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bullet2005-JUN-03: World: New suffix for Internet web sites: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a new suffix for Internet web sites. It is an extension of the .COM, .ORG, .NET, .US etc. The new sujffix is be .XXX and is intended for pornographic web sites.

The choice of suffix is left up to the individual webmaster, who may choose .XXX or may decide to stay with .COM. However, there are some reasons why they might not switch to the new suffix:
bulletIt would make it simpler for software censorship programs to block access.
bulletIt would incur an additional registration cost to the web site.
bulletTheir registration with existing search engines would cease and they would have to start from scratch.

We have a hunch that many porn sites will either stay with their existing URL or add a .XXX URL as an alternative. The new suffix should begin to be available by 2005-fall.

bullet2005-JUN-04 (approx): MA: Westboro Baptist Church conducts a hate road show: The Westboro Baptist Church, known for their www.godhatesfags.com/ web site, visited Lexington, MA, to protest public school classes which dealt with sexual orientation. According to the Massachusetts Family Institute: "David Parker, the parent at the center of that controversy, swiftly denounced them and their message of hate." The MFI, severely criticized the church for bigotry. They said, in their E-Alert news: "All people of faith should stand up to these protestors, not only because they create an image of religious people as hate-filled bigots, but because their message is dangerous and hurtful. True Christians love all people..." 12
bullet2005-JUN: UK: Fundamentalist Christians charged with horrendous abuse of a child during exorcism: Some members of a local Fundamentalist church in East London believed that a ten-year-old girl in their family was a witch. They allegedly beat her, cut her at least 43 times, and rubbed chili-peppers into her eyes in order to drive out what they apparently thought was an evil spirit possessing her. More details.
bullet2005-JUN-14: Canada: Jimmy Swaggart criticized for homophobic remarks: On his 2004-SEP-12 program on the Omni 1 TV cable network, Jimmy Swaggart said that he would kill any gay who looked at him romantically. He said: "I'm going to be blunt and plain: If anyone ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died." He added that politicians who are undecided about same-sex marriage "all oughta have to marry a pig and live with him forever." Swaggart apologized a week later. He said:

"It's a humorous statement that doesn't mean anything. You can't lie to God - it's ridiculous.  If it's an insult, I certainly didn't think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology."

Swaggart told The Associated Press. "If it's an insult, I certainly didn't think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology." The TV network issued an apology shortly after the episode of Swaggart's program. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) said that Swaggart's language breached CAB's human rights and religious programming clauses. 13

bullet2005-JUN-15: Romania: Crucified nun dies during alleged exorcism: Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, visited an Eastern Orthodox convent in Tanacu in northern Romania in order to visit a friend. She decided to stay. She suffered from schizophrenia. According to various media reports, she insulted Father Daniel Corogeanu, 29, in front of the congregation. He and the other nuns concluded that Maricica was possessed by Satan and had to undergo an exorcism. They tied up her hands and feet and left he in the cellar of the convent for several days without food. Then they crucified her by tying and chaining her to a cross. She eventually died. According to the local police, Father Daniel and four nuns have been charged with "depriving a victim of freedom, leading to death." This is a charge normally applied to hostage-taking terrorists. More details.
bullet2005-JUN-15: United Church of Christ to consider loyalty oath: At their General Synod to be held in Atlanta, GA, starting on JUL-01, delegates will consider a resolution which will introduce a loyalty oath for UCC ministers. The three page resolution states that the UCC is a "decidedly Christian denomination where Jesus is the Lord." It would require all clergy to adhere to this belief. Rev. Albert W. Kovacs of the Hungarian Reformed Church said: "The whole point of this is that many of these people have a very fuzzy idea of faith in God. We have significant numbers of clergy who don't believe in God." Barb Powell, a spokesperson for the UCC said: "We have people with all sorts of beliefs of what Christianity is - just like society does. The difference is that our polity allows us to talk about it and discuss it with one another." 14

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The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. DayWatch is a daily service of Maranatha Christian Journal. It provides "a daily summary of news headlines with a Christian perspective..." The newsletter is free on request. Their web site is at: http://www.mcjonline.com 
  2. ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can subscribe at: http://www.ReligionToday.com. These summaries are part of GOSHEN.net, which also includes LiveIt.net, Devotionals.net, ChristianShareware.net, ChristianClassifieds.net, ChristianMessageBoards.net, BibleStudyTools.net, MediaManagement.net, WorldNewsToday.net, WebCastGuide.net, and ChristianCollegeGuide.net
  3. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  4. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
    URL: http://www.cair-net.org To join CAIR-NET, CAIR's read-only mailing list: Send subscribe cair-net in the body of a message to majordomo@cair-net.org
  5. EWTN News carries Roman Catholic news from Catholic World News, Vatican Information Service, ZENIT, CWNews.com. See: http://www.ewtn.com/news/ 
  6. Ecumenical News International (ENI) in Geneva Switzerland distributes news free religious news highlights to subscribers. They can be contacted at PO Box 2100, CH - 1211, Geneva 2, Switzerland. Telephone: (41-22) 791 6087/6515. Fax: (41-22) 788 7244 Email: eni@eni.ch. Their web site is at http://www.eni.ch 
  7. ZENIT.org is "an International News Agency based in Rome. Our mission is to provide objective and professional coverage of events, documents and issues emanating from or concerning the Catholic Church for a worldwide audience, especially the media." Their web site is at: http://www.zenit.org/english/ 
  8. Anglican Communion News Service provides information from an Anglican perspective. See: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/index.html A companion Episcopal News Service is at: http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/ens/ 
  9. AANEWS is distributed by American Atheists.
  10. CNSNews.com -- Cybercast News Service -- is a conservative news source. Their home page is at: http://www.cnsnews.com.
  11. World Faith News "is a data base of full text official news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups." See: http://www.wfn.org/
  12. "Haters are not welcome in Massachusetts," E-Alert, Massachusetts Family Institute, 2005-JUN-08.
  13. "Swagart's rant at gays violated broadcast code, Canadian watchdog says," Toronto Star, 2005-JUN-15, Page F2.
  14. John Chadwick, "Denomination debates declaration of Jesus' divinity," North Jersey Media Group, 2005-JUN-15, at: http://www.northjersey.com/

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Originally written: 2005-JUN-02
Latest update: 2005-SEP-12
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