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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2003 Wed, Dec. 03, 2003 [Ritual Killing] German Cannibal confesses all http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5257-.html A
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      ReligionNewsBlog.com, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2003

      Wed, Dec. 03, 2003
      [Ritual Killing] German Cannibal confesses all
      A German man has confessed in court to killing and eating a willing victim,
      saying it had felt like a religious act to eat human flesh. Offering a full
      account of the killing that has gained him worldwide notoriety as "The
      Cannibal of Rotenburg", Armin Meiwes said there were "hundreds, thousands"
      of people seeking to fulfil their desires to eat humans or be eaten via
      Internet adverts in forums called "Cannibal Cafe," "Guy Cannibals" and
      "Torturenet". The trial of Meiwes, 42, started on Wednesday in the central
      German city of Kassel, in a case that has shocked Germany, exposed the dark
      side of the Internet and could make legal history. [...] Meiwes's lawyer
      has pleaded for him to be convicted of "killing on request", a form of
      illegal euthanasia which carries a far lower sentence of up to five years.
      The problem, legal experts say, is that the charge of full murder is
      unlikely to stick given that the video film shows the victim to be willing.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Battlefield Broadway
      On the evening of Friday, Nov. 21, Reverend John Carmichael, the president
      of the Church of Scientology’s New York chapter, attended a performance of A
      Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, an Off Off Broadway
      musical that is currently selling out the house at the Tank on West 42nd
      Street. [...] The show’s Web site promises the "The inspirational story of
      one teacher, author, explorer, atomic physicist, nautical engineer,
      choreographer and horticulturalist named L. Ron Hubbard who motivated
      millions—and made some as well," and—even before the show was mounted—this
      description wasn’t much to the liking of Mr. Carmichael, who sent the show’s
      producer, Aaron Lemon-Strauss, a letter on Nov. 5 that voiced his concern
      over the possibility that the musical would "ridicule" Scientology. He
      hadn’t been to rehearsals, but had seen that the musical’s Web site had
      links to various articles and Web sites that denounced Hubbard and the

      NOTE: ""Scientology's own documents show an organization which is blatantly
      commercial, blatantly secular and blatantly predatory, as well as blatantly
      fraudulent" - Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi.

      [Mormon Church] ACLU adds LDS Church, mayor to plaza suit
      The ACLU has included the LDS Church in the group it is suing over the Main
      Street Plaza resolution. The American Civil Liberties Union also
      reintroduced Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson as a defendant in a filing

      [Islam] New leader steps forward to revive Islamic group
      Three months after W. Deen Mohammed resigned from the Chicago-based American
      Society of Muslims, a preacher from New Jersey has vowed to reconstitute the
      group and accelerate the integration of its 1.5 million African-American
      members into the country's broader Islamic community. Mustafa El-Amin, a
      longtime Mohammed supporter and the imam of the Ibrahim mosque in Newark,
      said Tuesday that he will make a formal announcement on Dec. 21 at Rutgers
      University of his plan to revive the 28-year-old society. Leaders in the
      group and Islamic experts said it is uncertain if El-Amin, who has
      Mohammed's support, can revive the society. Since Mohammed's resignation in
      late August, many imams have left the organization, and it is unclear if
      they will return or form breakaway groups. [...]

      [Polygamy] Convicted Utah polygamist's appeal invokes gay sex ruling
      A lawyer for a Utah man with five wives argued Monday that his bigamy
      convictions should be thrown out following a Supreme Court decision
      decriminalizing gay sex. The nation's high court in June struck down a
      Texas sodomy law, ruling that what gay men and women do in the privacy of
      their homes is no business of government. It's no different for
      polygamists, argued Tom Green's attorney, John Bucher, to the Utah Supreme

      [Allen Harrod, et. al.] Folsom couple's sex trial begins
      The trial of a self-proclaimed prophet from Folsom accused of molesting his
      children in rituals couched in religious doctrine began Monday with
      testimony so explicit it drew a groan from one juror. Allen Rex Harrod, 56,
      faces a potential life term if convicted of the 32 counts of child
      molestation involving his sons, a daughter and the teenage daughter of a
      friend entrusted to him for "religious training." Prosecutor Chris Ore told
      jurors on Monday that Harrod was a "cult" leader, who forced his daughters
      to perform sexual acts in order to win favor and advance in the family

      [Hate Groups] Supremacist sues jail: Claims he was not allowed to practice
      A Joliet man convicted of armed robbery is suing the Will County jail for
      not allowing him to practice his religion — the white supremacist church
      founded by Matthew Hale. Derek Walsh, 21, is suing retired jail deputy
      director David Simpson, former deputy director Nate Romeo and three jail
      guards in federal court for preventing him from practicing "creativity,"
      formerly known as the World Church of the Creator. Walsh wants $100 for
      each day he was denied practicing his religion, plus $100 for each day he
      was placed in solitary as punishment.

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] State pulls plug on exhibit
      The Blagojevich administration Tuesday ordered the removal from the Thompson
      Center of a controversial exhibit ridiculing psychiatry as a wicked
      profession with ties to Nazi Germany after officials learned that the group
      that erected the display was an offshoot of the Church of Scientology. The
      group, which calls itself the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, agreed to
      dismantle the exhibit under protest only one day after it had been set
      up--with state permission--in the main atrium of the state office building
      in the Loop.

      NOTE: The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a front group for the
      Scientology organization. Both are hate groups. Hate and harassment
      activities are just two examples of the unethical behavior condoned and
      encouraged in Scientology's scriptures.

      [Ritual Killing] German 'cannibal' goes on trial
      The trial is starting in Germany of a man accused of killing and eating
      another man. Computer technician Armin Meiwes, 41, is charged with murder,
      even though the victim allegedly volunteered for his fate by replying to an
      internet advert. The gruesome incident was all captured on camcorder and
      the video will form part of the evidence.

      [Polygamy] Father's advocacy of polygamy casts shadow over custody dispute
      Tracey L. Roberts isn't trying to stop her ex-husband from pursuing his
      religious belief in polygamy, the activity that broke up their marriage.
      But she's dead set against him teaching their 10-year-old daughter Kaylynne
      about it or exposing her to it in any way. [...] A York County judge in May
      2002 granted Roberts and Stanley M. Shepp joint custody of Kaylynne,
      directing that the girl continue to be raised in the Church of Jesus Christ
      of Latter-day Saints. In the same order, Common Pleas Judge Stephen P.
      Linebaugh also prohibited Shepp from "teaching (Kaylynne) about polygamy,
      plural marriages, or multiple wives," at least until she is 18. Shepp, 39,
      took Linebaugh's restriction before the state Superior Court, which upheld
      it. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is pending.

      • Sorry, due to time-restraints, no excerpts on the following items. See
      the full stories at the URLs provided:

      Tue, Dec. 02, 2003
      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Never Mind the Dianetics, Here's the Kiddie

      [Atheism] An Allegiance to Dissent

      [Nuwaubians] Nuwaubian leader claims torture, kidnapping in lawsuit

      [Christianity] God is no illusion - Magician André Kole uses craft for
      Christian ministry

      [Obituary] Florence Jones, 95, a Healer and Indian Spiritual Leader, Dies

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Ex-Slatkin Associate Is Sentenced in Scam

      [Religion in the Workplace] Firms fear new equality laws

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Teen pleads innocent to setting fire to Jehovah's
      Witness church

      [Schools and Religion] Are some charter schools using public funds to
      promote private interests?

      Mon, Dec. 01, 2003
      [Islam] Lieberman Warns of Global Religious War

      [Henry Lyons] Ex-pastor returns to pulpit hours after prison release

      [Bioterrorism] Tokyo holds bio-terror drill

      [Polygamy] Debating Polygamy's Resurgence

      [CS Lewis] Writer journeyed from atheism to Christianity

      [Astrology] Stars and signs forever

      [Offbeat News] Fish vs. sharks: A religious battle

      [Church and State] Student's suit may shift line on religion

      [Benny Hinn] Controversial evangelist to visit Waco

      [Fraud] Big Spending Led to Suspicion of Scheme Targeting Ministries

      [Joshua and Caleb Thompson] Jury selection begins for Thompson brothers

      [Witchcraft] Children pegged as witches suffer at families' hands

      [Media] From the G-spot to a God slot: Cosmo discovers religion

      [Mel Gibson] Billy Graham defends Gibson film on Christ, says he was 'moved
      to tears'

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] Jehovah's Witness church destroyed in arson, teenager

      Sun, Nov. 30, 2003
      [Hate Groups] Watch group says the KKK is making a comeback

      [Deprogramming] Saudi Interrogators Try Gentler Approach

      [Hate Groups] Ku Klux Klan shoots itself in the head

      [Hate Groups] KKK Shooting Update

      [Hate Groups] Musicians say they were duped into playing for white

      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Hollywood irony: Lies and broken lives

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