ReligionNewsBlog.com, Nov. 6-8, 2004
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Mon, Nov. 08, 2004
[France] Turbans get French Sikhs expelled
Three Sikh boys have been expelled from school outside Paris for breaking
a French law banning pupils from wearing religious headgear in school.
[Mormon Church] Mormon faith is drawing more area Latinos
A need to meet the demands of the church's Latino members prompted Jean
Hawley, director of the Thousand Oaks Family History Center, to add
Spanish classes and Latin-American heritage presentations to her church's
annual genealogical workshop Tuesday.
[Islam] Murder fuels fears among Dutch
Nearly a week after Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed by the son of a
Moroccan immigrant, there is bewilderment, sadness and anger in the
There is also fear. Van Gogh's bitingly critical views of Islam made him
the victim of what many Dutch are calling the country's first terrorist
[Islam] Another arrest in van Gogh murder
Police have detained another suspect in relation to the killing of Dutch
film-maker Theo van Gogh. They have also arrested two other men who are
accused of calling for the beheading of an anti-immigration politician.
[Netherlands] Islamic School in Netherlands Damaged in Blast
An explosion damaged an Islamic school in the southern Dutch town of
Eindhoven Monday, police said, the latest attack on a Muslim institution
following the murder of a filmmaker critical of Islam last week.
[Hate Groups : Scientology] Scientologist Tax Trial to Open Today
A California accountant who sends his children to Orthodox Jewish schools
is to appear in federal court this morning to attempt to force the
Internal Revenue Service to grant him the same tax deduction for religious
instruction that it accords to members of the Church of Scientology.
[Theo van Gogh] Watch the film Theo van Gogh was murdered for
The citizens of the Netherlands - including the publishers of Religion
News Blog, who live in Amsterdam - remain firmly committed to free speech.
Join the people of Holland by watching the 10-minute movie, 'Submission.'
Scripted by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and filmed by Theo van Gogh, the short film
addresses the abuse of women in Muslim societies.
[Islam] European Debate of Islam Heats Up
Europe's complex interplay with Islam appears to stand at a tipping-point
and Tuesday's slaying of the 47-year-old filmmaker as he was riding his
bike down a busy boulevard in Amsterdam could indicate one direction in
which it is headed.
The attack has underscored the hard political and social choices that
European leaders face about Muslims and the wider Islamic world.
[Theo van Gogh] Van Gogh murder backlash begins
It prides itself on being the beating liberal heart of Europe, but the
murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh has convinced many in the Netherlands
that the nation’s legendary tolerance has now reached its limit.
Van Gogh’s execution last Tuesday, which has been linked to Islamic
extremists, has brought calls for a crackdown on fundamentalists and
renegade preachers that would previously have been unthinkable.
[Islam] Fanatical Muslim group linked to film-maker's death
The man charged with the murder of a controversial Dutch artist last week
has been linked to a fanatical Islamic sect whose members are said to
include the al-Qaeda second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the
Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Islamic experts believe that the style and content of a five-page letter
that was found pinned to Theo van Gogh’s body were close to those of
al-Takfir wal Hijra, a radical group that has declared war on westerners.
[Gilbert Deya Ministries] Couples learn 'miracle babies' are not theirs
Dozens of couples in Kenya received the news they were dreading yesterday
as police released results of DNA tests which showed they were not the
parents of 21 children recovered in what has become known as the "miracle
The move came as Mary Juma Deya, wife of the evangelical preacher at the
centre of the scandal, faced three more charges of stealing children.
Sun, Nov. 07, 2004
[Religious Merchandising] Specialty retailers don't reap from Christian
The burgeoning popularity of Christian books and music, such as the New
York Times bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life and albums by musical group
Third Day, means mass merchandise retailers such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy
have put the products on their shelves. And as the mass market in
Christian products boom
[Christianity] Passion of the Christs
He can fill churches and help win elections, but what makes him such a
modern-day theatre star?
Two plays coming soon to Toronto are among a flock on Jesus's life
[Islam] Muslims to Build First Islamic Center Outside Dublin
The plans to build the center in Galway, Ireland's second largest county,
comes to meet the growing needs of the Muslim community in the city, The
Galway Advertiser reported on Thursday, November 5.
[Islam] Saudi Scholars Say Resistance in Iraq Is Jihad
Twenty-one prominent Saudi religious scholars have signed an open
statement to the Iraqi people legitimizing their resistance and forbidding
any cooperation or dealings with the occupied American forces.
In a statement published yesterday on a prominent Islamic website, the
Saudi scholars also called for not shedding Iraqi Muslim blood and not
targeting nationals of other countries whose governments have not taken
part in the war.
[Polygamy] FLDS buys more land in Mancos
The most recent concern voiced by such polygamy critics as Boulder author
Jon Krakauer was that Mancos could become the next Eldorado - a small
Texas town near where the FLDS Church last year began a community on 1,691
acres, for which Allred acted as purchasing agent - as a refuge for
residents of the joint FLDS communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado
City, Ariz. The church also owns land in Bountiful, British Columbia.
The church's leader Warren Jeffs, is being sought for three civil lawsuits.
[Mormon Church] Mormon church plans changes at founder's home
The Mormon Church plans to build a new meeting house/chapel and visitor
center on Route 171 in Oakland Township, where a monument to its Aaronic
priesthood already stands.
The chapel and visitor center will be built around a planned
reconstruction of the home in which church founder Joseph Smith lived
during the early part of the 19th century.
Sat, Nov. 06, 2004
[Mormon Church] Black Mormons struggle for acceptance in church
Despite being a faithful member of the church, "they didn't see me as
that; they saw me as the next gang banger," Washington says.
His experience reflects the frustrations that many black members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feel, particularly in Utah's
predominantly white congregations. A book released nationwide last month,
Black and Mormon (University of Illinois Press, $34.95), takes a new look
at the issue. In eight essays, Mormon historians and sociologists discuss
the dilemmas of black Latter-day Saints, what they see as the persistence
of racist teachings in church settings and remedies that might increase
black membership in the church.
[Carl Drew] Former assistant DA says 'cult murder' witnesses' claims of
After serving the last 24 years in prison, Drew has motioned for a new
trial based largely on the accusations made by the former trial witnesses,
who each now say they were lying about Drew’s role in a ritualistic
slaying of Karen Marsden.
[Polygamy] Kingston Trial Judge Will Not Recuse
A juvenile court judge, who himself says he personally feels targeted,
will continue to preside over the child custody case involving polygamist
John Daniel Kingston.
A presiding judge has denied a motion filed by Kingston's attorney asking
for Judge Andrew Valdez's removal.
[Polygamy] Polygamist seeks judge's recusal from case
An attorney for polygamist John Daniel Kingston on Thursday asked a judge
be recused from Kingston's child custody case, alleging his comments make
it impossible for him to be impartial.
[Polygamy] Should polygamy be legal? After all, it's in the Bible
With same-sex marriage now a reality in Massachusetts and a possibility
elsewhere, should legalized polygamy be next? Yes, asserted George
Washington University Law School's Jonathan Turley in a recent article in
He detests the practice but sees it as a matter of constitutional freedom,
noting that even the Bible accepts polygamy. The issue arose when Utah's
Tom Green, who has five wives and 31 children, asked the U.S. Supreme
Court to overturn his imprisonment for polygamy on grounds of religious
[Hate Groups] Zundel not a threat, FBI ruled
The agency's conclusion is in stark contrast to that of the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service, which believes Mr. Zundel's status as an
inspirational guru to the extreme right renders him a danger to national
Also unlike the FBI, which saw Mr. Zundel as nothing more than a Holocaust
revisionist, CSIS believes him to be a white supremacist.
[Koreshans] Festival highlights life of controversial Koreshan cult
The Koreshans were led by Cyrus Teed, a utopian preacher who professed to
be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Teed planned to turn Estero into a
"New Jerusalem" with 10 million residents.
[Netherlands] Dutch call murder a declaration of Islamic holy war
The government vowed tough measures Friday against what a leading
politician called ''the arrival of jihad in the Netherlands'' after a
death threat to a Dutch lawmaker was found pinned with a knife to the body
of a slain filmmaker by his radical Islamic attacker.
[Mormon Church] College to study LDS Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the subject of
intensive scholarly study at one Southern California university, where
officials hope to create a chair of religious studies as the focal point
for examining the faith's history, people and traditions.
Karen Torjesen, dean of religious studies at Claremont Graduate
University's School of Religion, confirmed to the Deseret Morning News
that efforts are under way to create a chair of Mormon studies at the
secular university — the first such attempt in the nation outside the
[Interfaith] Evangelical to speak in LDS Tabernacle
Scalpers, take note: Tickets for the hottest event this season are long
gone, and people are getting desperate.
An evangelical Christian apologist and philosopher, Ravi Zacharias, is
coming to Utah and will speak at, of all places, the Tabernacle on Temple
"I'm just shocked at the interest," said Greg Johnson, president of
Standing Together Ministries, a network of 50 evangelical churches that is
bringing Zacharias to Utah for three nights. "There are so many people
calling and calling and calling back [for tickets].
[Lyndon LaRouche] New hope in cult victim campaign
A top lawyer who represented a former East German Communist leader will
try to prove that a Jewish student who died fleeing an anti-Semitic cult
did not kill himself.
Nikolas Becker, who once worked for Erich Honecker, believes there is
enough new evidence to overturn a German verdict that 22-year-old Jeremiah
Duggan committed suicide.
[Ravi Shankar] Indian guru plans to reform Nepal's Maoists
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the 46-year-old founder of the Art of Living
Foundation in India, who preaches conquering anger and other negative
emotions through philanthropy and breathing practices, was in Nepal on a
three-day visit to spread the "message of love and harmony".
[Ravi Shankar] Guru to calm rowdy politicians
A spiritual guru is to try to calm rowdy Indian politicians whose
outbursts have led to brawls in parliament.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been invited to deliver lectures on the Art of
Living to the Orissa State Assembly.
[USA] We Christians ought to be embarrassed
I've followed the teachings of Christ since I was 9 years old. For more
than 30 years, I've served my faith, church and God. I listened with shock
as Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center said it was the organization
and get-out-the vote campaigns by my evangelical church that put George W.
Bush back into the White House. I'm ashamed to call myself a Christian
[USA] US Christian right exultant after Bush re-election
The US Christian right took credit for helping President George W. Bush
win re-election this week, in part by mobilizing its followers to vote for
a ban on gay marriage in 11 of the 50 states.
Although millions of religious conservatives did not vote in 2000, exit
polls last Tuesday showed they turned out in force this time around.
[Santeria] 'This is Mother Nature's religion'
Ever since slaves were brought to Cuba from West Africa centuries ago,
Santeria, a fusion of the Yoruba African faith and Catholicism, has been a
secretive world, a religion discreetly practiced in the shadows, in
private homes that are turned into temples. But recently the faith has
become more visible, quietly flourishing in Greater Boston among people
from Latin America and the Caribbean, whose numbers have surged in the
last decade as a result of immigration.
[Islam] Dutch pledge Islamist crackdown
The Dutch government has vowed to take tough action against Islamic
radicalism after the murder of a film maker.
Theo van Gogh, the director of a movie criticising the treatment of women
under Islam, was shot and stabbed in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Several men, all believed to be radical Islamists, have been arrested.
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