June 26, 1997 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 24, 1997 |
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.
June 5, 1998 |
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.
August 11, 2008 |
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!"
August 24, 1991 |
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 |
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.
April 17, 1993 |
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.