ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 17, 2003
[Islamism] Flow of Saudis' Cash to Hamas Is Scrutinized
At least 50 percent of Hamas's current operating budget of about $10 million a
year comes from people in Saudi Arabia, according to estimates by American law
enforcement officials, American diplomats in the Middle East and Israeli
officials. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Saudi portion of Hamas
financing grew larger as donations from the United States, Europe and other
Persian Gulf countries dried up, American officials and analysts said.
[Hate Groups] McVeigh lawyer: bomber might have had foreign connections
Jones inferred throughout the speech to a "possible foreign connection" involved
in the attacks on the federal building in Oklahoma City. He said he believed the
government withheld evidence from the defense regarding this and that many
witnesses perjured themselves to prevent this information from being released.
Jones said he believed McVeigh intentionally waived his right to the appeals
process following his sentencing to prevent this information from being
[Jay Handel] B.C. court hears chilling account of siblings' murder
Although he admitted killing his six children, Mr. Handel has pleaded not guilty
on the grounds he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time. Defence
lawyer John Green told the jury that his client killed the children because he
felt they would not be safe with his estranged wife. [...] "He decided the only
way to adequately protect his children was to kill them. "He is a devout
Christian who believes in a better afterworld. . . . [so] he decided they would
all be together in a better place and he would be there to protect them. That
sounds crazy. So be it."
[Buddhism] Human rights groups condemn arrest of Vietnamese monk with U.N.
Two human rights groups on Wednesday called for the release of a Vietnamese monk
who had been granted refugee status in Cambodia, but was allegedly arrested by
Vietnamese secret police there and forcibly returned home last year.
[Uniao do Vegetal] Religious Group Wants Tea Back
Armed with a favorable decision from a federal appeals court, lawyers for
members of a Brazilian religious group in Santa Fe are seeking the return of a
hallucinogenic tea used as a sacrament.
[Music] Child protective services removes students
The school had only been open four days before the eviction. Mott hoped to fund
the non-public boarding school with donations and he would not specify how much
money the school has now. The Office of Community Services took the boys from
the Rapides Avenue residence because "OCS claimed they were not being housed,
fed or supervised properly," said Darrell Hickman, the academy's lawyer.
[Mormon Church] Nauvoo Christian Visitors conference 9/19
Thomas Murphy, the Mormon anthropologist recently featured in the "DNA versus
The Book of Mormon" video, also will speak, along with fourth, fifth, and
[Buddhism] Buddhism: The new Prozac for scientists
"It is certainly not inconceivable that 20 years from now, the US surgeon
general might recommend 60 minutes of mental exercise five times a week," Lander
told a conference of renowned scientists and Buddhist scholars at the
prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this weekend. Such a
prediction from a man of Lander's stature at a venue like MIT is an indication
of mainstream science's growing fascination with Buddhism, and especially with
the preliminary but extraordinary results of state-of-the-art research into the
Olympian mental athleticism of trained Buddhist monks.
[Transcendental Meditation] TM groups in other cities lobby local school boards
Branches of the Transcendental Meditation movement in other parts of the United
States and Canada are trying to sell local school boards on what the movement
calls "consciousness-based education."
[Transcendental Meditation] M.U.M. celebrates 30th anniversary, advocates
meditation in education
Maharishi University of Management celebrated its 30th anniversary Friday, with
a series of speakers touting the achievements of M.U.M. students, praising the
Transcendental Meditation movement -- and criticizing schools that don't teach
TM, with one speaker denouncing them as "deplorable."
[Christianity] 'Hell House' finds new home on stage at Denver church
Seven years ago, in the sprawling hallways of Abundant Life Christian Center,
Roberts launched a national phenomenon with the help of Limburger cheese, smoke
machines and roaming demons. Crowds paid $7 apiece to stroll through a series
of harrowing scenes that depicted the message that people who indulge in
behaviors such as premarital sex, abortion, drugs, drinking and suicide are
headed for hell. Protesters likewise headed for Hell House to decry the concept
as judgmental and intolerant.
[USA] 16 months behind bars - and counting - for Sept. 11 detainee
An audit by the Justice Department's inspector general put the tally of Middle
Eastern men detained in the FBI dragnet at 762, with most of them now deported.
Immigration lawyers say many were victims of a new brand of police profiling.
The inspector general's report also found "significant problems" with the
detentions, including allegations of physical abuse. Civil liberties groups have
noted that only one of those detained, Zacarias Moussaoui, has been charged with
any terrorism-related crime. He is charged as a conspirator in the Sept. 11
[Catholic Church] Victims of Catholic Church-run institutions in Ireland sought
Thousands of victims of child abuse in Ireland's orphanages and workhouses who
now live abroad don't know they qualify for hefty compensation payments from the
Irish government, the leader of a survivors' group said Tuesday. Tony Tracy is
traveling to Boston and Chicago next week to lead a seminar by Right of Place, a
group that provides housing, education and legal advice to former residents of
Catholic Church-run institutions in Ireland.
[Neil and Christy Edgar] Jury selection begins in Edgar case
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of the parents and baby sitter of a
9-year-old Overland Park boy who died in December. Neil Edgar Sr., Christy
Edgar and Chasity Boyd are charged in Johnson County District Court with
first-degree felony murder in the death of Brian Edgar.
[Mormon Church] Deal reached on Martin's Cove lease to LDS church
Martin's Cove is a pocket of prairie encircled by pink granite cliffs in central
Wyoming. A company of Mormon pioneers, mostly poor European converts, were
trapped there in 1856 by an early winter snowstorm as they neared the end of
their 1,300-mile trek to Utah.
[Music] Johnny Cash's search for Heaven
Back in the 1970s when he became more serious about his faith, Cash says it was
Billy Graham who advised him to "keep singing 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'A Boy
Named Sue,' and all those other outlaw songs if that's what people wanted to
hear-and then, when it came time to do a gospel song, give it everything I had.
Put my heart and soul into all my music, in fact; never compromise; take no
prisoners." Cash subsequently sang in the sold-out honky-tonks of the world and
the jam-packed arenas of the Billy Graham crusades never allowing himself to
be too easily pigeonholed by the holy or the heathens.
[Alternative Healing] Studies question herbal remedies' claims
Herbal remedies are often marketed on the Internet with misleading or unproven
health claims that violate federal law, according to a study of 443 Web sites.
The finding -- and an unrelated study suggesting that magnetic heel insoles are
ineffective at relieving pain -- question the marketing practices of widely
popular alternative medical products.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Man Convicted In Satanic Sexual Assault Ritual
An Oxford man faces sentencing next month after being convicted last week of
luring boys into satanic sexual encounters, according to a report.
[Jay Handel] Father admits killing his six children, but claims mental disorder
A father admits he killed his six children because he wanted to save them from
hell on Earth, a B.C. Supreme Court jury heard Tuesday.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Woman repeatedly sought lawyer during
interrogation, tape shows
Anita Klassen repeatedly asks for her lawyer while being accused of sexually
abusing her foster children, but Saskatoon police Cpl. Brian Dueck continues to
question her for nearly an hour, court witnessed Tuesday when a disturbing video
of the 12-year-old interview was played.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Accuser takes stand in ritual abuse case
A former foster child whose lies led to 12 people being charged with the sexual
abuse of children is testifying in a civil case on Tuesday. Michael Ross is a
witness in the malicious prosecution trial in Saskatoon. He recanted his claims
of sexual abuse on national television two years ago in a CBC Fifth Estate
program. Tuesday he is expected to explain in court, for the first time under
oath, why he told stories of ritual satanic abuse.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Ross admits 'telling lies'
The boy who made up fantastic stories of ritual sexual abuse against his former
foster parents admitted in court Monday that he lied because he was mad at them.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Alleged abuse victim recants on the witness stand
A former foster child who told police that she was sexually abused by her foster
parents has recanted on the witness stand during a civil suit being heard in
Saskatoon. Michelle Ross said outside the courtroom that the lies she told so
many years ago needed to be cleared up and the record set straight. She told
police in 1991 that her foster parents and their relatives were engaged in
satanic rituals that involved sexual abuse.
[Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Video details horrific claims at trial
Most of the charges were eventually stayed and the children have since admitted
to fabricating the stories, but many of those charged say their lives were
ruined by the false label of "child abuser." They filed a $10-million lawsuit
alleging malicious prosecution against various justice officials, and the trial
Religion News Blog is a non-profit, reader-supported service. If this
service is of value to you, please consider supporting us with a donation to
help cover our expenses:
Research resources on religions, cults, sects, doctrines, and related issues:
(News and news archives)
(Other research resources)