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NEWS
December 30, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Bill Maher's tweet mocking Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's faith might be rebounding. Although the "Real Time With Bill Maher" host would not be the first celebrity to poke fun at the outspokenly religious Tebow, his comment on Twitter after the Broncos lost to the Buffalo Bills this weekend -- "Wow, Jesus just f----- #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler 'Hey, Buffalo's killing them'" -- is gaining attention for perhaps being the crudest.
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NATIONAL
February 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
City Councilman Chad Lewis says he's a man who relishes tradition. And in Rapid City, S.D., that means starting each council session with a brief prayer led by a local minister. But now that practice is under attack by a national organization that has filed lawsuits in other cases nationwide involving the separation of church and state. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to Rapid City officials saying that it received a complaint from a South Dakota citizen who objects to the invocations before each public meeting.
WORLD
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.
OPINION
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.
WORLD
August 27, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- The completion of a new prayer area at the Western Wall, where men and women of all denominations can worship together, is drawing criticism from female activists who describe the arrangement as anything but inclusive. The area consists of a raised platform located just south of the main plaza and the Orthodox Jewish prayer sections, which are segregated by gender. Minister Naftali Bennett, who is in charge of religious services, said Sunday that the prayer section will offer unity and peace at the wall, which he said "belongs to all Jews in the world, and not one stream or another.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The earth shook under the nation's church, snapping some of the 53 carillon bells' cables and causing them to ring in forbidding disharmony. Outside, cracks appeared on some of the wing-like flying buttresses supporting the 100-foot walls and intricate stone arches that mark the Washington National Cathedral as one of the world's greatest Gothic churches. Still the ground shuddered, coursing energy upward to the grimacing or mirthful gargoyles and the 152 pinnacles that rise like twirled candy above the sheet lead roof.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
June 2, 1985
I take exception to Watkins' implication that those who object to institutionalized prayer in government have no concern for moral values or religion. The Founding Fathers prevented our government from imposing its notion of God's will on its citizens. Other peoples have allowed their governments to define God's will. The Egyptian government now obliges its citizens to accept a return to male polygamy and the status of women as chattel because the Koran says it is God's will. Thousands of Iranian boys and girls are slaughtered for a government certain that their deaths are in His cause.
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