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August 25, 2006

Religion Roundup - Jewish Veterans Sue to Remove Cross from War Memorial

JEWISH VETERANS SUE TO REMOVE CROSS FROM WAR MEMORIAL

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Jewish War Veterans and other plaintiffs have
filed a federal lawsuit demanding the removal of San Diego's Mount
Soledad cross.

President Bush signed legislation last week making the 29-foot
cross, which has been part of a Korean War memorial for 50 years, a
federal property.

Federal law permits religious displays on public property if
they have a secular meaning.

But Bob Zweiman (ZWEYE'-mun), who chairs the coordinating
committee for Jewish War Veterans, says the cross
unconstitutionally endorses one religion and is offensive to
non-Christians.

LEADING BLACK PASTORS ENDORSING BLACKWELL FOR OHIO GOVERNOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Prominent black pastors from around the
country are launching a concerted effort to elect Republican Ken
Blackwell Ohio's next governor.

The ministers include the head of the Coalition of
African-American Pastors and a top bishop of the five (m)
million-member Church of God in Christ. They're supporting
Blackwell's conservative message, including his opposition to gay
marriage.

Blackwell, who is black, is running against Democrat Ted
Strickland, a white Methodist minister. Strickland says he doubts
that the black ministers endorsing Blackwell represent the majority
of African-American clergy.

The new group Clergy for Blackwell plans news conferences Monday
in Columbus and Cincinnati.

COPIES OF HANDMADE BIBLE WILL SELL FOR 115-THOUSAND DOLLARS

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) _ A full-size reproduction of The Saint
John's Bible will be available for pre-order beginning September
First, for 115-thousand dollars.

Orders placed after June 30th, 2007, will cost another
15-thousand dollars.

The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated
Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the printing
press was invented.

It's scheduled to be completed by December 2008.

The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition will contain the same
seven volumes as the handmade original, as well as an extra volume
of commentary. Only 360 reproductions will be available.

Proceeds will help pay to preserve ancient Christian texts and
create a permanent home for The Saint John's Bible.

TIVO HOPES MINISTERS WILL HELP PROMOTE KIDZONE FEATURE

DALLAS (AP) _ TiVo is looking to religious leaders to get the
word out about a new feature that helps parents control the TV
shows their children watch.

TiVo officials discussed its KidZone feature yesterday with
about 50 religious leaders in Dallas and handed out digital video
recorders to let them try it out.

TiVo's KidZone, which is a free service, features a menu of
shows recommended by nonprofit organizations focused on children
and media. Parents also can add or subtract programs or channels
available to their kids. Parents can then enter the regular TiVo
menu with a password.

TiVo updated the software in its units this summer to include
KidZone, and all new devices will carry the feature. It is not
available on TiVos built with DirecTV satellite receivers, however.

CATHOLIC SOCIETY AGAINST ABORTION DEDICATED IN TEXAS

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) _ A new society of priests focused on
fighting abortion and euthanasia has received the Vatican's
blessing at a dedication ceremony in Amarillo, Texas.

The Missionaries of the Gospel of Life is a diocesan society
under the authority of Amarillo Bishop John Yanta.

The Reverend Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for
Life, became the new society's first member at last night's
ceremony, at which Lay Associates also were admitted.

Plans call for the society's priests and seminarians to take on
political as well as religious roles, from conducting
voter-registration drives and lobbying elected officials to
developing strategies for anti-abortion groups.

DALAI LAMA'S VISIT HIGHLIGHTS MONGOLIA'S EXPLOSION OF FAITHS

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) _ A smorgasbord of faiths is on
display this week in Mongolia.

The Dalai Lama is visiting, promoting Tibetan Buddhism.

But Mongolia's capital city also is hosting Indian guru Ravi
Shankar and a Christian revival featuring Canadian evangelist Peter
Yongren.

Since Mongolia cast off communism, Mormons and Muslims also have
arrived seeking converts.

So far, only about ten-thousand of Mongolia's two-point-six (m)
million people have joined Christian groups.

EXECUTION DATE SET FOR RELIGIOUS CULT LEADER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Ohio Supreme Court says a religious
cult leader convicted of killing a family of five in 1989 will be
executed October Tenth.

Jeffrey Lundgren was convicted of shooting a man, his wife and
three daughters who had moved from Missouri to follow Lundgren's
teachings. He referred to the killings as ``pruning the vineyard.''

Lundgren formed a religious cult after he was dismissed in 1987
as a lay minister for a Mormon splinter group. He had attracted a
following, and several people moved with him to a rented farm house
east of Cleveland, where they called him ``Dad'' and contributed
money for group expenses.

Lundgren said messages from the Bible told him to kill the
family. At his 1990 trial, he told jurors that the spiritually
unclean had to be dealt with before Christ's Second Coming.

ITALIAN JEWS CONDEMN ADS COMPARING ISRAELIS TO NAZIS

ROME (AP) _ Jewish leaders in Italy have condemned as
``inadmissible and distorting'' recent newspaper ads likening the
Israeli attacks in Lebanon to Nazi massacres and fascism.

In a statement issued at the end of a meeting with Italy's
interior minister, the Committee against Discrimination and
anti-Semitism said the ads have generated intolerance and hostility
toward the Jewish community at a delicate time.

At issue are ads published Saturday in some Italian newspapers
by the Union of Islamic Communities, an Italian Muslim group with a
reputation for radicalism.

The ads prompted the Italian interior minister to call
Thursday's meeting with the Jewish group, as well as one Monday
with a council on Islamic relations.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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