- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2006

Court OKs review of asylum case

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has reversed a decision that would have sent a Mormon couple back home to Colombia, where they say they where threatened because of their religious and political activity.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider the case of Herbert Douglas Moscoso-Morales and his wife, Nancy, citing a written death threat delivered in 2002 to the couple’s home.

“We know of all your political and informant activities for your Mormon cult,” the letter stated, and told them to be gone within 24 hours or be “eliminated.” The couple fled to Salt Lake City and began their battle to gain political asylum.

In its July 14 ruling, the Denver-based appeals court said the letter was evidence that the couple had “a well-founded fear of future persecution” should they return home.

According to court records, Mr. Moscoso-Morales was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in church work, and for the past few years had worked as a teacher at a high school in Ibague, about 100 miles west of Bogota.

He said he joined the political campaign of a fellow church member, and also worked with a group dedicated to rooting out corruption in city government.

Mosque of Paris sues send-up weekly

PARIS — The Mosque of Paris has filed suit against a satirical weekly for publishing three cartoons of Islam’s prophet. Two of the cartoons were among those published by a Danish newspaper that triggered violent protests five months ago, judicial officials said.

The suit was filed against Philippe Val, executive editor of Charlie-Hebdo, a satirical magazine, and against the Rotatives publishing house.

The Mosque of Paris said it considers publishing the cartoons “a deliberate act of aggression aimed at offending people of the Muslim religion.” The mosque is the largest in France, where about 5 million Muslims live. A preliminary hearing is set for late September.

The weekly published the cartoons in February, putting one on its cover that showed a caricature of a weary prophet with his head in his hands under the title “Muhammad Overwhelmed by the Fundamentalists.” A caption under the cartoon reads: “It’s hard to be loved by idiots.” The other two drawings were among the 12 originally published last September by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Catholic nun earns statehouse honor

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are honoring Mother Theodore Guerin, a 19th-century Roman Catholic nun who is to be named a saint, by hanging her portrait in the governor’s office.

Gov. Mitch Daniels called it a tribute to a woman “who was brave, selfless and gave her life of service to others.” At a Vatican ceremony Oct. 15, Mother Guerin will become the first person from Indiana and the eighth from the United States to be canonized in the Catholic Church.

Mother Guerin was a French nun who left her homeland in 1840 for the then-frontier state of Indiana, and within a year founded the Sisters of Providence Academy, now known as St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, near Terre Haute. She died in 1856.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods is the oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the United States, and under Mother Guerin’s leadership, other schools were set up in Illinois, Massachusetts and California. Several members of the congregation near Terre Haute attended the July 21 portrait hanging.

From wire and staff reports

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