CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2010 |
To pray to Jesus, or not? That is the question that Lancaster voters are being asked to decide in Tuesday's municipal election. Ballot Measure I asks whether the city should continue its policy of randomly selecting clergy from different faiths to deliver the invocation at council meetings, "without restricting the content based on their beliefs, including references to Jesus Christ." Other Lancaster ballot measures include whether to change the mayor's term limit from two to four years and whether Lancaster should become a charter city.
May 19, 1991
It's extremely difficult to understand how a benign invocation at a graduation ceremony violates the Constitution's prohibition against separation of church and state. Typically, an invocation is nothing stronger than a humble appeal to a higher power for assistance with life's challenges. Does anyone really think that the remarkable assembly of statesmen who wrote our Constitution and Bill of Rights intended to shield everyone from hearing an appeal to a higher power at a high school graduation?
January 25, 2002
I have a few questions regarding "Rubin Eyeing Developments in Prayer Case" (Jan. 22), on the Burbank City Council invocation controversy. I would like to know exactly what a "secular" prayer is, and what is the secular purpose of a religious invocation at a government function? If government-sponsored public prayer really fosters peace and understanding, then why isn't the Middle East the most peaceful place on Earth? Jeff Sloan Irvine I find it shocking that David King, a Mormon bishop, resorted to a personal attack against Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin.
January 23, 2009
Re "Invocation draws mixed reviews," Jan. 21 The Times says Rick Warren's inaugural invocation got "mixed reviews" -- he mollified gay-rights supporters and yet dared to invoke the name of Jesus and utilize the Lord's Prayer. This is a mixed-up critique. To whom is prayer offered? Where in the Bible (or any sacred Scripture) does prayer to a deity require pleasing supporters of gay rights? Where do Scriptures affirm that prayers to God should appease atheists? The Bible does offer a litmus test for prayers to be acceptable to the Father.
June 5, 2003
As an Irvine resident, I found James Verini's semi-ironic invocation of my city ("...any resident of Hollywood, of Los Angeles -- of Irvine...") highly amusing ("Need A Lift? Go See Stars," May 22). Irvine is more or less off the radar screen of most Angelenos. When in L.A. and asked where I live, my reply of "Irvine" is usually met with confused looks and queries of "Where's that?" Angelenos expect us to be on the Hollywood tour bus, right next to Ms. Idaho and Mr. Oklahoma. Anything else would disturb the order of the universe; even the hint of a suggestion that it might not occur to us to take our preordained places on the tour bus. In this respect, Verini is unintentionally generous to Irvine, but really ought to refine his geography of places that matter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2011 |
A U.S. District Court ruling that Lancaster may continue its policy of opening council meetings with prayer is being hailed by supporters as an opportunity to foster unity and tolerance in the Antelope Valley city. Opponents, however, continued to insist that the policy promotes discord, arguing that it is biased toward Christianity. They hope the judgment will be appealed and reversed. "We think the ruling is wrong," said Peter Eliasberg, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which was not a party to the suit.