ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 20, 2003
[Anglican Church] Evangelicals warn Williams on gay issue
Bishop Wallace Benn, the Area Bishop of Lewes, who is the president of the
Church of England Evangelical Council, its most representative evangelical body,
said that if firm action was not taken at the emergency meeting of primates
convened by Dr Williams next month, the worldwide Church would come apart,
slowly or quickly.
[Buddhism] Police in Vietnam obstruct assembly of banned Buddhist church: UBCV
Security forces have intimidated members of the banned Unified Buddhist Church
of Vietnam (UBCV) against attending an assembly overseen by the church's highest
leaders, the church said.
[Exorcism] Christian deliverance work widespread
[H]e's written a handbook, "Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance From Evil
Spirits," that spells out the "safe and simple" method he practices. Lozano, a
Catholic layman, has what evangelical Christians call a deliverance ministry.
While these grass-roots operations may be little known to the general public,
hundreds are believed to exist in this country, treating tens of thousands of
Christians for sins great and small.
[Neil and Christy Edgar] Edgar children refused to implicate parents
Even after Neil Edgar Sr. told police that he had tied up and gagged his son
Brian Edgar, three other children refused to implicate their parents in
wrongdoing. Three surviving Edgar children were interviewed Dec. 30, several
hours after Edgar took 9-year-old Brian to KU Med, where he was pronounced dead.
[Kenneth Hagin Sr.] Founder of international ministries dies
Hagin had been hospitalized in a cardiac intensive care unit since Sunday, when
he collapsed at home. He died at 7 a.m., a spokesman said. An exact cause of
death was not immediately known. Hagin's ministry included Rhema Bible Training
Centers in 14 nations and Rhema churches in more than 110 countries. The Rhema
Bible Church in Broken Arrow, where his ministry was based, has 8,000 members.
His ministry began when he said God miraculously healed him of a deformed heart
and incurable blood disease.
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Hallocks sells city building
Carol Yingling, a church minister, said the church plans to move its Connecticut
headquarters into the building. The current headquarters is in 9,000 square feet
of leased space just down the street. "We are really busting out at the seams,"
she said. "Im looking forward to having a place to hold community meetings."
(Consumer Alert: Scientology's scriptures actively encourage hate- and
harassment activities, making this cult a hate group).
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientologists open office to fight bias
The California-based Church of Scientology opened an office in Brussels on
Thursday to campaign against what it sees as discrimination against it and other
"new religions" in some European Union states.
[Islam] Religious crackdown in Denmark
Under the new rules, religious leaders will be obliged to be self-supporting,
speak Danish and respect "Western values" or risk being declared persona non
grata. The rules are apparently designed to deter radical Islamic clerics from
establishing bases in Denmark and clip the wings of those who already live in
the tiny country.
[Islam] France threatens to expel radical Muslims
France's interior minister threatened Thursday to close any mosque in France
that is considered extremist and to expel any Muslim prayer leader who preached
a radical message. In an interview in the daily Le Figaro, the minister,
Nicolas Sarkozy, also pledged to deny visas to Muslim participants in
conferences who did not respect the values of the French state.
[Allen Harrod, et. al.] Former Fort Worth couple indicted in child sex case
The ritualistic sexual abuse of children is a tenet of the religion of
self-styled Mormon sect leader Allen Harrod, 56, of Folsom, Calif., according to
a federal criminal complaint, which led to the arrests of the La Brecques in
Fort Madison, Iowa, their most recent place of residence.
[Freemasonry] Masons in the sun
Brotherly organization or bizarre secret society? You decide. They've been
called mysterious, secretive, even cultish. But as a people-friendly PR campaign
gears up, is Freemasonry finally ready for the mainstream?
[Freemasonry] They live to give
Most people have a passing knowledge that Masons tend to be very philanthropic.
Others think they are a bizarre cult. The latter of those two descriptions will
be denied vehemently by anyone who calls himself a Mason. Their philanthropic
efforts, however, they tend to take very seriously. Here's a look at some of
the larger charitable and goodwill contributions that are exclusively carried
out by Masons.
[Buddhism] Buddhist Monk Completes Seven-Year Run
Since 1885, only 46 other so-called "marathon monks" of the Tendai sect have
survived the ritual, which dates to the 8th century and is believed to be a path
to enlightenment, according to temple officials. The last monk to complete it
returned in 1994. A few have done it twice; many more have not lived to finish.
Traditionally, any monk, or gyoja, who can't continue to the end must take his
own live, either by hanging or disembowelment.
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