Category: Religious Fanaticism

Alleged Bomber of Christian Boy in Israel to Stand Trial

Yaakov Teitel ISTANBUL, September 3 (Compass Direct News) — An Israeli man accused of planting a homemade bomb that almost killed the son of a Messianic Jewish pastor in Ariel, Israel has been declared competent to stand trial.

Jack Teitel, 37, who in November was indicted on two charges of pre-meditated murder, three charges of attempted murder and numerous weapons charges, is expected to enter a plea on Sunday (Sept. 5).

Jewish ‘Terrorist’ Held Over Hate-Crime Spree

Yaakov Teitel A Jewish settler who allegedly confessed to a 12-year spree of murderous hate-crimes has been arrested in the West Bank, Sky News reports.

Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, 37, was branded a Jewish “terrorist” in the Israeli media over attacks against Palestinians, left-wing and minority Israelis and homosexuals.

He is accused of murdering a Palestinian taxi driver and a West Bank shepherd in 1997.

In 2008, he allegedly maimed a 15-year-old boy with a booby-trapped present because he belonged to a community of Jews who believe in Jesus.

US attack on TV gay icon

Conservative Christian groups in the United States have found a new sinner to rage against: SpongeBob SquarePants, a children’s cartoon character. To his young fans and Nickelodeon, the television channel that broadcasts his escapades, SpongeBob is a sea sponge who lives with his pet snail, Gary, at the bottom of the sea. According to Nickelodeon, his “enthusiasm about just about everything makes him downright irresistible”. But not to organisations such as Focus on the Family and the American Family Association, which insist that the character is spearheading an insidious campaign to spread homosexuality among children. “Does anybody here know SpongeBob?,”

From faith to fanatic delusion

Deseret News, Mar. 16, 2003 By Carrie A. Moore, Deseret News religion editor With the arrest this week of a couple who allegedly believe God told them to abduct Elizabeth Smart, many Utahns are wondering again what moves people of seemingly deep religious faith into fanaticism. Proclaiming himself a prophet chosen by God may not have been Brian David Mitchell’s first act of delusion, but it was likely among those that set the stage for the increasingly bizarre behavior that would follow. Such grandiose notions of “chosen-ness” — while not unique to Utah’s own brand of religious fundamentalists —

Story heightens perceptions of fanaticism in Utah

Deseret News, Mar. 16, 2003 By Bob Bernick Jr. and Jerry D. Spangler, Deseret News staff writers       Once again, Utah has been thrown into the national spotlight by a religious fanatic, this one an ex-Mormon-turned-itinerant-street-preacher who now stands accused of kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart.       And although the Elizabeth Smart case ended happily, Brian David Mitchell’s name will now join an infamous list of extremists that includes Ervil LeBaron, Dan and Ron Lafferty, John Singer, Addam Swapp, Mark Hofmann and Immanuel David.       “I can’t help but think this just enhances the

Notorious incidents over the years

Deseret News, Mar. 16, 2003 By Jerry D. Spangler and Bob Bernick Jr., Deseret News staff writers       Many homegrown zealots have turned the national media spotlight on Utah over the past 30 years, usually because of horrific murders. Among the most notorious incidents that resulted in national attention:       1972 — Followers of polygamous cult leader Ervil LeBaron killed Joel LeBaron as part of a plot for Ervil to wrest control of the dominant polygamous church of the time, based in Mexico but with followers in Utah. Ervil renamed the church the Church of