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OPINION
August 8, 2010 | By William Lobdell
Novelist Anne Rice's surprise post last week on Facebook — she announced she had quit Christianity "in the name of Christ" because she'd seen too much hypocrisy — brought cheers and smug smiles from critics of institutional faith, and criticism and soul-searching among believers. But there's something more at play here than one of America's most famous Catholics — Rice re-embraced the faith of her youth in 1998 and published a memoir just two years ago, "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" — walking away from the church.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Eventually, the idea that it's OK to be against gay marriage because of your religious beliefs is going to seem as silly as opposing interracial marriage because you weren't raised that way. Eventually gay marriage will be as normal as interracial marriage, which, don't forget, was  illegal in many states until 1967 . Even conservatives, despite the pronouncements of party elders, are coming around. Last week at the CPAC conference, the generational divide was on vivid display.
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OPINION
August 8, 2010 | By William Lobdell
Novelist Anne Rice's surprise post last week on Facebook — she announced she had quit Christianity "in the name of Christ" because she'd seen too much hypocrisy — brought cheers and smug smiles from critics of institutional faith, and criticism and soul-searching among believers. But there's something more at play here than one of America's most famous Catholics — Rice re-embraced the faith of her youth in 1998 and published a memoir just two years ago, "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" — walking away from the church.
WORLD
August 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
American Christians whose 315 Bibles were confiscated by Chinese officials left the Kunming airport after a 26-hour standoff. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had said they would not leave the airport until Communist authorities returned the Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. But the group said the U.S. Embassy told them that Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the nation for more than personal use. Pat Klein, a representative of the group, said he was told he could pick up the Bibles on his way out of the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1994
In a free society, Christians have the same right to advocate laws reflecting their moral code as everyone else. It is not bigotry to have a set of moral beliefs, nor is it a "phobia." The strategy being used against American Christians is to accuse them of the sins being committed by the accusers. The intolerant liberal accuses the Christian of being intolerant and while speaking hate against the Christian, accuses Christians of being hateful. The liberal accuses Christians of trying to force their beliefs on others while trying to force their beliefs on the public with their allies in the press parroting their politically correct agenda.
MAGAZINE
December 11, 1994
Your piece on Jim Wallis ("Faith, Hope and Activism," by Howard Kohn, Nov. 6) was uplifting. All my life I have lived in white suburban neighborhoods while my child attended predominantly white schools. Then I became starkly aware of the separateness of white America and black America. I recently moved to a predominantly African American neighborhood. My child now goes to a school where there is a mixture of races. Jim Wallis and the Sojourners light the way for those of us who have heard the wake-up call.
OPINION
December 16, 2003
Re "With God, Bush Is on the Right Side," Commentary, Dec. 12: Jack Miles was precisely on target. When I began studying the Koran and converted to Islam, I continued to worship the same God to whom I had prayed since I was a child, and about whom I learned in Catholic school. The notion that Allah is not the God of the Jews and Christians is, frankly, absurd. The many mainstream Christians whom I have met have never imagined such a claim as is made by evangelical theologian Richard Land.
OPINION
November 4, 2004
John Kerry lost because the Democratic Party has gone so far to the left that evangelical Christians simply cannot support it. The Democratic Party is seen throughout America as anti-Christian, and for good reason. The ACLU, stem cell research, pro-choice stances and Hollywood all serve to convince Christians that they cannot support a Democratic candidate. Although members of the liberal elite like to think that they're better, smarter and fitter to lead than everyone else, the election shows that they are sadly out of touch with middle America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Eventually, the idea that it's OK to be against gay marriage because of your religious beliefs is going to seem as silly as opposing interracial marriage because you weren't raised that way. Eventually gay marriage will be as normal as interracial marriage, which, don't forget, was  illegal in many states until 1967 . Even conservatives, despite the pronouncements of party elders, are coming around. Last week at the CPAC conference, the generational divide was on vivid display.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
She isn't employed by the show and viewers never see her sparring with Simon Cowell. But Leesa Bellesi exerts her own kind of pull on "American Idol," Fox's top-rated singing contest that has a unique if often-unstated link to Christian churches. Bellesi, who runs a Christian nonprofit in Lake Forest with her ex-pastor husband, visits tapings frequently, has befriended numerous finalists and helps wrangle funds and scout temporary housing for families who trek cross-country to see relatives perform on "Idol."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Like many Americans, Doug Pagitt grew up outside the world of organized religion. Neither his parents nor his grandparents were churchgoers, and there was no expectation that he would be any different. Today, with his goatee, ear stud and funky clothes, he could easily pass for the sort of Gen X hipster who lives an entirely secular life. But at 17, Pagitt saw a Passion play that hit him like a thunderbolt, and he wound up becoming a Christian pastor. His church in Minneapolis, Solomon's Porch, is blazing a trail in a new movement that could be called Church 2.0. That was, in fact, one of the terms used last week during a three-day conference about the future of American Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology.
WORLD
August 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
American Christians whose 315 Bibles were confiscated by Chinese officials left the Kunming airport after a 26-hour standoff. Members of Vision Beyond Borders had said they would not leave the airport until Communist authorities returned the Bibles, taken from their checked luggage. But the group said the U.S. Embassy told them that Chinese law forbids bringing religious products into the nation for more than personal use. Pat Klein, a representative of the group, said he was told he could pick up the Bibles on his way out of the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
The social historian and essayist Garry Wills is one of our most lucid public intellectuals, and no one working today writes more clearly or with greater authority on the intersection of religion and public life. "Head and Heart: American Christianities" is a major contribution to the national debate over separation of church and state and ought to be read by anyone perplexed by the current interplay of religion and politics. If you've wondered whether Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
OPINION
November 4, 2004
John Kerry lost because the Democratic Party has gone so far to the left that evangelical Christians simply cannot support it. The Democratic Party is seen throughout America as anti-Christian, and for good reason. The ACLU, stem cell research, pro-choice stances and Hollywood all serve to convince Christians that they cannot support a Democratic candidate. Although members of the liberal elite like to think that they're better, smarter and fitter to lead than everyone else, the election shows that they are sadly out of touch with middle America.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2004 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Herndon L. DAVIS grew up Baptist. The son of a minister, he did not stray like so many who abandoned their Sunday morning churchgoing ritual as young adults. When he moved to Atlanta for graduate school and work as a financial analyst, he joined another Baptist congregation; he felt right at home. Until that fire-and-brimstone sermon -- the one titled "When God Gives Up on You." The one about homosexuals as an abomination.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
She isn't employed by the show and viewers never see her sparring with Simon Cowell. But Leesa Bellesi exerts her own kind of pull on "American Idol," Fox's top-rated singing contest that has a unique if often-unstated link to Christian churches. Bellesi, who runs a Christian nonprofit in Lake Forest with her ex-pastor husband, visits tapings frequently, has befriended numerous finalists and helps wrangle funds and scout temporary housing for families who trek cross-country to see relatives perform on "Idol."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
The social historian and essayist Garry Wills is one of our most lucid public intellectuals, and no one working today writes more clearly or with greater authority on the intersection of religion and public life. "Head and Heart: American Christianities" is a major contribution to the national debate over separation of church and state and ought to be read by anyone perplexed by the current interplay of religion and politics. If you've wondered whether Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
OPINION
December 16, 2003
Re "With God, Bush Is on the Right Side," Commentary, Dec. 12: Jack Miles was precisely on target. When I began studying the Koran and converted to Islam, I continued to worship the same God to whom I had prayed since I was a child, and about whom I learned in Catholic school. The notion that Allah is not the God of the Jews and Christians is, frankly, absurd. The many mainstream Christians whom I have met have never imagined such a claim as is made by evangelical theologian Richard Land.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2002 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Along with the soaring hymns and shouted hosannas, Sunday services at Mount Paran Church of God carried a sobering whiff of geopolitics. The 700 or so parishioners attending morning services at the church on the outskirts of Atlanta were asked to pray for Israel -- part of a nationwide effort among an estimated 16,000 churches to signal Christian backing for the violence-plagued Jewish state.
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