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      [Catholic Church] Priest in abuse scandal killed in prison
      John Geoghan, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester,
      has been killed in prison, a Massachusetts public safety spokesman told The
      Associated Press on Saturday.

      [Islamism] Hamas Calls Bush 'Islam's Biggest Enemy'
      A leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Saturday called President
      Bush an enemy of Islam because the U.S. government froze the assets of Hamas
      leaders in response to a suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem.

      [Baha'i] The leader of Dr Kelly's religion explains its attraction
      "For a single purpose were the Prophets, each and all, [were] sent down to
      earth. For this did Baha’u’llah raise up the call of the Lord, that the world of
      man should become the world of God - and unity, fellowship and love be won for
      the whole human race."

      [USA] The Wrong Kind of American Exceptionalism
      The U.S. Bush administration's obsession with the new International Criminal
      Court shows no signs of abating any time soon, and anger is rising around the
      United Nations at the apparent willingness of Washington to undermine all
      international peacekeeping if that is what it takes to curtail the tribunal's
      jurisdiction—and not just over Americans.

      [USA] Cost of amassing resentments is high
      [T]he Bush administration is reworking the nation's former foreign-policy
      standards, editor John Feffer contends in "Power Trip: U.S. Unilateralism and
      Global Strategy After September 11." The Bush team's goal is "to remake the
      world in the United States' image." In the process, it is recklessly "targeting
      adversaries, ignoring allies and acting with all the arrogance of a country that
      believes itself above criticism -- a country that is, in short, on a power
      trip." The new pattern: dissolution of treaties, disregard of allies'
      interests, armed attacks without proven threat or provocation, threatened
      pre-emptive strategic use of nuclear weapons. In short, a muscle-flexing

      [Buddhism] Dalai Lama may meet Bush next month
      Although Press Secretary Tenzin Taklha said the meetings would likely be
      informal, they would provoke protests from China, which regards the Dalai Lama
      as a separatist and a troublemaker. The Dalai Lama had earlier met Bush in
      Washington in May 2001. He has also met two former presidents, Bill Clinton and
      George Bush, when they were in office.

      [Buddhism] Buddhist Academy Stirs Hope of Revival in Hawaii
      The school opens as Buddhism is faltering in Hawaii, and while church leaders
      are adamant that they are trying to create good citizens, not converts, some say
      they are hoping the academy sows the seeds of self-preservation.

      [Botanicas] Traditional botanicas serve Latino community
      For about 10 years, many Latin American immigrants to Utah have come to these
      shops called botanicas and to their spiritual directors or clairvoyants, looking
      for solutions to life's problems. In places such as New York or Miami, botanicas
      cater to medicine men and women who use the store's herbs, plants, metals and
      oils, and occasionally animals, to practice Santeria, a religion that mixes
      ancient African religious beliefs with elements of Catholicism. But in places
      such as Utah, where Santeria is not generally practiced, clients come to the
      botanica with an array of romantic, health and money problems.

      [Offbeat News] 'Holy' tomato causes stir at the balti house
      One half displays the word Allah, meaning God, while the other section reads
      Muhammad, the prophet Peace be upon Him.

      [Bill Gothard] Character First! won't improve staff morale
      Still, I recommend continued use of Character First! on an experimental basis,
      with two conditions: The enrollees would be Bush, Regier and members of the
      Legislature; and the seriatim study of the 49 qualities begin with meekness,
      sincerity, humility, deference and responsibility.

      [Unification Church] Christian Churches Should Stop Using the Cross, Group Says
      An interfaith group founded by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon is
      spearheading an effort to have Christian ministers remove crosses from their
      churches, calling them a symbol of oppression and perceived superiority.
      Mainstream Christian leaders call the request "outrageously bigoted."

      [Feminism] College Wants to Be in Vanguard of Bringing Feminism to Church
      About 15 courses will address women in the Bible, in sociological studies and in
      literature, among other topics. Many of the courses were already offered, but
      planning the minor and the center, which still needs a campus home, took about
      two years, said Roberson, a 43-year-old Biblical studies student.

      [Polygamy] Polygamist Women Jam First Ever Summit Meeting
      Dozens of polygamist wives and fundamentalists jammed the meeting room insisting
      they have a right to practice their religion. Although the women are upset about
      the trend to prosecuting polygamous they did find common ground with state
      officials today on many issues. Utah and Arizona are developing a joint
      strategy to enforce the law and provide social services in the polygamous
      community that straddles the Utah Arizona line.

      [Polygamy] Views on polygamy clash at summit
      The wives claim that government authorities and the news media portray them as
      victims in a male-dominated culture, while never bothering to get their views.

      [Polygamy] Polygamy meeting draws sides
      During a two-hour meeting behind closed doors, the officials discussed a wealth
      of subjects concerning Colorado City and neighboring Hildale, Utah, including
      child safety and sex abuse, potential legislation, penalties for bigamy, welfare
      and school district fraud and certification of police officers in the two

      [Church and State] Judge suspended over Ten Commandments
      Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended Friday pending the outcome of an
      ethics complaint for defying a federal court order to move a Ten Commandments
      monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

      [USA] Injustice in Guantánamo
      The Bush administration has already denied each of the Guantánamo detainees one
      basic right guaranteed in the civilian justice system: a speedy trial. Now it
      appears determined to deny many more. Before these prosecutions go any further,
      the administration should overhaul its procedures until it has a system capable
      of exonerating the innocent, and of showing a skeptical world that those who are
      convicted are in fact guilty.

      [Hinduism] India defers controversial bill to ban cow slaughter
      The Indian government deferred the introduction of a draft bill in parliament
      which, if passed, would ban the slaughter of cows, revered by the country's
      majority Hindu community.

      [Bible] Aussie Bible? No worries, mate
      Author Kel Richards described the book as a story of the Bible being told by the
      kind of bloke who stands around a barbecue in Bondi with his friends. For
      example, when Mary is told God has chosen her to be the mother of Jesus: "The
      angel said to her, 'G'day Mary. You are a pretty special sheila. God has his eye
      on you'. "Mary went weak at the knees, and wondered what was going on. Then she
      said, 'My soul is as happy as Larry!"'

      [Anne Frank] Last person to see Anne Frank alive dies in Amsterdam
      Jannie Brandes-Brilleslijper, the last person known to have seen Anne Frank
      alive and a member of the Nazi resistance in occupied Netherlands, has died. She
      was 86.

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