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January 13, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Representatives of Bulgaria's many political factions Friday agreed on a compromise draft plan aimed at easing potentially volatile ethnic tensions that have threatened to overwhelm the country's efforts to establish genuine democracy.
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August 11, 1995 | Louis P. Sheldon, The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon heads the Traditional Values Coalition, a grass-roots church lobby group. He is among the sponsors of the religious equality amendment now before Congress.
From coast to coast, religious expression in public places, especially in schools, is under assault. Court decisions have relegated religious freedom to the back of the bus. Now President Clinton is attempting to block the religious equality constitutional amendment now being considered by Congress. The President last month directed officials to distribute guidelines to the nation's public schools on what religious activities are allowed on campuses.
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March 29, 1991 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. politicians and church leaders are gearing up to exert more pressure on China to respect religious freedom and release prisoners of conscience, two U.S. congressmen said here Thursday. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) said they met earlier in the day with Premier Li Peng and gave him a letter, signed by 110 members of Congress, calling for the release of 77 Protestant and Catholic leaders believed to be imprisoned or under house arrest.
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September 10, 2000 | BENJAMIN J. HUBBARD, Benjamin J. Hubbard is professor and chairman of the department of comparative religion at Cal State Fullerton. He is writing a book on religious diversity
The historic first meeting of many of the world's religious and spiritual leaders at the United Nations Aug. 28-31 made clear both the promise and the challenges to interfaith cooperation in the century ahead. Over 1,000 high-ranking religionists listened to prayers, music and speeches, and took part in seminars dealing with religion's role in promoting peace, eradicating poverty and halting environmental degradation.
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September 9, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When Congress passed landmark legislation in 1998 to support international religious freedom, faith groups universally hailed it as a potentially powerful tool in helping arrest the rising level of persecution against religious believers worldwide. Now, after two years, some of them are starting to wonder: Has any of it mattered? This week, the State Department issued its second country-by-country report analyzing the state of religious freedom around the world.
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August 11, 2008 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Jesus Suarez, a Santeria priest, had slit the throat of one goat that June afternoon. He had three more goats, two sheep and 44 chickens to go. But before he could finish the ritual sacrifice, Coral Gables police swarmed the house where he and some 20 other followers of the Afro-Cuban religion had gathered to worship. The officers, Suarez recalls, pointed their guns at the devotees and screamed at them to freeze. Suarez could hear a couple of worshipers in the front yard yelling, "No dispare!"
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January 31, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
When the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom took testimony in Los Angeles this week on North Korea's human rights abuses, local Korean Americans were pleased that the federal agency was showing such concern about the persecution of Christians above the 38th parallel. In a world convulsed by ethnic tensions and religious conflicts, the commission has been busy documenting such human rights violations since it was created by Congress in 1998.
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August 11, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The roots of Firuz Kazemzadeh's passion for religious freedom are depicted in a grainy, century-old photo. The photo, published in a report on a minority faith xgroup in Iran known as Bahais, shows four grim-faced males in chains. One was later stabbed to death, another strangled for refusing to renounce their faith; the other two were released.
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April 30, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With patriotic Vietnamese songs blaring from speakers at the Cultural Court in Little Saigon, hundreds gathered waving flags Sunday to mark the 26th anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam. Political and religious leaders took the podium to remember the April 30 surrender of the Saigon Government in 1975 and to call for religious freedom and basic human rights. In Vietnam last year, said Rep.
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March 19, 1998 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three leading American clergymen back from a three-week investigation of religious freedom in China reported guarded hope Wednesday that authorities will begin easing restrictions on worship as a result of the clerics' talks with President Jiang Zemin and other senior officials. They cited no immediate results of their February visit but stressed the unprecedented and candid nature of their discussions with the Chinese leadership.
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