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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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February 13, 1998 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Braving charges that they will be manipulated by China's Communist regime, three U.S. religious leaders met with President Jiang Zemin on Thursday in a high-profile bid to initiate a dialogue on religious freedom. The clerics declined to detail the content of their talk with Jiang but said they expressed concern to Chinese authorities over reports of religious persecution. "We can tell you we've had very meaningful dialogue. . . . We were not lectured," said the Rev.
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June 26, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asserting its own supreme power to say what the Constitution means, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a new federal law that was designed to expand and protect the freedom of religion. By a 6-3 vote, the court said Congress exceeded its power, intruded on the authority of local officials and overreacted to a popular pressure group when it enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The notice from the city of Fountain Valley smacked of religious persecution to Pastor Mariano Yeo. The congregation of about 30 Filipino and Chinese immigrants was ordered to "immediately cease" religious activity in its tiny storefront location or face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. "It sounds like I'm living in a Communist state," Yeo remembered thinking. "This is America."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1991 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Among the thousands of Orange County Jews who began to celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah on Sunday, some will have a special appreciation for the festival's theme of religious freedom. They are Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union, some of whom may be celebrating Hanukkah for the first time, Jewish leaders said. "Many have never heard Hanukkah songs, a Hanukkah prayer or the Hanukkah story," said Shula Kalir-Merton, cantor at Temple Beth El in Laguna Niguel.
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September 24, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Despite imminent limits on religious freedom in Russia, U.S. church and government leaders said Tuesday that Russian government and church officials are offering assurances that pending legislation will not be strictly enforced. Those assurances, communicated in recent meetings in Geneva and at the Hague--as well as similar promises offered in Moscow to U.S. government officials--have prompted some U.S.
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June 5, 1998 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of the House voted Thursday for a "religious freedom" constitutional amendment that would allow prayers in public schools, religious icons on government property and the use of tax dollars to pay for parochial schools. But the 224-203 vote fell 65 short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 1991 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Amid the swift currents of change in the Soviet Union this week, experts said they were confident that gains in religious freedom made during the leadership of Mikhail S. Gorbachev would not be easily lost. Communist atheism no longer holds the Soviet people's trust and thus cannot be pushed on them to take the place of religion, said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president of the interfaith Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When a U.S. interfaith commission this month named Sudan as the "world's most violent abuser" of religious freedom, it stepped smack into one of the nation's most prickly challenges to Muslim-Christian relations. In its report, the U.S.
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April 17, 1993 | JUDY PASTERNAK and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rebellious inmates who have held a cellblock at a maximum-security prison since Sunday released a second hostage Friday after one of their leaders was granted television time to list their demands in a dramatic broadcast from the prison's recreation yard. The inmate spokesman, identifying himself as Abdul Samad Humein, shouted at cameras placed outside a double chain-link fence.
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