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Mar 13 2005
News Summary For March 13, 2005 (5 links)

Eight Dead After Man Opens Fire During Religious Service

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (Reuters) - A man opened fire with a handgun at a church service in a Wisconsin hotel on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding four before taking his own life, police said.

Gay Films In Festival At Library Protested

A film festival highlighting lesbian, gay and transgender issues in southeastern San Diego yesterday sparked a rally by conservative Christians.

Gays Seek Place In Religious Life

With religious denominations across the country struggling with the issue of homosexuality, gay members themselves are battling to express themselves religiously amid a challenging landscape.

US Travel Ban Proposed for Vietnamese Officials Behind Religious Persecution

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Bush administration is being urged to impose a travel ban on government officials in Vietnam who commit religious persecution as among sanctions to punish the country for its dismal religious rights record.

Salman Rushdie: Keep Religion Out Of Public Life

Salman Rushdie warns that the West will invite tyranny if faith is given a seat in the political arena.

Mar 14 2005

Here's an update on the church gunman story.... Some of the people involved, predictably, are questioning their faith.

Church Gunman Said Upset Over Sermon

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - The man who fatally shot seven people during a quiet church service before turning the gun on himself was on the verge of losing his job and upset over a sermon he heard two weeks ago, investigators said Sunday.

Mar 14 2005

Interestingly enough, this final paragraph from Salman Rushdie's article was missing from the Toronto Star version, but appeared in the UK's The Guardian.

Victor Hugo wrote: "There is in every village a torch: the schoolmaster - and an extinguisher: the parson." We need more teachers and less priests in our lives; because, as James Joyce once said, "There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being." But perhaps the great American lawyer Clarence Darrow put the secularist argument best of all. "I don't believe in God," he said, "because I don't believe in Mother Goose."

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