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July 22, 1994
The religious right should be renamed the religious wrong. CHARLES W. LeCOMPTE Santa Barbara
April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Steven Spielberg continues to take his time pondering his follow-up to 2012's "Lincoln," the director has added another movie project to his plate, the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," according to a Variety report. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct "Edgardo Mortara," which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co., but it will not be his next project, the report says . Based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book, the film will tell the true story of an Italian Jewish boy who in 1858 was taken from his parents by authorities in the Papal States and raised as a Catholic; he later became an Augustinian priest.  Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for Spielberg's previous historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Munich," is in the early stages of adapting the book.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan  |  Sharkey  |  Olsen News of the project once again raises the question of when Spielberg will get back behind the camera, and for which film.
November 8, 2003
IN Tim Rutten's article on former Fox News Channel producer Charlie Reina's memo about alleged conservative bias at that network ("Miles From 'Fair and Balanced,' " Nov. 1), I am identified as a "conservative religious commentator." I'm not sure what that means since my syndicated column (in 557 newspapers and distributed by Tribune Media Services, which is hardly a "religious" organization) mostly deals with secular subjects others write about. So does my "After Hours" show on Fox, which includes liberals, Democrats, pagans and, occasionally, a "religious" person.
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Passover begins at sundown Monday (today) and the Transportation Security Administration is assuring fliers that its officers will be sensitive to carry-on items associated with the Jewish holiday. "Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual," the agency said in an April 2 statement . "Matzo can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily. Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzo, may request a hand inspection by the TSO [transportation security officer]
November 16, 1992
Isn't it interesting how the use of scare tactics influenced the outcome of the last two presidential elections? In 1988 the Republicans won with the use of the Willie Horton scare and in 1992 the Democrats used the religious right as their bogyman. The only difference is that Willie Horton actually had committed murder and rape whereas the religious right only tended to bother the moral sensitivity of some people. ALVIN KIRTZ San Clemente
November 20, 1992
I couldn't help but notice that on the same day that right-winger Thomas' column called for religious conservatives to separate their children from the "failed public school system," there was an article inside Section A telling of a Mormon breakaway school's principal condemning a student for wearing a Penguin (Batman's archenemy) T-shirt. This was seen as a sign of devil worship by this esteemed gentleman. And you wonder why the religious right is so often ridiculed, Mr. Thomas? When will people wake up and realize that religion is the problem, not the answer?
November 13, 1993
The studies reported in the article "Faith Found to Give Strength to the Elderly" (Oct. 30) are flawed and cannot be taken seriously. In one case, researcher Shirley Owens found that even individuals who no longer recognize family members may benefit from religious practices. In fact, any one-on-one attention, religious or otherwise, will be temporarily therapeutic to a nursing home patient. In another case, professor Robert W. Duff said his studies showed that "religiously active older people had relatively high life satisfaction ratings."
April 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama told religious leaders at the White House for the annual Easter prayer breakfast. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.
April 7, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Whether a business can refuse to do business with same-sex couples may be a hot political topic, but it's apparently not ready for prime time at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday , the court declined to review a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court holding that a photographer had to shoot a same-sex “commitment ceremony.” But don't jump to the conclusion that the court refused to take this case because of sympathy for gay rights or an unwillingness to approve religious objections to complying with a particular law. (That is the issue in the Hobby Lobby case involving a company that objects to a federal requirement that it provide certain contraceptives in its employee health plans)
April 5, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.
April 4, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws.  Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
April 4, 2014
Re "Seeking souls, not votes," Opinion, April 2 Holy doctrinal evolution! The Southern Baptist Convention's Russell Moore urged conservative evangelicals to shelve ardent efforts to thwart gay marriage and even to push hard for immigration reform. The religious right's reassessment of its regressive political agenda may stem from placing too much blind faith in electing conservative evangelicals. After all, in recent times such politicians - while sermonizing on gay marriage, illegal immigration and more - have wound up favoring wealthy patrons' interests much more than those of their faithful electoral base.
April 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Mississippi's governor signed into law Thursday a measure that allows individuals and organizations to sue the government over laws that they feel thwart their ability to practice religion. “I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement.  Civil rights groups and advocates of the gay community had opposed the measure and believe that when it takes effect in July it could lead to increased discrimination of gays and lesbians.
April 2, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Mississippi lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow citizens and businesses to challenge laws they see as substantially in conflict with their religious beliefs. The bill, in the hands of Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday, would put into place a law similar to what  Arizona has on its books -- and had sought to expand as part of a controversial proposal that was recently vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Several other states have considered similar religious freedom bills this year.
March 28, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Whenever Hollywood makes a movie from a well-loved story or saga - Batman, Tolkien, "50 Shades of Grey" - there's usually a period of ... well ... let's call it adjustment , along with a "spirited" give-and-take among fans over such things as casting, content and approach. Usually, though, the material's devotees don't believe the filmmakers will burn in hell if their ideas are ignored. (OK ... maybe the Dark Knight crowd does. We all know they can get a little intense.) But that's precisely the belief with "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's $130-million retelling of the Old Testament account of apocalyptic deluge and a floating ark that opens on March 28. The same people who gripe that Hollywood never makes any faith-based movies are complaining because Hollywood has gone and made a religious movie, albeit one that might not be as literal-minded as they'd like.
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