World religion news in brief

Published: Sunday, Nov. 27 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

Navi Pillay met President Mohammed Nasheed, opposition politicians and other officials on her visit to the island country, according to her spokesman Rupert Colville.

Maldives is a Muslim nation where practicing other religions is forbidden. Recently, two monuments given by other nations were vandalized for allegingly un-Islamic images. A monument from Pakistan had a Buddha image and one from Sri Lanka had the image of a lion.

The government also recently closed a website run by a journalist from a minority sect.

— Associated Press

MAYOR RESIGNING TO TAKE NEW ZEALAND JOB WITH LDS CHURCH

SOUTH JORDAN — A Utah mayor is leaving his post two years early to take an assignment with the Mormon church in New Zealand.

Officials say South Jordan Mayor W. Kent Money is resigning effective Feb. 12 after 10 years in office and 29 years living in the city.

Money will be taking a job with his employer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He'll be developing LDS church properties associated with a closed school in New Zealand.

The South Jordan City Council is set to announce the first week of December how they plan to replace the mayor.

— Associated Press

LAWSUIT SAYS CHURCH KNEW PASTOR WAS ABUSING KIDS BUT DIDN'T REPORT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A new lawsuit accuses officials at a North Charleston church of knowing that its pastor was sexually abusing children but failing to report the activity to authorities.

Attorney Scott Beard says he filed the lawsuit against the Full Word Ministries church. Beard says church officials knew 44-year-old pastor Tyrone Moore was abusing his client, a young boy.

Moore is serving a 30-year prison sentence for committing a lewd act on a minor. A jury found him guilty of fondling two boys multiple times between 2004 and 2006.

Moore is on the state's sex offender registry for a 1991 conviction of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child between ages 11 and 14. He also was convicted in 1989 of committing a lewd act on a child under 16.

— Associated Press

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