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    ReligionNewBlog.com, Jan. 26, 2004 Mon, Jan. 26, 2004 [Yoga] Dogs need yoga too http://www.religionnewsblog.com/5842-.html Some people have been bitten by a
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      Mon, Jan. 26, 2004
      [Yoga] Dogs 'need' yoga too
      Some people have been bitten by a new yoga bug - the kind that allows you to
      meditate with dogs. The practice, launched in New York, has spread from
      Miami and Hollywood. Some call it "Doga" others "Ruff Yoga." [...] For the
      last few months, a number of new publications on dog yoga have appeared. The
      basic manual, Doga: yoga for dogs, lists all the positions dexterous dogs
      can learn, from the "mountain" to the "boat" to the "cobra". "Dogs have
      always been natural yogis," the doga book says.

      [Morningland] Bones of contention
      In life, Sperato was the founder of Morningland, a Long Beach religious sect
      that combines Eastern and Western religions, metaphysics and astrology.
      Called "Master Donato,' Sperato was a revered teacher who brought hope to
      some hippies in a generation searching for a spiritual path. His mantra: "We
      are all one.' In death, the minister's existence took on new meaning. He
      was elevated to "Donato the Christ,' and his church under the leadership of
      his wife, Patricia evolved into a controversial commune; some call it a
      cult. [...] Whether Sperato would have supported Morningland's evolution is
      a source of much disagreement. His Long Beach followers, who continue to
      operate a church at 2600 E. Seventh St., say he would have. Sperato's son,
      Marcus, who now lives in Colorado, says he would not. The disagreement came
      to an unlikely head this month. Six months after the death of Patricia
      Sperato, or Sri Patricia as she was known, members of Morningland formally
      requested that Daniel Sperato's body be exhumed and placed in a crypt under
      the church's altar.

      [Polygamy] Other Dissidents from FLDS Church Ready to Come Forward
      A man who openly challenged an order from the fundamentalist church leader
      to leave this border town has paved the way for other dissidents to come
      forward, an anti-polygamy advocate says. There are "five or six" people who
      have been ousted by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
      Saints who now want to follow Ross Chatwin in telling their stories, Jay
      Beswick said Saturday. "They want to bring it down," said Beswick, of the
      group Help the Child Brides.

      [Polygamy] Chatwin not first to be asked to leave
      When followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
      Saints settled the area called Short Creek, now Colorado City, they believed
      so much in the church that they helped it gain financial security by giving
      property, money and time to develop the area. [...] The UEP now owns
      thousands of acres in Hildale and Colorado City. Although those who gave
      property to the plan thought that the trust agreement would protect them, it
      hasn't always worked out that way for those evicted from homes they built
      and paid for on UEP property. [...] Chatwin said Warren Jeffs, the
      self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS church, is moving people around on UEP
      land. Many men have been told to move from a house they built to another
      house. Chatwin said by doing this, it may make it difficult for an
      individual to be defined as the owner of the home. Chatwin said Jeffs has
      control of the UEP and the money it generates, and is demanding more money
      from people within the church.

      [Polygamy] Sides in FLDS dispute discuss their positions
      Ross Chatwin, an excommunicated member of a polygamous sect who is accused
      of trying to woo two under-aged girls to be his plural wives, said Saturday
      that the teenagers had sought his help to leave the community. But the
      girls' father, Eugene Johnson, countered that Chatwin and his wife had
      actively tried to win the girls over, and that he had responded by obtaining
      a protective order to keep the couple away from his daughters. The two men
      explained their sides of the dispute the day after Chatwin held a highly
      publicized news conference to denounce Warren Jeffs, leader of the
      Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The community
      has been in turmoil ever since Jeffs excommunicated 21 men and ordered them
      to leave behind their homes, families and property.

      [Nuwaubians] Trial puts an end to York's 'regular days'
      Her name was well-known to jurors, since numerous other witnesses had called
      her one of his favorite victims. In a soft, matter-of-fact voice, she told
      her appalling story of years of sexual abuse by York, starting when she was
      5. But her most compelling answer came after York's attorney, Adrian
      Patrick, asked her about a particular time York was allegedly molesting her
      and another girl. "You're going to have to be a little more specific," the
      girl said. "That sounds like a regular day." Lead prosecutor Richard
      Moultrie made dramatic use of that comment in his closing argument last
      week: He told members of the jury they could put those "regular days" to an
      end forever by convicting York. The jury members apparently took Moultrie's
      passionate closing argument to heart. They convicted York on nine of 10
      counts of racketeering and transporting children across state lines for
      sexual purposes. They also came back with a "yes" verdict on one of three
      counts calling for forfeiture of York's interest in the 467-acre United
      Nuwaubian Nation of Moors compound in Putnam County.

      [Benny Hinn] Benny Hinn: The rock star of evangelism
      What would Jesus do? I do not think he would deck himself out like a Ralph
      Lauren poster boy, then brag to an adoring crowd at TD Waterhouse Centre
      about going to Hollywood parties with the beautiful people. Benny Hinn may
      be the Lord's servant, but he's not a humble one. [...] I saw the same
      assortment of followers prance on stage to announce they'd been cured of
      arthritis, asthma, back pain and neck pain. As always Benny put them through
      their paces, having them walk, run and bend over like competitors at the
      Westminster Kennel Club. That nobody with a snapped spinal cord has ever
      jumped for Benny is of little concern to him. God decides who gets cured.
      Benny simply serves as the anointed vessel and enjoys all of the perks that
      such a calling brings with it. But nitpicking Benny's miracles is like
      nitpicking professional wrestling. The believers believe, and the
      non-believers do not. [...] Benny is an inclusive guy. He does not preach
      hate and condemnation. He stays out of politics. It is all about Jesus,
      love, miracles and, of course, Benny. He said he would fulfill a prophecy
      this year by helping bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

      [Benny Hinn] Benny Hinn Back In Orlando
      He remains one of the world's most popular televangelists despite critics
      claiming his healings are fake, and his lifestyle lavish. Baptist minister
      Sam Greene is one of several pastors at this week's conference who scoff at
      Hinn's practices. "I don't feel like if I needed healing, that I would need
      to go to Benny Hinn to be able to get that healing," Greene said. "I would
      go directly to the throne of grace and I would pray for the healing directly
      to God."

      [Exorcism] Georgia police rule out exorcism in child's death
      Police ruled out exorcism in the death of a 6-year-old girl whose beaten
      body was discovered Monday covered in pages torn from a Bible. Police
      spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said Thursday that nothing in the death of
      Quimani Carey was linked "to how an exorcism is done in Catholicism or in
      any religion as we know it." Christopher Carey, 29, and Valerie Carey, 27,
      who are believed to be the girl's parents, have been charged with murder.
      [...] Statements from the Careys indicated they had been "undemonizing the
      child" in some way, Quigley said. But he said there was no evidence of such

      [Andrea Yates] Psychiatrist's testimony could get Yates a new trial
      Incorrect testimony about a nonexistent episode of a popular TV drama -- and
      new questions about the innocence of the mistake -- may be grounds for a new
      trial for Andrea Yates. California psychiatrist Park Dietz erred when he
      testified in the highly publicized 2002 trial that an episode of Law & Order
      featured a mother who drowned her children. In the TV plot, the woman
      schemed to escape a confining marriage, Dietz said. She claimed she suffered
      from postpartum depression and was acquitted. No such Law & Order episode
      ever aired, but an e-mail from a teacher to the Harris County district
      attorney's office alerted them that a TV drama dating back to the 1980s,
      L.A. Law, did run a similar episode -- and gave the defense what they hope
      will be ammunition for a new trial.

      [Andrea Yates] Russell Yates maintains wife's prosecution unnecessary
      Nearly two years after Andrea Yates' conviction for drowning her children in
      the family's bathtub, her husband continues to assert his mentally ill wife
      never should have been prosecuted. [...] Jurors rejected Andrea Yates'
      insanity plea and found her guilty of capital murder in March 2002. She was
      sentenced to life in prison for the drowning of three of her five children,
      all under age 7. She was not tried in the deaths of the other two.

      [Andrea Yates] Pain, work relentless in Yates case
      It's been almost three years since his wife, Andrea, drowned the boys and
      6-month-old Mary in the bathtub in their home. Interviews with people close
      to the convicted murderer reveal that her life has become a hazy blend of
      grief, tedium, mental illness. Rusty says he feels as if he's imprisoned,
      too. Supporters say she should be detained in a psychiatric hospital, not a
      prison. Those are fighting words in Houston, usually comfortable with its
      Wild West approach to crime and criminals. The Yates case, however, is
      different. Defense lawyers are pushing for a new trial, the case still is a
      cause célèbre among mental health advocates, and local debate is as divisive
      as ever. [...] The Kennedy family believes Rusty and his decisions about how
      they would live are at least partly responsible for Andrea's downfall. Rusty
      was the one who met traveling evangelist Michael Woroniecki, admired his
      message and introduced him to Andrea. Though the two men have had a falling
      out, it's widely believed that the itinerant preacher inadvertently supplied
      Andrea with the framework for her psychotic delusions. She told her doctors
      she believed Satan lived within her, her children were going to hell and she
      had to kill them while they were young so God would accept them in heaven.
      Rusty, the leader and authority figure in the Yates household, is commonly
      blamed for other decisions -- such as to home-school the children or live in
      a converted bus -- that made life more difficult for Andrea.

      [Islam] Woman Stays Covered Despite Rule; Walks Away Without License
      Rubina Khan's driver's license is about to expire. She needs to get a new
      one, but that requires a photograph without any type of head covering. So
      she's leaving the Court House with just a phone number to the legal
      department in Montgomery. Khan says, "Basically our country is based on
      having individual rights and for them to take away our rights what kind of
      democracy are we?" Rubina is a Muslim and her religion requires her to wear
      what's called a hijab.

      [Islam] Headscarf issue hits SA school
      Johannesburg school has briefly barred a Muslim pupil from wearing a
      headscarf - a non-issue in other schools - but its governing body is set to
      review the matter, press reports said on Friday.

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