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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles County residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging religious invocations by clergy at City Council meetings in Lancaster, where voters last month passed a ballot measure making the practice city policy. The measure was overwhelmingly approved in April, despite objections from critics who said the policy would largely favor Christian prayer. The vote came after the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the city threatening legal action, saying invocations at city meetings, often "in the name of Jesus," were divisive and unconstitutional.
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NEWS
June 9, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Presbyterian Church adopted a historic statement of faith Saturday that places sexual equality and environmental concerns into the official church canon. Commissioners to the 203rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted, 412 to 40, to place "A Brief Statement of Faith" in the church's Book of Confessions, alongside such documents as the 4th-Century Nicene Creed and the 16th-Century Heidelberg Catechism. After the vote, they stood up and cheered.
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.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Israeli police detained five women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall on Thursday, days after a new proposal emerged to set aside part of the holy site for men and women to pray together. Female worshippers at the sacred site are barred from performing religious rituals that Orthodox Jewish religious authorities say are solely for men. Women have repeatedly been detained for violating those rules, a continuing clash between the Orthodox rabbis who steer Israeli religious institutions and more liberal strains of Judaism in which women can use prayer shawls and lead congregations as rabbis.
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
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.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
One week before the first major test of the 2012 campaign, a Republican heavyweight who for now stands on the sidelines is making an appeal of a different sort. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be under the spotlight Saturday as he hosts "The Response: A call to prayer for a nation in crisis. " "There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees," Perry writes on the website for the event. Perry is hosting the gathering along with the American Family Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1991 | Associated Press
Catholic Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, president of U.S. bishops, has urged prayers and financial support for Kurds and other refugees in the Middle East. Catholic Relief Services has provided nearly $4 million in emergency relief to the Kurds, hundreds of thousands of whom fled their homes following an Iraqi crackdown that came in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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