ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 2, 2005
ReligionNewsBlog.com, Oct. 2, 2005
Sunday October 2, 2005
Faith Healing: Lodi man says he can heal the sick, increase gas mileage
Through the power God has given the human race, Xenos said that President John F. Kennedy's life could have been saved in 1963, and he can increase gas mileage to help overcome the $3-per-gallon gas prices.
Mormon Church: Mormon Church to Build Two New Temples
The Mormon church will build two new temples in Utah to accommodate a rise in the number of members practicing the church's most sacred rituals, such as baptisms and marriage ceremonies, the church's president said.
Suicide: Campaigners fear creation of a British suicide cult
Calls for the Government to create safeguards came after it emerged last week that two strangers who met online killed themselves in what is thought to be Britain's first internet double suicide pact.
Scientology: Scientology sex assault nightmare
A former Scientology staffer is breaking her silence about being sexually assaulted 100 times at ages 16 and 17 by the church supervisor she was "ordered" to live with, and then receiving threats and intimidating phone calls when she reported the abuse.
Unification Church: Unification Seminary aims to triple enrollment -- at least
Hendricks said the college, which is affiliated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, is developing figures based on maximum expansion.
Brainwashing: Clarke wants terrorists treated like victims of cult brainwashing
The Home Secretary has told colleagues that anti-brainwashing techniques used to "deprogramme" cult members could be employed to fight the sort of fanaticism behind the July 7 bombings.
Scientology: Scientology front group sponsors school event
City school officials were surprised to learn that the Church of Scientology was involved in a planned school event, a potential violation of the separation of church and state. On Monday, teenagers from about 25 countries are to meet with students at Jordan High School in Watts for a human rights conference. The gathering is part of a three-day event organized by a group called Youth for Human Rights International, which has close ties to the Church of Scientology.
Saturday October 1, 2005
Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide: Dutch government to set guidelines on infant euthanasia
The Dutch government intends to expand its current euthanasia policy, setting guidelines for when doctors may end the lives of terminally ill newborns with the parents' consent. [...] Under the protocol, euthanasia would be permissible when a child is terminally ill with no prospect of recovery and suffering great pain, when two sets of doctors agree the situation is hopeless and when parents give their consent.
Raymond and Vanessa Jackson: State: $12.5M deal with allegedly starved children
Authorities found Bruce Jackson, then 19 but appearing to be about 7 years old, rummaging through a neighbor's trash can in Collingswood in October 2003. Three of his younger adoptive brothers were similarly undersized. Authorities said their adoptive parents withheld food and the boys subsisted on gypsum wallboard and uncooked pancake batter.
Scientology: The dangerous science of religion
New Haven's Scientologist clan plans to move from the former furniture store that they currently occupy into the former 1926 Olive Branch Masonic Temple, a space three times as large.
Hate Groups: Neo-Nazi death toll since 1990 is 41: official
Right-wing extremists have killed 41 people in Germany since the country's 1990 reunification, according to an official quoted in a report to be published Friday.
Mormon Church: Smith at center of annual Mormon conference
In his essay, "The Prophet Puzzle Revisited," author and historian Dan Vogel calls Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, complex and gifted. He also says Smith was a "pious fraud," who knowingly duped followers into believing that God and angels spoke to him in visions, directing the formation of the church in 1830.
Polygamy: Arizona seeking a federal probe of polygamist town's police force
There are reports of young men being forced to leave Colorado City by being threatened with arrest at the same time as they fell out of favor with the polygamist sect that dominates the community, and reports that police turned a deaf ear to the complaints of women who were forced into marriage or subjected to violence, Goddard said in an interview Friday.
Polygamy: Goddard asks U.S. help with Colorado City police
Arizona's attorney general is asking for a federal civil rights review of the police department in Colorado City, saying officers there are acting as agents of a polygamous church instead of serving the law.
Feroze Golwalla: University bans suspected cult leader
The sighting of a wanted cult leader at Minnesota State University Moorhead has prompted a campus alert for students and staff.
Christianity: Klansman goes from hate to love
How do you go from being the imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to preaching about love? You have to fall off your horse, said Johnny Lee Clary, who made the transformation.
Suicide: Strangers die after suicide pact on internet
Two strangers who met online killed themselves in what is thought to be Britain's first internet suicide pact.
Italy: How Buddha went to the mountain
A row over the display of religious symbols in public places in Italy was re-ignited yesterday after a statue of Buddha was erected on one of the highest peaks in the Alps.
Friday September 30, 2005
USA: Federal Judge Orders Release of Dozens of Photographs From Abu Ghraib Prison
Pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released despite government claims that they could damage America's image, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Branch Davidians: Reno gives views on Waco, Cuban boy's return
Janet Reno once overruled staffers in the U.S. Justice Department to face reporters eager to grill someone over the department's handling of the standoff in Waco, Texas. It was important, she told them, for the person ultimately responsible for the fatal assault on the Branch Davidian compound to give a public accounting.
Ahmadiyya: Ahmadiyah fights back -- in civilized way
With their mosques and homes destroyed and their members terrorized, the Jamaah Ahmadiyah Congregation is fighting back, by peacefully filing a lawsuit against the Bogor administration after it banned the Islamic sect from any activity in the regency.
Islam: Incoming FDNY chaplain questions 9/11 story
An imam slated to be sworn in Friday as the second Muslim chaplain in Fire Department history said he questioned whether 19 hijackers were responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and suggested a broader conspiracy may have brought down the Twin Towers and killed more than 2,700 people.
Religious Intolerance: Jews condemn Southern Baptist effort
A leading Jewish organization is condemning the Southern Baptist Convention for using a group of "messianic" Jews -- those who have converted to Christianity -- in its evangelism.
Islam: Grand Jury Indicts Two N.Y. Mosque Leaders
A federal grand jury has issued new indictments against two mosque leaders in upstate New York who are charged with conspiring to support terrorists, prosecutors said Thursday.
Islam: Hate preacher suspected of breaching control order
A mobile phone and a computer modem - both banned - were found at Abu Qatada's house earlier this summer and he is also suspected of consorting with Islamists.
Anton and Janet Hein-Hudson
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