Hundreds wait in line for preacher's autograph
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of people have lined up a few blocks
from the White House for a chance to meet the Rev. Joel Osteen,
whose 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston is the nation's
Osteen signed copies of his new book "Every Day a Friday" and
said he'll return to Washington during election season next April
for a stadium event called "America's Night of Hope."
He said, "We're going to be praying for our nation and just
believing good things for everybody."
People in the autograph line told him and his wife Victoria
Osteen how their ministry had helped get them through tough times.
The relentlessly positive preacher said he wants everyone to
know that God is "on our side, He's got a great plan for us and
even if we've made mistakes or have big challenges in front of us,
He can help us to overcome."
Memorial for Jewish chaplains dedicated at Arlington
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A memorial to 14 Jewish chaplains who died
during active military service has been dedicated at Arlington
National Cemetery outside Washington.
The dedication service Monday marked the completion of a
memorial that sits alongside previously existing memorials
dedicated to Protestant and Catholic chaplains.
The privately funded memorial received backing earlier this year
from a joint Congressional resolution.
According to the cemetery, this year marks the 150th anniversary
of service by rabbis in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Ala. governor, John Lewis praise Shuttlesworth
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's governor and a Georgia
congressman who was a leader in the civil rights movement have paid
their respects at the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth's funeral.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia recalled meeting Shuttlesworth
in 1961 during the Freedom Rides. He says the preacher put his body
on the line to end segregation and racial discrimination.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley frankly recounted his experience
growing up on the white side of Jim Crow. He thanked Shuttlesworth
for undoing what he called "the teachings of a misdirected
Man at center of Ga. megachurch probe speaks out
ATLANTA (AP) - A businessman involved in an investment program
at an Atlanta-area megachurch that's being sued says he's taking
action to "make things right."
A group of church members is suing New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church and its pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, saying they conspired
with businessman Ephren Taylor Jr. to defraud them through
"wealth-building" seminars and sermons.
Taylor says that a complex economic situation "impacted
businesses, individuals and families despite our best intentions."
Attorneys for the church members say Taylor urged them to
liquidate their retirement accounts, and as a result some lost
their life savings.
Federal officials say they're investigating issues surrounding
the seminars, which were hosted at the church.
New Birth spokesman Art Franklin has previously declined to
comment on the allegations.
Vatican urges major economic reform
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is calling for radical reform of
the world's financial system, including the creation of a global
political authority to manage the economy.
The aim is for a new world economic order based on ethics and
the search for the common good.
The proposal by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and
Peace, released Monday, follows up on Pope Benedict's 2009 economic
encyclical that blamed a profit-at-all-cost mentality for the
global financial meltdown.
It calls for financial and monetary policies that will fairly
distribute the world's wealth and won't damage the weakest
Libyan leader seeks to calm West on Sharia fears
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - After giving a speech that emphasized the
Islamization of Libya, the head of the transitional government is
reassuring the Western powers who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi
that the country's new leaders are moderate Muslims.
National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said
Sunday that Islamic Sharia law would be the main source of
legislation, that laws contradicting its tenets would be nullified,
and that polygamy would be legalized.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. has
seen other "Islamic-based democracies wrestle with the issue of
establishing rule of law." She added that universal human rights
must be "fully respected."
Some nations, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, follow a strict
interpretation of Islamic law that mandates cutting off the hands
of thieves, the heads of murderers and stoning adulterers to death.
Those who drink alcohol are publicly flogged.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's state media says a Cairo court has
sentenced a man to three years in prison for postings on Facebook
deemed to be insulting to Islam and likely to incite sectarian
The MENA state news agency said a court found Ayman Mansour had
intentionally mocked Islam and used "outrageous and scurrilous"
language in describing the Quran, its prophet and believers.
The court said freedom of belief doesn't excuse contempt that
may offend Muslims and "subject the regime and the country's
security to serious dangers."
Egypt is grappling with an increasingly assertive Islamist
trend, and recent clashes between the military police and Coptic
Christians have heightened fears of increasing sectarian strife.
Former W.Va. Krishna leader dies in India at 74
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Swami Bhaktipada the disgraced former leader of a West Virginia Hare Krishna community, has died at the age of 74.
His spokesman says Bhaktipada died Monday in India, where he had
been hospitalized in July with a collapsed lung and bleeding brain.
Bhaktipada was born Keith Ham in Peekskill, N.Y., the son of a
Southern Baptist minister.
He ran the New Vrindaban community near
Moundsville, W.V., from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
In 1987, the FBI seized the community's records in a raid.
Federal prosecutors later accused Bhaktipada of ordering the
murders of two devotees who threatened his control and of amassing
more than $10 million through illegal fundraising schemes.
He served eight years in prison for racketeering.
Defense: Confession in NYC boy's killing coerced
NEW YORK (AP) - Defense attorneys for a New York City man
charged with abducting, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy
say his confession was coerced.
At a hearing Monday, they said authorities told Levi Aron what
to write and that he's not sane enough to be aware of his actions.
Aron has pleaded not guilty in the death of Leiby Kletzy.
Attorney Howard Greenberg says they intend
to prove their client is not guilty by reason of insanity.
Kletzky went missing July 11 while walking home from a religious
day camp in Brooklyn.
His family is Hasidic, which is an ultra-Orthodox type of
Judaism. Aron is Orthodox but not Hasidic.
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