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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Feb. 11, 2004 Wed, Feb. 11, 2004 [Yoga] Yoga: Talk can enhance sex life http://www.religionnewsblog.com/6034-.html You may have heard
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      [Yoga] Yoga: Talk can enhance sex life
      You may have heard about it. Pop singer Sting once boasted he could make
      love to his wife Trudie for some five hours. He attributed his feat to
      practicing tantra, the Hindu-based postures and meditations designed to
      enhance sexuality and spirituality. (He has since backed off after being the
      butt of numerous jokes). However, interested parties can learn more about
      tantra in a seminar, From Love and Pleasure to Bliss -- Real Tantra, this
      weekend at Umaa Tantra South Beach.

      [Offbeat News] Woman claims God sent her to lot for free car
      A Mount Vernon woman who repeatedly has been arrested for trespassing at a
      Woodbridge car dealership will be evaluated for mental competency after
      maintaining in court Tuesday that God is ordering her to go to the lot. The
      case against Marilyn Cole, 40, of 4420 Scarborough Square, appeared to
      baffle Prince William County General District Court Judge Wenda K. Travers
      for a time Tuesday morning following calm, often rational testimony from
      Cole that God told her to get a free vehicle from Malloy Lincoln Mercury &

      [The Passion of The Christ] Gibson: I'm not anti-Semitic
      Speaking via live satellite to hundreds of churches across the United
      States, Mel Gibson strongly denied that his controversial film, The Passion
      of the Christ, is anti-Semitic. During a 40-minute, question-and-answer
      session on Saturday night, Gibson said, "I'm not anti-Semitic. My Gospels
      are not anti-Semitic. I've shown it to many Jews and they're like, it's not
      anti-Semitic. It's interesting that the people who say it's anti-Semitic say
      that before they saw the film, and they said the same thing after they saw
      the film."

      [The Passion of The Christ] Who would want to see a film this violent?
      The film has already come in for vociferous criticism for allegedly kindling
      anti-Semitism, but having just sat through its two hours six minutes of
      virtually unremitting bloody beatings and torture, I would not be surprised
      if anti-violence groups have their say as well. For, worthy and serious as
      Gibson's treatment may be, his blood-drenched depiction of the final hours
      of Jesus's life is harsh and brutal, dwelling almost entirely on pain,
      suffering and torment.

      [The Passion of The Christ] A 'Passion' Push
      Glenn Barth of the Mission America Coalition, a Christian evangelical
      ministry, has hardly seen anything like it. "My phone is ringing pretty much
      from the minute I come into the office," said Barth, who is based in
      Minneapolis. When the regular lines are busy, "people find me on my cell
      phone and call me during lunch." The calls jamming Barth's phones are all
      about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." And the pastors, church
      leaders and campus evangelists on the line all want to know the same thing:
      How can they plug into outreach efforts for the film, which is scheduled to
      open nationwide on 2,000 screens Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday? "There's a buzz in
      the Christian community across the country about this film that I haven't
      seen about many events," said Barth, who is Mission America's national
      facilitator for city and community ministries.

      [The Passion of The Christ] Will Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ help save
      For me, the repudiation of anti-Semitism in all forms is not merely an issue
      of the utmost moral and theological significance, but integral to my
      understanding of what it is to be a Christian. The issues raised by the film
      are impossible to ignore. Christianity in the West is undeniably in crisis.
      Christians who are ashamed of the historical basis of their faith will not
      pass it on to the next generation - if, with our pathological failure to
      reproduce, there is a younger generation. For Christians, The Passion is at
      once a challenge to re-examine the most problematic aspects of their faith,
      and an opportunity to share its most sublime mystery with others. Its
      purpose is avowedly evangelical.

      [Lyndon LaRouche] Drop-Outs Ask Students to Join LaRouche Cause
      For several hours each day, the 30 college-aged youths file into a
      nondescript business suite in Downtown Oakland to discuss the coming
      collapse of the world's financial system and the one man who they believe
      can save it. That man is eight-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.
      [...] On the West Coast, the movement has collected about 100 young people
      from Los Angeles to Oakland, mostly through tabling on university campuses.
      Members travel to dozens of college campuses aggressively recruiting members
      and not hesitating to ask newcomers to quit school.

      [Fraud] Man sentenced in $7 million Orange County church fraud
      A 35-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for his role
      in creating phony churches in Orange County that bilked charity donors of $7
      million. [...] A federal jury in November found Lyons and childhood friend
      Gabriel Bernardo Sanchez, 37, guilty of 33 counts of mail fraud and 10
      counts of money laundering. Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced March 8.
      Prosecutors said the scam began in 1993 when Sanchez started the First
      Church of Life in Costa Mesa. He used the facility to register numerous
      phony charities that did not have tax-exempt status, prosecutors charged.

      [Raelians] Sect claims birth of human clone in Sydney
      Controversial international cloning group Clonaid yesterday claimed it had
      successfully created its sixth child - a boy born in Sydney last week. The
      child is said to have been born in a Sydney hospital last week to infertile
      parents living in the Sydney area. Clonaid project head biochemist Brigitte
      Boisselier, in Australia to monitor the birth, said the boy had been
      released from hospital.

      [Alternative Healing] Conference explores alternative medical approaches
      A symposium sponsored by the Aspen Center for Integrated Health under way at
      the Aspen Institute has drawn a number of top experts in the field of
      alternative medicine for an exploration of a complete mind-body approach to
      healing. The Aspen Masters Conference on Integrative Medicine, which
      concludes today with a panel discussion on the evidence of the success of
      integrative medicine, is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the
      how conventional practices can be combined with techniques from alternative
      medicine to provide truly effective healing rather than just disease

      [Offbeat News] The Three Wise Women
      In an amazing coup for the politically correct lobby, Church of England
      bosses declared the three may have been women. And so as not to offend, the
      visitors will now be referred to with the nongender specific "magi".

      [Sathya Sai Baba] Vajpayee to visit Sathya Sai Baba
      Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will visit Sathya Sai Baba, a spiritual
      leader with millions of followers worldwide, at his ashram in Puttaparthi in
      Andhra Pradesh Wednesday, officials said.

      [Kabbalah] Revived interest in Jewish mysticism stirs controversy
      Kabbalah has entered the realm of pop culture. [...] This can hardly be the
      fate that the Kabbalah's creators -- Jewish mystics in the 13th through 16th
      centuries who wrote the Zohar and related writings -- could have imagined
      for their teachings, which were intended to reveal the inner meaning of the
      Torah. And it has traditionalists up in arms. The phenomenon has been
      derided on some Jewish Web sites as "McMysticism."

      [Kabbalah] Kabbalah enters the mainstream culture
      Kabbalah, also known as Jewish mysticism, has been gaining mainstream
      popularity in the past several years. It has attracted celebrities including
      Madonna, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Kabbalah, a unique part of the
      Jewish faith, focuses on the spiritual aspects of Judaism. However, many
      Jews argue that the popular media has misrepresented the true meaning of
      Kabbalah, which they say is a spiritually enriching part of the Jewish

      [James Redfield] Firm scouts area for 'Celestine Prophecy' film
      A production company interested in turning the best-selling novel "The
      Celestine Prophecy" into a movie has been scouting locations in Alachua and
      Marion counties.

      [IPIC International] Fraud Suspect Put on 'Leash' Pending Trial
      An Inland Empire man accused of masterminding an investment scam that
      swindled evangelical Christians out of at least $160 million has been
      released by a Dallas judge on an "electronic leash" pending trial,
      authorities said Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn set bail terms
      Friday for Gregory Setser of Rancho Cucamonga, requiring that he remain
      within 10 miles of a home he owns in Canton, Texas, and that his mother, Eva
      Setser Smith, pledge her mobile home in Montclair as security. Setser, 47,
      was required to surrender his passport and to wear a device that allows
      satellite tracking of his location, according to a court clerk.

      [Faith Healing] L.A. faith healer sentenced to nine years in prison for
      running unlawful practice
      A faith healer was sentenced to nine years in state prison Monday in
      connection with injecting drugs into a man who later died, authorities said.
      Reina Chavarria, 49, was given the maximum sentence after pleading guilty in
      November to three counts of tax evasion and four counts of unlawful medical
      practice, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

      [The Body] Woman admits role in child's death
      Michelle Mingo, the woman whose prophecy led to the starvation murder of her
      baby nephew, yesterday acknowledged her role in his death before walking out
      of court with her "spiritual husband," apparently headed back to the
      Attleboro religious sect whose teachings cost Samuel Robidoux his life and
      Mingo custody of her five children.

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