Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

City, federal authorities probing mosque fire

DETROIT— Federal and local authorities are trying to figure out what caused a fire at a Detroit mosque. Detroit fire Capt. Kwaku Atara said Thursday that city investigators have joined agents from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the Islamic Center of North Detroit. Atara says dogs have been working the scene where the fire broke out April 1 and damaged the rear and roof of the building. ... read more >>

Nuns to sell Honus Wagner baseball card

BALTIMORE — Sister Virginia Muller had never heard of shortstop Honus Wagner. But she quickly learned the baseball great is a revered figure among collectors, and the most sought-after baseball card in history. And thanks to an unexpected donation, one of the century-old cards belongs to Muller and her order, the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame. ... read more >>

AP Exclusive: Vatican details sex abuse defense in key US case; bishops aren’t employees

The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed priests to molest children, saying bishops are not its employees and that a 1962 Vatican document did not require them to keep quiet, The Associated Press has learned. The Vatican will make the arguments in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds filed in Louisville, Ky., but it could affect other efforts to sue the Holy See. ... read more >>

Catholic Church child abuse scandal: Archbishop Vincent Nichols expresses ‘deep shame’

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, referred to the “inadequate response by some church leaders” to the “terrible crimes” committed. He said: “The criminal offences committed by some priests and religious are a profound scandal. They bring deep shame to the whole church.” ... read more >>

Too many laws have created a climate of fear, bishop warns

Rt Rev Peter Price, Bishop of Bath and Wells, said that many well meaning laws were destroying society and that while individual rights had increased, equivalent responsibility has decreased. Speaking on Sunday to the annual legal service in Wells Cathedral, Somerset, the bishop said the General Election would be held at the end of one of the most legislative parliaments in history, in which about 4,000 new laws had entered the statute book. ... read more >>

School textbook depicts Jesus with cigarette and beer

A Delhi-based publisher has landed in a controversy after some textbooks published by it carried a picture of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer can in the other. Authorities of a convent school here, where the cursive writing book was supplied among the students of Class I to IV, today filed an FIR against Skyline Publication. ... read more >>

Witchcraft is the most benign of all the silly religions

Last weekend, a photograph of a witch appeared next to a newspaper story about the 2011 census. This census is reportedly in jeopardy because of “prank responses to questions”: 400,000 people listed their religion as “Jedi” in 2001, “in addition to 7,000 people who said they were witches”. I paused. Why are witches bunged together with Jedi in the mock-me-I’m-a-twit corner? Why are they being fingered for the disappearance of the census, an institution so boring that, if it were a sport, no one would watch it? ... read more >>

Amish Have Lower Rates Of Cancer, Ohio State Study Shows

When Ohio State University cancer researchers first began studying a large sect of Amish living in Ohio, they theorized they would find higher incidence rates of cancer. That’s because Amish religious beliefs and traditions limit contact with mainstream society, and intermarriage within this relatively small population could increase the incidence of cancer-related gene mutations. ... read more >>

ACH goes smokefree

Patients entering the ER at Atmore Community Hospital will be able to breath easier beginning Thursday when the campus goes smokefree – indoors and outdoors. The new policy coincides with the Great American Smokeout, a day set aside yearly to urge smokers to quit. ... read more >>

Smoking ban debated

On Oct. 6 the Aldermanic Human Services Committee approved the hospital’s request to ban smoking on the publicly owned sections of Chapel, Orchard and George streets and Sherman Avenue, and sent the request to the full Board of Aldermen, which will vote on it Nov. 5. At the same meeting, Ward 20 Alderman Charles Blango, who chairs the committee, decided to delay action on a similar request by Masjid al-Islam, a neighboring mosque on George Street, until the Board of Aldermen’s Nov. 5 meeting. ... read more >>

HOLY SMOKES: Biker John’s ministry offers church, cigars and rock ‘n’ roll

Biker John’s ministry offers church, cigars and rock ‘n’ roll ... read more >>