CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2005 |
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.
October 1, 2013 |
At wintertime in a Jewish home in the United States, you're more likely to find a Christmas tree than a kosher kitchen. That's one of the findings in a sweeping new study of Jewish Americans from the Pew Research Center, which polled nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans about their beliefs and practices. Nearly one out of three Jewish Americans - 32% - said they had a Christmas tree in their home last year, Pew found. In comparison, only 22% said they kept kosher at home. The survey focused chiefly on nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans, including both religious and nonreligious Jews.
December 12, 2012 |
Fans of Manny Pacquiao have been searching for explanations since he was knocked out in the sixth round of his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday. Is he slowing down? Not the fighter he used to be? Got caught by a lucky punch? Well, Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia, has an explanation. "That's what he gets for changing his religion," she told Yahoo Sports Philippines . "Since the Protestant pastors came into his life, he has not focused on his boxing. Manny Pacquiao, who was previously Catholic, used to carry a rosary when entering the ring before becoming a Protestant in January.
September 28, 2010 |
If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist. Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to the term "blind faith. " A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn't identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation, according to the survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
December 2, 2012 |
Despite the increasing number of those who hold other faiths or no faith, Christians still wield substantial influence on our nation's cultural and ethical norms. After all, 73% of Americans still identify as Christian, according to a 2012 Pew Forum Study. So the fact that many churchgoers have changed their views about gay civil rights in recent years is one of the major under-reported reasons why same-sex marriage is now legal in nine states. It is also one of the reasons that the constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, which took away gay Californians' right to marry, may get a hearing in the Supreme Court this term (an announcement is expected on Monday)