ReligionNewsBlog.com July 28, 2004
- ReligionNewsBlog.com July 28, 2004
[Polygamy] Commune leader slammed by priest
Winston Blackmore may be the spiritual leader of a group of polygamists, but he is no part of a legitimate religion, says a high priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "(Blackmore) has false and foolish notions about polygamy," Wayne Bourne said, referring to the man in a Sun story yesterday who has at least 20 wives and numerous children.
[Polygamy] Judge Grants Custody of Kingston's Daughter to Other Family
Last month, the state determined that Kingston had abused his 13-year-old daughter, and the girl's mother, Heidi Mattingly -- formerly known as Heidi Foster -- had neglected her by NOT stopping the abuse. Today, a judge agreed with the girl's petition to grant permanent custody to Mattingly's brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Shauna Mattingly.
[Hate Groups] Jews ask N.Z. to bar controversial historian Irving
Jewish organizations in New Zealand have demanded that New Zealand bar the entry of controversial historian David Irving, but immigration officials may give a green light to the planned September visit by the accused Holocaust denier, Army Radio reported Wednesday. Irving is scheduled to speak at the National Press Club in Wellington during the two-week visit. He has been denounced by a British court as pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic and a Holocaust denier, angering Jews by labeleing the Holocaust "a legend."
[Antisemitism] Arabs shock Europeans, refuse to condemn anti-Semitism
Arab states at the United Nations are trying to foil a proposal to raise a vote condemning anti-Semitism in the General Assembly this September.
At a closed meeting held recently in New York, UN ambassadors from Arab and EU countries met and the Arabs made clear that they do not accept the initiative for the UN General Assembly to condemn anti-Semitism. The blunt language used by the Arabs describing their opposition, and their plans to use diplomatic means to prevent the resolution from reaching a vote, shocked the Europeans, said a UN source. According to UN sources, the Arab delegates were also critical of a UN seminar on anti-Semitism held last month.
[Chile] Chile shocked by priest's murder
Chile's President Ricardo Lagos has expressed concern about anti-religious sects after a priest died in a knife attack in the nation's main cathedral. A 69-year-old priest who had just finished conducting a weekend religious service had his throat cut and was stabbed. [...] A 25-year-old man is under detention following the attack. [...] Police have recovered inverted crosses and goats horns from the man's rented apartment in Santiago.
[Marcus Wesson] Wesson Trial Delayed
The man accused of Fresno's worst mass murder was in court this morning. Marcus Wesson's trial start date has been pushed back to September 14th. Marcus Wesson has been clear throughout the case that he does not want to waive his right to a speedy trial. Today, Marcus Wesson, his lawyers, and the prosecution agreed to push back the trial start date a couple of weeks. It was originally scheduled for August 31st, but is now scheduled for September 14th. Defense attorney Pete Jones says Marcus Wesson's right to an effective counsel overrides his right to a speedy trial. Jones told the judge he has serious investigation needs to be an effective lawyer. He also put the court on notice that he will try to push the trial back again, later in the case.
[Aum Shinrikyo] Public trust in police damaged by failure
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has released three suspects arrested on charges of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of then National Police Agency Commissioner General Takaji Kunimatsu in March 1995. The investigation was believed to have been made after thorough preparations that obtained convincing evidence. The result, however, went against expectations. The police should reorganize their investigative team and again aim to uncover the truth behind the shooting.
[Glenn and Justin Helzer] Jury to begin deliberating quintuple murderer's fate
The jury that found Justin Helzer guilty of murdering five people, then decided he was sane when he did it, now must decide whether he should die for his crimes. [...] Helzer's brother and the group's ringleader, Glenn Helzer, already pleaded guilty and faces the death penalty. His sentencing phase will begin this fall.
[Amish] Sects and the city: `Amish' falls to temptations of reality-show stereotypes
UPN takes the concept of rudeness to new levels with the two-hour debut of ``Amish in the City,'' tonight at 8 on WSBK (Ch. 38). When six young urban stereotypes - including the mincing gay guy, the macho frat boy and the sassy black girl - are thrown together in a swanky crib in Los Angeles, they have no idea that five more roommates are set to arrive - and Amish, no less! [...] Then the city kids - including Nick, a busboy from the Hub - see them through the front door. With the exception of Kevan, the sole city kid with an open mind, they treat the newcomers with stunningly bitter disdain. That's just the beginning of what is irritating about ``Amish in the City.''
[Harry Potter] Author 'chilled' to learn Harry's half-blood status has Nazi parallels
JK Rowling made the "chilling" discovery that villains in her books used the same twisted logic as the Nazis when she visited a Holocaust museum, the author has revealed. Ms Rowling was asked by a fan to explain why some people in the stories - including the hero Harry Potter - are referred to as "half-blood" wizards. She replied that the terms "half-blood" and "pure-blood" were used by prejudiced characters such as the evil Lucius Malfoy and the Death Eaters, servants of arch-villain Lord Voldemort. Ms Rowling said she had invented the idea that some wizards were not considered to be "pure", and realised the similarities with the Nazis' beliefs only afterwards when she visited a museum dedicated to the Holocaust, in which six million Jewish people died.
[Aum Shinrikyo] 4 AUM Suspects in 1995 NPA Chief Shooting Released
Four people linked to the AUM Shinrikyo cult arrested this month over the 1995 shooting of the National Police Agency chief were released Wednesday after prosecutors failed to charge them based on what they thought was new evidence.
[Polygamy] FLDS Church again banishes members
The head of the polygamous church on the Utah-Arizona border has banished more members, ordering them to repent from afar of unspecified sins. Several residents say Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, purged at least eight church members living in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., in the past few weeks.
[Mata Amritanandamayi Devi] Amma to launch own TV channel
Mata Amritanadamayi Devi, popularly known as Amma, is all set to start her own television channel. The channel, to be called Amrita, is likely to be commissioned on September 27 this year on the occasion of Amma's 51st birthday. [...] "It's not going to be a religious channel," says S M C Pillai, CEO, Amrita. "It'll be a 24-hour commercial channel with programmes based on Indian traditions and values. Besides serials, yoga, travel shows, Amma's teachings, the channel will also have around five hours of news programming." Most of the programming would be done in-house.
[Aum Shinrikyo] High Court Upholds Death, Life Sentences for 3 Ex-AUM Members
The Tokyo High Court upheld Wednesday lower court rulings sentencing two former members of the AUM Shinrikyo cult to death and another to life in prison for their involvement in the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system that killed 12 people and injured thousands.
[Aum Shinrikyo] Failed appeal keeps cult's subway gas killers on Death Row
Two AUM Shinrikyo doomsday cult members who let loose lethal sarin gas on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, killing 12 and sickening thousands, will remain on Death Row after the Tokyo High Court rejected their appeals on Wednesday.
[Islam] U.S. charity charged with funding Hamas terror group
A major American Muslim charity and seven of its senior officers were charged Tuesday with illegally funneling millions of dollars to support Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization blamed for dozens of deadly suicide bomber attacks in Israel. A 42-count grand jury indictment unsealed in Dallas alleges the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development used its tax-exempt status to masquerade as a legitimate charity while most of its money was going to individuals and organizations linked to Hamas.
[Hate Groups] Report: US providers shut neo-Nazi sites
An agency set up by German regional governments said Monday that US-based providers have shut down at its request a number of sites that offered neo-Nazi material.
[Hate Groups] Ban on police joining BNP
Police chiefs have issued a warning to all their officers that they will be sacked for being members of the British National Party. The Association of Chief Police Officers has outlawed joining the far right BNP for any officer or civilian member of police staff in England and Wales.
[Religious Merchandising] A Youth Movement in Christian Goods
Games, books, comics, and magazines aimed at youngsters and teens is becoming a hot sector in this fast-growing market. [...] While the sales of Christian products overall are brisk, aided by the box-office hit The Passion of The Christ, it's the youth-targeted segment that holds the most opportunities. Vendors of traditional products like T-shirts and books face intense competition and slim margins, but the youth market has higher growth and fewer competitors. "There's something going on that's seismic," says Volney Gay, chairperson of religious studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
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