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August 7, 1999 | Associated Press
An Air Force officer who cited his religious beliefs in his refusal to working with women in underground missile launch centers is getting a new job at another base. 1st Lt. Ryan Berry, 26, who is stationed at Minot Air Force Base, said his strong Roman Catholic beliefs prevented him from being able to share such close quarters with a woman who is not his wife. Berry will become an acquisitions officer at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts after three weeks of training in Texas.
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July 16, 1999 | ART PINE and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House passed a measure Thursday intended to protect individuals and religious organizations from having to obey state and local laws, such as zoning ordinances, that might interfere with their religious practices.
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June 26, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and ALEX GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With impassioned chants of "Cristo Vive!"--Christ Lives!--a crowd of Cuban Protestants estimated by officials at more than 100,000 held a historic open-air celebration at Revolution Square in Havana on Sunday in the most recent sign of the Communist government's increasing tolerance of religion.
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May 15, 1999 | Religion News Service
A new report from the government of Vietnam says progress has been made over the past year in assuring religious freedom but acknowledged that problems remain. "Progress has been made in the operation of religious organizations in accordance with the law and the common interest of the nation," Le Quang Vinh, head of the government's Committee on Religion, was quoted as saying Wednesday.
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April 26, 1999 | ANTHONY KUHN and MAGGIE FARLEY and HENRY CHU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the largest demonstration in the Chinese capital since the pro-democracy protests of 1989, thousands of followers of a religious sect massed near Tiananmen Square on Sunday to demand official recognition of their beliefs, testing government tolerance of public assembly during a politically sensitive year. Devotees of the Buddhist offshoot group Falun Gong began descending on the central government compound here well before dawn.
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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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