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    ReligionNewsBlog, Jan. 21, 2004 Wed, Jan. 21, 2004 [Hate Groups : Scientology] Psychiatrists think Cruise should have head examined
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      Wed, Jan. 21, 2004
      [Hate Groups : Scientology] Psychiatrists think Cruise should have head
      examined
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5778-.html
      The American Psychiatric Association is concerned that some comments by Tom
      Cruise could prevent people who need help from getting it. [...] "It's like
      arguing that the earth is flat," Dr. James Scully, the Medical Director of
      the American Psychiatric Association, told The Scoop. "Psychiatry is a
      branch of medicine supported by substantial research. . . . Comments like
      that are absurd. . . . If someone is suffering and needs to get help, it
      would be a shame if they do not get the help that could help them because a
      celebrity says something." Would Dr. Scully welcome a dialogue with Cruise?
      "A dialogue? Yes. We'd welcome an open dialogue. A Scientology speech? No,"
      says Dr. Scully, referring to Cruise's religion, which is opposed to
      psychiatry. "We don't find discussions about Scientology useful."

      [Abraham Kennard] Police discount exorcism, but girl's slaying murky
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5777-.html
      Atlanta police are downplaying the possibility that the murder of a young
      girl occurred during an exorcism, but they were still struggling Tuesday to
      untangle the details of her death.

      [Exorcism] Couple Charged in Alleged Exorcism Death
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5776-.html
      6-year-old girl found dead in a motel room had been strangled, stabbed,
      beaten and covered in pages torn from a Bible, possibly in an attempt to
      "undemonize" her, police said Tuesday.

      [Polygamy] Claim: number of runaways from polygamist towns exaggerated
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5775-.html
      Three teenage runaways from the nation's largest polygamist enclave are in
      state custody, but one group that works to protect children from polygamy
      says reports of another eight children running away last weekend were
      exaggerated. "This is all much ado about nothing," Bob Curran of the St.
      George group Help the Child Brides told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
      [...] The eight youths, Curran says, actually stopped in St. George during a
      Saturday night joy ride and found that they would not make it the 35 miles
      back to their homes in time for their curfew. So, they waited out the night
      at the home of a man who houses and employs young men of legal age who have
      left the twin communities. "When they were gone the next day and they went
      back home, I really had my suspicions," Curran said. But by that time, talk
      of the runaways had taken on a life of its own.

      [Nuwaubians] Sect leader framed, daughter says
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5774-.html
      The defense of Nuwaubian leader Malachi York drew to a close Tuesday as an
      alleged victim testified that she was not molested by York. And York's
      daughter said her brother concocted a conspiracy to frame his father.
      York's daughter, Leah Mabry, 23, said her brother, Jacob, met with her and
      several alleged victims in May 2001 and told her "that I should go to the
      FBI and say I was molested by Malachi York." Mabry said she was never
      molested by her father, who founded the United Nation of Nuwaubian Moors and
      moved the quasi-religious organization to a farm in Putnam County in Middle
      Georgia in 1993. She said Jacob York "has a vendetta against [his father].
      He hates him."

      [USA] Resistance to Patriot Act gaining ground
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5773-.html
      Opponents of the antiterrorism measure say the nascent bipartisan
      groundswell in communities across the nation signals a growing
      dissatisfaction with the expansion of federal powers -- and will reshape the
      national debate if it continues to accelerate with support from disparate
      groups, from gun owners to librarians to fiscal conservatives. The
      burgeoning nationwide movement has prompted three state governments, and 236
      communities in 37 states, to pass resolutions against the Patriot Act. If
      the backlash continues to grow, opponents of the Patriot Act believe, their
      momentum will force Congress and the White House to address some of the
      law's unpopular elements.

      [Mel Gibson] Vatican Denies Pope Endorsed Film
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5772-.html
      Pope John Paul II never endorsed Mel Gibson's controversial Biblical epic
      "The Passion of the Christ," the pontiff's longtime secretary told a
      Catholic news service. Published reports over the past month said John Paul
      gave his approval of the film after a screening in his apartment in early
      December by saying, "It is as it was." The film's producers said the quote
      was given to them by the papal secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. In
      its report Monday, the Catholic News Service quoted Dziwisz as saying, "That
      is not true."

      [Abraham Kennard] Two Men Indicted in Church Scam
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5771-.html
      federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges of scamming about 1,600
      churches out of nearly $9 million. The jury returned the 91-count
      indictment against Abraham L. Kennard, 45, of Wildwood, and R. Scott
      Cunningham, 52, of Dalton, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Tuesday.

      [Anglican Church] Episcopalian splinter group launched over gay bishop
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5770-.html
      Episcopalians upset with what they consider to be the denomination's drift
      away from traditional Christianity launched a new national group yesterday.
      The Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes stopped short of
      breaking from the national Episcopal church. But by formally declaring their
      intent to link congregations with like-minded bishops - regardless of
      geography - planners set the stage for what could be a nasty battle within
      liberal dioceses such as the Diocese of Massachusetts. The battle was
      sparked by the ordination of non-celibate gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New
      Hampshire but is rooted in differences that go back decades.

      [Cannibalism] Dead man feared cannibalistic cult
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5769-.html
      The man found dead in a Dartmouth ball hockey court on the weekend was one
      of at least 10 Nigerians in recent years to claim he escaped a cannibalistic
      cult, only to have his refugee claim turned down by skeptical immigration
      officials.

      [Falun Gong] Falun Gong founder blasts crackdown
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5768-.html
      Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi attacked China's deadly crackdown on the
      meditation group, claiming in a rare television appearance Wednesday that it
      was rooted in Beijing's "jealousy" over Falun Gong's mass following. Taking
      aim at former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Li said the campaign against
      Falun Gong was ordered by "the most evil person in China," although he did
      not mention Jiang by name. "People who care about power don't care about
      people suffering," Li said in an interview with a New York-based TV outlet
      that appears to have close ties to Falun Gong. "The Chinese leaders couldn't
      tolerate so many people practicing Falun Gong. It's a form of jealousy. This
      jealousy led to the oppression."

      [Cannibalism] Nigerian 'cult' refugee found dead
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5767-.html
      A refugee claimant who said he fled Toronto in fear of a cannibalistic
      Nigerian cult was found dead over the weekend in the penalty box of an
      outdoor hockey rink in Dartmouth, N.S. [...] Mr. Nosakhare lived in Halifax,
      across the harbour from Dartmouth, since fleeing Toronto in late 2002, when
      his name appeared in news reports detailing his bizarre refugee claim. "His
      claim has been that people were after him," Kingsley Jesuorobo, Mr.
      Nosakhare's lawyer, said yesterday. "He told me he was scared for his life.
      He didn't want to be in this environment [Toronto] where everyone knew who
      he was." Mr. Nosakhare's story has been baffling since 1999, when he
      arrived in Toronto as a refugee claimant with a tale of kidnapping, torture,
      murder and cannibalism. It is unclear, in fact, if that is even his name.

      [Allen Harrod, et. al.] Jury starts deliberating child molestation case
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5766-.html
      Jurors began deliberating the fate Tuesday of Allen Rex Harrod, a
      self-proclaimed religious prophet who is charged with molesting three
      children in rituals laid out in his own interpretations of Scripture.
      Harrod, 58, is charged with 32 counts of child molestation stemming from
      acts he allegedly committed on one daughter, a son and the daughter of a
      friend. If convicted, he could face life in prison. His wife, Irene Hunt, is
      charged with eight counts involving two children and could face up to 18
      years in prison. Harrod's attorney, Dani Williams, variously compared the
      case to the Salem witch trials, the propaganda of Hitler's Nazi Germany and
      the ill-fated McMartin preschool child-molestation trial of the 1980s.

      [The Body] Beginning of Robidoux's trial delayed
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5765-.html
      Robidoux's infant son starved to death almost five years ago, allegedly at
      the hands of his parents, then both members of an Attleboro-based religious
      sect known as "The Body." Karen's husband, Jacques, was convicted in June
      2002 of first-degree murder in Samuel Robidoux's death and sentenced to life
      in prison. Known as "The Body," the sect, led by Jacques' father, Roland
      Robidoux, rejects modern medicine, courts, government and schools. Karen
      Robidoux is being charged with second-degree murder in the 1999 death of her
      11-month-old son. The judge reportedly postponed the trial's opening from
      Tuesday until today for personal reasons. Karen's lawyer, Brockton-based
      Joseph Krowski, is expected to use a battered- woman defense, but not within
      the usual framework of an intimate couple. Krowski is instead likely to
      suggest a pattern of abuse against Karen Robidoux by fellow sect members,
      with whom she had a near-lifelong affiliation. Krowski has said that
      Robidoux lacked the free will to make personal decisions outside the sect's
      beliefs and rules.

      [Polygamy] In-fighting embroils polygamist haven
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5764-.html
      The stakes are high if it turns out this is a power struggle for control of
      the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a
      polygamist-practicing breakaway faction of the larger Mormon church. The
      man who leads the church also controls its million-dollar-plus bank account.
      Some fear blood could be spilled by the split between prophet Warren Jeffs
      and the Barlows, the sons of the towns' founder. Utah's attorney general
      fears Jeffs is turning into a maniacal ruler over the estimated 10,000
      members.

      [The Body] Mother set to go to trial in son's starvation death
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5763-.html
      It's been nearly five years since little Samuel Robidoux died of starvation,
      just three days before his first birthday. His parents, members of a tiny
      religious cult in southeastern Massachusetts, withheld solid food from the
      boy for two months after another cult member said she received a message
      from God, according to prosecutors. When Samuel's mother, Karen Robidoux,
      goes on trial this week, her defense will paint a more sympathetic picture
      of a woman they say was brainwashed by a cult and terrified to go against
      the wishes of her husband. Samuel's father, Jacques Robidoux, was convicted
      of first-degree murder in June 2002 and is now serving a life sentence.
      [...] Prosecutors called it a clear case of murder committed by both
      parents. But Karen Robidoux's lawyer, Joseph Krowski, plans to use a
      battered woman's defense, arguing that she endured psychological abuse from
      her husband and other sect elders that left her powerless to stop her son's
      starvation.

      [Nuwaubians] Cult leaders son tried to frame him, witness testifies
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5762-.html
      A daughter of cult leader Malachi York testified Tuesday she was urged by
      her brother to lie to authorities by saying her father molested her. Leah
      Mabry, 23, told a federal jury her brother, Jacob York, has a vendetta
      against their father, the leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. He
      hates him, Mabry said.

      [Amish] Doubts about Amish teen reality show
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5761-.html
      Call it The Real World: Lancaster County.

      Except that on UPN's proposed reality series, with the working title Amish
      in the City, five Amish young adults will be uprooted from their simple life
      and placed with five "mainstream" Americans in a yet-to-be-disclosed city.
      The show, which is set to be cast this summer, would follow the Amish youths
      as they enter rumspringa, a rite of passage that occurs when Amish teenagers
      turn 16 and are allowed to leave their families. After a few years of
      sampling outside life, the Amish teens must then choose to either return to
      their church or leave the community. Network executives say they believe
      that viewers will love to watch what happens when Amish stop being Plain
      People and "start getting real." CBS executive Leslie Moonves, who oversees
      UPN, called it a "fish-out-of-water" situation. "This is not intended to be
      insulting to the Amish, but to have people who have never had television,
      who will walk down Rodeo Drive and be freaked out by what they see," Moonves
      said at a news conference outlining UPN's new shows. But Amish scholars
      doubt casting for the show will attract Amish youths, who are serious about
      their culture and religion. "I can't imagine that any of them may be
      willing to do it," said Donald Kraybill, who has written several books about
      the Amish. "For Amish people to be on this show would be a very blatant
      violation of their religious principles."

      [Islam] French ban on religious signs could include beards
      http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5760-.html
      France's looming ban on religious symbols in state schools could also
      include beards if they are considered to be a conspicuous sign of faith,
      Education Minister Luc Ferry said on Tuesday. Ferry, discussing the draft
      law that has prompted protests from Muslims determined to defend
      schoolgirls' Islamic veils, told a National Assembly committee that the
      government wanted to ensure the ban was not circumvented by new religious
      symbols.

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