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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 29, 2003 [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Sex abuse investigator denies belief in cultists
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2003
      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 29, 2003

      [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Sex abuse investigator denies belief in
      The police officer at the core of a malicious prosecution trial in Saskatoon
      has finally told his story. Brian Dueck, one of four defendants in the
      $10-million lawsuit, spent all day Tuesday in the witness box. A dozen
      people who were wrongly-accused of child sex abuse say Dueck pursued them
      too zealously.

      [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Lawsuit in foster family sex abuse case to
      $10-million civil lawsuit for malicious prosecution involving plaintiffs
      who were wrongly accused of child sexual abuse continues after a judge in
      Saskatoon ruled that all but two claims will proceed. A claim against former
      head of prosecutions, Richard Quinney, and a claim for false imprisonment
      have been thrown out. Quinney died earlier this year. [...] The defendants,
      including Saskatoon police Supt. Brian Dueck, a therapist and two Crown
      prosecutors, had argued there was not enough evidence to prove they acted
      with malice, but the judge disagreed.

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] 7,000 Jehovah's Witnesses Coming to Ghana
      From December 4th to 14th, over 80,000 Jehovah's Witnesses for the second
      time hold an International Convention in Ghana. About 7,000 foreign
      delegates would arrive for the conference and to make their travel
      arrangements less cumbersome, Government has amongst other things granted
      visa-free concessions to all the foreign visitors who may not be able to
      obtain visas for one reason or the other before their departure to Ghana.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Woman seeking North Korean "asylum" said possible member of
      Japan cult
      The AUM Shinrikyo cult, which now calls itself Aleph, said Wednesday [29
      October] that a Japanese woman said to have entered North Korea seeking
      "asylum" may be one of its former members. Officials of the cult said there
      is a former member whose name and date of birth are identical to that of the
      woman, but they have yet to confirm if the woman and the former member are
      the same person.

      [Day of the Dead] Day of the Dead gains popularity
      Many Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans celebrate the holiday Nov. 1
      and 2 with altars honoring deceased loved ones. The tradition is crossing
      cultural lines, fueled largely by a growing Hispanic population that is
      leaving its imprint on American society.

      [Russia] About Million Russians Involved in Sects
      There are up to 500 various sects in Russia. The number of people involved
      in destructive religious organizations reaches one million. About 70 percent
      of them are young people of 18-27 years old. [...] Alexander Dvorkin,
      president of the Religious Research Center, doctor of philosophy, said there
      were 600-800 thousand officially registered sect members in Russia. The
      scientist believes, "imported sects" run their activities in Russia as well:
      the church of Scientology, the Moon Sect, Jehovah's Witness and so on.
      According to Dvorkin, there are domestic sects too: the Blessed Virgin
      Center (Moscow), Ashram Shambaly (Novosibirsk), Vissarion's sect (the
      Krasnoyarsk region), Radasteya (Ural) and many others. "The most powerful
      sect in Russia nowadays is the Neo50 movement, which embraces the Far East,
      Siberia and Ural. Jehovah's Witness and Mormons are growing too," Alexander
      Dvorkin said.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Death for Japan cult member
      A former senior member of the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult has been sentenced
      to death for his part in a 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo underground
      and 10 other crimes. Tomomasa Nakagawa, 41, was accused of helping to make
      the sarin gas, which killed 12 people and left thousands ill, and
      participating in other crimes led by the cult between 1989 and 1995.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Doomsday cult doctor to hang
      A medical doctor who acted as a senior leader in the doomsday cult that
      carried out the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway will be
      hanged for his role in that crime and several other murders. Tomomasa
      Nakagawa, 41, was sentenced to die Wednesday by the Tokyo District Court for
      helping to make the sarin nerve gas used in the subway attack, which killed
      12 people, and another earlier attack that killed seven people. He was also
      found guilty of taking part in earlier cult murders. Nakagawa is the 10th
      member of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult to be given the death sentence.

      [Halloween] Halloween history: Is it really an evil holiday?
      Many followers of the Christian faith today recognize Halloween as being the
      holiday of the devil and think of those who celebrated the holiday in the
      past as performing bloody sacrificial rites and other evil acts. Many
      Christians look down upon those who celebrate this holiday; even in the most
      innocent ways of trick-or-treating or dressing up in costumes. Actually, the
      hypothesis associating evil with Halloween couldn't be any more wrong.

      [Witchcraft] Wicca, the new lure of witchcraft
      "Witches don't proselytize", said Olivier Michaud, a 28-year-old male witch
      from eastern France. They do, however, get a load of publicity, in
      blockbuster films and at Halloween balls, though the tricks, treats and TV
      images of witchcraft are a far cry from the real thing. Witchcraft today is
      nothing if not diverse, and perhaps the main link between hundreds of
      thousands of male and female witches is their participation in what some
      observers call one of the fastest growing religions in the West.

      [Falun Gong] China releases Taiwanese Falun Gong follower
      A Taiwanese Falun Gong follower who was detained by mainland Chinese
      authorities during a recent visit to Shanghai had been released and has
      returned home, the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association (TFDA) said Tuesday [28

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