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May 19, 1991
In response to "Justices Prohibit Prayer at Public School Rites," front page, May 7: Let's be consistent. If we strike prayer from graduation exercises because it violates the principle of separation of church and state, then let's get rid of the God-talk in other public places (we would never want to be judged for referring to the creator in public). How about "In Us We Trust" on our coins? and "We Bless America" and " . . . one nation under our political leaders with liberty and justice for all"?
November 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center will host an interfaith day of prayer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara. The theme of the conference will be "Celebrating Our Common Ground." The event will feature representatives of many religions discussing prayer according to their faiths.
December 24, 2000
Last Tuesday, I attended a meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to support the living wage proposal. First, we were invited to join in prayer. However, the gentleman offering the invocation seemed not to understand where he was and why he was there. Instead of inviting all present to join in a spirit of cooperation by calling upon their own God or higher power for guidance during the proceedings, he subjected us to a mini-sermon extolling the virtues of accepting Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2011 | By Lawrence M. Krauss
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dancing closer and closer to a bid for the U.S. presidency. He's talking to his wife (she's counseling him, he says, to get out of his comfort zone), to potential fundraisers and, presumably, to God. On Aug. 6, Perry will convene a Christian day of prayer and fasting to "seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation. " Perry's call came in the form of an official proclamation from the office of the governor urging "Americans of faith" to pray on Aug. 6, but his press release narrowed that down: The event at Reliant Stadium in Houston, dubbed the Response, would be a "Christian prayer service.
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.
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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