April 20, 1988
American evangelist Billy Graham praised Chinese leaders, saying they are working to broaden freedom of religion. "There's no complacency here that I've found among the leaders," said Graham, who met with foreign reporters in Beijing. Graham's visit to China--his first--ends April 28.
October 25, 2006 |
An Ontario Superior Court judge struck down a section of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act, saying it violated guarantees of freedom of religion and thought. Judge Douglas Rutherford made the decision in the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja, a Canadian man charged with conspiring to carry out bombings in Britain. Rutherford said a clause that limits the definition of terrorist activity to acts motivated by religion, politics or ideology was unconstitutional. He left the rest of the act in place.
July 31, 1990 |
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Salt Lake City challenged official praying at public schools. Prayers at graduation ceremonies and other school-sponsored activities violate freedom of religion and the guaranteed separation of church and state, according to the suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four students, a teacher and a counselor. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1962 banned daily prayer rituals at public schools.
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April 3, 1990
A federal judge Monday refused to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles by the leaders of a church that includes sex in its rituals and that the city alleges is a front for prostitution. In denying the city's request to throw out the suit, U.S. District Judge William Byrne said the case brought by Will Tracy and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Canyon Country, raises "numerous triable issues." The two were convicted by a Los Angeles Municipal Court jury Sept.
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February 12, 2000 |
In a report issued Monday, the French government called on nations worldwide to stop the growth of religious sects, and criticized the United States for offering too much religious freedom to "cults." "The confusion maintained across the Atlantic between religious freedom . . . and prevention, even repression, of punishable sectarian excesses does not make dialogue any easier," said the report, issued by the Interministerial Mission for the Fight Against Sects. A U.S.
December 20, 1988
A judge in Preston, Minn., ruled that Amish people must display slow-moving vehicle signs on their horse-drawn buggies, but lawyers said the religious-freedom issue could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. State law requiring the signs does not violate the Amish's First Amendment right to freedom of religion, Fillmore County District Judge Clement Snyder ruled. Phillip Villaume, an attorney for the Amish, said the case will be appealed. He and Fillmore County Assistant Atty.