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March 14, 2000 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for condemned killer Darrell Keith Rich said they will go to court this morning to appeal a legal ruling preventing their client from taking part in a Native American sweat lodge ceremony before his scheduled execution tonight. Their appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could delay Rich's trip to the execution chamber, where the serial killer is set to die by lethal injection shortly after midnight.
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February 12, 2000 | Religion News Service
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.
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January 15, 2000 | Baltimore Sun
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Baptist crusader for civil rights and social justice whose life was ended by an assassin's bullet, is a candidate to be proclaimed a martyr for the faith by the Roman Catholic Church. King's name is among those of more than 10,000 Christians who died for their faith being gathered by the Vatican for inclusion in a list of 20th century Christian martyrs.
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September 11, 1999 | Reuters
The United States released a report on religious freedom worldwide Thursday, concluding that much of the world's population lives in countries in which religious freedoms are restricted. Many of the countries faulted, including China, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, regularly show up on the annual U.S. list of overall human rights abusers. But the report also criticized some U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for intolerance.
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August 14, 1999 | Religion News Service
A federal judge has ruled that the Minnesota Department of Corrections violated the constitutional rights of its employees when it disciplined them for reading Bibles during a training session on gays in the workplace. Francis J. Manion, the attorney for the three employees, said U.S. District Judge Ann D.
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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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