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March 27, 2004
Re "Marriage Is a Misstep for Gay Rights," Commentary, March 22: Imagine my surprise when I read that marriage should be done away with because people like me want in! Apparently Alexander Cockburn doesn't want to belong to Western civilization, but I do. I was raised in a strong and spiritual family, and I believe in the sanctity of family. I also believe that my partner and I should be allowed by our state and country to make the same choices, wise or not, that all the other adult members of our families are permitted to make.
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OPINION
September 14, 2013
Re "Animal rites protest," Sept. 12 Regarding the use of live chickens in the sacrificial Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot, I have to ask: What would Sholem Aleichem say? In the late 19th century, this great Yiddish humorist wrote a story in which he imagined the ritual coming to an end when a flock of "shtetl" chickens go on strike. This deceptively light story can be interpreted in many different ways: as a commentary on scapegoating, anti-Semitism, superstition or animal cruelty, or as a plug for political uprising or union organizing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1996 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They streamed into the modest living room and made the sign of the cross to the statue of the Virgin Mary that stands regally on a mantle draped with white cloth. Then the 50 or so people knelt on the floor as they sang hymns, prayed and recited the rosary, never taking their eyes off the Blessed Mother. With the rites finished, the entourage ferried the statue to another house to recite another set of prayers and welcome the Blessed Mother into the home.
WORLD
December 20, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Thousands of supporters of Iran's most senior dissident cleric marched through streets in his hometown and descended upon the country's main theological center today to mourn his passing just days before the climax of a politically charged religious commemoration. Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution three decades ago who became a staunch defender of the nation's current opposition movement, died late Saturday of complications due to advanced age, diabetes and asthma, his doctor told state television.
NEWS
November 18, 1989 | From TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Human sacrifices and religious rites are no longer the essence of the game, but in Mexico a 3,000-year-old sport remains an addictive national pastime. For pre-Hispanic Indians, hulama , which is somewhat like volleyball, had sacred significance. But most of today's aficionados play it as a sport in its own right rather than for its historical meaning.
NEWS
December 16, 1995 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Hmong shaman tried all the usual offerings. He burned paper money, sacrificed a chicken and a pig, even sought the remedies of American doctors. Yet nothing could appease the angry spirit that he believed was vexing his wife's health. So Chia Thai Moua brought out his last best offer: a 3-month-old German shepherd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
Except for a three-foot statue of Buddha in the midst of bonsai trees, dwarf bamboos and a flower garden, this three-bedroom house looks no different from the single-family homes clustered near a park on West Street. But once inside, the sweet scent of burning incense greets the visitor. A Buddhist monk in a brown robe is usually found meditating at an elaborate altar decked with red candles, flowers, fruits and more Buddha statues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially following a decision by the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites.
NEWS
August 14, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lev Peisakhov came to Israel three years ago as a Jew returning to his religious homeland. He joined the army as a Jew called to military service, and when he was killed by Palestinian gunmen last week, he was praised as a Jew who had given his life for his people. But when Peisakhov, 20, a Russian immigrant from Azerbaijan, was buried, it was on the very edge of the military cemetery in Bet Shean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gay and lesbian couples seeking a marriage-like ceremony to solemnize their commitment may find American-style Buddhism more responsive than most churches and synagogues, especially with the decision of the largest U.S. Buddhist organization to permit such religious rites. Biblical admonitions against homosexual activity have inhibited most Christian and Jewish clergy from conducting same-sex ceremonies--which have no legal standing but hold religious significance for some couples.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter and Duke Helfand
After weeks of listening to parishioners sniffle in the pews, and worrying about the spread of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend decided its flock needed to make some sacrifices this flu season. So this week, the priests will be locking up their Communion chalices and, as a precaution against the spread of germs, temporarily stopping the practice of offering wine during the sacrament. "When you have 4,500 people showing up for Mass, and you have eight cups for the populace, it's easy to see how this could become a problem -- fast," said Father John Kuzmich of St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, whose church in northeastern Indiana has about 10,000 members.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Sioux City man has been convicted of killing his two stepdaughters during a ritual from a satanic bible. Sentencing for Lawrence Harris Sr. is scheduled for Feb. 18. The first-degree murder convictions carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Ten-year-old Kendra Suing and her 8-year-old sister, Alysha Suing, were found stabbed and strangled on Jan. 6, 2008, when authorities responded to a fire at their home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Steve Padilla, Padilla is a Times staff writer.
More than 2 million Muslims from across the globe descended on Saudi Arabia over the weekend to perform the ancient rituals of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that is considered the spiritual pinnacle of a devout Muslim's life. As Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj notes in a website on the event, the word "hajj" merely means "to set out for a place."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Garrison is a Times staff writer.
The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has announced that church leaders can bless the unions of same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, whose diocese encompasses Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, made the announcement Friday during a diocesan convention in Riverside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Every seven years since AD 301, priests from around the world have trekked to the ancient Cathedral of Etchmiadzin in Armenia to retrieve jarfuls of freshly brewed muron -- a sweet-scented holy oil stirred with what is said to be the tip of the lance driven through Jesus' side -- and carry them back to their respective dioceses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2008 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Still in a daze from the crash, Donald Ashman walked over to the first body. Ashman knelt down and lifted a corner of a white blanket covering the body, placed his hand on the man's forehead and said the words he had said so many times before, almost always at a hospital: "May God Almighty have mercy upon thee, forgive thee thy sins and bring thee to everlasting life." The prayer took just a few seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling a raucous fight against the exclusive control of Orthodox rabbis over religious rites in Israel, the liberal Reform branch of Judaism on Saturday announced an aggressive campaign to end Reform's outsider status in the Holy Land.
NEWS
August 17, 1993 | Times Wire Services
A Russian immigrant soldier who had been buried at the edge of a military cemetery because rabbis decreed he was not Jewish was reinterred in the center of the graveyard Monday. Lev Peisakhov, 20, was shot to death Aug. 6 by Palestinian guerrillas in the occupied West Bank and buried on the edge of a cemetery in the northern town of Bet Shean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Commencing with All Saints' Day on Nov. 1, and All Souls' Day on Nov. 2, each November is the special time set aside in many Roman Catholic churches to pray for the dead. "They were loved in life, so they should be loved in death," said Msgr. Cyril Navin, 86, pastor emeritus of St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catholic Church in Encino. "They're still in the family." The ways of praying for the dead, and the intent of those prayers, vary from faith to faith.
WORLD
September 3, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Cremation fires crackle all day long on the chipped concrete steps of this riverside holy city, the blazes spewing ash and flakes over the mourners who crowd its famous piers. Sweating, bare-chested men stoke the funeral pyres, squinting against the sting of smoke as they lug and stack the bundles of logs needed to burn the procession of Hindu dead. And when the bodies are incinerated and the families have taken away the ashes of their loved ones, the men sweep the residue into the Ganges River.
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