To legalize polygamy also
implies that men may marry men and women may marry women and even humans may
Instead of being a protected union recognized as the fundamental unit of
society, it becomes a free for all. What relationships should we protect under
the sheltering umbrella of marriage? Allowing polygamy necessarily implies
protection to all other adult relationships.
[Polygamy] AG plans summit to address polygamy issues
Boosted by the state's successful prosecution of Hildale bigamist Rodney Holm,
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has called an unprecedented polygamy summit
Friday in St. George that will involve various agencies from Utah, Arizona and
British Columbia, Canada.
The first hour of the summit is open to the public, Shurtleff said, but the rest
of the meeting will be a closed-door discussion searching for a "proactive
strategy" toward polygamy-related issues.
[Polygamy] Polygamist appeals bigamy convictions to Utah high court
Polygamist Tom Green has appealed his bigamy convictions to the states highest
court, arguing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a Texas sodomy law
supports his case.
The recent Supreme Court ruling argued against singling out any one purportedly
immoral group, wrote Greens attorney, John Bucher, in documents filed Aug. 15
with the Utah Supreme Court.
Utahs laws against bigamy create a prosecution based on the moral disapproval
of the practice, he wrote.
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