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RELIGIOUS CHANGE, CONFLICT & INTOLERANCE,

2006-January

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bullet2006-JAN-03: USA: Trinity Broadcasting Network and Hal Lindsey sever relationship: Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) suspended Hal Lindsey's prophecy program in mid-November. TBN's original reason was that the suspension was routine. Later, this was changed. They said that Lindsey's program "placed Arabs in a negative light." Lindsey responded:

"I don't have to cast radical Muslims in a bad light. If the intimidation and persecution of moderate Muslims makes radical Islam look bad, that is because it is bad – not that I 'cast' them in a bad light. But I have never cast the Arabs as a race in a bad light....I also seek to show that radical Islam poses the greatest danger ever faced by the United States. I believe that God called me as 'a watchman on the wall' to warn America and I must obey – although it is sometimes unpopular....the extremists are the ones most literally following the Qur'an and the Hadith, which are the most holy and authoritative books of the Muslim religion. This is why violence has erupted from Muslims in virtually every century since its birth."

Lindsey is renaming his program "The Hal Lindsey Report." He is transferring it to other outlets, starting in early February. 1

bullet2006-JAN-05: USA: Pat Robertson assigns blame for Sharon's heart attack: The On his TV program "The 700 Club," Fundamentalist broadcaster Pat Robertson said that Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land." He said:

"God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible and he says, 'This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No, this is mine'. [The prophet Joel] makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.' [Mr. Sharon] was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course..."

Presidential spokesman Trent Duffy criticized Robertson's speculation. He said: "Those comments are wholly inappropriate and offensive and really don't have a place in this or any other debate." 3 More details.

bullet2006-JAN-06: ON: London library criticized for needle disposal units etc. The London Public Library had problems with illegal drug use in their washrooms. Users were discarding syringes, plugging drains, cluttering the floor, etc. The library installed needle disposal units. According to LifeSiteNews, a conservative Christian advocacy group, a library patron, Louis Dillon is concerned that the disposal units could act as a magnet for drug addicts. He told the London Free Press: "I know there is a public health issue, but I don’t think the public library is the place for this. There are too many children." Another patron, Vito Norejko, is concerned about the library's information list of agencies that assist and support teenagers. Four agencies listed support teens with a homosexual orientation. Norejko criticizes this because it actively encourages the homosexual lifestyle. LifeSiteNews states that "...the library’s website promotes and encourages homosexuality among teenagers." 4
bullet2006-JAN-17: U.S.: Supreme Court upholds Oregon's law: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 6 to 3 vote that in 2001 John Ashcroft had incorrectly interpreted the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 -- a law originally intended to fight illegal drugs. Ashcroft had issued a directive under the act to prohibit physician assisted suicide in Oregon.

Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the ruling for the majority. He wrote, in part: "It is difficult to defend the attorney general's declaration that the statue impliedly criminalizes physicians-assisted suicide." As expected, the strict constructionist judges on the Court -- Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts -- dissented.

Reuters News Agency stated:

"White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the Justice Department was reviewing the ruling. Both sides predicted the decision likely will lead to more states adopting assisted suicide laws." 5

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Reference used:

  1. "First TBN drops Lindsey, now Lindsey drops TBN. Best-selling author says Christian network tried to muzzle his views on radical Islam," WorldNetDaily, 2006-JAN-03, at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/
  2. "Robertson Suggests Stroke Is Divine Rebuke," Associated Press, 2006-JAN-06, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
  3. "White House rebukes Robertson," CBS/Associated Press, 1005-JAN-05, at: http://www.cbsnews.com/
  4. LifeSiteNews, 2006-JAN-06. Their web site is LifeSiteNews.com
  5. James Vicini, "Court rules govt. can't stop Oregon suicide law," Reuters News Agency, 2005-JAN-17, at: http://today.reuters.com/

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Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2006-JAN-04
Latest update: 2006-JAN-18
Author: B.A. Robinson

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