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March 10, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the predawn darkness, the floodlit cathedral looms like a snow-covered mountain over this poor neighborhood. Inside, 15,000 faithful have been waiting for two hours, but they show no sign of fatigue. They are expecting their Moses. Suddenly, a pudgy preacher in a brown suit strides up the marble stairs to the altar, a golden tree trunk. Thousands of worshipers break into chest-heaving sobs. Others furiously wave white handkerchiefs and cry "Glory to Christ!" Samuel Joaquin has arrived.
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NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Michael McGough and Jon Healey
The Supreme Court settled one of the biggest legal fights over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) by ruling last year that its requirement that virtually every adult American obtain insurance was constitutional. But several other fights are ongoing, including an equally bitter one over the law's requirement that employers include free contraception in their insurance plans. A Denver appeals court handed the law's opponents a victory Thursday on the latter issue, but it may just set the stage for a return to the Supreme Court.
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BUSINESS
January 16, 1996 | PAUL H. JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five of the nation's largest African American religious organizations said Monday that they have formed a corporation that will pool blacks' buying power to give them greater clout in obtaining loans, goods and services. The effort, believed to be the first of its kind on a national level, is similar to local efforts by minority communities in Southern California and elsewhere to pool members' resources. Revelation Corp. of America, based in Memphis, Tenn.
OPINION
May 2, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Obstacles to legal equality for gay and lesbian Americans are crumbling fast. Congress has repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prevented gay service members from being open about their sexuality. Nearly a dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage, and a stampede of U.S. senators - including two Republicans - has endorsed marriage equality. Activists are hopeful that the Supreme Court will overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1998 | ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A well-organized alliance of churches and religious groups handed out 45,000 pounds of food a convoy of tractor-trailers brought as part of a three-day assault on hunger in the city with many of Orange County's poorest people. More than 5,000 families stood in line at Eddie West Stadium in Santa Ana on Saturday to pick up bags of groceries handed out by more than 1,000 volunteers in an operation cut short by rain but still considered a success. Remaining food will be dispensed after an 8:30 a.m.
NEWS
November 6, 1996 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of majestic Mt. Fuji, the tallest, most revered peak in Japan, Shinto priest Yasuhiko Kanemori ponders the plethora of religious groups that have sprouted around the mountain's base like mushrooms. It was bad enough that the fiery Nichiren Buddhist sect and its Soka Gakkai lay followers became embroiled in a veritable religious war here, spewing charges and countercharges of harassment, blasphemy and violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992 | SANDY SHORE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For more than 30 years Joanne and Edward Colt have helped the military nourish its young, celebrate its victories and bid farewell to its heroes. But recently, in this military town, the owners of Guiseppe's Depot restaurant have looked for a new clientele, fearful that defense cutbacks could pull the economic rug out from under them, as have other businesses in Colorado Springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1993 | KIM KOWSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The South Bay Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the Redondo Beach City Council to allow a Tantric religious group to display an artistic rendition of a "non-orgasmic sexual union" in a city park. The request, which was not authorized by the group's parent organization, the ACLU of Southern California, follows the City Council's decision last month to allow religious groups to put displays on public property.
NEWS
November 1, 1994 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even the Mystical Traveler had to admit: Oct. 5 was a particularly trying day in a trying season. Earlier in the fall, California's Senate race had taken a weird hop, with national media and Democratic spin doctors suddenly blasting Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, wife of Republican candidate Mike Huffington, for her involvement with spiritual teacher John-Roger and his Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, or MSIA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1999 | Associated Press
A California law exempting religious organizations from local landmark preservation laws is constitutional, according to a state appeals court ruling. Under the 1994 law, noncommercial property owned by religious organizations is excluded from historic landmark preservation laws. Thus a religious organization can alter or demolish a historic building if it decides the change is necessary for religious or financial purposes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
A Boy Scouts of America proposal to admit gay boys as members while continuing to bar homosexual adults as leaders is not a good way to settle a longstanding controversy that has roiled the youth organization in recent months, a Los Angeles Scouts official says. The proposal, recommended unanimously last week by the Boy Scouts' executive committee, would require 1,400 members of the group's national council to choose between admitting gay children or no gays at all. “We're put in a very, very difficult place,” said David Meshulam, president of the Scouts' Los Angeles Area Council, who will be among those voting next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many Scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Judges across the country are increasingly split over whether private employers and their companies can cite their religious beliefs as a valid reason for denying birth control coverage to their employees. Earlier this month the Obama administration proposed a compromise for some nonprofit religious organizations, such as Catholic hospitals and colleges, that would allow them to avoid paying directly for such insurance. But the administration refused to consider a similar exemption for private, for-profit employers.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration tried anew Friday to defuse controversy over a requirement in the healthcare law designed to broaden access to contraception, proposing new regulations to protect some religious organizations from having to cover these services in their health plans. The proposal, which comes after more than a year of heated debate, expands an exemption from the contraceptive mandate for churches and other houses of worship. That was a nod to intense criticism from many religious groups that have been enraged by the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to provide women contraceptive coverage with no co-pays or other cost-sharing.
TRAVEL
November 18, 2012
Here is what the State Department says about travel to Cuba: "The U.S. Department of the Treasury enforces the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, which apply to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents wherever they are located, all people and organizations physically located in the United States, and branches and subsidiaries of U.S. organizations throughout the world. The regulations require that persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction be licensed in order to engage in any travel-related transactions pursuant to travel to, from, and within Cuba.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Protestants, whose ideals of hard work, individualism and democratic governance have fundamentally shaped the national character, no longer make up a majority of Americans for the first time in history, according to a new study released Tuesday. The study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that Protestants now make up 48% of Americans, compared with nearly two-thirds in the 1970s. The decline, concentrated among white members of both mainline and evangelical denominations, is amplified by an absence of Protestants on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republican presidential ticket for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001
I find it puzzling that Republicans (and Rep. Gary Condit, D-Ceres) are so eager to funnel tax funds to tax-exempt religious organizations (July 20). If this unconstitutional bill passes, I propose counter-legislation to tax the property, income and activities of all religious organizations. I am weary of self-proclaimed "preachers" and storefront churches operating as tax dodges. John Maloney Anaheim
NEWS
November 14, 1995 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overriding strong resistance from its main political opposition, Japan's ruling coalition rammed a controversial bill tightening supervision of religious organizations through the lower house of Parliament on Monday. The bill was initiated in response to a terror attack on the Tokyo subway system last spring, allegedly by the Aum Supreme Truth religious cult. It must still get through the legislature's upper house.
OPINION
August 9, 2012
Re "'Barbaric' death, and a plea," Column, Aug. 5 Steve Lopez gives us another painful example of man's inhumanity to man. It's a shame California can't join Oregon, Washington and Montana in legalizing a more civilized and humane manner for ending our lives. As Lopez points out, progress is hindered mostly by religious organizations, primarily the Roman Catholic Church. The idea that suffering is noble is almost solely a religious contention, and when inflicted on everybody, it involves a clear violation of our Constitution's separation of church and state.
OPINION
July 19, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America, an organization once known mainly for welcoming boys to a world of adventure, self-sufficiency and good citizenship, now is more famous for the groups of people it bans: atheists, agnostics and homosexuals. It's been a sad evolution and an unnecessary one. The Girl Scouts, as well as international Scouting organizations, have carried out their similar missions without resorting to intolerance. By refusing once again this week to admit gay people to its ranks, either as Scouts or leaders, the Boy Scouts may have satisfied some of the religious organizations that sponsor many of its troops, but it risks long-term irrelevance.
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