ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 4, 2003
[Harmony Worship Center Church] Pastors Surrender To Face Charges
Four Tulsa pastors accused of failing to report sexual abuse have surrendered to
police. [...] Janice Turner, William Kelman and parishioner Tammy Britton also
face charges of assault and battery in the beating of the child's father after
he admitted viewing pornography. The beating was part of a ritual known as
"discipling the flesh".
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientology Loses Again
A court in The Hague, Netherlands today rejected Scientology's appeal against
author Karin Spaink, Dutch ISP XS4ALL, and 10 other Dutch internet providers for
alleged copyright violations. All of Scientology's claims have been rejected.
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Report: Scientology Stars Sign Away Basic Rights
Several celebrities, along with other members of the Church of Scientology, may
have signed away key rights, according to the New York Post, including their
right to psychiatric care and the right to see their families.
[Word of Faith Fellowship] Church custody case set for court
The fate of four children caught in a custody battle involving the Word of Faith
Fellowship church and a former church member may be known as early as next week.
The ongoing Department of Social Services case against the mother Shana Muse
resumes Friday while motions relating to a civil suit involving the same parties
will be heard today.
[Falun Gong] Falun Gong demonstration was legal, lawyer argues in appeal
A defense lawyer challenged the convictions of 16 Falun Gong followers before a
Hong Kong court Thursday, saying their protest outside Chinese government
offices was legal because it didn't cause undue obstruction.
[Alternative Healing] Ancient art of reiki gaining mainstream popularity
Reiki healing has become so popular that it's made its way into hospitals across
the country. According to Reiki.org, there are at least three hospitals that
have reiki healing programs: Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center; Portsmouth Regional,
New Hampshire; and California Pacific Medical Center. And more are popping up
all the time.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Speak of the Devil
SMART -- Stop Mind Control and Ritual Torture -- is a support group for alleged
victims of serial child abuse at the hands of satanic cults, rogue priests,
Freemasons and the CIA. They were brutalized as children, organizers say, to
split their personalities and prepare each child for a secret life as a sex
slave, government assassin, blackmail agent -- any number of things. [...]
While Wilbur and others insist they are abuse survivors, skeptics say they are
fantasists who have created an elaborate victimhood identity to deal with an
otherwise unsatisfactory life. "Everything that one might call a 'repressed
memory' could have been the result of suggestion and an active imagination,"
says Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the
University of California, Irvine, who has long worked to discredit repressed
[Hate Groups] Hale Fine Could Be Coming
A federal judge will decide later this week if white supremacist Matthew Hale
and his followers will be fined $200,000. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow may
order Hale and his group to pay the money for violating court orders in a
trademark infringement lawsuit.
[Hate Groups] Authorities Captured Alleged Aryan Gang Leader
A woman who allegedly is a point person for the Aryan Brotherhood and implicated
in several murders and other criminal activity has been captured in the Bay
Area, authorities told KTVU on Wednesday.
[Lebanon] Canadian missionary deported from Lebanon
Canadian missionary Bruce Balfour is a free man -- deported from Lebanon two
days after a military court acquitted him of collaborating with Israel.
[Religious Freedom] Judge backs librarian's right to wear cross
A federal judge ruled that a library's dress code that prevented a worker from
wearing a necklace with a cross pendant was an unconstitutional violation of
free-speech rights. The employee, Kimberly Draper, was fired for refusing to
take off the pendant, which she wore as an expression of her religious faith.
[Paul Hill] Former Minister Paul Hill Executed
Paul Hill, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his
bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed Wednesday by
injection. He was the first person put to death in the United States for
[Mormon Church] Torture alleged by LDS convert
An Iranian-born American citizen who converted to Mormonism says he was
imprisoned and tortured by the Iranian government for his religious beliefs --
and he wants the world to know about it.
[Mormon Church] At 97, Haight Becomes Oldest LDS Church Leader
David B. Haight became the oldest Mormon apostle or prophet Monday when he
turned 97. He's the oldest apostle since The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints was founded in 1830, outliving former LDS President David O.
McKay and Apostle LeGrand Richards, who tied at 96. In third place was President
Joseph Fielding Smith at 95, then came President Ezra Taft Benson at 94. Haight
is four years older than the current president, Gordon B. Hinckley, who is 93.
[Neil and Christy Edgar] Judge to Let Edgar Children Testify Through
Their former parents, Neil and Christy Edgar, were accused in the death of their
adopted son Brian.
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