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    ReligionNewsBlog.com, Feb. 24, 2004 [Islam] Muslim girl in court challenge http://www.religionnewsblog.com/6168-.html A 15-year-old Muslim girl has won
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      [Islam] Muslim girl in court challenge
      A 15-year-old Muslim girl has won permission to bring a high court challenge
      against her school in a dispute over her right to wear traditional religious
      dress. [...] Shabina Begum has been out of school since September 2002, when
      she was sent home after arriving at Denbigh high school in Luton,
      Bedfordshire, in the jellaba, a long, flowing gown. Her lawyers are arguing
      that Shabina's right to practise her religion is being infringed unlawfully.

      [Media] What The World Thinks Of God: Can religion be blamed for war?
      Are religion and religious differences to blame for war and conflict? Many
      war leaders have claimed to have God on their side, but should religion get
      the blame? A "War Audit" investigating the links between war and religion
      through the ages has been carried out by researchers at the Department of
      Peace Studies at Bradford University.

      [Media] What The World Thinks Of God: About the Programme
      What the World thinks of God is a unique BBC event examining the modern
      world's relationship with God. A major poll of 10,000 people in 10 countries
      has been carried out for the programme. And there are some startling
      findings about the current state of belief in Britain - and some surprising
      contrasts between other countries around the world. From our studio in
      London Jeremy Vine will bring together religious leaders, leading authors
      and thinkers in a uniquely global debate.

      [Media] What The World Thinks Of God: A breathtaking global picture
      Yet as we sent our pollsters out to all points west - Nigeria, Indonesia,
      Israel, Lebanon, South Korea, Russia, across Britain, India, the US and
      Mexico - it turned out we didn't have the problem with definition we were
      fearing. Muslims, Hindus, Christians, atheists, were all able to replace
      our definition of God with theirs. The questions were not about religion
      but faith. Does suffering make it harder to believe? Do you believe
      because your family does, or was it because of someone outside your family?
      (Watch for the American answer on that one.) Do you pray often, sometimes,
      never? Only at weddings? Would the world be more peaceful without God? I
      wish I could say more here. The embargoed poll results are absolutely
      fascinating. The UK in particular stands so defiantly alone on so many
      questions that we knew, when we got the answers back, we had struck gold.

      [Mormon Church] LDS most likely to stay away from 'Passion'
      The nation may rush to see Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the
      Christ" when it opens Wednesday - but LDS Utahns more than likely are going
      to stay away, according to a Deseret Morning News/KSL-TV poll. Only one out
      of every three members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      polled will "definitely" or "probably" see the movie, a graphic and bloody
      depiction of the last hours of Jesus' life. The film's R rating was the
      most-cited reason for not going. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
      Saints counsels its members to avoid inappropriate entertainment and media.

      [Hare Krishna] Thousands gather for Hare Krishna festival
      Thousands of devotees of the global Hare Krishna sect have converged on the
      small West Bengal town of Mayapur to celebrate the inauguration of a new
      temple. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness' (ISKCON's)
      headquarters in Mayapur has organised a congregation of its devotees to mark
      the occasion. Around 12,000 devotees, including many from the US, China,
      Russia, Britain, Ukraine, Pakistan and Bangladesh, are participating in
      celebrations revolving around the inauguration of the temple dedicated to
      the sect's founder and his associates.

      [The Passion of The Christ] Advice to parents: Leave kids at home
      On one score I had little doubt: "The Passion," which opens Tuesday, is
      easily the most violent, blood-drenched film I have seen in years -- perhaps
      ever. And therein lies a serious issue I see not only through the eyes of an
      entertainment writer, but also a church-going Christian. Churches busing
      youth to this movie like it's some sort of Chuck E. Cheese field trip need
      to think -- and pray -- long and hard about the aftershock. "The Passion" is
      not kids' stuff. It is gory in the extreme, with prolonged flogging and
      torture scenes. One lasts 45 minutes.

      [Christianity] A Bible based diet aimed at Christians
      "By returning to 'the manufacturer's specifications,' your body will
      naturally return to its ideal weight, shape and strength levels without any
      dangerous side effects," [Jordan] Rubin writes in a daily log for dieters
      that accompanies his new book, "The Maker's Diet: The 40-Day Health
      Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever." Rubin, a devout Christian,
      has a degree in naturopathic medicine from the Peoples University of the
      Americas in Puerto Rico and a doctorate in nutrition from the Wyoming-based
      Academy of Natural Therapies. He also has a head for business. Only 28,
      Rubin is founder of the $40 million-a-year nutritional supplements company
      Garden of Life, which is based in West Palm Beach. The Maker's dieters are
      encouraged to use some Garden of Life products to improve health, but Rubin
      says that's not absolutely necessary.

      [Catholic Church] Boston Church Sex Victim Found Dead
      Patrick McSorley, a victim of defrocked pedophile priest John Geoghan who
      spoke openly of the deep scars left by clergy sexual abuse, has been found
      dead, his lawyer said on Monday. Mitchell Garabedian, who represented
      McSorley and dozens of others who said they had been abused by Geoghan,
      confirmed reports that McSorley's body had been found in downtown Boston,
      but declined further comment on the cause of death.

      [Fraud] International scam targets Utah Muslims
      Several Utah residents have been targeted by what has been deemed an
      international scam aimed at Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic
      Relations said.

      [Raelians] Clonaid Claims Embryos Needed for Human Cloning Produced in Korea

      The controversial international cloning company, Clonaid has announced
      they've produced the human embryos needed to clone babies right here in
      Korea. The firm which was created by a UFO cult known as the Raelians said
      Tuesday they have implanted human embryos cloned in a South Korean research
      center into wombs. Clonaid said these embryos were the ones used to create
      Eve, the first-ever cloned human being in December 2002 and also to give
      birth to their sixth cloned baby boy in Australia early this month.

      [Yongsaenggyo] Cult Leader Faces W4 Bil. Lawsuit
      Cho Hui-song, leader of religious cult Yongsaenggyo, was on Tuesday sued for
      4 billion won in a compensation suit by the families of victims allegedly
      murdered by the cult leader. [...] The families claimed that Cho ordered the
      killings of the five victims in 1985-1992. [...] The Suwon District Court
      sentenced him to death on Feb. 2, but the court only recognized that only
      six of his former followers were murdered by Cho's order from 1990 through

      [Church and State] New York chapter of ACLU says it's suing Salvation Army
      over religious issue
      A civil rights group said Monday it will sue the Salvation Army because it
      allegedly has begun requiring employees to identify their church affiliation
      and support the army's mission to "preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ." [...]
      The NYCLU says the Salvation Army is overlooking the separation of church
      and state while accepting millions in government aid.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Day of Judgment: Cultists loyal despite Matsumoto's arrest
      This is the 11th installment of a series on Chizuo Matsumoto, the founder of
      the Aum Supreme Truth cult.

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Saving best for last, guru verdict done deal?
      Friday is verdict day in the eight-year trial of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko
      Asahara, who if the state has its way will hang for masterminding or
      ordering 13 heinous crimes that resulted in 27 slayings at the hands of his

      [Aum Shinrikyo] Mind control may have been a factor but not a mitigating one

      Mind control at the hands of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara was a key
      defense argument for many of the 11 cultists sentenced to death and the six
      others handed life prison terms for carrying out Aum's heinous crimes -- an
      argument that had little if any effect. As the convicted cultists pursue
      their appeals, including before the Supreme Court, their lawyers continue to
      seek leniency, claiming their clients were brainwashed by the guru and his
      teachings -- a factor the courts have partially recognized.

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