MILITARY WIVES WORSHIP GROUP
Military wives turn to Bible for marriage advice
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Some young spouses of soldiers based
at Fort Campbell, Ky., have spent much of their marriages alone
during long deployments.
Now a growing number of independent prayer groups is helping
them through it with an emphasis on faith and fellowship.
The groups aren't sponsored by any church or the military.
Spouses meet weekly in small informal groups of eight to twelve at
their homes to study the Bible's teachings and how to apply them to
today's military marriage.
Twenty-seven-year-old Army veteran Mya Parker says
she's experienced the strain from both sides after four years in
active duty, and now as a military wife. She helped start The
Lantern near Fort Campbell for wives and girlfriends of soldiers.
Parker says the Bible assures them that God loves their husbands
and boyfriends and is watching over them.
MARINE BASE CROSSES
Decision on Camp Pendleton crosses due in new year
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - A Marine Corps ruling on the
future of a pair of crosses at Camp Pendleton in California isn't
expected until next year. An atheist group wants the crosses to
come down. Many Marines and their families want the crosses to stay
in honor of comrades killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Base officials have sent a recommendation to Washington, but
won't say what it is.
Jason Torpy of the Association of Atheists and Freethinkers told
the North County Times he has been bombarded with hate mail,
threats and phone calls from people angry at his group for
demanding removal of the crosses.
The first 13-foot cross was placed high above the camp in August
2003 by a group of Marines, including several who were later killed
in fighting in Iraq. The cross was destroyed by fire in 2007. A new
cross was erected in 2008, about 60 feet from the original.
Gunmen fire bullets into home, injuring pastor
MIAMI (AP) - The pastor of a Miami church is hospitalized after
authorities say gunmen fired into her home.
The Miami Herald reports the Rev. Annie Wimberly was taken to a
trauma center early Tuesday in critical condition. The 69-year-old
Wimberly is a pastor at the Friendly Temple Holiness Church.
Miami-Dade Det. Roy Rutland says investigators do not believe
Wimberly was the intended target. Police say an unknown number of
assailants sprayed Wimberly's home with bullets at about 4 a.m. A
neighbor reported hearing 25 to 30 shots fired.
Five other adults and three children were also inside the home
but were not injured.
It's the second time the home has been shot at in the last three
Acquitted pastor's ex-wife dies years after attack
TYLER, Texas (AP) - Peggy Railey, the former wife of a Dallas
minister who was acquitted of trying to kill her, has died nearly
25 years after the attack left her incapacitated. She was 63.
Ron Gamel of the Tyler Memorial Funeral Home confirmed the death
but declined to release details, citing a family request for
Railey never recovered from the savage choking assault at her
Dallas-area home in April 1987 and remained in what doctors called
a vegetative state.
Walker Railey, her husband at the time of the attack, was once a
rising star at Dallas' First United Methodist Church. He was
acquitted in 1993 of trying to strangle his wife, although he
acknowledged lying about his whereabouts to hide an affair.
GAY MARRIAGE-BAPTIST LEADER
NC Baptist leader wants civil debate on marriage
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The newly-elected president of North
Carolina's largest religious denomination says he's hoping for a
civil debate over a proposal to ban same-sex marriage in the state
The Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention
of North Carolina, told The Charlotte Observer that it's an
emotional issue, but he thinks both sides can respectfully argue
The convention represents roughly 4,300 churches and some 1.3
million members in North Carolina.
Voters will decide in May whether the state constitution should
be amended to ban same-sex marriage.
Not all Christian leaders are in favor of the idea. About 250
clergy have signed a statement denouncing the proposal.
Anti-Semitism claims against UC Berkeley dismissed
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit
accusing the University of California, Berkeley of fostering an
atmosphere of anti-Semitism by failing to curb alleged harassment
during pro-Palestinian protests that included mock checkpoints.
Plaintiff Jessica Felber, who is Jewish, claimed in the lawsuit
that a leader of a campus pro-Palestinian group rammed her with a
shopping cart as she staged a counter-protest to "Apartheid
Week," an annual event that compares Israel's policies to the
institutionalized racism of South Africa's former white government.
Felber, who graduated last year, and another Jewish student sued
in March to demand the university enact rules to curb what they
called ongoing harassment that they said amounted to a violation of
their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech.
But federal Judge Richard Seeborg ruled that much of the alleged
harassment, even if true, constituted protected political speech.
Joel Siegal, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the San Francisco
Chronicle that his clients were reviewing their options.
Israelis protest against religious coercion
BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) - Thousands of Israelis have gathered
in a city outside Jerusalem to demonstrate against a radical Jewish
sect that is trying to impose its strict lifestyle on others.
The city of Beit Shemesh has been the center of a national
uproar since an 8-year-old schoolgirl told a local TV station last
week that she's scared to go to school because members of the
ultra-Orthodox sect spit at her and curse her. They claim the girl,
herself an Orthodox Jew, was not dressed properly.
Religious coercion has become a big issue in Israel, and
President Shimon Peres urged the public to attend Tuesday's
Protesters held signs reading "Free Israel from religious
coercion," and "Stop Israel from becoming Iran."
Members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect were nowhere in sight
during the protest.
US reviewing anti-Muslim school bias complaint
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in
Detroit is reviewing a religious discrimination complaint against a
community for denying a zoning change request to allow construction
of a Muslim school.
The Michigan Islamic Academy wants to build at a 26-acre site in
Pittsfield Township. School officials say the 200-student school
has outgrown its current location in nearby Ann Arbor.
On Oct. 26, the township board rejected the request, following
an earlier rejection by the township planning commission.
Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal said the decision wasn't based
Following a complaint by the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Levy told The Detroit
News, "We are reviewing the matter and whether to proceed with a
Russian court may ban Hare Krishna text
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian court is to decide today whether a
religious text central to the global Hare Krishna movement is
"extremist' and should be banned.
It's a case that has angered Hindus around the world and
highlights the continuing challenges for minority religions in
Prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk have argued that the
Russian translation of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" promotes "social
discord" and hatred toward nonbelievers.
The text is a combination of the Bhagavad Gita, one of
Hinduism's holiest scriptures, and commentary by the founder of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness that is often
called the Hare Krishna movement.
The prosecutors are asking the court to include the book on the
Federal List of Extremist Materials, which bans more than 1,000
texts including Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and books distributed
by the Jehovah's Witness and Scientology movements.
Yuri Pleshkov, a spokesman for the group in Russia, said the
book in question has existed in Russia for 25 years and has never
inspired violence or extremist activity.
Officials in Tomsk agreed to hear further testimony from experts
and the Russian ombudsman for human rights and postponed the court
decision until today.
Indian officials last week appealed to high-level Russian
authorities to intervene.
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