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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
Calling access to healthcare a moral and spiritual imperative, Los Angeles religious leaders and their flocks are urging congressional leaders to include illegal immigrants in any healthcare reform plan. More than 100 parishioners attended a Mass of " hope and reconciliation" last week at Our Lady Queen of Angels church and launched a phone bank to convey to elected officials their support for an all-inclusive healthcare plan. "If we were politicians, this would be definitely political suicide to come out for healthcare reform for those who are undocumented," said Father Roland Lozano, pastor of the church near Olvera Street, known as La Placita.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws.  Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in federal court Thursday over the decision to restore a cross to the county's seal. The county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last month to add a cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission in its depiction on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official communications. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross was unconstitutional because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2009 | Duke Helfand
President Obama has barnstormed the country to sell his healthcare overhaul directly to sometimes skeptical Americans. Today he will bring his message to a friendlier audience -- faith leaders who see reform as an ethical and religious imperative. Obama is scheduled to address more than 1,000 religious figures in two conference calls, allowing him to extend his message to legions of faithful in the pews. First up is a "High Holy Day" call this morning with about 1,000 rabbis from Judaism's Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Religious leaders in Maryland are growing more vocal in their opposition to a proposal by Gov. Robert Ehrlich to bring 10,500 slot machines to four racetracks. The United Methodist Church, Ehrlich's own denomination, is urging its 700 Maryland ministers to preach against the slots. And the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, which represents 16 Christian denominations, sent a strongly worded anti-gambling letter to state legislators last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a statement that underscores a split in the local religious community, a coalition of ministers and rabbis on Monday declared its opposition to Proposition 22, saying the anti-gay marriage initiative is mean-spirited, discriminatory and could undercut the rights of homosexuals. The proposition on the March 7 ballot "could result in the kind of legal limitation that we would never accept in heterosexual marriages," the clerics said in an open letter.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2010 | By Clement Tan, Tribune Washington Bureau
Framing the Arizona immigration situation as a "moral crisis," a group of seven Arizona religious leaders, including Catholic and Methodist bishops, descended Thursday on Capitol Hill in an "emergency" visit to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform. "Our role here is to invite dialogue … on this complex issue with many dimensions," said Bishop Gerald Frederick Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson after a morning meeting with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "The church believes there's a need for respect and dignity, and we speak up for people who have their dignity violated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1989
A coalition of religious leaders, concerned that a proposed city government ethics package may be gutted, called Wednesday on the Los Angeles City Council to accept the plan in its entirety and vowed to present it to voters if the council fails to heed their advice. The 15 religious leaders were introduced at a news conference by Mayor Tom Bradley, who said they had requested a forum to make their appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws.  Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County in federal court Thursday over the decision to restore a cross to the county's seal. The county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last month to add a cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission in its depiction on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official communications. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross was unconstitutional because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A group of religious leaders filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County over a Board of Supervisors' decision to place a cross on the county's seal. Supervisors voted 3 to 2 last month to add the cross to the top of the San Gabriel Mission as it appears on the county emblem, which is displayed on buildings, vehicles and official written communications. Years ago, the board had removed a cross from the seal when a similar suit was threatened. The complaint filed Thursday argues that restoring the cross violates the state and U.S. constitutions because it "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs.
WORLD
December 30, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A series of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital left dozens of people dead Monday as the army fought off assailants identified as followers of a disgruntled religious leader. The coordinated attacks, at first thought to be a coup attempt, targeted a state television station, the airport and a military base in Kinshasa, the capital. Gunfire was also reported in Lubumbashi, the country's second-largest city and capital of mineral-rich Katanga province.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Does the 1st Amendment's ban on the “establishment of religion” end at the water's edge? That question arose several years ago when it was revealed that the U.S. Agency for International Development had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to rehabilitate four mosques in Fallouja, Iraq, the site of a major U.S. military operation in 2004, and had included biblical references in educational materials for an AIDS prevention program in Africa....
BUSINESS
December 3, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
The Vatican has made it official: Pope Benedict XVI will grace Twitter. He will start tweeting on Dec. 12, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As you'll recall, we initially reported this last month. The 85-year-old Benedict first tweeted from a Vatican account last year but the handle @Pope2YouVatican didn't take off. The new handle is  @pontifex . And you can even ask questions about faith using the hashtag #AskPontifex . The Vatican staff will decide which questions the pope will answer next week in a live tweeting event at the end of his weekly audience.
NEWS
June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
India's top religious leaders came together in New Delhi to make a passionate plea to end a growing trend of aborting female fetuses, calling it "coldblooded murder." "Women are forced to abort their female fetus owing to family pressure, and the practice of dowry is responsible for this," said Swami Agnivesh of the Arya Samaj, referring to the widespread South Asian practice of men demanding huge sums of money and gifts from the bride's family during marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 | Associated Press
More than a dozen religious leaders and city officials rallied with community members to show their support for nine Jewish families who have received anti-Semitic hate mail. The families received the letters blaming Jews for moral decay in the nation and including a two-page denial of the Holocaust. "People feel violated and unsafe," said Marion Malcolm, who organized the rally. "It's hard when it goes to people's homes." The Rev.
OPINION
November 5, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service advises churches and other tax-exempt organizations that, under federal law, they are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” But the 2012 election campaign that mercifully is coming to a close demonstrates that some religious leaders, while they may be abiding by the letter of the law, are willing to undermine its spirit.
OPINION
October 12, 2012
Re "Shifting dynamic of U.S. religion," Oct. 10 The fact that the numbers of Protestants and members of other religious affiliations are in decline in the U.S. should surprise no one. Since the early 1980s, religion in this country has been politicized as a wedge issue. The religious right wing of the GOP has used its political power to demonize those it disagrees with. Leaders such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed and Tony Perkins have made plenty of money while espousing beliefs with questionable biblical merits that are in sync with the GOP platform.
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