October 14, 1989
Pope John Paul II celebrated the final Mass of his Indonesian tour and urged Roman Catholics to be bold in proclaiming Christian values in the predominantly Muslim nation. His last Mass was attended by 100,000 people in northern Sumatra. In a speech to the country's 42 bishops later in Jakarta, the pontiff acknowledged "occasional difficulties" facing his 5 million-member flock but reminded them that religious freedom is protected by Indonesia's constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1989
Re Newport-Mesa Unified School District Election: Our current school board, working cooperatively with our community members, site administrators and district officials, has built an exemplary educational system that we do not wish to see undermined. Yet two of the challengers seeking election to the school board have accepted the support of a single-issue group committed to censoring the curriculum in our public schools. We are ready to stand up and be counted as angry at the insistent call for "reinstatement of traditional Christian values."
October 28, 2001
As I have watched presidential inaugurations through the years, I have always felt slighted, as a U.S. citizen and as a Jew, by the fact that benedictions have ended with the words "through Jesus Christ our lord and savior." Unfortunately, it took a national tragedy of great proportion for prayers in recent public ceremonies to recognize people of varied faiths. Any satisfaction in this change is bittersweet. I can only hope that when and if a feeling of ease and security comes back to our nation, we won't return to being a country rooted only in "Christian values."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1999
Re "Missouri Balks at Letting KKK 'Adopt-a-Highway,' " Sept. 28: Attention, Ku Klux Klan. I am white, Christian and American, and your abhorrent racism does not in any way reflect my values or, for that matter, Christian values. Perhaps it is a lack of knowledge among the general public about what the Bible really says that allows the perception of "racist Christian identity philosophy" to persist. Although it has at times been sadly misinterpreted, the Bible in no way promotes or condones racial or ethnic hatred or discrimination.
July 21, 2006
Re "Reed Loses GOP Bid in Georgia," July 19 Ralph Reed made a good living mobilizing the Christian right, ostensibly to bring "Christian values" into the political arena. His bread and butter were knee-jerk issues like stem cell research and abortion and hammering away at godless liberal Democrats. Apparently, however, he threw in with convicted fraud artist Jack Abramoff to grab $5.3 million from some Indian tribes in an effort to keep lucrative gambling spoils from other tribes. Lo and behold, what did Reed discover?
November 8, 2012
Re “ Parents distressed by yoga ,” Nov. 7 The parents of children in the Encinitas schools who are concerned about the dangers of religious indoctrination resulting from the introduction of a yoga curriculum shouldn't worry too much. The acceptance of soccer, volleyball and even lacrosse in schools has caused some students to stray from the baseball, basketball and football religions, but - come playoff season - they'll be back. John Hennessy Culver City As a person of faith but not a Christian, I need to get this straight: Those with “Christian values” have no problem with Christian prayers before and after football games, school sport banners with biblical sayings, Christian invocations at Little League games, Christmas pageants at public schools, the Ten Commandments at courthouses and crosses everywhere to commemorate everybody and everything.