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November 7, 2003
Re "Episcopalians Consecrate Openly Gay Bishop," Nov. 3: The conservatives of the Episcopal Church, and the entire Anglican Communion, are threatening a schism over the consecration of an openly gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson. These folks who hide their bigotry, ignorance and fear behind the skirts of religion are obviously overlooking Christ's teachings of inclusiveness and love for all. It's quite possible that the church would be far better off without them. Richard Kinz Atascadero
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OPINION
November 7, 2003
Re "Episcopalians Consecrate Openly Gay Bishop," Nov. 3: The conservatives of the Episcopal Church, and the entire Anglican Communion, are threatening a schism over the consecration of an openly gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson. These folks who hide their bigotry, ignorance and fear behind the skirts of religion are obviously overlooking Christ's teachings of inclusiveness and love for all. It's quite possible that the church would be far better off without them. Richard Kinz Atascadero
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NEWS
May 26, 1985 | ALAN MALTUN, Times Staff Writer
A group of Muslims is charging that the Walnut Planning Commission rejected a proposed mosque because of religious bigotry rather than sound planning considerations. The charge is vehemently denied by commission members, who have unanimously opposed the group's request to build a temple even though the city staff had recommended approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | From Associated Press
For months, President Clinton and his party have turned the other cheek in the face of scorching, sometimes outlandish onslaughts by religious and cultural conservatives. But within the last 10 days, the President, his surgeon general, a member of the House leadership and Democratic consultants have gone out front with criticism of "the radical right" and its "extreme agenda." The apparently uncoordinated counterattacks signal a new and potentially risky strategy of Democratic engagement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1987 | Associated Press
Leaders of evangelical fundamentalists and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith have pledged to work together in overcoming evils of anti-Semitism and "other forms of religious bigotry."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1985
It is about time that Conrad and his colleagues recognize that the Star of David is a symbol of religious and historical significance to millions of people in this country as well as elsewhere in the world. To use the Star of David to suggest that the President of the United States is being held hostage by the Jewish people--which is exactly what the cartoon suggests, regardless of what Conrad's intended "message" may have been--is religious bigotry of the lowest order. DAVID ROSENBLUM Los Angeles The Times has received 85 letters on the cartoon; all but 3 were critical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1987
I would like to take the opportunity to commend staff writer Carol McGraw and Times research librarian Susanna Shuster for the excellent work they produced on "Bewitching: Covens of the '80s" (Metro, Oct. 31). The information was accurate, and presented in a sensitive, responsible manner. This is a significant achievement, considering the centuries of misinformation, most of it maliciously motivated, which obscure the present-day religion of Wicce as well as the ancient beliefs which it encompasses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1989
I was sorry to read on the front page of Calendar ("O.C. 'Sorcery' Fund-Raiser Goes Poof" by Mark I. Pinsky, June 15) that once again the religionists were allowed to dictate what others can do, think and see. I was sorry to read that the Laguna Playhouse decided that the Rev. Jerry Tankersley knows more about what is good and righteous for adult, intelligent theatergoers than they do. The Laguna Playhouse should have had a little more courage and...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1994
Bigotry is wrong, but it is alive and growing in Simi Valley. This past week we have seen two examples of ethnic, religious and racial bigotry. Two "anonymous" leaflets were distributed at school campuses. The authors refused to name themselves, nor are they willing to come forward. Both remind me of the Ku Klux Klan, hiding behind sheets (paper), vicious, wrong and bigoted. In both cases we had religious bigotry. One against Jews and the other against Christians. Both were distributed by stealth, unwilling to face the light of day or debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1990
Recently, acts of vandalism, including graffiti, robbery and arson, have been committed against churches and synagogues in the Sunland-Tujunga area. This escalated to overt religious hatred on May 12, 1990, when the Verdugo Hills Hebrew Center was desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans, after an earlier fire bomb attack. We, the undersigned religious leaders in Tujunga, strongly condemn these acts and declare that an act of violence against any house of worship, whatever the faith, is directed against all of us. We take pride in the fact that we live in harmony with our neighbors and allow everyone freedom to worship as he or she chooses.
NEWS
June 25, 1994 | Associated Press
Eighty-seven GOP House members sought the resignation of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders on Friday, escalating a conflict over Democrats' attacks on right-wing Republicans. The Republicans' letter to President Clinton came two days after Elders, according to newspaper accounts, referred to the "un-Christian religious right" and added: "We've got to be strong to take on those people who are selling our children out in the name of religion."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1994
Bigotry is wrong, but it is alive and growing in Simi Valley. This past week we have seen two examples of ethnic, religious and racial bigotry. Two "anonymous" leaflets were distributed at school campuses. The authors refused to name themselves, nor are they willing to come forward. Both remind me of the Ku Klux Klan, hiding behind sheets (paper), vicious, wrong and bigoted. In both cases we had religious bigotry. One against Jews and the other against Christians. Both were distributed by stealth, unwilling to face the light of day or debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1990 | SHIREEN T. HUNTER, Shireen T. Hunter is a deputy director of the Middle East project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. and
U.S. and other Western forces deployed in Saudi Arabia, in vast array, in major part to defend the kingdom, have been under strict instructions not to display any sign of their religions because, the Saudis assert, this would be an affront to Islam. That is simply untrue. Intolerance of other religions reflects Saudi custom, not Islamic practice. The Wahabi sect, which is dominant in Saudi Arabia, even considers many non-Wahabi Muslims to be infidels.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anne Hogan Shereshevsky, a former nun and practicing Catholic, sat front row center the other night at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse "to see what all the hullabaloo was about." Her verdict, after attending a sold-out performance of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You," was a rave. The 11-year-old satirical farce, which centers on a nun's lecture about Catholic dogma, was "quite irreverent," rather tame ("they didn't show sexual intercourse") but "very enjoyable," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1990
Recently, acts of vandalism, including graffiti, robbery and arson, have been committed against churches and synagogues in the Sunland-Tujunga area. This escalated to overt religious hatred on May 12, 1990, when the Verdugo Hills Hebrew Center was desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans, after an earlier fire bomb attack. We, the undersigned religious leaders in Tujunga, strongly condemn these acts and declare that an act of violence against any house of worship, whatever the faith, is directed against all of us. We take pride in the fact that we live in harmony with our neighbors and allow everyone freedom to worship as he or she chooses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1989
I was sorry to read on the front page of Calendar ("O.C. 'Sorcery' Fund-Raiser Goes Poof" by Mark I. Pinsky, June 15) that once again the religionists were allowed to dictate what others can do, think and see. I was sorry to read that the Laguna Playhouse decided that the Rev. Jerry Tankersley knows more about what is good and righteous for adult, intelligent theatergoers than they do. The Laguna Playhouse should have had a little more courage and...
NEWS
December 4, 1988
Regarding the "The Cult Wars" (by Bob Sipchen, Nov. 17), I must confess I fear the witch-hunting mentality of groups like the Cult Awareness Network more than I do the new, alternative religions. Keep in mind that throughout history all new religious movements have been feared, labeled "subversive" and often persecuted. The accusations, criticisms and claims made against early Christians in Greco-Roman culture, for example, are startlingly identical to the charges made today against unpopular new movements.
NEWS
June 25, 1994 | Associated Press
Eighty-seven GOP House members sought the resignation of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders on Friday, escalating a conflict over Democrats' attacks on right-wing Republicans. The Republicans' letter to President Clinton came two days after Elders, according to newspaper accounts, referred to the "un-Christian religious right" and added: "We've got to be strong to take on those people who are selling our children out in the name of religion."
NEWS
December 4, 1988
Regarding the "The Cult Wars" (by Bob Sipchen, Nov. 17), I must confess I fear the witch-hunting mentality of groups like the Cult Awareness Network more than I do the new, alternative religions. Keep in mind that throughout history all new religious movements have been feared, labeled "subversive" and often persecuted. The accusations, criticisms and claims made against early Christians in Greco-Roman culture, for example, are startlingly identical to the charges made today against unpopular new movements.
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