April 13, 2011 |
Elements with the State Department are attempting to silence an American diplomat who believes he was personally charged by the White House with promoting President Obama's interfaith initiatives. The diplomat is the U.S. ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine and former dean of the law school at Catholic University of America. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and, as a devout Catholic, for many years has been prominent in the antiabortion movement and among those arguing for a larger role for faith-based efforts in public life.
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December 25, 2010 |
When Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth began preaching to the destitute on the streets of London in 1852, people didn't yet use light bulbs or telephones. Now, the faith-based social service charity, a potent symbol of Christmas tradition, is fully digital, recently streaming online a Christmas pop concert held in Glendale, collecting text donations via mobile phones, and developing an iPhone app with a ringing bell. The cornerstone of the electronic effort is the Online Red Kettle ?
October 30, 2010 |
There may be a question in some peoples’ minds about what the constitution says about the separation of church and state, but religion and politics have become a strange mix in some of this year’s midterm elections. There was the emergence of “Aqua Buddha” in the hard-fought Kentucky senate race and the appearance -- then abrupt disappearance -- of witchcraft in Delaware. Now there is the case of the cross in Florida where Kendrick Meek, the Democrat, is running third in a three-way race for the U.S. Senate.
April 12, 2010 |
It is tough to write about "Letters to God" without feeling like you're kicking a kitten. Based on a true story about a boy with brain cancer -- co-written and co-directed by the boy's father, Patrick Doughtie -- the film is meant to convey a message of spiritual faith, hope and inspiration. Directed by David Nixon, who also made the successful faith-based film " Fireproof," the film has sincerity to spare but precious little dramatic tension or filmmaking flare, rendering it more laborious than labor of love.
January 21, 2010 |
On the surface, "To Save a Life" doesn't sound that different from a host of indie films -- a drama involving a teen coping with the aftermath of a student's suicide who finds solace in a group of outsiders. The film, which opens Friday, deals with myriad real-life issues facing teens such as drugs, sex and social acceptance. The plot focuses on star athlete Jake Taylor, who seemingly has it all; he has a basketball scholarship, good looks, a cheerleader girlfriend and hangs with the in-crowd.
August 19, 2009 |
President Obama has barnstormed the country to sell his healthcare overhaul directly to sometimes skeptical Americans. Today he will bring his message to a friendlier audience -- faith leaders who see reform as an ethical and religious imperative. Obama is scheduled to address more than 1,000 religious figures in two conference calls, allowing him to extend his message to legions of faithful in the pews. First up is a "High Holy Day" call this morning with about 1,000 rabbis from Judaism's Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements.
February 13, 2009
Re "Thou may not discriminate," editorial, Feb. 9 I agree that anyone should be considered for employment at any faith-based organization. There is, however, nothing wrong with disqualifying a person if he or she cannot support the organization's mission statement. Government support must be based on the work and the results being achieved. Just as no test of religion can be applied to anyone working for the government, no test of religion can be applied to the religious or nonreligious motivation of organizations working for the government.
February 10, 2009
Re "Bush religious policy upheld," Feb. 6 Thank you for getting it right in your coverage of President Obama's new faith-based program. His aides and spokespeople are trying to convince Americans that creating "mechanisms" for legal review and allowing "consideration" of difficult issues amount to improvement of a program that was constitutionally flawed and corrupt under President Bush. But the fact is, in unveiling his White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, Obama punted.