ReligionNewsBlog.com, Aug. 23, 2003
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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 Bahaullah 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
jurisdictionand 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
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