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July 15, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Glen Coughlin will sign. Gladly. Oh yes, says the dean of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, he fully backs the Vatican requirement for Roman Catholic theologians to pledge, in writing, that they will teach "authentic Catholic doctrine." Call this truth in advertising, Coughlin says: Those billed as Catholic theologians should accurately present Catholic teachings. John Connolly will not sign. Absolutely not.
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July 7, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Seventh-day Adventist college can participate in a state program that pays for courses and programs at public and private colleges. The state failed to prove that Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., was "pervasively sectarian" and therefore ineligible for state money, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 26.
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June 12, 2001 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court strengthened the free-speech rights of religious groups Monday, ruling that a Christian youth group must be permitted to hold an after-school Bible study class in a public elementary school. Because officials in a small central New York town had allowed civic and social groups to use their school buildings, they also must open their doors to the Bible study group, the justices said in a 6-3 ruling.
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June 9, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ari Ringelheim and David Cohen sat across from each other at a table littered with papers and books in the sanctuary at the Toras Hashem synagogue in Valley Village. Dressed conservatively in white shirts and dark pants, the young scholars vigorously debated a passage from the Talmud, the classic compendium of Jewish laws and commentaries that dates back 1,500 years.
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October 26, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With children everywhere discussing the costumes and treats they expected for Halloween, it was natural enough that a teacher at Olinda Elementary School would assign her students to read a book themed to the holiday. But then a parent objected that Halloween was offensive to people of her faith. The teacher turned to her principal, Brenda Clark, who resolved the problem by suggesting the child be assigned a different book.
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September 30, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aryeh Fein put a gnarled ram's horn to his lips and blew until veins stood out on his forehead. The 10-year-old from Rancho Santa Margarita sounded the shofar Friday morning to herald the start of Rosh Hashana in a program sponsored by Morasha Jewish Day School in Mission Viejo. "I blew it a little too long," Aryeh said, sitting in the grass until his dizziness passed. "It's cool because it makes so much noise."
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September 29, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years Rabbi Yehoshua Kohl and his wife, Aviva, were amazed to come across Jews who knew little or nothing about Judaism or the rituals of such Jewish holidays as Rosh Hashana, which begins at sundown today. A year ago, they decided to do something about it, opening a nonprofit center--thought by leaders in the Jewish community to be the first of its kind in Los Angeles--where any Jew, no matter what level of interest or affiliation, could study any or all aspects of the ancient faith.
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July 9, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents from all over the country hunched over notebooks Saturday and absorbed advice during the 17th annual Christian Home Educators Convention, which ends today at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Parents examined new teaching materials at the many vendor booths and traded tips about curriculum. Students attended the conference to befriend other home-schooled kids and to trade stories about their parents and their education.
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July 7, 2000 | ANN L. KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along with the usual workshops on "Biblical Child Training" and "Defending the Christian Faith Against Evolutionary Humanism," the annual Christian Home Educators Convention this weekend will offer help to seemingly out-of-place visitors--secular learners. Home schooling, once the province of parents opposed to scholastic restrictions or to teaching evolution, increasingly is drawing parents who simply believe traditional schools are failing their children.
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February 10, 2000 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sister Ida Peterfy, who founded a forward-looking order of nuns that was one of the first in the country to eschew wearing the traditional habit, died Tuesday after a long struggle with lymphoma. She was 77. Peterfy began the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart, dedicated to religious education, in her native Hungary in 1940.
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