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November 22, 2005 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Tottering on stilettos, Amira Shalash, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, tossed back her long, tousled hair and tugged at the neckline of her sweater, which had slipped off her shoulder. Giggling, her friends -- who wear hijabs, traditional Muslim head scarves -- teased her that she was not dressed modestly enough. The nine young women were gathered to learn about the nation's first Islamic sorority.
November 7, 2005 | MICHAEL MCGOUGH
IN BRITAIN, WHERE I just spent a busman's holiday, civil libertarians, religious leaders and even the comedian Rowan Atkinson are savaging Prime Minister Tony Blair for proposing to criminalize "incitement to religious hatred."
October 20, 2005
Re "Make Miers pass a litmus test," Opinion, Oct. 18 Michael Stokes Paulsen and John Yoo, distinguished men of law both, nonetheless make a typical conservative error in describing "the judicial invention of rights not set forth in the Constitution." Surely they have read the 9th Amendment: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Surely they know that when the framers drafted the Bill of Rights, their intent was not to put a ceiling on individual rights but rather a floor.
October 11, 2005
Re "Bush Bolsters His Advocacy of Miers," Oct. 9 The Harriet E. Miers nomination for the Supreme Court may be the scariest move our president has made of late. The reliance on wink-wink insider information about her is anti-democratic. The winks are really about her religious beliefs, not her judicial competence or knowledge, which are irrelevant to President Bush's goal of appointing someone who will please a religious few. And as noted in "Cronyism as a core value" (Opinion, Oct. 7)
August 25, 2005 | Mario M. Cuomo, MARIO M. CUOMO was governor of New York from 1983 to 1995.
FOR MORE THAN 20 years, some conservative clerics and politicians have bitterly criticized Catholic public officials for refusing to use their office to "correct" the law of the land. They demand that Catholic officials make political decisions reflecting their religious belief that abortion is tantamount to murder and work to overturn Roe vs. Wade and other laws that make abortion legal. Most of the targeted officials have been Democrats such as Ted Kennedy, Gerry Ferraro and John Kerry.
July 4, 2005 | Kevin W. McCullough, Times Staff Writer
Religion is the "unmovable foundation" on which Dr. James Keany bases his practice of medicine. He sometimes stops and prays with a patient coping with tragedy or life-changing illness, and he prays silently for many more. "Patients are more than just an accumulation of lab tests and data. They are a living, breathing, feeling, spiritual entity," the Mission Viejo doctor said. Praying with his patients doesn't cure their illnesses, he added, but it helps comfort them in a difficult time.
March 9, 2005
Why all the fuss about governments with a religious bent? A common refrain is that the U.S. is a "Christian nation." Why is an Islamic-based government bad? A Jewish one as is Israel? A Catholic one as Ireland? How about one based on Zoroastrianism or Buddhism, Sikhism or many other religious beliefs? A. Trujillo Escareno Tustin
February 28, 2005 | Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writer
The elderly Hmong woman sat beside her family as the neurologist explained that she would die without the surgery her husband refused to permit. The doctor said a blood vessel in the nearly unconscious woman's brain had ruptured, filling her skull with blood. In a slow, loud voice he described how the pressure was pushing her brain into the hole at the base of her skull, according to Kathie Culhane-Pera, a St. Paul, Minn., physician who witnessed and took notes on the exchange.
December 14, 2004
In the Dec. 10 article about Canada's Supreme Court allowing the introduction of a law allowing same-sex marriage, one truly wonderful comment jumped out at me. Prime Minister Paul Martin's statement that "religious beliefs must be held separate from the nation's laws" is an exact opposite of the current philosophy espoused by the White House. Although our founding fathers envisioned a separation of church and state, our president seems to want his religious beliefs on abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage crafted into law. We are definitely not the democracy the creators of the Constitution had in mind when they set down a blueprint for our country.
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