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December 7, 2001
Readers' objections to school prayer (letters, Dec. 5) were so strong as to be astonishing. What harm can it do to ask God for guidance? Does the atheist want to knock off "God Bless America"? "In God We Trust"? Opening sessions of Congress with prayer? What religion rejects God? Atheism does. Some atheists attribute the universe to a big bang. OK, but there had to be something to explode. Where did that come from? Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles
November 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Churchgoers prayed for rain today in hopes of breaking the worst drought to hit Australian farmers in more than a century, devastating crops and bankrupting many. "We're praying for rain, that God might bless us with rains," Archbishop Philip Wilson, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, who called for the national day of prayer.
February 27, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
House of Prayer No. 2 A Writer's Journey Home Mark Richard Nan A. Talese: Doubleday: 207 pp., $23.95 "No one," Mark Richard writes in "House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home," "will lead you down a slippery path faster than your best friends. " Yet if there's a message to this unlikely personal history of a spiritual awakening, it's that temptation and false starts are everywhere. You find them not just with your friends, but with your family, your body, your spirit ?
February 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI has ordered changes to a Latin prayer for Jews at Good Friday services by traditionalist Catholics, deleting a reference to their "blindness" over Christ, the Vatican said. The Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano published the new version, in Latin, of the prayer, which now expresses hope that Jews will recognize Christ. "The language is better but it's still troubling," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League in the United States.
August 14, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
A long-running legal dispute over the use of a Hancock Park home as an Orthodox Jewish prayer house ended Wednesday with the city of Los Angeles agreeing to pay $950,000 in attorney fees and costs to settle the case. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pay lawyers representing Congregation Etz Chaim in the case involving a residential property at 3 rd Street and Highland Avenue. Synagogue leaders sued the city in 2010, challenging its denial of a conditional use permit to use the enlarged home as a religious sanctuary.
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON--The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet , delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions. In his saffron robe, the Dalai Lama climbed the few steps to the Senate dais and delivered the three-line prayer, first in the Tibetan language, then in English. He chuckled over his English pronunciation. "With our thoughts we make our world," the prayer began.
May 17, 2009
Re "No Obama prayer day service," May 8 Allow me to relay some advice to all the fundamentalists who feigned disappointment when the White House did not host an event on the "National Day of Prayer." It comes from a source they are, evidently, not well acquainted with: "And whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward," as stated by Jesus in the sixth chapter of Matthew.
June 8, 1990 | United Press International
A federal court Thursday, acting on the request of two graduating seniors, stopped a high school from holding a prayer service during commencement. Drew Brody and Jennifer Hohnstine, who are to graduate from Downingtown Area High School today, asked for the order Thursday, saying that the benediction, to be delivered by a minister, makes non-Christians feel like "second-class citizens." U.S.
August 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Citadel has dropped mealtime prayers after a federal appeals court decision this week involving the Virginia Military Institute. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider a ruling that declared VMI's nondenominational group prayer unconstitutional. Virginia Atty. Gen. Jerry Kilgore said he would appeal. Until this week, a prayer was said aloud at the start of all three meals at the Citadel in Charleston. Now, a moment of silence will be observed at meals.
January 5, 1995
Re "School Prayer Just a Start for Some Christian Activists," Dec. 25: There is subtle difference between allowing for religious freedom in public schools and using a school to promote religious ideals. I am an atheist. Like 95% of the other non-religious or non-affiliated people out there, I find nothing wrong or intimidating about students wearing "Jesus Saves" T-shirts or bringing Bibles to school for personal perusal. I do, however, feel it's inappropriate to reserve school time for prayer.
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