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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 21, 2003 Tue, Oct. 21, 2003 [USA] Wrong and Divisive http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4790-.html President Bush rightly took issue
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      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 21, 2003

      Tue, Oct. 21, 2003
      [USA] Wrong and Divisive
      President Bush rightly took issue yesterday with the anti-Semitic comments
      of Malaysia's prime minister. Mr. Bush took Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
      aside during the economic summit in Bangkok "and told him that what he said
      was 'wrong and divisive,' " according to White House press secretary Scott
      McClellan. [...] Would that Mr. Bush's sense of outrage at religiously
      inflammatory remarks was so finely tuned when it comes to members of his own
      administration. Thus far he has found nothing to criticize in remarks
      disparaging of Islam by Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, his deputy
      undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

      [USA] Pentagon to probe general's religious comments about war on terror
      The Pentagon will investigate a general's church speeches casting the war on
      terrorism in religious terms, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said
      Tuesday. The announcement came days after two prominent senators asked
      Rumsfeld to launch a probe of Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin. Several
      Islamic and religious freedom groups criticized Boykin last week when
      reports surfaced of his comments during several speeches at evangelical
      Christian churches. Boykin said the enemy in the war on terrorism was Satan,
      that God had put President Bush in the White House and called one Muslim
      Somali warlord an idol-worshipper. The Pentagon released a statement from
      Boykin apologizing to those who were offended and saying the three-star
      general did not mean to insult Islam.

      [Racism] Officer suspended over race claim
      A North Wales Police officer is among four who have been suspended over
      allegations of racism at a police training centre. The suspension came after
      the home secretary called on the force to take action over material in a BBC
      TV programme. Called The Secret Policeman, the documentary due to be shown
      on Tuesday night, was filmed at a police training centre in Warrington,
      Cheshire. The north Wales officer was filmed apparently making racist
      comments by an undercover reporter.

      [Euthanasia] Florida Lawmakers Approve Bill to Save Comatose Woman
      Florida legislators hastily approved a bill on Tuesday that would let the
      governor overrule a court order and force doctors to restore the feeding
      tube removed from a severely brain-damaged woman last week. The
      controversial bill was a last-ditch effort to save Theresa "Terri" Schiavo,
      39, who has been in a vegetative state for more than 13 years and whose
      family has feuded over whether she should be kept alive. Following
      anguished debate on Monday and Tuesday, both legislative chambers passed it
      and sent it to Gov. Jeb Bush for his signature. He was expected to sign it
      Tuesday, giving him authority to intervene in the case immediately.

      [Amish] Superior Court Sides With Amish In Reflective-Triangle Dispute
      The Pennsylvania Superior Court says a conservative Amish sect doesn't have
      to use orange triangles on its buggies. The Swartzentruber Amish, a small
      Cambria County sect who moved from Ohio a few years ago, are more strict
      than most and say the symbol -- which the state requires on all slow-moving
      vehicles -- is too gaudy and an affront to their beliefs.

      [Transcendental Meditation] Vedic City says sales tax won't hurt county
      Vedic City officials say even if the city's population increases with the
      addition of pandits practicing the Transcendental Meditation program, the
      increase shouldn't have a negative effect on any other projects being funded
      by Jefferson County's local option sales tax.

      [Transcendental Meditation] Supervisors question Vedic City sales tax
      A larger concern for the supervisors has to do with what would happen if
      Vedic City followed through on plans to bring 1,600 Vedic pandits to the
      city to practice Transcendental Meditation and then commissioned a census to
      get the city's population officially locked in at a high number.

      [Transcendental Meditation] Love and Meditation: Transcendental Meditation
      pioneer visits Stockton
      The loss of a husband sent Nancy Cooke de Herrera into a spiral of grief
      that ended when she traveled to India in 1962, met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
      and discovered the peace of Transcendental Meditation. Several years later,
      as point person for the Maharishi, de Herrera was on site when the Beatles,
      Donovan, Mike Love and Mia Farrow arrived in the ashram. De Herrera comes
      to Stockton's Barnes & Noble on Tuesday to talk about her role in helping
      introduce the art of meditation to rock and pop legends, and many others.
      She'll sign copies of the spiritual autobiography in which she tells the
      story of her life and times -- "All You Need Is Love" (Jodere; $22). De
      Herrera was a Bay Area blueblood and international fashionista who segued to
      devoted meditator and TM teacher to stars such as Madonna, Sheryl Crow and
      Paula Abdul, film legend Greta Garbo and troubled heiress Doris Duke. Her
      book offers an eyewitness account of how meditation spread from east to
      west. Once thought to be esoteric teaching, it now has a secure place in
      American consciousness as religion and relaxant.

      [Hate Groups] Neo-Nazi to Run for Mayor in Ohio Town
      The people of Hayden can't seem to rid themselves of neo-Nazi Richard
      Butler. The founder of the Aryan Nations lost his compound outside of town
      to bankruptcy several years ago, but moved into a Hayden house bought by a
      supporter. Now Butler is running for mayor of this town of 9,000, linking
      Hayden in the public mind once more with his anti-Semitic, white separatist
      views. "I'm not really anxious to become mayor," Butler, 85, said recently.
      "I'm just anxious to get my word out."

      [Islam] Where the Moors Held Sway, Allah Is Praised Again
      While immigration is gradually spreading Islam across Europe, a homegrown
      movement is giving it added momentum in Spain, where a generation of
      post-Franco intellectuals are reassessing the country's Moorish past and
      recasting Spanish identity to include Islamic influences rejected as
      heretical centuries ago. The movement has its roots, not in the austere
      Islamic fundamentalism that dominates popular Western imagination these
      days, but in the Beat Generation and the hippies who pursued spiritual
      quests to Morocco when it was a counterculturalist Mecca of sun, sand and
      cheap hashish.

      [Kabbalah] Humble 'prophet' or mega-rich profiteer?
      As befits a spiritual leader, he cuts a humble, self-effacing figure. But
      to his many detractors Philip Berg, the man behind the Kabbalah Learning
      Centre, is more profiteer than prophet, a multimillionaire who lives 'like a
      king' in a Beverly Hills mansion waited on by devoted followers known as
      'chevras' who toil for just room and board. Thanks in no small part to its
      A-list celebrity supporters such as Madonna and Jerry Hall, Kabbalah is big
      business. It has millions of pounds in assets, owns expensive properties all
      over the world and pulls in millions of pounds annually from the sale of
      Zohar, the Kabbalist text, videos, audio tapes and Kaballah products. On
      top of that there are plentiful donations.

      [Kabbalah] Jerry Hall hits out at celebrity sect
      Jerry Hall has turned her back on the controversial sect Kabbalah after its
      leaders asked her to solicit substantial donations from her celebrity
      friends. The former supermodel, once one of the most famous advocates of
      the sect, an offshoot of Judaism, has told how she was encouraged to ask
      friends for a tenth of their annual incomes. 'They always talked about
      giving in order to receive, but I didn't really realise that in order to go
      through a door of miracles you had to give ten per cent of your income,' she

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