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August 21, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
April 13, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Raised on his father's and grandfather's tales of military service in India, Amitoj Chhabra wanted nothing more than to follow in their footsteps and join the U.S. Air Force. "I dreamt it. I slept it. It was all I ever thought about 24/7," Chhabra recalled. But the dream died before he even reached boot camp. When he tried to enlist, Chhabra, a Sikh from Reno, was told that his long hair and beard, which Sikhs are religiously mandated to keep unshorn, collided with Air Force grooming requirements.
October 24, 1986 | Associated Press
The Seattle Mariners, the only team in professional baseball that has never had a winning season, have started a campaign to get religion out of the clubhouse. "We have too many (players) who think that if we lose, that's the way the Lord meant it to be," said team General Manager Dick Balderson, who was interviewed while in Boston for the World Series. "Changes have to be made, with the idea that when they come to the park they will be thinking baseball." Reliever Matt Young agrees.
April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
September 12, 2001
War has just been declared by the enemies of our country. We must exterminate them immediately. We know who they are and where they are. It is time to unleash our terrible might and destroy the enemies of peace, wherever they are, on this Earth. I am, of course, referring to all the terrorist organizations whose insanity continues to plague us all. I'm sure our secret government organizations know where most of these people are. We take them out. Now. Jim Pappas Torrance I watched the World Trade Center towers fall down Tuesday morning while I got ready for school.
October 29, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
As a college student in Mexico, Marta Khadija Ramirez was so influenced by Marxist and existentialist writers that she stopped believing in God. That changed during a semester at a British school, where she was a visiting student and three Muslim classmates introduced her to Islam. She decided to convert. But imagine the difficulty of a Latina steeped in Roman Catholic tradition trying to explain Islam to her family in 1983. And imagine that one of her sisters is a Catholic nun.
December 21, 2011
Beyond Religion Ethics for a Whole World His Holiness the Dalai Lama Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 188 pp., $24
May 15, 1993
Religion is a cop-out for prejudice. KATHLEEN MITCHELL MAYNARD San Jacinto
July 16, 2013
Re "Miracle or coincidence?," Postscript, July 13 Lawrence R. Krauss says that a major problem with miracles is that they condition you to believe in faith over science. I couldn't agree more. Moreover, I can speak to the hostility of religion toward science. I teach a philosophy course at a local community college. We discuss metaphysics, free will, the arguments for the existence of God, the scientific method, evolution, epistemology and various ethical theories. Many of my students are downright hostile toward evolution.
March 31, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The box office results of Russell Crowe's “Noah” this weekend ushered in, as it inevitably would, report cards on how the movie fared with religious audiences. The run-up to the film's release included plenty of conversation about whether director Darren Aronofsky sufficiently took into account more devotional readings of the text (and, more to the point, people who have devotional readings of the text). The post-release debate could, then, only continue that examination, asking to what extent the film's $44 million in U.S. box office came from that constituency, and the feelings toward the movie from same.
March 26, 2014
Re “Religious rights case at high court could have a ripple effect,” March 24 The religious right wants to take us back to the good old days when women were denied access to birth control and contraception. The fundamentalists in all religions have this in common: They discriminate against women, and they want to control them. The Supreme Court must decide whether for-profit companies, because of the religious objections of the owners, can deny employees the health coverage to which they are entitled by law. Hobby Lobby has 13,000 employees from all walks of life and religious persuasions.
March 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Time Television Critic
Simon Schama, the British historian and television personality and name-in-the-title host of "Simon Schama's History of Britain," "Simon Schama's Power of Art," "Simon Schama's Shakespeare" and "Simon Schama's Obama's America," is back with "Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews. " Premiering Tuesday on PBS, it attempts to distill 3,000 years of Jewish history into five hours of TV and does a fine, if necessarily incomplete, job of it. Like many British documentaries - the series originally aired in September on the BBC - "The Story of the Jews" comes with a personal touch.
March 23, 2014
Re "These claims shouldn't have a prayer," Opinion, March 18, and "Religious rights in a for-profit world," Opinion, March 19 Both these compelling Op-Ed articles allude to conundrums that inevitably arise from allowing religious beliefs to trump common sense. It's regrettable that the Obama administration exempted churches and some religious organizations from providing employee health insurance that covers contraception. But had that legal bone not been thrown to Christian legislators, the Affordable Car Act - enacted by the narrowest of margins - probably would not have survived.
March 21, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear 90 minutes of oral arguments in a case that will determine whether bosses who have religious objections to birth control can deny their female employees the contraceptive coverage to which they are entitled under federal law. We're not talking about bosses who are nuns. Or bosses who run parochial schools, or Catholic-affiliated hospitals, or other explicitly religious organizations. We're talking about bosses who own secular, for-profit businesses -- crafts stores, in the case of Hobby Lobby, and kitchen cabinet makers, in the case of Conestoga Woods.
March 18, 2014 | By Michael A. Helfand
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate - the requirement that employers provide employee health insurance that covers contraception - impermissibly infringes on the religious liberty of religiously motivated corporations. The legal battles over the mandate have been legion; more than 300 plaintiffs have filed more than 90 cases across the country, all contending that providing health coverage for contraception would require them to violate their faith.
February 27, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - The Hindu epic "Ramayana" features a 10-headed villain, a magical golden deer and the flying monkey god Hanuman. But when an American religion scholar described the canonical poem as fictional, some religious conservatives were shocked. Angered by what they called an insulting, inaccurate and sexualized depiction of India's predominant faith by University of Chicago divinity professor Wendy Doniger, Hindu activists waged a four-year court battle against her book "The Hindus: An Alternative History.
February 27, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
There were a lot of very good reasons for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto that obnoxiously discriminatory law that would have allowed businesses to not serve gays -- or anyone else -- if the owner believed something about the person -- sexual orientation, race -- offended his or her religion. We've detailed many of those good arguments against the bill in blog posts and on the editorial page . Of course, the cynical read of the situation is that Brewer's decision was based on political pragmatism rather than a principled stand against discrimination.
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