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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.
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NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama told religious leaders at the White House for the annual Easter prayer breakfast. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.
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NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama told religious leaders at the White House for the annual Easter prayer breakfast. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- Both of Arizona's senators have taken to Twitter, publicly calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would allow businesses to use religion as a basis for denying service to gays and lesbians. " I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted  Monday morning, repeating nearly word-for-word a tweet Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) sent out on Saturday. Amid a media firestorm over the bill, the senators' urging is the latest sign that the Republican establishment is seeking to distance itself from extreme conservative positions that might hurt the party in upcoming midterm elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1987 | PETER G. KREITLER, Peter G. Kreitler is a priest at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades
The time-honored privilege afforded the clergy in our land of free religious expression is being distorted today on a grand scale that threatens to undermine the pluralism and tolerance that mark our heritage. The power of the pulpit to embolden, enlighten and empower no longer rests in the heart and voice of local clergy who speak to their loyal constituency face to face for 20 minutes a week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Religion, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says, is the 21st century's defining issue -- just as W.E.B. Du Bois predicted race would be for the 20th century. On one level, he says, spiritual practices can enrich humankind. But religious fundamentalism is the greatest threat to peace and democracy in the world today, according to Soyinka,the Nigerian writer who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature.
NATIONAL
June 23, 2005 | Faye Fiore and Mark Mazzetti, Times Staff Writers
A Pentagon investigation of reported harassment by Christian cadets and teachers found that the U.S. Air Force Academy had failed to accommodate people of non-Christian beliefs but had not engaged in "overt religious discrimination," a report released Wednesday said. The conclusions by a team from Air Force headquarters acknowledged that religious slurs, jokes and disparaging remarks directed at non-Christian cadets took place.
OPINION
July 25, 1993 | Alex Alexiev, Alex Alexiev, an international consultant, writes frequently on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Last year he as an adviser to the president of Bulgaria.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher's statement that the United States will not get actively involved in Bosnia is perhaps the clearest admission to date of what has been obvious for some time--the West has abandoned the Bosnian Muslims to the murderous onslaught of the Serbs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
The excellent editorial, "A New Key to Behavior" (March 20), shows how the science of memetics can lead to a new understanding of many complex problems. There are a number of recent books on memetics and a wealth of information on the Internet. The first step in solving such intractable problems as racism, abortion conflicts, religious intolerance, war, gang violence and many others is to understand why we believe what we believe and how those beliefs spread. The editorial warned about glorifying meme theory as an answer to everything, but it can be an important tool in understanding problems clearly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1987
Cal Thomas's column (Editorial Pages, Jan. 19), "Can Oral Roberts Top Death Threat From God?" decries the pomposity of media ministers who invoke God's name in their fund-raising. Why, then, take a gratuitous potshot at the American Jewish Congress' "exaggerated claims" in asking for money to combat the promotion of religious intolerance? Are not Thomas' column and AJC's appeal both directed against demagoguery and its inevitable divisive consequences? I received AJC's solicitation for funds in the mail and did not respond, but Thomas' questionable motives have prompted my very first contribution to the American Jewish Congress.
NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Three Republicans who supported a bill bolstering the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion reversed course Monday and asked the governor to veto the controversial measure. Republican state Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce and Bob Worsley delivered a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer  pleading for her to reject SB 1062. The measure is intended to bolster a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.
OPINION
December 13, 2012
Re "Scalia defends his writings on anti-gay laws," Dec. 12 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's use of "reduction to the absurd" in his comparison of homosexuality to murder is an absurd torturing of logic. Homosexuality has long been condoned by society, whereas murder never has. A more correct comparison would be to draw parallels between same-sex marriage and the laws on interracial marriage, since religious intolerance was also critical in arguing against mixed-race couples and Scalia bases his moral views on religion.
OPINION
November 30, 2012 | By Dilveer Singh Vahali
I was on my way to lunch with one of the partners at a prestigious law firm when we both heard it: a random person on the street yelling at me, "Terrorist … hey, terrorist!" I was in the process of trying to secure a job. Like any other law school student, I just wanted to fit in at the firm where I was spending my summer. I smiled and changed the subject, avoiding what would inevitably be an awkward conversation, even though the taunts tore me up inside. Sadly, what happened isn't a rare event.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The recent slayings at a Sikh temple, allegedly committed by a white supremacist, no doubt have prompted moments of private reflection, perhaps prayer. A coalition of religious leaders now argues that such moments, though admirable, are not enough - that extreme violence demands unified expressions of grief. “This is a time for public mourning and public lament,” said Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Hanson, joining other religious leaders in a teleconference with reporters Thursday, said that “we have underestimated” the power and value of public lamentation.
OPINION
December 12, 2011 | By Jonathan Turley
This week in Washington, the United States is hosting an international conference obliquely titled "Expert Meeting on Implementing the U.N. Human Rights Resolution 16/18. " The impenetrable title conceals the disturbing agenda: to establish international standards for, among other things, criminalizing "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of … religion and belief. " The unstated enemy of religion in this conference is free speech, and the Obama administration is facilitating efforts by Muslim countries to "deter" some speech in the name of human rights.
OPINION
October 24, 2009
This week's announcement that the Roman Catholic Church will welcome disaffected Anglicans en masse is of primary interest to members of the two Christian communions. But this religious realignment is also a reminder to supporters of equality for women and gays and lesbians that they must literally preach to the converted if they are to win believers to their cause. Pope Benedict XVI has offered the Anglicans a special status within Catholicism that will preserve their traditions and allow married Anglican priests to continue their ministry.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Lt. Gen. John Rosa, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, acknowledged in a speech in Broomfield to the Anti-Defamation League that religious intolerance permeated the military school. "As a commander, I know I have problems in my cadet wing. I have issues in my staff and I have issues in my faculty -- and that's my entire organization," Rosa said. The academy has been under investigation because of complaints that evangelical Christians have harassed cadets who do not share their faith.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2000
I was very disappointed by the story about Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) ("A New Morning Has Broken," by Phil Sutcliffe, May 21). Now that his old records are being re-released, Islam is ready to hawk his life story to the press like any other singer making a comeback, but he dodges the one question that must be answered. In 1989, Islam advocated the murder of another artist, Salman Rushdie, to satisfy his own religious intolerance. Either he still stands by that position, or he must clearly repudiate it. (We're told that the controversy "wounded" him, and any discussion of it today makes him "terribly uncomfortable"--as if Islam were the victim!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2008
THIS is in response to the silly diatribe posing as commentary by Neely Tucker ["Tom Cruise Stars as the Boogeyman," Jan. 19]. While I have no firsthand knowledge of the Church of Scientology or its precepts (other than what can be gleaned from the front pages of the gossip rags), I do know religious intolerance when I come across it. Tucker complains to her "Mom" that Tom Cruise is scaring people again. Imagine that! Scaring people by using his celebrity to pry self-righteous dilettantes from the sidelines of life and challenging them to make the world a better place instead of just whining about it. What lunacy!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Religion, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says, is the 21st century's defining issue -- just as W.E.B. Du Bois predicted race would be for the 20th century. On one level, he says, spiritual practices can enrich humankind. But religious fundamentalism is the greatest threat to peace and democracy in the world today, according to Soyinka,the Nigerian writer who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature.
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