ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 18, 2003
- ReligionNewsBlog.com, Sep. 18, 2003
[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. Dylans 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 citys 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 Georges 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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