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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
At a ceremony Monday, the City Council will unveil "A Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity," a document several months in the making. "It's important that the leadership of the city speak out against hate crimes committed against any of the members of the community," said Councilwoman Shirley S. Dettloff, who was among those who drafted the policy. "The community is richer because of its diversity."
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December 6, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
A photograph of Penn State sorority members donning sombreros and ponchos has landed the school's Chi Omega chapter on probation. In the picture , some of the women have fake mustaches festooned to their lips, and one woman is holding a sign that reads: “Will mow lawn for weed + beer.” "I am disappointed in the choices made by our Nu Gamma Chapter members and we regret any pain caused," Chi Omega's national president, Letitia Fulkerson, said...
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May 11, 1994 | from Associated Press
Here is the text of President Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech: Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished guests, comrades and friends: Today, all of us do, by our presence here and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Jane Ciabattari, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Elephant's Journey A Novel José Saramago Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 208 pp., $24 Once upon a time — a time of civil war and spectacle, when Protestant fervor swept Europe and the Inquisition intimidated the faithful — an Indian elephant traveled on foot from Lisbon to Vienna. Four and a half centuries later, this arduous and unlikely trek inspired Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to write his most optimistic, playful, humorous and magical book, a grace note written near the end of his life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1994
Writers from "NYPD Blue," "Murphy Brown," "Schindler's List" and the TV movie "And the Band Played On" were honored Thursday in the 20th annual Humanitas Prizes for entertainment screenplays that communicate positive values. The Pacific Palisades-based Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute awarded $120,000 to writers in seven categories. Three of those honored in luncheon ceremonies at the Sheraton Universal in the San Fernando Valley had won before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony denounced the "save our state" immigration initiative Saturday as "simplistic and ill-willed," and vowed to work for its defeat in November's elections. California's top-ranking Roman Catholic cleric urged Catholics statewide to join in the campaign against the proposition.
BOOKS
February 27, 2005 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Dig: John Rechy is living proof that one of the best weapons for fighting hatred is pure love. "Beneath the Skin," organized by decade, is a collection of 46 articles written from 1958 to 2004. They range in topic from a description of Rechy's hometown, El Paso, to juvenile detention, the Vietnam War, Liberace, Gore Vidal, Sept. 11 and way, way beyond.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1985
To claim, as you do in your editorial (Oct. 16), "Justice, Brennan Style," that Justice William J. Brennan Jr. is a jurisprudential descendant of the great Chief Justice John Marshall is, in a word, wrong. Twice you quote Marshall's assertion in McCulloch vs. Maryland that "it is a Constitution we are expounding." This famous statement, however, does not mean what you imply that it does. Justice Brennan, as you note, argues that the overarching principle of our Constitution is "human dignity"; his speech at Georgetown University makes repeated reference to the "constitutional vision of human dignity."
OPINION
October 1, 1989
If nothing else the sleazy trial of Zsa Zsa Gabor, with its plethora of gutter language used by both Gabor and the arresting officer, points to the lamentable manner in which men and women are now addressing one another. Whatever happened to human dignity? TONY THOMAS Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1988
I believe that if our country can devote itself to ideals of knowledge, compassion, human dignity, it will not be necessary to force our children to pledge allegiance to it. They will want to. ROBERT H. WORMHOUDT Fullerton
OPINION
February 16, 2010 | By Hussam Ayloush
It is a leap in logic for the Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to argue in his Feb. 13 Times Op-Ed article that because a parking lot has been built by Israel over part of the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, or that power and sewage lines have been placed underground, the Muslim cemetery ceases to exist. The crux of the dilemma is a simple moral one: The Wiesenthal Center is seeking to build a Center for Human Dignity on top of a Muslim cemetery, a historic landmark and a place held sacred by many.
OPINION
October 21, 2005
After reading the fourth installment of Steve Lopez's series on skid row (Oct. 16-20), I'm writing to thank you. It's a real eye-opener to view the way we neglect the mentally ill and addicts. So much suffering is difficult to even imagine; it's no wonder so many of us pretend it does not exist. Many Californians feel the homeless issue is not their problem. Human dignity is everyone's issue. Kudos to Lopez for having the guts to do this assignment, and thank you to the Los Angeles Times for the Page 1 coverage.
BOOKS
February 27, 2005 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Susan Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Dig: John Rechy is living proof that one of the best weapons for fighting hatred is pure love. "Beneath the Skin," organized by decade, is a collection of 46 articles written from 1958 to 2004. They range in topic from a description of Rechy's hometown, El Paso, to juvenile detention, the Vietnam War, Liberace, Gore Vidal, Sept. 11 and way, way beyond.
OPINION
August 5, 2001
Re "House Approves Strict Ban on Human Cloning," Aug. 1: It is inconceivable that stem cell researchers could be prosecuted as criminals for discovering facts that will improve our quality of life. Scientific research is based on factual evidence requiring quantifiable evidence upon which it can be judged and objectively challenged to verify its usefulness. Opinions, on the other hand, are something you hold without the need for justification or proof. In a court of law, facts are allowable as evidence to convict, opinions are not. It is a fact that embryonic stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2000
Re "Methodists Uphold Opposition to Gays," May 12: What a shame that so many in the Methodist Church remain unwilling to acknowledge the full human dignity of gays and lesbians and continue to deny them the right to become ministers. I am proud to be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, a community of faith that openly welcomes full participation of gays and lesbians in our life of worship. At a recent church retreat, I had the privilege of meeting one of the most inspiring, articulate, creative and caring ministers I have ever known, a man whose life example has helped me increase my own commitment to our faith tradition and to changing the world for the better.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1999 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was inevitable that labor's rich tapestry of successes and failures would fade with the passage of time and the subsequent arrival of new generations. Family and friends, for example, know the names of 33 black sanitation workers in Memphis who were fired for seeking union representation during the turbulent 1960s. Yet the most visible monument to the workers who risked injury and death is embedded in the last two digits of AFSCME Local No. 1733's name.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
A photograph of Penn State sorority members donning sombreros and ponchos has landed the school's Chi Omega chapter on probation. In the picture , some of the women have fake mustaches festooned to their lips, and one woman is holding a sign that reads: “Will mow lawn for weed + beer.” "I am disappointed in the choices made by our Nu Gamma Chapter members and we regret any pain caused," Chi Omega's national president, Letitia Fulkerson, said...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1986
You praised Justice Brennan. Among his achievements, which you honor, is his position against the death penalty. You quote Brennan as saying that capital punishment "involves in its very nature a denial of the executed persons humanity and is uniquely degrading to human dignity." It is precisely because capital punishment denies human dignity that we proponents of it believe it to be a deterrent to murder, thereby saving future would-be victims and perhaps future would-be murderers from human degradation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1998 | GEORGE WEIGEL, George Weigel is senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. His biography of John Paul II, "Witness to Hope," will be published by HarperCollins in 1999
Twenty years ago today, the College of Cardinals stunned the world by electing the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first Slavic successor to St. Peter ever. But even the more adventurous cardinal-electors in 1978 could not have imagined the impact that John Paul II--the most visible pope and, arguably, the most visible human being, in history--would have on his times.
OPINION
December 21, 1997 | Martin E. Marty, Martin E. Marty is a professor of the history of religion at the University of Chicago and directs the Public Religion Project, a nonprofit group analyzing the role of religion in public life
'God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay." Instead of changing only the word "men," as new books of carols do, we should question use of the adjective "gentle." This holiday season, it is hard to find gentlepersons in a culture marred by meanness, cruelty and violence. Human dignity is at issue. Among the currently dismayed who sing "God rest ye merry" songs, the two best known are Pope John Paul II and Billy Graham.
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