November 13, 2002
Much has been written about separation of church and state. But I fail to follow the latest edicts of the Catholic Church, particularly well discussed in "In Facing Evil, the Vatican Blinks" by Jason Berry (Opinion, Nov. 10). If a Protestant minister or one of his assistants were accused of sexual abuse, he would receive the sheriff in his church or parsonage and be handcuffed, taken to police headquarters, fingerprinted and jailed. In 24 to 72 hours he would be arraigned and (probably)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1986
The Times' charge of "unwarranted intrusion" concerning Archbishop Mahony's letter to Catholics about "health clinics" providing contraceptives to teen-agers deserves a reply from Catholics who live in the earthiness of our secular society. Both The Times and school board member Roberta Weintraub reflect the same arrogance: the secular world is our school ground--no Catholics allowed! In their attitudes can be seen the perverse extension of notions about church and state. If religious-minded people are enjoined from using government to support their views they also should refrain from free expression as citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1986 |
A nationally known manufacturer, criticized for a controversial advertisement, has apologized to the Roman Catholic organization that said the ad defamed the religion and its schools.
April 8, 1999 |
Miramax co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein are forming a personally owned corporation to buy worldwide distribution rights to director Kevin Smith's soon-to-be-completed religious satire, "Dogma," which has already drawn fire from church groups. A source familiar with the deal said the brothers will buy the negative and film rights for about $11 million. They plan to sell domestic distribution rights to a third party and to work with individual distributors internationally.
February 25, 1994 |
The scheduled appearance tonight of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on "The Arsenio Hall Show" has sparked protests from religious and gay organizations who fear Farrakhan will be given an uncontested forum to put forth his controversial views on whites, Jews and gays. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged KCOP-TV Channel 13 and other stations around the country not to broadcast the program.
February 19, 2004 |
President Bush said Wednesday that he was troubled by gay weddings in San Francisco and by legal decisions in Massachusetts that could clear the way for same-sex marriage. He declined to say whether he was more inclined now to back a constitutional ban. However, he spoke privately with conservative Catholics about the issue, and activists who favor such a ban said the president would soon announce his support.
November 12, 1999 |
The Los Angeles premiere of Kevin Smith's controversial comedy "Dogma" could hardly have been more different than the movie's East Coast premiere at the New York Film Festival. In New York, Smith and the film's stars were ushered into Lincoln Center under the watch of tense security guards with every effort being made to keep the principals away from the droves of sign- and crucifix-wielding picketers.
April 21, 1990
Several Christian organizations have joined in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, which is appealing a court ruling that the Hindu sect caused emotional distress to the parents of a former member. The Krishnas are also facing a judicial order, temporarily stayed this week, to sell five of their temples to satisfy a $5-million judgment in the case.