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Closing Down

Due to family illness, I will be closing this site. It will remain up to visitors and search engines, but I'll be closing the comments and forums. I'm sorry to do this, but other issues and events are taking over, and I just don't have the desire to continue maintaining it.

Thanks for your visits, news submissions and the one or two emails of support. :)

God Bless.

Closing Down
Site news and anncouncements Due to family illness, I am closing down the Religious News Online site.  I'm sorry to be doing this, but my attention and focus now needs to be elsewhere, and I can't find the time or will to continue to update the site.

My thanks to those of you who supported the site.  The archive will remain up for the forseeable future.

God Bless.
Posted by SweenyTod on Thursday, October 05 @ 09:09:50 MSD (2549 reads)
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Muslim anger fear halts opera
General Religious News A leading opera house called off a production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" that features the severed head of the Prophet Mohammed, setting off a furious debate Tuesday over Islam, freedom of speech and the role of art.

The furor is the latest in Europe over religious sensitivities -- following cartoons of the prophet first published in a Danish newspaper and recent remarks by Pope Benedict XVI decrying holy war.

Kirsten Harms, director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper, announced "with great regret" that she had decided to cancel the three year old production after state security officials warned it could provoke dangerous reactions in the current politically charged climate.

Posted by SweenyTod on Thursday, September 28 @ 12:40:02 MSD (2540 reads)
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Islamic school set on fire
Islamic News and Information Ramadan got off to a rough start for a west-end Islamic school yesterday morning after an arsonist set it ablaze.

Firefighters responded to a fire at Abraar School, located at 1085 Grenon Ave., at about 3 a.m. yesterday.

The fire began at the southwest exterior of the building and made its way to the roof before being extinguished. No injuries were reported and damage was pegged at around $100,000.
Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 25 @ 13:19:25 MSD (2744 reads)
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A Rare Coming-Together of the Jewish and Muslim Holy Seasons
General Religious News Joining 1.28 billion Muslims and 14.9 million Jews around the world, Southern California adherents of the two faith traditions are observing their respective holy seasons starting today.

It's the first full day of Rosh Hashana — the Jewish New Year — and also the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

Rosh Hashana, the start of the 10 High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, began at sundown Friday. Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, prayer and charity, started today.
Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 25 @ 13:17:38 MSD (2699 reads)
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Convert from Islam to Christianity killed in Somalia
General Religious News

Somali Christian sources report Ali Mustaf Maka`il, a 22-year-old college student and cloth merchant who converted from Islam to Christianity 11 months ago, was shot and killed in the Manabolyo quarter of Mogadishu.

According to a report from the Barnabas Fund, quoting a Christian source inside Somalia, the gunman was loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts, the Islamist organization that took power in Mogadishu in early June and now controls much of southern Somalia.

The report states the gunman shot Ali in the back Sept. 7 after he refused to join a crowd chanting Quran verses in honor of the lunar eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are significant in Islam and are accompanied by special congregational prayers. The Union of Islamic Courts confiscated Ali`s body for 24 hours before delivering it to the grieving family, the report said.

Posted by SweenyTod on Wednesday, September 20 @ 12:33:26 MSD (2719 reads)
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Al-Qaida warns pope of war against Christianity
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CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida in Iraq warned Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that its war against Christianity and the West will go on until Islam takes over the world, and Iran's supreme leader called for more protests over the pontiff's remarks on Islam.

And, as a Vatican official said its ambassadors would seek to better explain the pope's statement, a Turkish man with a fake gun tried to storm a Protestant church in Turkey's capital, Ankara. He was arrested after worshippers trapped him in the church entryway.

Apart from the continuing anger at the pope's speech, in which he cited a medieval passage that called Islam "evil and inhuman," the debate yesterday seemed to turn on whether the pope had actually apologized.

Posted by SweenyTod on Wednesday, September 20 @ 12:31:24 MSD (2577 reads)
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One preacher's message: Have hotter sex
Christian news SAN DIEGO — About 100 evangelical Christian couples stand in the convention hall of a Four Points Sheraton, bow their heads and thank God for their lives and the new day. Then they sing the old-timey hymn “There’s Not a Friend Like the Lowly Jesus.”

I have come here expecting exactly this scene. The occasion is a seminar called “Love, Sex and Marriage,” being given by Joe Beam, a Southern preacher out of the old school, a self-described “book-chapter-and-verse guy,” who runs an outfit based in Franklin, Tenn., called Family Dynamics. So I’m anticipating condemnation of American culture — especially America’s sexual culture — that has made conservative Christians feel besieged.

But then Beam, a portly, silver-haired basso profundo dressed in khaki slacks, a sweater vest and brown tasseled loafers that make him look like a retired country-club golf pro, walks to the front of the room and proceeds to tell the men in the audience how to make their semen taste better.

Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 18 @ 12:53:32 MSD (3161 reads)
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Pope 'deeply sorry' for reaction to comments
General Religious News

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said he was "deeply sorry" for the reaction to comments he made last week when he quoted from a 14th-century emperor regarding Muslims.

"These in fact were quotations from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought," the pope said in his regular Sunday blessing, the Angelus.

The pontiff spoke to a rain-soaked crowd at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence outside Rome, in his first public comments since the controversy erupted last week. (Watch pope apologize as Muslims protest -- 2:02)

Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 18 @ 12:25:31 MSD (2386 reads)
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Muslims assail pope over Islam comments
General Religious News As Pope Benedict XVI arrived back home from Germany, Muslim leaders Thursday strongly criticized a speech he gave using unflattering language about Islam and violence.
Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict's plan to visit there in November.
"I do not think any good will come from the visit to the Muslim world of a person who has such ideas about Islam's prophet," Ali Bardakoglu, a cleric who is head of the Turkish government's directorate of religious affairs, said in a television interview. "He should first of all replace the grudge in his heart with moral values and respect for the other."
Posted by SweenyTod on Friday, September 15 @ 13:07:43 MSD (2467 reads)
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Hinduism no barrier to job as priest in Church of England
General Religious News A PRIEST with the Church of England who converted to Hinduism has been allowed to continue to officiate as a cleric.

The Rev David Hart’s diocese renewed his licence this summer even though he had moved to India, changed his name to Ananda and daily blesses a congregation of Hindus with fire previously offered up to Nagar, the snake god. He also “recites Gayatri Mantram with the same devotion with which he celebrates the Eucharist”, according to The Hindu, India’s national newspaper.

Posted by SweenyTod on Wednesday, September 13 @ 12:38:58 MSD (2754 reads)
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Khatami blasts wave of 'Islamophobia'
Islamic News and Information ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Iran's former president decried a wave of ''Islamophobia'' that he said is being spread in the United States by fear and hatred of Islam in response to terror perpetrated by Muslims.

''In the crime of 9/11, two crimes were committed,'' Mohammad Khatami said. ''One was killing innocent people. The second crime was masking this crime in the name of Islam.''

Under smothering security, with dozens of uniformed police and plainclothes American security personnel provided by the State Department, Khatami spoke Friday night at an event sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations called ''The Dialogue of Civilizations: Five Years After 9/11.''
Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 11 @ 13:50:12 MSD (1562 reads)
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Govt orders probe into occult act
General Religious News LUCKNOW: Within hours of TOI reporting that the prestigious Loreto Convent School here had organised an occult session which left a number of students unconscious, chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the issue.

Lucknow DM Ramendra Tripathi will conduct the probe and submit a report within three days. Other members of the probe team are ADM (city), ACM-1 and district inspector of schools. The probe took off with DIOS Vikas Srivastava recording statements of people associated with the session held on September 6.
Posted by SweenyTod on Monday, September 11 @ 13:49:00 MSD (1296 reads)
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When prayers cost them their religion
Community News and Information Can you cease to belong to a particular religion simply because you have offered prayers in a different manner?

Sharp differences have emerged between rival Muslim sects over an edict issued by a particular seminary about the manner of offering namaz (prayers) at a funeral in a village in Modarabad district of Uttar Pradesh about a month ago.

Maulana Abdul Mannan Kaleemi , the Mufti of Moradabad and follower of the Barelvi school of Islam, on Tuesday declared at least 100 Muslim villagers as 'totally ostracized from Islam,' simply because they offered 'namaz' under the guidance of a Deobandi Maulana at a funeral.
Posted by SweenyTod on Thursday, September 07 @ 12:46:08 MSD (1391 reads)
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No charges against Hindu leader
Hindu News and Information The BJP government in India's Rajasthan state has withdrawn a case of treason against a hardline Hindu leader.

Praveen Togadia was arrested at a rally in the city of Ajmer in April 2003 accused of inciting religious hatred.

He is a senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) which is closely linked to the BJP.

Posted by SweenyTod on Thursday, September 07 @ 12:42:09 MSD (1493 reads)
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Turkish boys commit 'honour' crimes
Community News and Information Young children - in some cases a woman's own son - have been used to carry out so-called "honour killings" in Turkey.

The duty of repairing the family's reputation is often delegated to a youth, believing they will get the minimum jail sentence, the World Service's Assignment programme has learned.

Women are the main victims of a practice which is at odds with the country's pursuit of many Western standards and values as it seeks EU membership.

Despite the recent reform of Turkey's penal code, honour killings have continued, mostly in the east of the country where ancient traditions are strong.

Posted by SweenyTod on Wednesday, August 30 @ 13:54:18 MSD (2031 reads)
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