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December 29, 2010

Azerbaijan set to raise fines for violations of freedom of religious legislation.

jwitness.wordpress.comAzerbaijan plans to increase fines for violations of legislation on freedom of religion: for individuals – six times, for officials – up to 16 times, Ali Huseynov, the chairman of the parliamentary committee on legal policy and state-building, said

December 20, 2010

Vatican Bank hit by financial scandal… again

Investigators are closing in on the Pope’s bank, dissatisfied by claims that it will change its ways

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Credit: EPA

The new allegations of financial impropriety could not have come at a worse time for the Vatican, already hit by revelations that it sheltered paedophile priests. The corruption probe has also given new hope to

December 20, 2010

The World’s Most Famous Atheist Accepts Existence of God.

Move to 3:10 for relevant quote.


December 19, 2010

On Ancient Heresies & their Modern Counterpart.

Even a cursery study of historic Christianity reveals that the early Christians were plagued by the onslaught of heresies and false teachings.

December 19, 2010

Religion doesn’t belong in public schools, but debate over Darwinian evolution does.

Seattle
Critical inquiry and freedom for credible dissent are vital to good science. Sadly, when it comes to biology textbooks, American high school students are learning that stubborn groupthink can suppress responsible debate.

December 19, 2010

Software Engineer Analyzes the Bible.

MONROE, MI, December 18, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — Is the Bible filled with scientific and historical errors? Does it repeatedly contradict itself? Indeed, was it written by “pious frauds” centuries after the fact?

A new book says the answers are “No”, “No”, and “No”.

December 18, 2010

Anything but Orthodox – CATO Institute.

” The Moscow authorities have demonstrated that they don’t care much what foreigners, or even most Russians, think. “

When the Soviet Union sank, human liberty dramatically increased. The great totalitarian tyranny that had consumed millions of its own apparatchiks and tens of millions of its other citizens was gone.

However, the initial years of chaotic liberty have been replaced by ever more stifling authoritarianism. The negative impact has been most obviously felt in the. . . . .
Story here. . .


December 18, 2010

Recent Earthquakes – Last 8-30 Days.

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4.9 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
4.9 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
4.8 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
3.9 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
5.3 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
3.7 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
5.0 BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
5.0 MID-INDIAN RIDGE
5.1 FIJI REGION

December 18, 2010

A new Gallup poll on evolution.

A new Gallup poll on public opinion about evolution hints at a slightly higher rate of acceptance of evolution in the United States over the years. Asked in December 2010 “[w]hich of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings,” 38% of the respondents. . .
Story here. . .


December 17, 2010

FYI – Authorities deny license for critical voice despite court judgment.

Armenia has denied a broadcast license to an independent television station, A1+, despite a European Court of Human Rights judgment that previous denials violated freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today.
Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

Merrimack church sues town, claiming discrimination for nixed building project.

The Merrimack Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Goffstown Harvest Christian Church both filed suits Thursday in U.S. District Court, both represented by attorney Michael Tierney of Manchester.
Story here. . .


December 17, 2010

Literature banned by the Russian Federation.

See the list and download the literature HERE. . . . .


December 17, 2010

Ancient Building Found in Modern Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv, which celebrated its 100th birthday last year, is also the home of a pre-historic building dating back eight centuries, Israel Antiquities Authority archeologists have discovered. They also found flint tools and bones of a hippopotamus they estimate to be up to 100,000 years old.
Story here. . .


December 17, 2010

Stone Vessel with ‘Priestly Inscription’ Uncovered In Jerusalem.

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Inscription found on Mt. Zion. Israel news photo: UNC

A rare 2,000-year-old ritual vessel made of limestone and inscribed with 10 lines of text has been discovered in an excavation near the Zion Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

Russia Decides to Search for Sodom and Gomorrah-in Jordan.

Northern Dead Sea Israel news photo: Hana Levi Julian

Russia and Jordan have signed an agreement to search the bottom of the Dead Sea for the remains of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Arabic news media reported over the weekend.
Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

ASH: Compound Cuts Death Risk for Sickle Cell Kids.

A 10-year retrospective study of almost 1,000 children found that the odds of dying were nearly five times higher for untreated children than for those treated with hydroxyurea, according to Clarisse Lobo, MD, of the Instituto Estadual de Hematologia Arthur de Siqueira Cavalcanti in Rio de Janeiro.
Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

Armenia: Religious groups criticise law limiting religious freedom.

Amendments to the law would require “expert opinion” before religious groups are authorised with the state retaining the right to withdraw permits. “Illegal” religious activities would be severely punished. For the government, the Council of Europe will vet the proposed amendments. However, …
Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

Russia uses extremism law to target dissenters.

When armed Russian security officers forced their way into Alexander Kalistratov’s home, he hardly imagined they were after his books.

The law — ostensibly aimed at combating potential terrorist threats — was used earlier this year to fine two prominent Moscow curators a combined 350,000 roubles ($11,300) over an controversial Pop Art exhibition in Moscow and to impose a ban on the popular Internet portal YouTube in Russia’s Far East.

Story here. . .

December 17, 2010

FYI – AZERBAIJAN: “You don’t need a licence to talk about chess or football, but you do about religion”.

More than 15 police officers, as well as journalists with a video camera and a state religious affairs official raided the Saturday morning worship service of the Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Sumgait on 11 December. Police questioned the ten church members present as to how much they were paid to be Christians, Protestants complained to Forum 18 News Service.
Story here. . .

December 13, 2010

Jehovah’s Witnesses building set on fire in southern Russia.

Vandals had also damaged the Kingdom Halls, the name Jehovah’s Witnesses call their worship buildings, in Lipetsk and in the village of Chunskiy, in the Irkutsk region.
Story here. . .


December 12, 2010

Human rights must be integral part of EU-Russia relations.

Following the EU-Russia human rights consultations on 17 November and ahead of the bilateral summit to be held on 7 December, the EP Human Rights Subcommittee on Tuesday took stock of the human rights situation and the rule of law in Russia. These are issues which should be raised at the highest political level, insist MEPs.
Story here. . .

December 12, 2010

Alexander Amaryan: Jehovah’s Witnesses lead Armenia to downfall.

24 more young people refused the alternative military service, all of them simultaneously, stated Alexander Amaryan, the head of the center for aid and rehabilitation to the victims of destructive cults.
Story here. . .

December 10, 2010

“The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after widows and orphans in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world.”—James 1:2

Jah–Jireh is a charity in which Jehovah’s Witnesses care for elderly & infirm Jehovah’s Witnesses in a loving spiritual environment. If they so wish, brothers and sisters falling into these and other categories of inability who wish their spiritual life to be protected and provided for in a residential setting can come to us for assistance.
Information here


December 10, 2010

Defense Dept. funds development of artificial blood for battlefield use.

Ron Koder, an assistant professor of physics at The City College of New York, has been awarded a three-year $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to develop an artificial blood that could be given to wounded troops on the battlefield.
Story here. . .


December 10, 2010

Armenia: Conscientious Objectors.

Currently, there are 73 Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been charged under the Criminal Code for their conscientious refusal of military service on religious grounds. All 73 have been tried, convicted, and imprisoned; no one is being held in pretrial detention; no one received a suspended sentence.
Story here. . .


December 10, 2010

Arson attacks on places of worship in Russia.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia―The harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia continued in November 2010 with several acts of vandalism against their houses of worship. In the Irkutsk Region and Krasnodar Territory, arson attacks were carried out on two Kingdom Halls, where Jehovah’s Witnesses meet for religious services. Vandals also caused damage to the religious building in the city of Lipetsk. The total damages amount to over 160,000 rubles ($5,000 US).
Story here


December 10, 2010

Families in Russia appeal to the ECHR for protection.

A lawyer for the applicants states: “It is amazing that in such a progressive country as Russia, people who believe the Bible are denied the right to read and study it and share their faith with their neighbors. The law-enforcement authorities arrest law-abiding citizens, confiscate their books and magazines, and impose fines.”
Story here. . .

December 10, 2010

AZERBAIJAN: Harsher punishments for religious activity “a question of national security”?

Told as an example about Jehovah’s Witness Nina Gridneva, a 63-year-old pensioner fined 200 Manats (1,460 Norwegian Kroner, 179 Euros or 250 US Dollars) by a Baku court on 19 October under Article 300.0.2 of the Code of Administrative Offences for distributing religious literature which had not been approved for import or distribution by the government, Huseynov laughed. “Well, if she does not agree with the punishment she can appeal,” he told Forum 18.
Story here. . .


December 9, 2010

Bible Science news.

Take a look at our new Science news site.

New site here. . .


December 8, 2010

ARMENIA: Growing concern over proposed legislative changes on religion.

Human rights defenders and religious communities have harshly criticised proposed amendments to several Laws imposing new restrictions on and punishments for religious activity. The state would conduct a “theological expert examination” before granting registration to religious communities, while those that fail to provide full information about all their activities could be liquidated. Sharing faith is a particular target, with penalties for violations of up to three months’ imprisonment.
Story here. . .


DRAFT LAW ON MAKING AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS TO THE LAW ON FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE AND RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

Religious advocacy (preaching) in kindergartens, schools and other educational, learning, social institutions shall be prohibited.
Proselytism and performance of functions of religious organisations in violation of the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Armenia shall be prohibited.”.
Info here. . .


December 8, 2010

The state of Israel’s democracy.

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The Israel Democracy Institute’s latest Democracy Index reports that 54 percent of Israelis favor requiring citizens to take an oath of loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” as a condition for being allowed to vote. This bad idea should be opposed on principled and pragmatic grounds alike.

Of the approximately 7.23 million Israelis in 2009, about 76% were counted as Jewish, though some of those are not considered Jewish under Orthodox Jewish law. Since 1989, nearly a million immigrants from the former Soviet Union have arrived in Israel, making this the largest wave of immigration since independence. In addition, an estimated 105,000 members of the Ethiopian Jewish community have immigrated to Israel, 14,000 of them during the dramatic May 1991 Operation Solomon airlift. 32.9% of Israelis were born outside of Israel.

Story here. . .


December 8, 2010

Armenia.

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Population: Estimates range from 2,967,004 (CIA World Factbook, July 2009 est.) to 3,235,000 (Armenia National Statistical Service, October 1, 2008 est.).
Ethnic groups: Armenian 97.9%; Yezidi 1.3%; Russian, Greek, and other 0.8%.
Religion: Armenian Apostolic Church (more than 90% nominally affiliated). In 301 AD, Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, establishing a church that still exists independently of both the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches. During its later political eclipses, Armenia depended on the church to preserve and protect its unique identity.
Story here. . .


December 8, 2010

ARMENIA: 73 religious prisoners, but will proposed amendments help?

As of 1 December, 73 Jehovah’s Witness young men were serving prison sentences for refusing military service or military-controlled alternative service on grounds of conscience, Jehovah’s Witnesses told Forum 18 News Service.
Story here. . .

December 7, 2010

Dying want their final wishes respected.

Justice Robert McDougall ruled a Jehovah’s Witness’s written refusal of a blood transfusion had to be honoured even after he became unconscious, and that any advance care directive must be respected if it was ”made by a capable adult, and clear and unambiguous”.
Story here. . .


December 6, 2010

Jehovah’s Witness member goes on trial in Russia.

MOSCOW (AP) — The religious group Jehovah’s Witness says their local leader is being persecuted in Russia under a vague anti-extremism law.
Story here. . .


December 4, 2010

What is most widely read magazine in world?

By DOUGLAS TODD
The most widely read magazine in the world is not the rigorously-edited global affairs magazine with a business emphasis, nor TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s contribution to health, happiness and spiritual growth.
No, the world’s most popular magazine is religious.
It is The Watchtower.
It is the official publication of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A recent story in The New York Times explored the theologically conservative magazine’s remarkable success, which is based on several factors — particularly that it’s free and distributed by an army of volunteers around the world, especially in rural areas and the Third World. “Every month, nearly 40 million copies of The Watchtower are printed in more than 180 languages and sent to 236 countries. There are no subscriptions and you won’t find it on newsstands, but it’s still hard to miss. Thanks to the efforts of Witnesses … The Watchtower is the most widely distributed magazine in the world, with a circulation of more than 25 million.
Story here. . .

December 4, 2010

Christmas celebrations don’t honor Jesus.

Christmas celebrations don't honor Jesus

Credit: TOM LOUCKS/DAILY TRIBUNE

“Christmas has very little biblical truth in it,” he said. “The way Christmas celebrations are now, they prove to be a dishonor to Jesus.”

Despite criticism from other Christian religions surrounding their unconventional beliefs and practices, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not take offense to those who believe differently.


Story here. . .

December 4, 2010

Kingdom Hall construction.

December 4, 2010

Jehovah’s Witnesses convention set.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold their 2010-2011 “Remain Close to Jehovah!” District Convention, on Dec. 10 to 12, at the Panaad Sports Complex in Bacolod City, a press release from the group said.
Story here


December 4, 2010

Adventurer’s photos capture a bygone Mecca.

By Barry Neild for CNN.


He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy – but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist.
Story here. . .

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