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February 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Stanford researchers have discovered that the introduction of Western religions is changing hunting patterns in the Amazon and affecting the region's biodiversity. The biologists extensively questioned members of the Makushi and Wapishana tribes in the Guyanese Amazon about their eating habits and which animals they hunted. They found that in areas where Western religions had gained a foothold, hunting and eating animals that had been banned by traditional shamans increased. Likewise, consumption of other animals increased in areas that had been protected by shamanic practice.
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NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A challenge to part of President Obama's healthcare law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens United decision, the justices ruled that corporations had full free-speech rights in election campaigns. Now, they're being asked to decide whether for-profit companies are entitled to religious liberties. At issue in Tuesday's oral argument before the court is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide workers a health plan that covers the full range of contraceptives, including morning-after pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2000
I read the religion section regularly and enjoy it greatly. I thought the Nov. 25 page was particularly good in many ways, but mostly because two articles dealt with our cultural ignorance of and bias against Islam and Muslims. (I have already congratulated Connie Regener). I am Christian (member of the Crystal Cathedral) and am pained by the insensitivity of society's attitudes and stereotyping of these beautiful persons (at least the several dozen Muslims that I have met). Thanks for your part in attempting to enlighten us all. MARGIL W. WADLEY Adjunct Professor in Chemistry Chapman University Re "Let's Make Tolerance a Holiday Goal," Nov. 25: This is an unusual time for "Tolerance"--Christianity: Advent; Islam: Ramadan; Judaism: Hanukkah--all within the same month.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between the Obama administration and businesses run by conservative Christians over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner's religious beliefs. The decision to hear the cases, which could affect millions of women with employer-provided health plans, means that for a second time, the justices will decide the fate of a key part of President Obama's healthcare law. Last year, the court in a 5-4 decision upheld the requirement that individuals obtain basic health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1997
In these days when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, it is good to read an article such as "Heavenly Harmony" (Nov. 15), where Orange County people of different religious faiths get together in fellowship and harmony, tolerant of the beliefs of each other. That is what religious freedom in our country is all about. However, this is not the same "religious freedom" that the growing Christian fundamentalist movement today complains about being lacking in our society. What our fundamentalists want is the freedom to force their narrow Christian beliefs upon the rest of us by the use of government and our schools.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2009 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
America is a melting pot not only of culture but also religion, according to a survey released Wednesday. Many Americans attend services outside of their own religion, and blend Christianity with Eastern and New Age beliefs, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life said. The nationwide poll of 4,013 adults found that a third regularly or occasionally attended religious services at more than one location -- and 24% of the public overall worshiped outside their faith.
NEWS
March 30, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Constitution's guarantee of the "free exercise" of religion protects a person who belongs to no established church, but who invokes personal religious beliefs as the basis for his actions. In a 9-0 decision, the court said that Illinois officials cannot deny unemployment benefits to a Peoria man who said that his personal religious views prevented him from working on Sunday. Individual religious beliefs need not flow from a "tenet or dogma . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Orange County Human Relations Commission on Thursday condemned an anonymous political flyer that attacked the religious beliefs of a Democratic candidate for Congress just before the June 2 primary. The commission, in a unanimous decision, described the flyer as "disgusting and appalling" and called for an investigation.
NEWS
January 15, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A sharply divided federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a landlord may refuse to rent to an unmarried couple if doing so would violate his or her religious scruples. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a case from Alaska, but the 2-1 ruling would also apply to California and appears to override the state housing discrimination law as well as similar laws in several other Western state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1994 | GEORGE H. GALLUP JR. and ROBERT BEZILLA, Princeton Religion Research Center
As we grow older, our energy, sex drive, memory, income, health and physical senses usually enter a state of gradual decline. But religious belief--and the comfort and happiness it provides--increases with age for most Americans.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: We have been experiencing an outbreak of bedbugs in one of our rental communities. Our exterminator inspected the entire property and then told us he would need to use a specially trained dog to sniff out the bedbugs in the individual units. We gave each resident a 24-hour notice that we would be entering each unit with a trained dog to inspect for bugs. One of the residents came to our office after we issued these notices. She said that it would violate her religious beliefs to allow a dog to sniff around her unit and belongings.
OPINION
October 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Why did Gov. Jerry Brown bother signing a law to encourage childhood vaccinations if his immediate intent was to undermine it? With rising numbers of parents succumbing to discredited fears that childhood inoculations cause autism, AB 2109 was supposed to tighten the state's lax rules that allow parents to exempt their children from vaccinations based on "personal belief. " Under the law, parents could still send their children to public school without the vaccinations, but first they would have to submit a form signed by a health professional showing that they had been informed about the risks and benefits of immunization.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Michael McGough
In journalism, a “standing hed” is a headline that can be used over and over because the event it describes is recurring. My favorite standing hed is “Pope Prays for Peace,” but the New York Times this week had one that is becoming equally familiar: “Bishops Reject Birth Control Compromise.” The main point of the story was that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had rejected the Obama administration's latest tinkering with its...
SCIENCE
February 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Stanford researchers have discovered that the introduction of Western religions is changing hunting patterns in the Amazon and affecting the region's biodiversity. The biologists extensively questioned members of the Makushi and Wapishana tribes in the Guyanese Amazon about their eating habits and which animals they hunted. They found that in areas where Western religions had gained a foothold, hunting and eating animals that had been banned by traditional shamans increased. Likewise, consumption of other animals increased in areas that had been protected by shamanic practice.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I am a first-time landlord who just bought a six-unit apartment building as a personal investment. My Christian faith is extremely important to me and affects every aspect of my life. I would prefer to rent out the apartments in my building to other Christians, not because I am prejudiced against non-Christians but because I like the idea of creating a community of believers living together in fellowship. I have been told that the fair housing laws do not allow me to specify in my advertising that I will accept only Christian tenants.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Judges put new therapy law in limbo," Dec. 5 U.S. District Judge William Shubb and psychologist Joseph Nicolosi have confused the right to express an opinion with the duty to do one's job. It is one thing to have a personal opinion; it is another thing to impose that opinion on people who pay you for a service. The opinion that "conversion therapy" for homosexuals works is just that - an opinion; it is not factual. There is no serious evidence to support the practice, only wishful thinking and personal or religious beliefs.
NEWS
October 5, 1988 | Associated Press
Marilyn Quayle said today she resents the attention given to her parents' interest in a fundamentalist preacher who routinely attacks unions, feminists and homosexuals. The wife of GOP vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle said she and her husband attend Presbyterian churches but acknowledged that her father, Warren Tucker, and her late mother listened for years to tapes by Col. Robert Thieme.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kirk Cameron has never been shy about stating his political and religious beliefs, so he's also not been shy when it comes to controversy. And the former "Growing Pains" star stepped right into a big controversy on Tuesday morning, when he told "Today" show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb that he believed Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin to be "a good man. " Akin has resisted increasingly louder calls from members of his own...
OPINION
June 17, 2012
Is religious freedom suddenly under attack in America? That's what the nation's Roman Catholic bishops and some non-Catholic allies would have you believe. But reports of the demise of this fundamental liberty are greatly exaggerated. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopshas designated June 21 to July 4 as a "fortnight for freedom. " During those two weeks, the church will trumpet its already well-known opposition to an Obama administration regulation that private health insurance plans include contraception services.
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