New Religious Movements

Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

April 8, 2002

Source: Newsday

On April 8, 2002, Newsday reported that "from Episcopal and Protestant churches to Jewish synagogues and Hindu temples, religious leaders... are reflecting on the sexual abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church and its potential impact on their own houses of worship... In truth, the scourge of clergy sexual abuse has been exposed in virtually every religious faith and denomination... Members of the Jewish Orthodox faith recently... [faced] their own sexual abuse scandal involving... a leader in the Orthodox Union's National...

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Seattle Hosts Women of Wisdom Conference

February 9, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned, exploring...

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Editorial: "American Dream" Explores Spirituality and Commercialism

January 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 14, 2002, The Boston Globe featured "American Dream," an editorial about America's search for meaning. "Considered a sacred object in [Native American] culture, the web-like dream catcher - which is supposed to hang above a baby's cradle to trap nightmares and let good dreams into the soul - has become a staple in mall trinket stores... But while this popularization of the spiritual can be written off as the co-opting and secularizing of a belief system, it is, at its heart, a search for meaning... Our society is a...

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Americans Detained for Falun Gong Protest in China

November 21, 2001


On November 21, 2001, USA TODAY reported that several Americans and other Westerners were detained in China when they "chanted slogans and unfurled a banner... in Tiananmen Square to protest the government's crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movment... They sat, legs crossed, eyes closed and hands pressed as if in prayer... It was the first Falun Gong protest to involve Westerners exclusively."

Demonstrators in Houston Draw Attention to Persecution of Falun Gong

July 20, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 20, 2001, The Houston Chronicle published a piece on people demonstrating outside the Chinese consulate in Houston who "are calmly drawing attention to the Chinese government's persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual movement...The Chinese government has sent thousands of Falun Gong followers to prison or labor camps...As long as the United States nourishes liberty and China's rulers war against it, relations between the two nations will not and cannot be smooth."

Parents Guide Children with Falun Gong Practice

July 9, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On July 9, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "a small but growing number of immigrant [Chinese] parents [in the U.S.] say [the meditation and exercise practice called Falun Gong] is helping kids stay out of trouble...Children are receiving instruction in small, informal groups at a Howard County park." Parents fear "the permissive [American] culture will lead their children astray."

Falun Gong Members March to D.C.

July 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Falun Gong practitioners are in the middle of a march to Washington, D.C., to express solidarity with the spiritual group human rights activists say is persecuted in its native China...Falun Gong advocates a mix of meditative exercises and moral precepts and was banned in China as a cult in 1999." About 200 local Falun Gong practitioners are in the Boston area, most of whom are Chinese immigrants.

Shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish Center

August 13, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 13, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an editorial opinion by Donna Ostrower, executive director of the Houston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Ostrower writes about hate groups such as Christian Identity and World Church of the Creator, with whom Buford Furrow, Timothy McVeigh, and Benjamin Smith had connections. With about 90 ministries in 34 states, Christian Identity is able to promulgate its racist theological message.According to Ostrower, Christian Identity "distorts Genesis to preach that people...

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