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  • Left-wing Dutch vegan who moved to Switzerland is denied a Swiss passport because she is too [tr]

    01/10/2017 9:55:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2017 | Kelly McLaughlin
    A left-wing Dutch vegan who campaigned against cowbells in the Swiss village where she lives has had a request for a Swiss passport thrown out after annoying the locals. Nancy Holten, who was born in the Netherlands but moved to Switzerland at the age of eight, is a fluent speaker of Swiss German and has children who are Swiss nationals.
  • Do church bells violate human rights? One Austrian thinks so.

    02/13/2015 7:24:39 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2-13-2015 | Rick Noack
    Austrian architect Wolfgang Lassy says he hasn't been able to get a good night's rest for years, with the Catholic Church waking him up every 15 minutes. That's because for hundreds of years, the church bells of Linz were allowed to chime at night every quarter of an hour, disrupting many residents' sleep. Now, Lassy is seeking to end the centuries-old practice. The Austrian has sued the Catholic Church in Linz and has even  expressed his deep discontent in a letter to Pope Francis. So far, he hasn't heard back from the Holy See. "Lassy has been unable to sleep at night for years because the church bells chimed...
  • Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage

    09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/5/03 | Joe Kovacs
    A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage. John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, R.I., lives directly across from the picturesque St. Thomas More Catholic Church. “The bells have been going off 700 times a week, very loud volume, and it’s been going on for too long,” he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. “I’m not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing.” “First...
  • Church bell 'noise' under attack – in America

    09/06/2009 4:17:43 AM PDT · by Man50D · 12 replies · 832+ views ^ | September 05, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Three churches in Phoenix have brought a legal action against the city because one pastor already has been convicted and other churches are being threatened over the "noise" from their bells, some of which have rung out to the community for decades. The lawsuit has been filed by the Alliance Defense Fund on behalf of St. Mark Roman Catholic Parish, First Christian Church and Christ the King Liturgical Charismatic Church. The dispute focuses on the city ordinance that even city officials have conceded is vague, according to the lawsuit. Nevertheless, on the strength of neighbors' complaints and the existing statute,...
  • Bishop Gets Probation for Ringing Church Bells (Phoenix)

    06/04/2009 5:49:38 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies · 1,050+ views
    KFYI radio ^ | June 4, 2009 | KFYI News
    The leader of a Valley church gets three years probation and a ten day suspended jail sentence for ringing church bells . Last month, Bishop Richard Painter of Cathedral of Christ the King Church was convicted of violating noise ordinances. A Phoenix judge convicted the Bishop without any set standard or noise dosimeter readings, instead relying on testimony from four neighbors who said the bells were a problem. The bells chimed every hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The judge will allow the bells to ring once once Sundays and once during religious holidays. With help from the Alliance...
  • Ring the Bells

    04/18/2008 8:09:21 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 70+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 23, 2008 | Leon Wieseltier
    For a long time I did not hear the beauty of church bells; or more accurately, I did not wish to hear it. They sounded only like Christianity, which in my early years was a vexing triumphalist sound--the pealing of history, from which my honor as a Jew required me to recoil. When the tintinnabulations of the Church of St. Francis Xavier on Avenue O reached my ears, they brought the message that I was a member of a minority. I was not acquainted with the liturgical schedule of the church, with the practical reason for the ringings--though I might...
  • Ground Zero Chapel Tolls Bell For London

    07/10/2005 7:50:04 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 10 replies · 305+ views
    WINS News ^ | 7/10/05
    The bell that was a gift to New York from the people of London after the 2001 terrorist attack rang again Friday in a tiny chapel near ground zero -- this time with New Yorkers mourning those who died in Britain. The world's latest terrorism victims were remembered at St. Paul's Chapel, which had served as a sanctuary for rescue workers who prayed, washed and wept there after the World Trade Center assault. The 5-foot, 650-pound bell, known as the Bell of Hope, was given to New Yorkers on Sept. 11, 2002. It was cast by London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry,...
  • Bell-ringing takes its fearsome toll

    07/04/2005 7:00:23 AM PDT · by aculeus · 11 replies · 611+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | July 4, 2005 | By Simon de Bruxelles
    Years after Bunyan was struck down, a mysterious malady is blighting belfries across the land A PARALYSING fear that strikes church bell-ringers at the peak of their prowess is being acknowledged 350 years after the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress became its first recorded sufferer. John Bunyan gave up ringing at Elstow church in Bedfordshire in the 1640s because, as he wrote: “I would go to the steeple-house and look on, though I durst not ring . . . but quickly after I began to think how if one of the bells should fall?” He was later unable even to...

    04/27/2004 11:04:56 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 157 replies · 1,367+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 21 April 2004 | CECIL ANGEL, Staff Writer
    <p>The Hamtramck City Council gave initial approval Tuesday night to allowing mosques in the city to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers.</p> <p>The issue, which has divided many of the city's Muslim and Christian residents, has attracted national attention and has evolved from a debate about a noise ordinance to one about religious freedom and tolerance.</p>
  • LAW OF THE LAND (Will you wake up to Islamic prayer call?)

    04/16/2004 12:52:31 PM PDT · by Iron Matron · 162 replies · 266+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 15, 2004
    Posted: April 15, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 A holy war of sorts is heating up in a Detroit suburb, where members of the local Muslim community want loudspeakers on mosques to announce the Islamic call to prayer five times each day. But the idea is running into opposition from other residents of Hamtramck, Mich., many of whom are Christian, who think the prayer calls as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. would be disruptive. "When you call to prayer, you are proselytizing, and as a citizen of the United States I don't want...
  • Church bells are silenced in fear of European Union law

    10/16/2002 6:23:04 PM PDT · by Glutton · 23 replies · 155+ views
    the Daily Telegraph ^ | 17 Oct 02 | By Richard Savill
    Complaints by new residents have silenced the church bells in a small country town after the vicar feared the chimes could be breaking European law. The bells at St Mary's Church in Totnes, Devon - England's second oldest borough - have sounded every quarter of an hour since a civic subscription scheme paid for the clock to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. But a small group of residents - believed to be newcomers - have protested that the chimes stop them sleeping at night. "Amongst the old Totnesians, there is a certain amount of fury that I have...