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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 17, 2003 [Islamism] Flow of Saudis Cash to Hamas Is Scrutinized http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4468-.html At least 50 percent of
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      [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
      sixth–generation ex–Mormons.

      [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
      began Monday.

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