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January 29, 2012
The Supreme Court has long struggled with the question of whether the 1st Amendment prohibits the display of religious symbols on public property, sometimes producing seemingly contradictory decisions. Now the House wants to add to the court's work. Last week, it approved a bill allowing religious symbols on war memorials. The bill was introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the 43-foot cross atop San Diego's Mt. Soledad an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.
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January 16, 2005 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The symbolism couldn't have been less subtle. Amid tight security in a compound still bearing the effects of a recent car bomb attack, the top candidates of the powerhouse United Iraqi Alliance slate gathered Saturday to address the media. Interim Vice President Ibrahim Jafari was there. So was former Pentagon protege Ahmad Chalabi. Looming over them, appropriately larger than life, was the white-whiskered, heavy-browed image of arguably the most recognizable face in today's Iraq.
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November 28, 1994 | ISAAC GUZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the first day of Hanukkah, an international class of 11 students from the Emek Hebrew Academy gathered a few hours before Sunday's sunset to light for the first time their handcrafted menorahs--the products of simultaneous lessons in woodworking and Jewish law.
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March 13, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky, buoyed by the dismissal of a religious persecution suit filed by Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon, announced Thursday he will introduce legislation to prohibit city employees from promoting their beliefs on the job. The series of amendments to the city code is scheduled to be introduced today and would, among other things, prohibit the use of religious insignia on city uniforms, city property or official city communications.
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December 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
On a typical midweek day, a woman dressed in exercise clothes sits cross-legged on the tile floor of Houston's Rothko Chapel, her palms up, her eyes closed. She wipes away tears. Around her, 14 large dark murals take up most of the wall space in the octagonal chapel. The paintings are monotonic, and lack the symbolism of any particular religion. That absence is the key.
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October 31, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yes, Mission Viejo, there will be a Santa Claus at La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive this year, but there won't be a Nativity scene, giant menorah or Ramadan display. City officials say only secular exhibits will be allowed this holiday season because they were "unable to make the corner available to all faiths" wishing to be represented, as was the custom in past years.
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November 6, 1998 | WALTER REICH, Walter Reich, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 1995 to 1998
The escalating controversy over the presence of crosses and churches at Auschwitz in Poland has provoked increasing rancor between Poles and Jews. As Jews have protested the presence of Christian religious symbols and structures at the death camp and as Poles have responded to those protests with the erection of new crosses, fears of an outbreak of anti-Semitism and accusations of insensitivity to religion or to the dead have multiplied.
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January 7, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county's official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges. The proposal to change the seal, which appears on flags, vehicles and written communications with residents, was advanced by board members Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe and picked up a required third vote from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The cross will be added to a small depiction of the San Gabriel Mission now in the seal.
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June 8, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Dozens of leather-clad Christian bikers and a man named Joseph who shared Scripture with friends were among a group of demonstrators who turned out at a rally Saturday to save a historic cross overlooking downtown Ventura.
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