Grim traders can pray before Friday's opening bell
NEW YORK (AP) - The rabbi at New York's Wall Street Synagogue
says it generally takes more than a 500-point drop in the Dow Jones
Industrials to put the fear of God into stock traders.
But Rabbi Meyer Hager says there may be some solemn faces at
Friday morning's daily prayer service.
Hager says he'll tell them not to panic because "this too shall
For Wall Street Catholics seeking hope, the nearby Our Lady of
Victory Church will offer three Masses before Friday's opening
But Protestants will have to wait until noon for the daily
service at Trinity Wall Street, the Episcopal Church next door to
the New York Stock Exchange.
Counter-event planned on eve of governor's prayer meeting
HOUSTON (AP) - On the eve of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's day of
prayer and fasting, critics of Saturday's event are holding a
separate rally to protest what they believe to be his trampling of
Tonight's event at a Houston church is being organized by the
American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation
of Church and State.
Eric Bearse (BURS), the spokesman for Saturday's event, responds
that criticism is to be expected "anytime you do something in the
name of Jesus Christ."
Christian historian David Barton will help lead the prayers
Saturday at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
He says that in a time of economic trouble, it's appropriate to
say: "God, this is bigger than we are and we want to humble
ourselves before you and acknowledge that we need your help."
ian historian who will help lead prayer at
Saturday's event, says the U.S. is faced with serious economic and
Polygamist leader convicted of child sex abuse
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A Texas jury has convicted polygamist
leader Warren Jeffs on child sexual assault charges in a case
stemming from two young followers he took as brides in what his
church calls "spiritual marriages."
The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints stood stone-faced as the verdict was
read. He faces up to life in prison.
The charges came after a massive 2008 raid of the church's
remote West Texas ranch.
A forensic analyst testified that Jeffs was an almost certain
DNA match to the child of a 15-year-old mother. Jeffs also was
accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
Jeffs acted as his own attorney and claimed he was a victim of
Polygamist groups denounce Jeffs' alleged abuse
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A coalition of Utah polygamous groups is
denouncing the acts of child sexual assault for which church leader
Warren Jeffs was convicted in Texas.
The Principle Rights Coalition represents five polygamous
churches, along with others who practice polygamy but are
unaffiliated with any church.
In a statement Thursday, the coalition says its members are
devastated that underage girls would be abused under the cloak of
Jeffs, who heads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, represented himself at his trial in Texas. He
faces up to life in prison.
The coalition says it supports the prosecution of polygamists
who abuse children.
PRIEST ABUSE SETTLEMENT
Delaware priest abuse cases settled
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed
to pay $24.8 million to settle lawsuits filed by 39 survivors of
priest sex abuse in Delaware.
As part of the settlement, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
also agreed to release the names of 12 of its members identified as
child molesters and to disclose personnel files and records related
to their placement, supervision and handling.
Attorneys for the Oblates began working on a settlement after
the Delaware Supreme Court in February rejected their challenge to
a 2007 law that gave alleged victims of child sexual abuse a
two-year window in which to file lawsuits that otherwise would have
been barred by the passage of time.
Mark Reardon, an attorney for the Oblates, noted Thursday that
the most recent incident involving the Oblates dates back more than
Owner to shut sex clubs represented as religious
DALLAS (AP) - The owner of two Dallas businesses that officials
say were falsely represented as religious outreach efforts has
agreed to close them.
A judge last month closed the Playground. The city, in a court
filing, said undercover Dallas police officers determined that it
was a swingers sex club, operating in a space that had a
certificate of occupancy for a church, synagogue or mosque.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the owner also agreed to
close another club, called Darkside.
The city says the businesses violated zoning restrictions and
had no religious activity.
Malaysia church slams Islamic officials over raid
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian Christian officials have
accused Islamic authorities of unlawfully entering a church and
harassing guests at a community dinner.
The incident could re-ignite criticism that authorities in the
Muslim-majority country persistently fail to respect the rights of
Pastor Daniel Ho says at least 20 officers from central Selangor
state's Islamic affairs department and police entered a Methodist
church's hall without a warrant Wednesday and took photographs of a
dinner attended by more than 100 people.
Ho said the officers recorded details of Muslim guests at the
dinner. Islamic authorities are sometimes wary of Muslims being at
church events because of fears of attempts to convert them.
Israel protests begin to focus on settlements, the religious
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israelis protesting their country's soaring
cost of living are starting to focus on the staggering sums spent
on West Bank settlers and ultra-religious Jews.
Israel's 700,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews -- almost a tenth of the
population -- are a major beneficiary of welfare. More than 40
percent of ultra-Orthodox men spend years in religious study and do
The Israeli government also has spent tens of billions of
dollars to keep its military in the West Bank, build roads and
subsidize housing and transportation costs, drawing 300,000 Jews to
Secular Jews were disproportionately represented at a huge
protest last week in Jerusalem -- a city increasingly dominated by
religious Jews -- and more mass demonstrations are planned for this
Muslim sues employer for beard firing
SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle-area Muslim is suing his former
employer, claiming he was fired as a security guard for refusing to
shave his beard.
Abdulkadir Omar says that in November 2009, a supervisor at
American Patriot Security told him he had to shave his beard. Omar
responded that his beard is part of his religious beliefs and
refused. He was suspended the following spring.
Omar filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, which found that Omar was wrongfully terminated.
A representative from American Patriot Security declined to
answer a media call.
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