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April 20, 1991 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Northern Arizona's red rock country is the scene of a growing dispute between the U.S. Forest Service and followers of the New Age movement, who say laws governing the use of public land restrict their religious freedom. The controversy involves the building of medicine wheels, sweat lodges and other New Age symbols on federal land near Sedona, 120 miles north of Phoenix. Devotees of the New Age believe in American Indian ideas of achieving harmony and balance in life, and respect for the Earth.
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April 20, 1991 | LEO W. BANKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Northern Arizona's red rock country is the scene of a growing dispute between the U.S. Forest Service and followers of the New Age movement, who say laws governing the use of public land restrict their religious freedom. The controversy involves the building of medicine wheels, sweat lodges and other New Age symbols on federal land near Sedona, 120 miles north of Phoenix. Devotees of the New Age believe in American Indian ideas of achieving harmony and balance in life, and respect for the Earth.
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March 16, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trying to distance herself from an embarrassing political episode in Arizona, said Wednesday that she regretted having sent a letter to a Republican activist suggesting the high court had endorsed the notion that "this is a Christian nation." Supporters of impeached former Gov. Evan Mecham cited O'Connor's letter in obtaining the Arizona Republican Party's adoption of a resolution proclaiming America as a "Christian nation."
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March 16, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trying to distance herself from an embarrassing political episode in Arizona, said Wednesday that she regretted having sent a letter to a Republican activist suggesting the high court had endorsed the notion that "this is a Christian nation." Supporters of impeached former Gov. Evan Mecham cited O'Connor's letter in obtaining the Arizona Republican Party's adoption of a resolution proclaiming America as a "Christian nation."
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March 16, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Churches can go to court to protect their congregations from being spied upon by undercover government agents, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case related to the 1984 sanctuary movement investigation. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a district judge in Phoenix must now decide whether four Arizona churches that were "bugged" by paid government informants have sustained continuing injury from the intrusion.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - When Arizona took controversial stands in the past - refusing to create a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and enacting a tough anti-illegal immigration law - state leaders shrugged off the criticism from out of state as the meddling of outsiders. But now, after the Legislature passed a measure to bolster the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion, Arizona leaders seem to be listening to a national outcry and are urging the governor to veto the bill.
MAGAZINE
March 21, 1993 | JACK EPSTEIN, Jack Epstein, a free-lance writer based in Rio de Janeiro, is a contributor to the Pacific News Service and the San Francisco Chronicle.
TWO DOZEN OIL PROSPECTORS WERE HACKING a trail through the deep Ecuadorean jungle just off the shores of the Aguarico River when they found themselves surrounded by a group of Cofan Indians. Gripping their machetes, the Ecuadoreans prepared for the worst. During the previous five years, various tribes of Amazon Indians had beaten or killed several prospectors trespassing on their land, and these oilmen had not bothered to get permission from the Cofans to carry out seismic studies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1999
In conjunction with the upcoming World Festival of Sacred Music, UCLA Extension will present a lecture/performance series that will look at different ways of "Expressing the Sacred Across the Arts and Across Life." The series will examine various traditions including Jewish music and art, mystical expression in Islam and the poetry of Rumi, devotional traditions of South Asia, African American gospel music and more.
NEWS
September 4, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Was legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez a religious mystic or a master manipulator? Did the tug of war over little Elian Gonzalez reveal him to be a political pawn or a Jesus-like Messiah child? And what does all this say about Latinos, and the power of religion in their communities? These were among the controversial questions asked this weekend at a national conference on "Hispanic Churches in American Public Life" at UC Santa Barbara.
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February 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
It's either a small fix to protect the free exercise of religion or a "no cake for gays" bill that would invite businesses to discriminate, depending on whom you talk to. The legislation,  SB 1062, would bolster a business owner's right to defend refusing service to someone when the owner believes doing so would violate their the practice and observance of religion. Supporters call it a "religious freedom" bill. As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer weighs whether to sign the measure into law, here's a look at what the proposal is all about.  Why was SB 1062 proposed?
NEWS
March 16, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Churches can go to court to protect their congregations from being spied upon by undercover government agents, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case related to the 1984 sanctuary movement investigation. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a district judge in Phoenix must now decide whether four Arizona churches that were "bugged" by paid government informants have sustained continuing injury from the intrusion.
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