NEWS OF RELIGIOUS CONFLICT & INTOLERANCE,
|2004-OCT-1: MO: Roman Catholic Archbishop forbids voting choice: In a pastoral letter titled: "On our civic responsibility for
the common good," Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis forbade Catholics to vote for candidates who
support abortion access, physician assisted suicide, reproductive cloning,
same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research. He calls these the five
"intrinsic evils." He linked these topics to the Nazi Holocaust.
|2004-OCT-1: USA: Pax TV cable network introduces new religious show:
Newspaper reporter, author, and former Atheist, Lee Strobel, has
created a new TV show called "Faith under fire." It will be shown on the Pax
network at 10PM on Saturday, ET. It will involve persons from different
faith groups debating religious beliefs. For example, one episode shows two
religious scholars debating whether Hell exists. In another, Madonna's
cabala teacher debates against another rabbi. Strobel said: "No topic is
off-limits. We do |
abortion, gay rights, stem-cell research, all the hot-button issues....The
point [of the show] is to really look at the evidence and where it
points. For example, Islam and Christianity can't both be right — they are
either both wrong, or one of them is right. We wanted to talk to people
about why they believe what they believe and examine what evidence they have
This program could have a profound effect on some viewers. They will see
intelligent, devout, sincere, thoughtful people debating religious topics.
One debater may represent the viewer's viewpoint, and the other will promote
another view. This program could change beliefs. It could also force viewers
to realize that other religious groups have just as much claim to "truth" as
their group does. They might begin to wonder if
absolute truth exists in the field of religion.
|2004-OCT-3: Vatican: Controversy over beatifying two
Catholics: Pope John Paul II beatified five Roman Catholics, two of whom
led controversial lives. One was Sister Anna Katharina Emmerick who had
violent visions of Jesus' arrest, trial, and torture-death. She wove many
anti-semitic expressions into her writings. Much of
Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ was based on her visions.
Karl I, the last Austrian emperor was also honored. His troops used poison
gas during wartime. "Critics have said that the Vatican had no
business honoring a monarch whose troops used poison gas. Historians say he
sought to limit use of the gas, angering his own military commanders."
It is worth noting that the use of poison gas was legal under the rules of
war at the time. A miracle is required before a person can be
beatified. In Emmerick's case, a nun was cured of varicose veins; in Karl 1's
case, another nun was cured of tuberculosis. Both were judged to be miracles
due to the intercession of Emmerick and Karl 1. This brings to 1,338 the
number of Catholics who Pope John Paul II has beatified -- many more than
any previous pope. 12|
|2004-OCT-19: France: A school in Mulhouse, France, expelled two
girls for wearing a hijab. They are 12 and 13 years of age and were
attending seventh grade. They refused to remove the covering since they
resumed classes in September. Education Minister François
Fillon said that about 70 girls in France risked expulsion by refusing to
bare their heads. Three Sikh boys in a Paris suburb are also fighting the
ban on their turbans.
|2004-OCT-24: UK: Satanist registered
in British Armed Forces: Chris Cranmer, 24, a naval technician, has been
registered as a Satanist by the British Navy. He realized that he was a
Satanist nine years ago when he read a copy of Anton LaVey's book: "The
Satanic Bible." He realized that LaVey's beliefs were also his own,
Cranmer is now lobbying the Ministry of Defence to make Satanism a
registered religion in the Armed Forces. Former Tory minister, Ann
Widdecombe, said that she was "utterly shocked" by the Navy's
decision. She said: "Satanism is wrong. Obviously the private beliefs of
individuals anywhere, including the armed forces, are their own affair but I
hope it doesn't spread....The Navy should not permit Satanist practices on
board its ships....God himself gives free will, but I would like to think
that if somebody applied to the Navy and said they were a Satanist today it
would raise its eyebrows somewhat." Cranmer is a
religious Satanist. We suspect that Widdecombe was thinking in term of
the image of Gothic Satanists popularized during the late Middle Ages and
Renaissance, and which are unrelated to religious Satanism. She may also be
thinking of the Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax which
circulated during the 1980s and early 1990s.
|2004-OCT-27: MO & CO: Pro-choice group
lodges complaint with IRS: Catholics for a Free Choice is a
non-profit group of Roman Catholics who promote women's access to abortion.
They have asked the Internal Revenue Service to terminate the
tax-exempt status of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of St. Louis and
Denver. The Archdioceses are public charities which are also tax-exempt.
They are prohibited by IRS regulations from acting for or against political
candidates. Catholics for a Free Choice have claimed that the Dioceses have
urged Catholics to not vote for candidates who support choice in abortion,
physician assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, etc. 16|
|2004-OCT-28: Web site sells Witch hunting
permits: The Landover Baptist Church, a lampoon web site that
pretends to be a Fundamentalist Christian group, is selling Witch hunting
permits. They contain the text: "Landover Baptist Witch Hunting Permit:
Permit No. 666-04." Two dates are included: 1612 and 2010. 1612 CE was
during the Renaissance when the "Burning Times" for Witches and other
heretics was in decline. We are not certain of the significance of the date.
Other text on the coupon reads: "Freehold, Iowa . Resident . Permanent .
No Bag Limit . Tagging Not Required." They are intended to be placed in
car windows. 17 |
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- Frances Taylor, "Duking it out over matters of religion," The
Hartford Courant, 2004-OCT-1.
- "Pope puts 5 faithful on path to sainthood," Associated Press, at the
Toronto Star, 2004-OCT-4, Page A16.
- "School expels girls for refusing to remove Muslim headscarves,"
Toronto Star, 2004-OCT-20, Page A12.
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Copyright © 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2004-OCT-3
Latest update: 2004-OCT-28
Author: B.A. Robinson