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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 18, 2003 [NXIVM] County planners say no to NXIVM http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4491-.html A self-improvement school proposed off
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      [NXIVM] County planners say no to NXIVM
      A self-improvement school proposed off Woodin Road in Halfmoon would not be
      permitted under the area's commercial zoning laws, according to the the Saratoga
      County Planning Board. Lawrence Benton, director of the county Planning Board,
      said Wednesday that the 67,000-square-foot facility proposed by Colonie-based
      NXIVM (pronounced NEX-ee-um) is a private training center, which would not be
      authorized for a commercial district in the town.

      [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Judge says she has no memory of Klassen case
      Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ellen Gunn testified Wednesday she had absolutely
      "no memory" of the Klassen child sex abuse case of the early-1990s, even though
      she was Saskatchewan's director of public prosecutions at the time of the

      [Music] Still knocking on heaven's door
      The time-honored (yet erroneous) story that has been most widely circulated is
      that Dylan renounced his faith in Jesus, or has wandered away from his
      profession of faith. Dylan’s involvement with this new album should go a long
      way in silencing these false stories. Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples are featured
      on the album singing a duet to “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking.” The song had
      been rewritten by Dylan to express his belief in the Second Coming, in prayer,
      and in a personal relationship with Jesus.

      [Neil and Christy Edgar] Jury selected for Edgar trial
      The Edgars and Boyd are charged with first-degree felony murder in the death of
      the Edgars' son Brian. The 9-year-old suffocated at the family's Overland Park
      home after he was wrapped with duct tape as punishment, according to previous
      testimony and courtroom statements.

      [Clive Harris] Did this man trick you?
      Does Canadian faith healer Clive Harris really cure people through his touch?
      Colaba police think otherwise. They thought many people would come forward to
      lodge complaints against Harris, but so far, only an organisation called Janhit
      Manch has. It has registered its complaint against the Mehta charity trust —
      that has brought the faith healer to Mumbai — for placing misleading

      [Jim Bakker] Bakker has new show, old theme
      Having watched three hours' worth of this fare, the only differences I could see
      between the new Jim Bakker show and the old Jim Bakker show are as follows: He
      has less hair. He sits beside second wife Lori instead of first wife Tammy Faye.
      He isn't selling time shares. And the strange electricity that made the old show
      part of modern American religious lore is gone. [...] Now I watch Jim and Lori
      preaching, giggling, crying and begging for someone, anyone, to send them a
      check and keep them on the air - and I just want the show to end.

      [Catholic Church] Pope blesses soccer referees
      he 83-year-old Pope, a goalkeeper during his youth in Poland, told them that
      sport must be "inspired by ethical and spiritual values."

      [Hate Groups] Swedish police explore neo-Nazi links of Lindh murder suspect
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4484-.htmlThe prime suspect in the Anna Lindh
      murder case was still being questioned by Swedish police last night as his
      alleged links with the far-right neo-Nazi movement emerged.

      [Mormon Church] Church sets its sights on Neenah
      A new Mormon church wants to locate on the city’s south side on land that has
      been planned for single-family homes. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
      Saints intends to construct a 24,400-square-foot building on four acres
      immediately north of the intersection of Castle Oak Drive and Bishops Lane.

      [Sikhism] US Sikh sues airline for harassment over turban
      A Sikh businessman has filed a lawsuit against a major airline, its affiliate
      and a flight attendant alleging racial profiling, intimidation and harassment
      during a routine commercial flight for sporting a beard and turban.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Japanese court upholds death sentence for ex-Aum cult member
      Presiding Judge Atsushi Semba affirmed the Tokyo District Court's sentence,
      handed down in 2000, on Satoru Hashimoto, 36, finding him guilty of killing
      Yokohama lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, 33, his wife Satoko, 29, and their
      one-year-old son Tatsuhiko in November 1989.

      [Jay Handel] Wife watched as fire killed her 6 children
      Mr. Handel was a depressed and devoutly Christian man who was suicidal over his
      wife's perceived adultery, defence lawyer John Green said. Rather than leave his
      children behind without his protection, he killed them to take them with him to
      the afterlife, Mr. Green said. But in court, Ms. Handel laughed when asked if
      her husband was a religious person. "He let me have some Christian content in
      the homeschooling, but wouldn't let me say grace at the table or pray in the
      van," the 33-year-old woman testified in a quiet voice. He went to church twice
      with her in their 18 years together, said Ms. Handel.

      [Koreshans] Just who were the Koreshans?
      The Koreshans were a religious group that settled in Estero in 1894. The head of
      this group was Dr. Cyrus Teed, an inspirational leader who recruited members of
      the group by offering food, water, shelter, education and religion in exchange
      for hard work and shared beliefs. Teed later changed his name to "Koresh" which
      roughly translates from "Cyrus" or "Shepherd" in Hebrew. Koresh taught several
      beliefs to his members. The most peculiar of them was The Cellular Cosmogony,
      the belief that the world is a concave sphere and all life resides on the inside
      of it. The sun, moon, stars and planets were considered to be a large ball of
      gas that had a light side and a dark side. As the gas rotated in the center, it
      caused day and night.

      [Israel] Evangelicals use clout to help Israel
      The purpose of Israeli Minister of Tourism Binyamin "Benny" Elon's trip to the
      Bible Belt last month was twofold: to urge American Jews and Christians to visit
      Israel, which is trying to recover from a drastic plunge in tourism since the
      current Palestinian intifada began three years ago, and to thank the Christian
      right for its support of his homeland.

      [Mormon Church] LDS leaders oppose Mesa Temple on historic list
      One of the Valley's top attractions has a shot at national historic prestige,
      but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is protesting local efforts
      nominating the Arizona Temple to the National Register of Historic Places.

      [Steve Hill] Revival leader starting Southlake church
      After years of being on the road, Steve Hill is settling down. The preacher is
      taking his message to Heartland Fellowship Church, which will have its first
      meeting Sunday. [...] An Assemblies of God pastor, Hill is known for condemning
      homosexuality and non-Christians. Attendees of the Pensacola revivals say the
      meetings manifested spiritual gifts and healings.

      [NXIVM] Proposed school causing controversy
      The futuristic building complex for NXIVM is almost as unique as its name.
      Spelled in Roman numerals and pronounced "Nexium," this controversial company
      and its Executive Success Programs, founded by RPI graduate Keith Raniere and
      his protege Nancy Salzman, has become a source of concern in Halfmoon. The
      program is designed to teach people how to "maximize their potential," but the
      company has come under fire for what some claim is cult-like activity.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Law Firm in Slatkin Case Agrees to Pay $650,000
      A law firm that represented convicted con man Reed Slatkin has agreed to pay
      $650,000 to settle claims that it cost investors tens of millions of dollars
      because it didn't discover Slatkin's scam months before it unraveled. [...]
      Investors who gave money to Slatkin still are owed about $240 million, and more
      than 200 lawsuits are pending to recover money from the banks and investors who
      profited from the scheme, Pilmer said. Attorneys also are negotiating with
      groups affiliated with the Church of Scientology that allegedly wound up with
      tens of millions of dollars in donations from Slatkin clients.

      [Raymond and Mary George] Police say man used Bible to justify sex with girls
      A search of Raymond George’s residence revealed evidence of child sexual abuse,
      including evidence that he believed the teenagers were his “wives” and that he
      was living in a “cult-like” environment, said Sgt. Kim Bradshaw. “George used
      his interpretation of the Bible to convince these people that this was all OK in
      the eyes of God,” Bradshaw said.

      [E. Bernard Jordan] The prophet of profit sows the seeds of wealth
      "Jesus had the same story I had," says Bishop E. Bernard Jordan. "He was born to
      a family that was poor, and he overcame all the odds by becoming rich in every
      way." Jordan grew up in a three-bedroom apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
      Brooklyn, the son of a construction worker. Today, the 44-year-old minister with
      a high school education lives in a $3.6 million, 27-room mansion deep inside the
      wooded confines of wealthy Tuxedo Park. He got there by forming his own church
      20 years ago when he was only 23 years old. His Zoe Ministries began humbly in a
      church member's house in New Jersey. Over the years, preaching a gospel of
      prosperity and self-empowerment, Jordan built Zoe Ministries into a multimedia
      enterprise that collected $2.8 million from its loyal following in 2001.

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