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ReligionNewsBlog, Nov. 1-3, 2004

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  • Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
    ReligionNewsBlog, Nov. 1-3, 2004 Wed, Nov. 03, 2004 [USA] US Media Mishandle the Story on 100,000 Dead Iraqi Civilians
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2004
      ReligionNewsBlog, Nov. 1-3, 2004

      Wed, Nov. 03, 2004
      [USA] US Media Mishandle the Story on 100,000 Dead Iraqi Civilians
      The Lancet, a British medical journal, just published results of a study
      led by academics from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that reported a
      surprisingly high number of civilian deaths in Iraq. The story broke three
      days before the US elections, on November 29, and even where it received
      prominent coverage, there has been little or no follow-up in the US. The
      media coverage of this information around the world, however, was much
      more intense, with quite a different focus.

      The discrepancy between coverage of this story in the US as compared to
      the international treatment is dramatic, allowing the observer to infer
      that news coverage is being distorted in the US.

      [Trinity Broadcasting Network] TBN airs reruns in wake of scandal
      The Trinity Broadcasting Network kicked off its twice-annual fund-raising
      drive Monday with reruns, an unprecedented move partly prompted by
      allegations that its founder had engaged in a homosexual tryst.

      Officials at TBN, the world's largest religious broadcaster, are hoping
      that the reruns, honed to present the best moments of past telethons, will
      keep viewers' donations coming.

      [Jehovah's Witnesses] When Jehovah’s Witnesses knock, DVD resource tells
      what to do
      To help Southern Baptists and other evangelicals prepare for the
      inevitable knock at the door, NAMB has produced the third in a series of
      resources which explain what specific cults believe and how they operate
      -- and how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with their followers.

      “In the Name of Jehovah: Understanding Jehovah’s Witnesses” is an
      educational program that can be shown in its entirety for special worship
      services or in conference settings. The DVD is formatted in segments
      appropriate for groups or for individual study and includes a discussion

      [Islam] Analysis: Suspected Islamist killing tests Dutch tolerance
      The killing of a filmmaker critical of Islam puts new strains on Dutch
      traditions of tolerance and will fuel demands for tougher treatment of
      immigrants, analysts and commentators said on Wednesday.

      Theo van Gogh, who angered Muslims with a film that said Islam encouraged
      violence against women, was shot dead on Tuesday. A man with Dutch and
      Moroccan nationality was arrested for the killing, and suspected of
      Islamic extremist motives.

      [Islam] Eight suspected Islamic radicals arrested in van Gogh murder
      Dutch police have arrested eight suspected Islamic radicals as part of the
      investigation into the brutal slaying of outspoken filmmaker Theo van
      Gogh, prosecutors said Wednesday.

      [Voodoo] Voodoo 'snared girl as sex slave'
      A teenager was turned into a "sex slave" by two sisters who threatened her
      with voodoo, a court has heard.

      Mr Gadsen explained that "she believed Negi, through her aunt, was capable
      of exerting some voodoo influence over her which stopped her from leaving
      the house.

      "It was just as effective as if she had been chained and manacled.

      [Anglican / Episcopal Church] 'Men-only branch' plan for Church
      The Anglican church could set up a 'male clergy only' branch under
      proposals aimed at ending the row over whether women can be bishops.

      The new province, with its own archbishop, is one of several options set
      out in the Church of England report which was published on Tuesday.

      [Catholic Church] Ghanaians flock to see 'miracle'
      Thousands of people in Ghana's capital, have been thronging to a Catholic
      Church where they claim the image of Jesus Christ has appeared on a wall.

      They compare the image to that of the Biblical Virgin Mary who is said to
      have appeared at Lourdes, in France.

      [Kabbalah] Boca Raton to get newer, bigger Kabbalah center
      Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, has touched more than 3 million people
      worldwide. Now, Kabbalah is expanding in South Florida.

      The 10-year-old Boca Raton Kabbalah Centre, affiliated with the Kabbalah
      Learning Centre in Los Angeles, is building a new 37,000-square-foot home
      at its current location at 8411 W. Palmetto Park Road. The new building
      will include an international healing and retreat center.

      [Islam] The freedom to criticise the Koran
      Tuesday's murder of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who criticised
      Islamic practices, reminds all of a nagging truth: that more than 15 years
      after the Iranian Government issued a death warrant against novelist
      Salman Rushdie, dissenting with Muslims remains a risky business.

      As a Muslim reformer, I speak from experience. My book, The Trouble with
      Islam, has put me on the receiving end of anger, hatred and vitriol.
      That's because I'm asking questions from which we Muslims can no longer
      hide. Why, for example, are we squandering the talents of half of God's
      creation, women? What's with the stubborn streak of anti-Semitism in Islam

      [Lord's Resistance Army] ICC to issue Kony warrant of arrest
      The International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning to issue warrants of
      arrest against Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony and seven
      of his commanders.

      [Theo van Gogh] Suspected Extremist Jailed in Dutch Murder
      A suspected Muslim extremist with alleged terrorist ties was under arrest
      Wednesday in the death of a Dutch filmmaker who criticized the treatment
      of women under Islam.

      Theo van Gogh, 47, was repeatedly shot and stabbed to death on an
      Amsterdam street on Tuesday.

      [Yoga] Yoga's gone mainstream
      Nomiyama is one of an estimated 35 million Americans who will try yoga for
      the first time this year. Once confined to New Agers with an interest in
      Eastern spirituality, yoga is catching on among young men, fitness
      fanatics, aging baby boomers and other unlikely enthusiasts who claim the
      mind/body practice does everything from heal illness to tighten abs.

      Nationally, yoga is a $22.5 billion industry.

      [Psychics] Ex-mayor pleads guilty to using money for psychic readings
      The former mayor and bookkeeper of the small city of La Grulla pleaded
      guilty Tuesday to charges they used federal grant money to pay for tens of
      thousands of dollars in psychic consultations.

      [Polygamy] New start for Kingston wife
      Foster is ready, not just to move, but to move heaven and earth to get her
      children back.

      And this is just the first of many steps Foster, 33, has taken since 3rd
      District Juvenile Judge Andrew Valdez removed eight of her 11 children
      from her home and sent her to a domestic violence shelter. Valdez also
      ordered her to have no contact with members of "The Order" - the insular
      Davis County Co-Operative Society founded by the family of her children's
      father, polygamist John Daniel Kingston.

      With that order, the judge took away Foster's job, home, church, family
      and friends. Get a new home, he said, and a new job.

      And, believing that proving her independence will bring her children home,
      Foster agreed

      Tue, Nov. 02, 2004
      [Theo van Gogh] Some 20,000 Dutch gather to pay homage to slain
      controversial filmmaker
      Some 20,000 people gathered in Amsterdam to pay homage to controversial
      Dutch filmmaker and columnist Theo van Gogh who was murdered in the street.

      Instead of holding a silent wake protesters on Amsterdam's central Dam
      Square made as much noise as possible, banging pots and pans and blowing
      horns and whistles. The friends and family of Van Gogh had asked for
      people to make as much noise as possible in support of the freedom of

      "The freedom of speech is a foundation of our society and that foundation
      was tampered with today," Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen said, after the
      deafening noise had subsided.

      [Theo van Gogh] Life of slain Dutch filmmaker
      The murder of Dutch movie director Theo van Gogh comes two months after
      his highly controversial film, Submission - about the abuse of Muslim
      women - was shown on national TV in Holland.

      Theo van Gogh's name was better-known around the world because he shared
      it with his great-great-grandfather, the brother of artist Vincent van

      But in the Dutch film community, he was a well-known figure and has been
      described as the Netherlands' Michael Moore.

      Submission may have only been a 10-minute English-language short, but it
      caused uproar in his home country when it was broadcast at the end of

      The outcry centred on the stories of four Muslim women who were beaten,
      raped and forced into marriage, and were asking for Allah's help.

      [Solomon Key] 'Da Vinci' writer's next: 'Solomon Key'
      "The Solomon Key" will be the third novel by Brown to include the
      character Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbology.

      The new book's primary focus will be the Freemasons, the secretive
      fraternity that has included some of the nation's founding fathers, and it
      will be set in Washington.

      [USA] Expatica.com: Why expats must vote for Kerry
      The US Administration's policies over the so-called War on Terror, with
      its false claims of an imminent threat from Iraq to justify an early rush
      to war in the Middle East, have transformed opinion about the country from
      that of it being a victim of an appalling attack that deserved sympathy
      and solidarity — into an unruly bully boy.

      And worse, it has turned a country that gave hope to the rest of the world
      through the ideals of democracy and freedom — and a promise of a better
      life — to one that, thanks to Iraq, rests on deceit.

      While Bush's "with us or with the terrorists" policy might go down well
      within the United States among voters far removed from developments
      unfolding in the rest of the world, it hasn't worked so well with many
      Americans this side of the Atlantic.

      [Theo van Gogh] Dutch Filmmaker Theo Van Gogh Murdered
      A Dutch filmmaker who had received death threats after releasing a movie
      criticizing the treatment of women under Islam was slain in Amsterdam on
      Tuesday, police said.

      Filmmaker Theo van Gogh had been threatened after the August airing of the
      movie "Submission," which he made with a right-wing Dutch politician who
      had renounced the Islamic faith of her birth. Van Gogh had received police
      protection after its release.

      [Al-Qaeda] Bin Laden's message: a call to bleed the United States
      Osama bin Laden vowed to bleed America to bankruptcy, according to a full
      transcript of unaired portions of a videotape released Monday by an Arab
      television station. The al-Qaida leader's remarks appeared targeted to the
      final days of the U.S. presidential campaign in which the struggling
      economy is a major issue.

      Bin Laden boasted in his first appearance in more than a year that for
      every $1 al-Qaida has spent on terrorist strikes, it has cost the United
      States $1 million in economic fallout and military spending, including
      emergency funding for Iraq and Afghanistan.

      [Religious Freedom] Prisoners' lawsuit has religious import for all
      Mention "prisoners' rights" and public reaction ranges from indifference
      to hostility. This is especially true in the Ohio case, Cutter v.
      Wilkinson, because the plaintiffs belong to unconventional religions such
      as Asatru (a polytheistic religion) and groups like Satanists.

      But principles at stake in this case guard religious freedom for everyone.

      [Theo van Gogh] Dutch director Theo van Gogh murdered in Amsterdam
      Van Gogh, 47, directed the controversial movie Submission — written by
      Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali — which criticised the Koran for
      sanctioning domestic violence in Islamic communities.

      He recently received numerous death threats following the release of
      Submission. He was also making a movie about populist Dutch politician Pim
      Fortuyn who was assassinated in Hilversum in May 2002. The film is due for
      release on the internet via Tiscali in several weeks time.

      [Christianity] Koreans Quietly Introducing Jesus to Muslims in Mideast
      A South Korean missionary here speaks of introducing Jesus in a "low voice
      and with wisdom" to Muslims, the most difficult group to convert. In
      Baghdad, South Koreans plan to open a seminary even after Iraqi churches
      have been bombed in two recent coordinated attacks. In Beijing, they defy
      the Chinese government to smuggle North Koreans to Seoul while turning
      them into Christians.

      South Korea has rapidly become the world's second largest source of
      Christian missionaries, only a couple of decades after it started
      deploying them. With more than 12,000 abroad, it is second only to the
      United States and ahead of Britain.

      [Islam] Mosque demolished as mobs attack sect in Kattankudy
      Police Sunday declared unofficial curfew in Kattankudy, a large Muslim
      town 5 kilometres south of Batticaloa, after mobs demolished a mosque and
      several houses and buildings belonging to an Islamic sect.

      [Ahmadiyya] Minority sect mosque attacked in Bangladesh
      At least 15 people were injured when a mosque of a minority Muslim sect
      was attacked in Bangladesh Friday.

      Around 300 activists from local madrassas and mosques attacked the
      Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat mosque at Bhadughar in the southeastern
      Brahmanbaria district, about 162 km from here.

      [Theo van Gogh] Report: Dutch filmmaker murdered
      A Dutch filmmaker who criticized the treatment of women under Islam in a
      recent movie and in newspaper columns was murdered in Amsterdam, media
      reported Tuesday.

      [Theo van Gogh] Filmmaker Theo van Gogh killed
      During his entire career, Theo van Gogh (47) courted controversy. One of
      his most recent productions dealt with violence against women in Islamic
      societies and prompted many death threats. The author of the film,
      Conservative MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has been under police protection since it
      was aired on Dutch national television. Mr Van Gogh was working on a film
      about Pim Fortuyn, the anti-establishment and anti-immigrant politician
      who was shot dead two years ago.

      [Theo van Gogh] Controversial Dutch Filmmaker Shot Dead
      Amsterdam police said Van Gogh had been stabbed and shot in the center of
      the city. Van Gogh's short feature film "Submission" angered some Dutch
      Muslims for its portrayal of a Muslim woman who is abused by her husband.

      [Gilbert Deya Ministries] FBI to probe 'miracle babies' saga
      Two officers attached to the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are
      in the country to investigate the "miracle babies" saga.

      Top on their agenda is to investigate some of Archbishop Gilbert Deya’s
      investments in Kenya since he settled in the UK.

      Mon, Nov. 01, 2004
      [Peoples Temple] New revelations on Jonestown tragedy
      "Everybody has assumed until recently that all 912 Jonestown residents,
      including Jones, died on the same day -- Nov. 18, 1978," said Fielding
      McGehee, who oversees the Jonestown Institute with his wife, Rebecca
      Moore, whose sisters and nephew died in Jonestown.

      But the tape found in Jonestown that the FBI labeled Q-875 appears to have
      been made many hours later, possibly on Nov. 19, McGehee said. The tape is
      one of 900 McGehee and Moore obtained from the FBI under a Freedom of
      Information Act request.

      [USA] Cherie Blair attacks legality of Guantanamo detentions
      Cherie Blair has mounted a fresh attack on the legality of some of the
      Bush administration's decisions by challenging the legal basis of the
      imprisonment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

      Downing Street conceded yesterday that she did make the criticisms, in a
      lecture to law students at Harvard University, for which she was not paid.
      But it said her remarks should not be interpreted as political.

      In a previous lecture, she criticised the US administration's refusal to
      sign up to the international criminal court.

      [USA] George W. Bush and the 'politics of fear'
      To convince American opinion - and indeed President Bush himself - that
      war against Iraq was necessary for American security, prominent neocons
      like Douglas Feith, assistant secretary for policy at the Pentagon, and
      his boss Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, did not hesitate to
      fabricate and manipulate intelligence to show that Saddam Hussein was
      linked to Al-Qaeda and had rebuilt his WMD arsenal. This deception lies at
      the root of many of America's current problems.

      It is now widely recognized that administration lawyers, in the Department
      of Justice and the White House, devised arguments to bypass international
      laws and treaties preventing the ill-treatment of prisoners in wartime.
      They found ways to say that the Geneva Conventions did not necessarily
      apply to "enemy combatants" and that the President, as commander-in-chief,
      had the right to authorize torture.

      These shameful betrayals of legal norms opened the way for the even more
      shameful abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, where terrible methods were
      used to get information about Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Iraqi
      insurgents. The stain on America's reputation will not easily be erased,
      especially as no one in real authority has yet been held to account.

      [Kabbalah] Give me back my old Madonna
      Raquel Hecker used to worship at the same Kabbalah centre as the singer.
      Now she's become disillusioned - both with mystic Judaism and with her
      favourite star.

      [Satanic and/or ritual abuse] Revealed: past lies of abuse witness
      A woman whose claims of Satanic child sex abuse helped put eight people in
      the dock had a history of making false allegations, which was known to
      police, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

      Angela Stretton was the key police witness in the Lewis abuse case which
      collapsed this summer with charges against all the accused being dropped.

      An investigation by this newspaper has revealed that Stretton was
      convicted of making false allegations of child abuse in 1987, and that
      Scots police were aware of her track record of false claims before
      deciding to press charges.

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