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  • Anton Hein
    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Nov. 3, 2003 Mon, Nov. 03, 2003 [Nokulunga Fiphaza] No charges yet in cult case http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4928-.html The case
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      [Nokulunga Fiphaza] No charges yet in cult case
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4928-.html
      The case against 15 alleged members of a notorious, now defunct Umtata cult
      church was postponed in the Umtata District Court on Monday as the charges
      they face were not yet properly formulated. Their arrest followed the
      discovery of eight bodies buried in shallow graves in the church compound
      earlier this year.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] More problems for Scientology in the Netherlands

      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4927-.html
      Following the recent news of a 'mutiny' at the Amsterdam, Netherlands office
      of Scientology, the cult - a commercial enterprise and a hate group
      masquerading as a religion - is getting more bad press (and TV-coverage) in
      the Netherlands. Amsterdam daily, Het Parool, today carries an article in
      which former Scientology recruiter John Leemhuis explains why he has left
      the organization and joined the ranks of other defectors who, while still
      pursuing Scientology's 'tech', want nothing to do with the so-called
      'Church' of Scientology.

      [John Kilpatrick] Brownsville's spirit moves on; Kilpatrick answering a new
      call
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4926-.html
      One of the spiritual leaders of a revival that rocked the Christian world
      and put Pensacola on the religious map is stepping down from Brownsville
      Assembly of God. John Kilpatrick, 53, plans to resign Feb. 22 as senior
      pastor at Brownsville, 22 years and a day after he first entered the church.
      He said he is leaving to answer God's call to write books, minister to other
      pastors and spend time with his family.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Aum head's silence may seal fate
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4925-.html
      While prosecutors condemned Chizuo Matsumoto, founder of the Aum Supreme
      Truth group, as the mastermind of a series of crimes committed by Aum
      members in which a total of 27 people were killed, defense lawyers claimed
      that Matsumoto's followers got out of hand in committing the crimes,
      including the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.
      But Matsumoto's silence denied the defense team the information they needed
      to build a convincing case in the final hearing of Matsumoto's trial, held
      at the Tokyo District Court on Thursday and Friday.

      [Corporal Punishment] Pastor: I gave boys 'holy spankings'
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4924-.html
      The Rev. Walter Oliver believes that God is on his side. If not, Oliver
      could face up to 30 years in prison. Oliver is charged with two counts each
      of assault and risk of injury to a minor for beating two child parishioners
      of his former church in New Haven. Jury selection in his trial is scheduled
      to begin this week. He freely admits he beat the boys, who were 11 and 12 at
      the time. They were beatings in Jesus' name, he said, and carried out with
      love according to the adage, "Spare the rod and spoil the child." "I call it
      a 'Holy Spanking' - that's God's mandate to keep law and order," Oliver said
      in an interview last week. He said he was acting with the permission of
      their mother in his official capacity as the children's pastor.

      [Anglican Church] Many Anglicans Won't Recognize Gay Bishop
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4923-.html
      Conservative Anglicans said Monday they will cut or loosen ties with the
      U.S. diocese that has consecrated the church's first openly gay bishop.
      Supporters of V. Gene Robinson said his elevation to bishop of New Hampshire
      had sent a powerful message of love and tolerance.

      [Anglican Church] Gay bishop divides Church
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4922-.html
      Senior members of the Anglican Church are seeking to prevent a split after
      the consecration of its first openly gay bishop.

      [Anglican Church] Episcopal Church in Steps Into Tense New Era
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4921-.html
      The Episcopal Church will never be quite the same after its consecration of
      an openly gay bishop. The new leader, V. Gene Robinson, said as much during
      his elevation. [...] The Episcopal Church is a branch of the international
      Anglican Communion, which encompasses 77 million believers, and the
      worldwide ramifications of the elevation were immediate.

      [Anglican Church] Episcopal Church Consecrates Gay Bishop
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4920-.html
      The Episcopal Church consecrated V. Gene Robinson as bishop in a heartfelt
      ceremony Sunday, making him the first openly gay man to rise to that rank in
      any of the world's major Christian bodies. But while pageantry mixed with
      exultation in the ritual elevating Robinson to bishop of New Hampshire, it
      seems unlikely the church will hold together in its aftermath.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Critics Leary of fire fund's Cruise plan
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4919-.html
      Is Tom Cruise taking advantage of Denis Leary to boost the Church of
      Scientology? Not so, says Leary. Denis Leary is denying allegations that
      he's being used by Tom Cruise to spread the word of the controversial Church
      of Scientology.

      [Rastafarianism] Rastafarians praise new BVI government for revoking ban
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4918-.html
      Rastafarians in Tortola for a weeklong summit praised the new government for
      revoking a law banning their entry to the British Virgin Islands. The
      23-year-old "Rasta Law," removed in August, ordered immigration authorities
      to refuse entry to Rastafarians and "hippies," most commonly identified by
      their dreadlocks.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Neighbors Are Bothered by Rehab Center
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4917-.html
      Several complain about noise and traffic from the residential drug treatment
      facility on Balboa Peninsula and about a second unit. Neighbors of an
      oceanfront drug treatment center in Newport Beach are complaining to City
      Hall that facility operators are violating the occupancy limit in one house
      while expanding by renting another home nearby.

      [Human Rights] 7 more nations agree not to hand over Americans to
      international court
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4916-.html
      The White House on Saturday announced agreements with another seven
      countries to exempt American personnel from prosecution by the International
      Criminal Court, which it staunchly opposes. [...] Non-governmental
      organizations have complained that Washington has pushed countries into
      signing the deals by saying it will withhold humanitarian aid or military
      support or even by blocking NATO membership.

      [Reina y Señora de Todo lo Creado] Disgraced S.A. priest joins sect in Costa
      Rica
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4915-.html
      Stripped of his priestly authority by the Oblate Fathers in Texas under
      accusations of sexually molesting children — which the 73-year-old cleric
      vehemently denies — Prado now has become a fugitive from his order and the
      chief celebrant for a reputedly violent doomsday cult in Costa Rica. Prado
      now is an embarrassment to the Oblate Fathers in the United States and an
      annoyance to church and government officials in Costa Rica. Since his
      arrival in Costa Rica in January, his presence has pitted an international
      child welfare organization against the Catholic Church, the Catholic Church
      against the cult and the cult against just about everyone.

      [Hate Groups] Neo-Nazi City Council Candidate Arrested
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4914-.html
      A member of a neo-Nazi group who is running for city council was arrested
      following a confrontation in which a man allegedly was punched after saying
      he was Mexican, police said. Aryan Nations member Zachary L. Beck, 24, was
      arrested Friday by Kootenai County deputies on suspicion of malicious
      harassment.

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    • Anton Hein
      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Nov. 3, 2003 [Israel] EU distances itself from poll about an `anti-peace Israel http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4941-.html The European
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        [Israel] EU distances itself from poll about an `anti-peace' Israel
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4941-.html
        The European Union condemned lingering anti-Jewish bias it said was
        reflected in a survey released yesterday, in which more Europeans named
        Israel as a threat to world peace than any other country.

        [Human Rights] International Criminal Court 'instrument of justice' - Annan
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4940-.html
        United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said a symposium on
        international law meeting today in Beijing would help spread understanding
        of the work of the much-misunderstood International Criminal Court (ICC),
        the first permanent tribunal to try war crimes. [...] Of the UN General
        Assembly's 191 members, 120 voted to establish the Court, which is located
        in The Hague.

        [Human Rights] US attacks EU over international court
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4939-.html
        Washington has renewed its criticism of European Union efforts to block
        immunity agreements that would prevent US citizens from being subject to the
        jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the
        Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John
        Bolton, the EU is imposing an unfair choice on future EU member states by
        insisting that they do not undermine the ICC.

        [Transcendental Meditation] Lynch goes from Twin Peaks to world peace
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4938-.html
        For decades director David Lynch has been the guardian of American Gothic.
        His films have been lauded by critics and fans for exposing the dark
        underbelly of popular culture. He has been dubbed the 'Tsar of the Bizarre'.
        But now Lynch, whose masterpieces include Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, is
        surprising people with a different kind of mission. He wants to save the
        world. Literally. Wearing trademark black suit, white shirt and black tie,
        Lynch was deadly serious about his plans to bring about world peace. 'Peace
        could be on this Earth this year. It could be a whole new world,' he told
        The Observer. The answer, says Lynch, is simple: Transcendental Meditation.

        [Transcendental Meditation] County Supervisors to Discuss Vedic City Use of
        Sales Tax
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4937-.html
        Representatives from Vedic City and the Jefferson County supervisors are
        scheduled to meet Monday morning to discuss the city's planned use of
        proceeds from a local option sales tax.

        [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Lawyer attacks police officer's investigation
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4936-.html
        A veteran police officer faced criticism in court for his conduct regarding
        what may have been the biggest and most unusual case of his career. Supt.
        Brian Dueck of the Saskatoon Police Service spent another day on the stand
        Thursday defending his investigation into sexual abuse allegations that
        resulted in the arrests of 16 people in 1991. The allegations, which
        included bizarre abuse of a satanic and ritualistic nature, turned out to be
        false and now 12 people are suing justice officials for $10 million in
        damages in a malicious prosecution lawsuit.

        [Church and State] Supreme Court rejects Ten Commandments monument appeal
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4935-.html
        The Supreme Court refused Monday to enter the long-running fight over a
        monument depicting the Ten Commandments and the renegade judge who wants to
        keep the biblical list on display in an Alabama courthouse. The court
        quietly rejected appeals from suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who
        had argued that the monument properly acknowledges "God as the source of the
        community morality so essential to a self-governing society." Moore was
        suspended as chief justice for defying a federal court order to remove the
        monument. He goes on trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on
        November 12 to face judicial ethics charges for his refusal to comply with
        the order.

        [Islam] Hate case judge assures Americans no one is going to prison
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4934-.html
        A Victorian judge has reassured Americans that the Christian respondents in
        the state's first religious hate case do not face jail. Judge Michael
        Higgins told a tribunal yesterday he had received a call from the Department
        of Foreign Affairs over concerns about the case raised in a "considerable"
        number of emails from Americans. Both sides in the case, the first brought
        under Victoria's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, say it has attracted
        interest in Muslim countries as well as in the West. The Islamic Council of
        Victoria has alleged that Catch the Fire Ministries, Pastor Danny Nalliah
        and speaker Daniel Scot had vilified Muslims at a Melbourne seminar last
        year.

        [Crime] Twinkies to demons: Defense seeks ploys
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4933-.html
        "The devil made me do it" may seem as clichéd as "the dog ate my homework,"
        but in courtrooms across the country, the excuse pops up more often than you
        might think.

        [Hate Groups] Boise, Hayden prepare for big night of election returns
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4932-.html
        In northern Idaho, white supremacist Richard Butler and two of his
        associates are running for mayor and city council of Hayden Lake. Most
        Hayden officials say they want to see a big turnout against the Aryan
        Nations founder.

        [Hate Groups] Bond set for Aryan Nations city council candidate
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4931-.html
        Bail of $50,000 was set today for a member of the Aryan Nations who is
        running for a seat on the Hayden City Council. 24-year-old Zachary Beck was
        arrested for malicious harassment on Friday for allegedly attacking a
        Hispanic man in a grocery store parking lot. The charge is a hate crime.

        [Anglican Church] Split Widens Over Gay Bishop
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4930-.html
        In the first sign of splintering of the worldwide Anglican Communion,
        several bishops from Africa, Asia and Latin America declared themselves in
        "impaired communion" with the American church in an angry statement
        delivered fewer than 24 hours after the ordaining of the U.S. church's first
        openly gay bishop in Durham, N.H.

        [Amish] Amish go to Washington to fight child labour ban
        http://www.religionnewsblog.com/4929-.html
        All they want to do is lead their lives quietly and decently, away from the
        turmoil of the modern political world. But the Amish people of America have
        found that to do this they must, like any other interest group, get involved
        in the very modern practice of lobbying Congress in Washington to get what
        they want. the latest battle the deeply religious sect faces is over
        whether its members’ unique culture should enable them to opt out of federal
        child labour laws.

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