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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 19, 2003 [House of Prayer] House of Prayer leader arrested http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4070-.html ... The leader of the House of
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      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 19, 2003

      [House of Prayer] House of Prayer leader arrested
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      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [House of Prayer] House of Prayer pastor arrested after five months as fugitive
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islamism] Iraq becomes a battleground in war on infidels
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [USA] Amnesty slams US anti-terror drive
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      "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
      International said.

      "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
      International concluded.
      :===End Quote===

      [Occultism] Wizard: Hussein obsessed with magic
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mormon Church] BYU building ties to Muslims
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Islam] Muslim charity leader linked to bin Laden gets 11 years
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mormon Church] 'Massacre' highlights dark spot in Mormon history
      :===Begin Quote===
      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
      City bombing.

      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Mormon Church] Providing for poor a staple of LDS church
      :===Begin Quote===
      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
      troubled people.
      :===End Quote===

      [Buddhism] Charismatic Hsin Yun looks to expand Buddhism by making it more
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] Polygamy is illegal for sound reasons
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      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
      marry beasts.

      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] AG plans summit to address polygamy issues
      :===Begin Quote===
      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.
      :===End Quote===

      [Polygamy] Polygamist appeals bigamy convictions to Utah high court
      :===Begin Quote===
      Polygamist Tom Green has appealed his bigamy convictions to the state’s 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 Green’s attorney, John Bucher, in documents filed Aug. 15
      with the Utah Supreme Court.

      Utah’s laws against bigamy create “a prosecution based on the moral disapproval
      of the practice,” he wrote.
      :===End Quote===

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