July 29, 1990
In the state of California and in most of the other states, a woman has a right to an abortion. Lawyers must know what the law is and must let their alleged intellect dominate any religious beliefs. Rose Cumare should immediately resign from the legal profession and not just from the bar association. She, and other women lawyers with similar 15th-Century beliefs, should retire to a nunnery and their male counterparts to a monastery. GERALD WINSTON Marina del Rey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992
Neuhaus would have us believe there is something un-American about keeping private one's own religious beliefs and practices. Nothing could be further from the truth. By asserting that the Supreme Court's recent decision in Lee vs. Weisman is "anti-democratic," Neuhaus seems oblivious to the fact that the United States is a constitutional democracy. The genius of the First Amendment is precisely that it imposes a powerful check upon unbridled majoritarianism. The very essence of our nation's unique contribution to civilization is that "the great majority of Americans" cannot ride roughshod over the rights of racial, ethnic, political, religious or other minorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2000 |
A North Carolina high school teacher is fighting her suspension after telling administrators that she practices a pagan religion associated with witchcraft. Shari Eicher, who teaches 11th-grade English at Scotland High School in Laurinburg, said she was escorted off campus by officials of the school and suspended with pay indefinitely Monday because of her religious beliefs.
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.
February 8, 2013 |
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...
July 22, 1986 |
A lawyer for Tennessee school officials said Monday that some people's religious beliefs are so "sweeping" that the only place for their children to be taught is at home or in private religious schools. Timothy Dyk told U.S. District Judge Thomas Hull that a suit by fundamentalist parents challenging the 1983 Holt Basic Readers as "anti-Christian" had far greater ramifications. "This is a case about a whole curriculum," Dyk said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1989
Among the peoples of the developed world, only Americans profess and practice religious beliefs in large numbers. This singular situation may well derive from another unique attribute of the American system: the legal separation of church and state. Unfortunately, the U.S.
April 17, 1990 |
The Supreme Court ruled today there is no constitutional right to take the hallucinogenic drug peyote as a religious practice. The justices, voting 6-3, said Oregon officials may deny unemployment benefits to two fired drug counselors who ingested small amounts of peyote in Indian religious ceremonies. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the court, said the First Amendment does not permit people to break the law in the name of religious freedom.