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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2007 |
Sixty-three years ago this week, as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation in an extraordinary moment of mass prayer. "Almighty God," Roosevelt said as millions of Americans gathered around their radios June 6, 1944, "Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."
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"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001 |
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.
May 23, 2005
In reading "Far-Off Healing" [May 2], I could not help but think about the old Peanuts comic strip in which Linus and Charlie Brown ponder one of faith's imponderables, how many angels fit on the head of a pin, the answer being "10 if they are skinny and 5 if they are fat." Trying to gauge the effect of "distant prayer efforts" of one faith or another seems to be just that. We will never know the answer, and I doubt that, in looking closely, a "scientific study" will be able to say much one way or the other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
June 9, 1991 |
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.
August 27, 2013 |
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.
April 11, 2013 |
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.
August 5, 2011 |
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.