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February 27, 1999 | Religion News Service
The top decision-making structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has created a team to monitor religious persecution and intolerance abroad. The move came as a response to the national debate over religious persecution that last year saw Congress passing legislation making the issue a key element in U.S. foreign policy.
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February 10, 1999 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors launched a drive Tuesday to outlaw the Jehovah's Witnesses, accusing them of fomenting religious strife at the start of a trial that could have sweeping implications for all faiths in Russia. The case is the most prominent test so far of Russia's new law on religion, which is designed to curb the activities of foreign religious organizations seeking new members in Russia. Prosecutors brought charges under an article seeking to outlaw dangerous cults.
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January 15, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A sharply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a landlord may refuse to rent to an unmarried couple if doing so would violate his or her religious scruples. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case from Alaska, but the 2-1 ruling would also apply to California and appears to override the state housing discrimination law as well as similar laws in several other Western state.
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December 3, 1998
A sidewalk preacher from a religious group with an anti-white Gospel message said Wednesday that a charge against him for disturbing the peace in Pasadena violates his 1st Amendment rights. "It may be not what traditional churches are teaching, but that is not our problem . . . many people get offended," said Gregory Hamilton, a member of the Israeli Church of Universal Practical Knowledge. He is being arraigned today on a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in an Oct.
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December 2, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In what could be a test of religious freedom, a sidewalk preacher from a militant religious group that touts an unconventional anti-white Gospel has been charged by Pasadena authorities with disturbing the peace. Gregory Hamilton, a member of the Israeli Church of Universal Practical Knowledge, is to be arraigned Thursday on the misdemeanor offense, which stems from a street corner exchange last month in the Old Pasadena shopping district, city prosecutor Tracy Webb said.
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November 10, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of the snowcapped mountains separating China's western provinces from Tibet, monks at a scattering of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries struggle to keep their religion alive. Just as part of the daily meditation involves cultivating flowers and trees on the grounds, the monks and lamas are devoted to sowing the seeds of Buddhism in a modern world. On this arid plateau, neither is easy.
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October 17, 1998 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Wherever he goes to speak, Buddhist monk Palden Gyatso carries these tools of torture as gruesome testament to his 33 years in Chinese-operated prisons and labor camps in his native Tibet: The electric cattle prods that shattered his teeth and disabled his tongue when forced into his mouth. The thumb cuffs that held his arms in a pretzel around his back and eventually dislocated his shoulders.
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September 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
Putting himself at odds with religious groups, Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday vetoed a bill that limited government restrictions on religious practices. The Republican governor struck down a measure by Assemblyman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) that would have required state and local agencies to demonstrate a compelling need before taking actions that restrict religious activities.
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August 29, 1998 | BENJAMIN J. HUBBARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As hundreds of thousands of students prepare to return to public schools after Labor Day, a bill sits on Gov. Pete Wilson's desk that could affect many of them and their teachers. AB 1617, the Religious Freedom Protection Act, would prevent state and local governments from interfering with religious observances unless a compelling reason could be shown.
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August 4, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court, citing religious freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, has upheld a lower court decision to throw out a civil lawsuit against the Christian Science Church over the death of a 12-year-old Orange County boy. In a 2-1 decision, a Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana decided that Christian Science followers have a right to follow their belief in spiritual healing over mainstream medicine.
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