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November 30, 1995
Re "Voices of 3 Africans in the Time of AIDS," Nov. 18: An admirable born-again Christian, a nurse in Kenya, directs a self-help program for women with AIDS and maintains an orphanage for the children of those who die of this disease. I am sure that in this country there are Christian fundamentalists similarly noble and helpful in their concern for people in tragic situations. Unfortunately the headlines are ablaze with stories of a blatant and unknowing minority of the Christian right, shooting doctors and harassing troubled women in a less than Christian manner for an unrealistic and probably unsolvable cause.
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December 23, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies talks about his inspiration for his new play, "Coney Island Christmas," which runs through Dec. 30 at the Geffen Playhouse. Tell me about "Coney Island Christmas. " "Coney Island Christmas" originated as a commission by the late Gil Cates, who was the artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse and a friend of mine. He called me a few years ago and asked me if I would be interested in writing a Christmas play. He was hoping to create something that he hoped would become a theatrical tradition at the Geffen.
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OPINION
December 1, 2006
Re "Religion rebounds at YMCA," Column One, Nov. 24 I was disappointed that The Times posed the problem as the YMCA needing to decide whether it is a Christian organization or a secular gym. My involvement with the Westside YMCA over the years has shown me that it is far more than a secular gym. It has been a community of shared values that has contributed much to my family. Had they not been secular values, my Jewish family would not have been able to participate. Now a group of evangelicals wants to substitute a narrow set of exclusive values, focused on a narrow interpretation of salvation that would exclude not only my family but many of those who identify themselves as Christians who do not share evangelical beliefs.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
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."
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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?
NEWS
February 27, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
School officials have approved the use in classrooms of a conservative Christian publisher's sex education booklet that was challenged by dozens of parents as a biased and unconstitutional effort to push Christian values in public schools. The Conejo Valley Unified School Board's decision prompted immediate threats of a lawsuit by residents who contend that the schools' use of the brochure, "How to Help Your Kids Say 'No' to Sex," violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
NEWS
March 24, 2012 | By John Hoeffel
For much of a Saturday afternoon with perfect warm and breezy voting weather, the poll workers in the gym at T.H. Harris Middle School had the place to themselves. No more than several voters were in the booths at one time and for long stretches there were none in this suburb on Lake Pontchartrain west of New Orleans. Nine Republicans were listed on the presidential primary ballot, including Charles "Buddy" Roemer, a former Louisiana governor who has instead opted to run as a third-party candidate, but for voters interviewed on their way out, only the last two mattered: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Republican presidential candidates are putting a warm and fuzzy spin on their campaign ads, breaking out wives and children to attest to their faith and personal character. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talks about his father's “commitment to faith, family and our constitution,” while Ann Romney implores voters to “look at how they've lived their life” - a not-so-veiled reference to rival Newt Gingrich, who is on his third marriage and has a history of infidelity.
OPINION
December 1, 2006
Re "Religion rebounds at YMCA," Column One, Nov. 24 I was disappointed that The Times posed the problem as the YMCA needing to decide whether it is a Christian organization or a secular gym. My involvement with the Westside YMCA over the years has shown me that it is far more than a secular gym. It has been a community of shared values that has contributed much to my family. Had they not been secular values, my Jewish family would not have been able to participate. Now a group of evangelicals wants to substitute a narrow set of exclusive values, focused on a narrow interpretation of salvation that would exclude not only my family but many of those who identify themselves as Christians who do not share evangelical beliefs.
OPINION
November 24, 2006
Re "The sermon that provoked the IRS," Nov. 18 Thank you for printing the sermon that got All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, ostensibly for endorsing a presidential candidate. In reading the Rev. George Regas' words, he seems to only marginally prefer John Kerry over George Bush; he in fact scolds both for not rising above the arguments about how to manage the Iraq war, to the urgent question of the immorality of war. What a relief to hear that war is wrong and especially to be reminded that it is not only Americans who are dying in this war. Bravo to All Saints for speaking out and upholding moral and truly Christian values.
NEWS
September 24, 2006 | Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer
Wading into the Jordan River, the pastor blessed his flock, tapping the believers on the head before sending them into the hallowed waters to be baptized. The faithful wet their faces and arms, shouting "amen" and "hallelujah" after each baptism -- unaware that just downstream, raw sewage was flowing into the water. That's the split personality of one of the world's most sacred rivers. Small sections of the Jordan's upper portion, near the Sea of Galilee, have been kept pristine for baptisms.
OPINION
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Embracing the school's religious diversity, spiritual leaders of varying faiths gathered at Chapman University on Friday to consecrate the ground for a planned campus all-faith chapel. Chapman President James L. Doti said the chapel will support the school's goal of promoting tolerance, ethical decision-making and diversity.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Republican presidential candidates are putting a warm and fuzzy spin on their campaign ads, breaking out wives and children to attest to their faith and personal character. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul talks about his father's “commitment to faith, family and our constitution,” while Ann Romney implores voters to “look at how they've lived their life” - a not-so-veiled reference to rival Newt Gingrich, who is on his third marriage and has a history of infidelity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
When Dean Fulcher's 10th-grade teacher in Munising, Mich., asked him whether he had considered a writing career, he blew it off to pursue his dream of joining the Marines and becoming a police officer. But Mr. Lamberg's question lingered in the back of his mind for two decades, and now Fulcher has joined the dozens of officers who have turned to the keyboard to solve fictional crimes as novelists.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Religious groups on Thursday asked President Bush to reprimand a top Pentagon official who publicly described the war on terrorism as a conflict between Judeo-Christian values and Satan. But the nation's top uniformed military official said Army Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin apparently broke no rules in making his remarks.
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