ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 12, 2005
ReligionNewsBlog.com, July 12, 2005
[Offbeat News] Chicago Officials Turn Off 'Jesus' Light
City officials have turned off a streetlight that drew more than 250 people to see a shadow that some say resembles the image of Jesus Christ.
[UK] Mosques, madrasas attacked in UK
Backlash and reprisal attacks against British Asians seem to be gaining momentum: three further attacks were reported on mosques and Islamic educational centres in east London and Bristol.
[Religious Merchandising] French shoes with Lord Rama's image annoys UK Hindus
A French footwear company has recently managed to offend just about every member of the UK's Hindu community. So how did they manage this feat? By selling shoes with an image of Lord Rama imprinted on them.
[Jesus Christians] Police ignore plea from 'cult mum'
A young mother allegedly abducted by an Australian missionary in Kenya, yesterday denied she was being held against her will by the Bible-based cult Jesus Christians.
[Scientology] Tom Cruise's clown show
Washington Monthly 's Kevin Drum has had enough of Tom Cruise's wackadoodle public behavior and Scientology-inspired obnoxiousness. ''If the media stopped treating this like a bit of chuckleheaded fun and asked Cruise some real questions,'' growls Drum, ''Americans might be a wee bit less tolerant of his dangerous and dishonest clown show.''
[Religion Trends] Stars more outspoken about religion
What happens when a Hollywood star spouts off about religion? If it's ultimate A-lister Tom Cruise, who has been outspoken about his Scientology beliefs while promoting "War of the Worlds," the fallout -- at least at the box office -- appears negligible.
[Scientology] Tom Cruise, three questions for you
Cruise is clearly speaking from a deep personal belief. The scandal is that our supine, celebrity-hungry media have cravenly let him publicise this controversial organisation on his own uncritical terms.
[Polygamy] Eight men indicted in polygamous community
Eight men in this community dominated by a polygamous church have been indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and conspiracy, prosecutors said Monday.
[Opus Dei] Opus Dei shuns Da Vinci Code image
Critics accuse Opus of promoting right-wing beliefs and using aggressive recruiting methods. Some former members allege cult-like practices such as brainwashing and coercion. Its notoriety soared with the 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code, where US author Dan Brown depicted it as a secretive society ruthlessly plotting to keep the Church conservative.
[Mohammed Bouyeri] Van Gogh murder suspect waives right to defence
A suspected Islamist went on trial on Monday for the murder of a Dutch filmmaker critical of Islam but waived the right to mount a defence in a case that has stoked religious and racial tension in the Netherlands.
[Mohammed Bouyeri] Van Gogh's Self-Confessed Killer Declines to Testify in Trial
Mohammed Bouyeri, the self-confessed murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, declined to testify as prosecutors opened their case against him in Amsterdam today. He faces a maximum penalty of a life imprisonment.
[Harry Potter] Harry Potter fans ready to be spellbound
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's popular book series, will be released at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
[UK] Witch trial girl's 'mother' found
The BBC has found a woman in Angola who says she is the mother of "Child B", the eight-year-old abused because she was believed to be a possessed witch.
[Scientology] Katie More Zombie-Like Than Ever
Katie Holmes' interview in W magazine has set off a firestorm. Reading it can only be even be more worrisome for her parents as they see the steady hold Tom Cruise and Scientology have taken of their beloved daughter. There is no way to minimize the frightening aspect of the interview.
[Ayah Pin | Sky Kingdom] Ayah Pin Followers Wary of More Raids
Expecting another raid by the State Religious Affairs Department and the police today, cult leader Ariffin Mohamad a.k.a. Ayah Pin placed barbed wire along the perimeter of his 'Sky Kingdom'.
[Islam] Europe's radical Muslim youth turn to violence
“What we are now awaiting is the emergence of a new generation of terrorists: kids who were 12 to 15 years old on September 11 2001 and who have taken a year or two to make the same ideological progress that leads to violence, and which took their elders around 10 years or more,” Claude Moniquet, director general of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre, told a US congressional committee in April.
[Islam] In London, Islamic Radicals Found a Haven
As bin Laden's ideology of making war on the West spread in the years before Sept. 11, 2001, London became "the Star Wars bar scene" for Islamic radicals, as former White House counterterrorism official Steven Simon called it, attracting a polyglot group of intellectuals, preachers, financiers, arms traders, technology specialists, forgers, travel organizers and foot soldiers.
[Mohammed Bouyeri] Trial begins for suspect in Van Gogh murder
Mohammed Bouyeri is accused of murdering Van Gogh as he cycled to work in Amsterdam on Nov. 2, 2004. A descendant of the brother of 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, the filmmaker was known for his outspoken criticism of Islam.
[Hate Groups] Canada signs protocol against Web racism
Canada has joined an international crackdown on Internet racism and its links to terrorism, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler says. He was in Strasbourg, France, yesterday as Canada became the first non-European country to sign a protocol to fight hatred on the Web.
[True and Living Church...] Women get new trial against church for fraud
Two women who gave their life savings to an apocalyptic religious group will get a new trial on their terms, the Utah Court of Appeals decided Friday. Kaziah Hancock and Cindy Stewart sued leaders of a polygamous church for failing to make good on promises they'd get land, some money back and a face-to-face visit with Jesus. The promises were made in return for their contributions to The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days.
[Islam] Muslims see more abuse after London attacks
Muslims have been subjected to a higher than usual level of abuse since Thursday's bomb attacks in London, police and Muslim groups said on Sunday. But they have also received thousands of messages of support from non-Muslims who recognise the vast majority of the country's 1.6 million Muslims have no sympathy for those who carried out the attacks.
[Scientology] Florida mental health advocates go on offensive to protect patient rights
Advocates for the mentally ill in Florida are finding it hard to keep quiet.
Actor Tom Cruise, a fervent disciple of the Church of Scientology, caught recent national attention for railing against psychiatry and antidepressants. Mental health advocates say they might ordinarily dismiss the outbursts of the War of the Worlds star as ravings of an eccentric celebrity. Not this time, they say, because his views -- or at least sentiments much like them -- found unexpectedly strong support in this year's Florida legislative process.
[Scientology] Tom Cruise is so hot - that is, for Scientology
If you think the actor's behavior is a little, um, intense lately, members of his church got the first glimpse of it in a convention video to rally support.
[Scientology] Scientology minder prompts Katie Holmes through first big interview
Katie Holmes, whose whirlwind engagement to Tom Cruise has produced one of Hollywood's more improbable unions, has taken on a new role - that of a lovestruck automaton. In her first big interview since her betrothal to Cruise, who turned 43 last week, the actress, 26, responded to every question with gushing platitudes as her Scientologist "minder" looked on approvingly.
[Terrorism] Look where the terrorists are from
As the shock waves from Thursday's terrorist attacks in London reverberate across the Atlantic, a grim truth should become increasingly clear: One of the greatest terrorist threats emanates not from the graduates of Middle Eastern madrasas, but from some of the citizens of Britain.
Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
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