Religion News, February 3, 2011

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  • Cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson found with cell phone again: Manson, 76, is one of America’s most notorious mass murderers who, along with his cult followers, was convicted in the 1969 murders of seven victims, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, who was the wife of director Roman Polanski.
  • Obama delivers major speech on personal faith President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that “it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed,” in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington. The speech, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, comes on the heels of public opinion surveys that show only a minority of Americans know that Obama is a Christian and that a growing number believe he’s a Muslim.
  • Whipped to death for having ‘affair’ with married man: A teenager whipped to death in Bangladesh for having a relationship with a married man was allegedly raped by her cousin, it has emerged. Four Islamic clerics were arrested this week for ordering Mosammet Hena, 14, to receive 100 lashes in a fatwa or religious edict at a village in the south-western Shariatpur district. It has now been reported that the teenage girl was raped by her married cousin and then accused of having an affair with him.
  • Radical Muslim sect warns of ‘full-scale war’: Boko Haram, a radical Muslim sect in northern Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for the assassination of a candidate and a series of other attacks, warning in posters put up around town that they plan to launch “a full-scale war.”

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