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Thu, Nov. 25, 2004
[USA] Thanksgiving: America’s religious holiday
In an age in which students can get suspended for wearing religious
T-shirts to school and pre-game prayers have been dropped lest they offend
someone, it is a wonder the Supreme Court has not ruled Thanksgiving
unconstitutional. It is, after all, an official recognition of religion.
[USA] Flawed U.S. diplomacy contributes to Muslims' hostility, report says
The U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have created an anti-American
cause among Muslim extremists who are otherwise divided and have raised
the stature of the radicals in the eyes of ordinary Muslims, a Pentagon
advisory panel says.
[Polygamy] Rift in FLDS Church raises local fears
With the grim specter of the Aryan Nations so recently erased from North
Idaho, there is new fear of an equally rabid “religion” gaining a foothold
in Boundary County following a rift in the leadership of the Fundamental
Latter Day Saints, or FLDS, which is reportedly bringing massive
instability to a sect that has remained secretively in the background for
[Mormon Church] Mormons ask court to silence preacher who believes their
church is a cult
On one night in August Mr Price bombarded Mormons - members of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - with phone calls. He made 90 in
less than four hours.
Mr Price also sent more than 80 evangelical texts from his mobile phone to
a handset belonging to Elder Daniel Pitt over a period of two months.
The court was shown several videos of Mr Price in action. In one he was
preaching in stentorian tones from behind metal railings at one of the
Mormon church's London chapels
[Dena Schlosser] Man worried how God will judge wife who killed baby
The minister of a woman who admitted killing her baby daughter by severing
the child's arms said Wednesday that her husband seemed emotionally stable
but was searching for answers and concerned about how God will judge his
[A] friend of Schlosser's mother, Connie Macaulay, told The AP that
Macaulay opposed her daughter's involvement in Davidson's church, and
feared her grandchildren were being exposed to a cult-like environment.
[Islam] Muslim preacher in hiding over death wish remark
A Muslim preacher has provoked a storm of protest by admitting on Dutch
television he wants parliamentarian Geert Wilders to die.
Wilders, an independent Conservative MP, plans to set up a party "to
tackle Islamic extremism" in the Netherlands.
Abdul-Jabbar van de Ven, 25, told the media on Wednesday afternoon he had
gone into hiding as a result of the outcry about his remark.
[Islam] Dutch Shocked by Public Death Wish from Muslim
Dutch leaders on Wednesday condemned comments by a Muslim teacher who said
he hoped for the death of a popular politician, further stoking religious
tension prompted by the murder of a filmmaker critical of Islam.
Abdul-Jabbar van de Ven, a Dutch convert to Islam, told a Dutch television
chat show on Tuesday he hoped anti-immigration populist Geert Wilders
would soon die, although he did not want him to be killed by a Muslim.
Interior Minister Johan Remkes said he was horrified by the remarks and
said the Justice Ministry would look into the matter. "It is too crazy for
words," he told Dutch news agency ANP.
Wed, Nov. 24, 2004
[Science and Religion] Why some people see a hero in a simple cheese
For Diana Duyser, the Dania Beach woman who peddled the sandwich half with
a bite missing for $28,000 in an eBay auction, the partially-consumed
breakfast meant a miraculous windfall.
The sandwich's Virgin, experts say, could simply represent a common human
phenomenon of perception called pareidolia -- the capacity for people to
recognize familiar patterns in random images, such as sailing ships in the
[Holocaust] Holocaust stamps auctioned
Unique stamps, envelopes and cards mailed from Nazi-era death camps and
Jewish ghettoes were sold at auction today but the world's Holocaust
museums left private collectors to sweep them up.
The hundreds of historic, and emotive, items were part of a philatelic
collection put together over 40 years by US lawyer Herbert Rosedale who
won fame acting for parents trying to free their children from the grip of
[Success Coaches] Self-Help Gurus
John Naish looks at the top people who have got inside our heads, from
Deepak Chopra and Susan Jeffers to John Gray.
[Hinduism] Hindu cleric faces fresh charge
A Hindu cleric facing murder charges in southern India has also been
accused of ordering an attack on a former devotee.
Police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu delivered an arrest
warrant for the new case to Jayendra Saraswathi in prison in the town of
[Transcendental Meditation] Trial set for former MUM student charged in
A former student at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield has
been found competent to stand trial on a murder charge.
Twenty-five-year-old Shuvender Sem of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is charged
with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of another student in March.
[Wellspring Retreat] Counselor fights for freedom of cult victims 'one
mind at a time'
For almost two decades, a small clinic in rural Albany has been quietly
helping people from all over the world break their dependence on
While the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center goes about its business
with little local fanfare, its work has earned attention from major media,
including "CBS 48 Hours," "NBC Nightly News," "The Montel Williams Show"
and the Chicago Tribune.
[Palo Mayombe] Skull probe focuses on cult rituals
[Polygamy] Judge bars polygamist Kingston from visiting children
Tue, Nov. 23, 2004
[Science and Religion] Faith-Based Parks? Creationists meet the Grand
At a park called Dinosaur Adventure Land, run by creationists near
Pensacola, Florida, visitors are informed that man coexisted with
dinosaurs. This fantasy accommodates the creationists’ view that the Earth
is only 6,000 years old and that Darwin’s theory of evolution is false.
Among the park exhibits is one that illustrates another creationist
article of faith. It consists of a long trough filled with sand and fitted
at one end with a water spigot. Above the trough is a sign reading “That
River Didn’t Make That Canyon.” When visitors open the spigot, the water
quickly cuts a gully through the sand, supposedly demonstrating how the
Grand Canyon was created, practically overnight, by Noah’s flood. That’s
nonsense, of course, but what else would you expect at a creationist park?
Certainly, one might think, this couldn’t be acceptable at, say, a
National Park, right? Think again.
[Mormon Church] LDS temple to be in Draper foothills
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that its new
Salt Lake Valley temple will be in the Draper foothills near Corner Canyon.
The temple will be the third in the valley. The church has 130 temples in
use or planned worldwide.
[Science and Religion] Poll: Creationism Trumps Evolution
Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says
that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Just 13 percent say
that God was not involved. But most would not substitute the teaching of
creationism for the teaching of evolution in public schools.
[Hinduism] Police blow in Hindu cleric case
Indian police have failed in a quest to win more time to question a Hindu
cleric facing murder charges.
A court in southern India has rejected a plea by the police requesting an
extension of Jayendra Saraswathi's police custody.
[Christianity] Interview With Rick Warren [Transcript]
KING: We now welcome to LARRY KING LIVE," Rick Warren.
Long time no see, it's good to have him back. The founding pastor of the
Saddle Back Church in California. Author of the number one "New York
Times" best seller "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?"
Publisher's Weekly, by the way there you see it's cover, reports that "The
Purpose Driven Life," get this, is the best-selling hard cover non-fiction
book in American history. It's been translated into 30 languages.
[Gilbert Deya Ministries] Latest 'miracle' babies hoax
He is the self-styled "archbishop" who claims to help infertile women have
miracle babies - but Gilbert Deya stands accused by the Kenyan authorities
of child trafficking. He is also at the centre of an international
investigation by Scotland Yard's child abuse unit and has been described
by a High Court judge as "self-serving" and "economical with the truth".
Yet Mr Deya invited the Evening Standard to witness his latest cruel hoax,
parading two "pregnant" women at his headquarters - a converted warehouse
in South Bermondsey - as a means of establishing what he claims is his
[Falun Gong] Falun Gong Denies Pirate Broadcast in China
Falun Gong denied Tuesday hacking into a satellite feed to spread its
banned message in China, but defended broadcast interruptions as an
acceptable way to counter the mainland government's propaganda against the
[Falun Gong] Satellite Operator Accuses Falun Gong of Intercepting
A Hong Kong based satellite company accused here on Sunday [21 November]
the Falun Gong cult, that has been outlawed on the Chinese mainland, of
hijacking its satellite and disrupting its normal signal sending.
[Offbeat News] 'Virgin Mary' toast fetches $28,000
A decade-old toasted cheese sandwich said to bear an image of the Virgin
Mary has sold on the eBay auction website for $28,000.
An internet casino confirmed it had purchased the sandwich, saying it had
become a "part of pop culture".
[Trinity Broadcasting Network] Judge in TBN Case to Step Aside
Citing concerns about remarks he made in an earlier hearing, an Orange
County judge removed himself Monday from a case involving televangelist
Judge John M. Watson made the decision during a contempt-of-court hearing
for Enoch Lonnie Ford, a former TBN employee who says he had a homosexual
tryst with televangelist Paul Crouch.
[Dena Schlosser] Texas mother charged with murdering her infant daughter
A 10-month-old girl died Monday after her mother cut her arms off, police
said. The 35-year-old woman, who has suffered from postpartum depression,
was charged with capital murder.
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