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October 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adapted for the big screen from the History Channel miniseries "The Bible," the new film "Son of God" is essentially a feature-length recut of the second half of the series, based on the New Testament. The reedited nature of the movie, which tells the story of Jesus from his birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection, might explain why many film critics are saying "Son of God" feels more like a greatest-hits compilation than a cohesive work. In a review for The Times, Martin Tsai writes , "to its credit, 'Son of God' proves more than a mere watered-down 'The Passion of the Christ.' The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
"I'm about to do it for the first time," chirps goofy Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham. "And I'm gonna do it with a girl!" The young man in a white shirt and tie isn't singing about a lusty encounter, but a holy rite of passage in "Baptize Me," a bubbly show tune in the Broadway phenomenon "The Book of Mormon. " "I just died during that part," said Joanna Brooks, author of "The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories From an American Faith," recalling the first time she heard the cast album.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Each week, thousands of Christians gather for prayer and discussion at Liberty University's cavernous Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. One Monday morning in January, they listened to husband-and-wife film producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey pitch their new movie, "Son of God. " About 10,000 students and faculty members watched as the pair behind the hit History channel miniseries "The Bible" showed clips from the film and discussed its...
OPINION
November 13, 2005 | Catherine Seipp, CATHERINE SEIPP writes the weekly "From the Left Coast" for National Review Online and is a visiting fellow with the Independent Women's Forum.
I REALIZE IT'S HARDER for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a liberal Episcopalian minister to resist attacking Republicans. Still, there's something fantastically disingenuous about the Rev. George Regas' protests that, contrary to what the IRS suspects, he didn't give an impermissibly virulent anti-Bush sermon at All Saints Church in Pasadena a couple of days before the 2004 election.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2008 | Cain Burdeau, Burdeau is a writer for the Associated Press.
It's Halloween, and Anne Rice has a new book -- a memoir in fact -- that's climbing bestseller lists. Everything is normal, then. Normal if it were 1994 -- the height of Rice's mega-selling fame as a queen of Southern Gothic pulp.
NEWS
December 25, 1994 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bits of papyrus in an Oxford University library may be the oldest fragments of the New Testament Gospels and may even be a contemporary account of the life of Jesus Christ, the London Times reported Saturday. Biblical scholars have traditionally believed that three scraps of text of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, inscribed in Greek, were written in the late 2nd Century, or considerably after Christ's death, which is usually given as AD 33.
BOOKS
January 23, 1994 | RICHARD EDER
The gospel according to Jose Saramago begins with the author contemplating a painting of the Crucifixion and, in a kind of mock gravity, subverting its iconography. Which of the figures is Mary Magdalene? Surely, the one with the plunging neckline; on the other hand, one woman is blond. There is, after all "the popular belief that women with blond hair, whether it be natural or dyed, are the most effective instruments of sin." Then there are the two thieves.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | CINDY SCHARF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hosanna or heresy? Jesus Christ, the Superstar that is, makes his post-Resurrection debut on a Moscow stage in a black leather jacket, straddling a motorcycle borrowed from the local Soviet militia. The scene could hardly be considered orthodox, either politically or religiously, in the Moscow of old.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1991 | ROGER M. MAHONY
Actions of extremist activist groups within any movement invariably lead to antisocial behavior that is abusive and even violent in nature--and puts them at odds with the rest of society. While we understand the anger, frustration and fear AIDS has inflicted upon the homosexual community, we must view with considerable concern the attacks of groups such as ACT UP that have resulted in desecration of some of our churches, recent personal abuse and disruption of the celebration of our Masses.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
What would Jesus do if he were on Facebook? Make "A Look Back" video, naturally. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Facebook let users create their own cornball videos featuring their photos, status updates and major life events. Hundreds of millions have done it . There have been many clever spoofs since. Two of my favorites: Walter White's Facebook retrospective or Grand Theft Auto V's meth head Trevor Philips . But this particular intervention from an enterprising YouTube user is certainly the most divine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Kelly Clark, an Oregon attorney who won a nearly $20-million judgment for a sex abuse victim against the Boy Scouts of America and forced the organization to release secrets on pedophiles contained in its so-called perversion files, has died. He was 56. A resident of Portland, Ore., Clark died Dec. 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said Paul Mones, Clark's friend and co-counsel in the case. Doctors were in the process of diagnosing Clark's condition when he died. Clark was one of the most prominent American attorneys who fought for childhood victims of sexual abuse - bringing and winning cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America.
HOME & GARDEN
October 18, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Cemeteries have always intrigued me, since the time as a young boy when I ran across a freshly dug grave, two teenagers at the bottom of the pit, doing the things teenagers do when they get a little privacy. Since then, I always found cemeteries a little sexy. As kids, we always romped through the nearby graveyard as respectfully as a bunch of 10-year-olds could, chasing rabbits amid the tombstones, playing hide-and-seek. Always thought the spirits probably enjoyed our company, as much as we enjoyed the Huckleberry freedoms that a leafy old cemetery can offer.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
As a 1st Amendment matter, it's an easy call. A judge in Tennessee was engaging in a forbidden “establishment of religion” when she refused to allow a couple to name their baby Messiah. “The word 'Messiah' is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew told the parents of the 7-month-old boy. The judge came up with a non-messianic alternative: “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” The only reason the judge was involved at all was that the parents couldn't agree on Messiah's last name.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A Tennessee woman named her baby Messiah, but she and the boy's father couldn't agree on whose last name he should bear. So they went to court. Except at a hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew changed Messiah's first name.  "The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," the judge told WBIR-TV , a local...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Adapted for the big screen from the History Channel miniseries "The Bible," the new film "Son of God" is essentially a feature-length recut of the second half of the series, based on the New Testament. The reedited nature of the movie, which tells the story of Jesus from his birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection, might explain why many film critics are saying "Son of God" feels more like a greatest-hits compilation than a cohesive work. In a review for The Times, Martin Tsai writes , "to its credit, 'Son of God' proves more than a mere watered-down 'The Passion of the Christ.' The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
SPORTS
April 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Golfer Bubba Watson appears to be one of the few public figures to speak out in support of ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, who called homosexuality "walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ" on the air Monday. Broussard, who was speaking on the same day NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male athlete on a pro sports team to come out publicly as gay, has taken a lot of heat for his comment. But not from Watson, who tweeted this on Tuesday: Thanks @ chris_broussard for sharing your faith & the bible!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
After listening to “a series of attacks from liberal media outlets” against their religion correspondent Lauren Green for her interview with author Reza Aslan, Fox News invited Brent Bozell , president of the Media Research Center, to discuss the controversy Wednesday. He vigorously defended the Fox News correspondent. Last week, Green seemed to inadvertently paint herself into a rhetorical corner while trying to pin down Aslan on the question of his Muslim faith and his motives in writing his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The subsequent 10-minute video went viral , and helped propel “Zealot” up the bestseller lists.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
He's a bird, he's a plane... He's our savior? With "Man of Steel" grossing more than $125 million since it opened on Thursday, there has been much talk about the deeper meanings behind the epic blockbuster. Those intent on looking can find similarities between Jesus and Superman, from the character's willingness to sacrifice himself for the people of Earth to the ghost vision of his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) that provides Superman guidance when he is lost. Warner Bros. is happy for moviegoers to make that connection, so much so the studio is providing an online resource guide to pastors who want to teach the positive themes of the movie to their congregants.
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