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June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
At least six people were killed and 90 wounded Wednesday as ethnic clashes involving rival Muslim sects spread to another city in the Soviet Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, the official Tass news agency said Thursday. Thousands of people stormed the police department in the city of Kokand in search of firearms, while as many as 600 people attacked a building belonging to the Interior Ministry's transport department, Tass said. The Communist Party newspaper Pravda reported earlier Thursday that 71 were killed in clashes between ethnic groups in Uzbekistan.
February 20, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Thousands of fans were streaming into Olympic Park at noon, funneling through the main gate toward a central plaza where the torch burns. Phil Wong moved with the crowd on his way to a curling match. The Canadian tourist passed a cluster of evergreens, clueless as to what lay on the other side. "A real cemetery?" he said. "Oh, that's creepy. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi It could be the quirkiest thing about the Sochi Games, this tiny graveyard, a patch of dirt and tangled grass at the center of an ultra-modern sports complex.
September 7, 1997 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two religious sects with several million followers in Vietnam are in danger of becoming extinct in the United States, brushed aside by young Vietnamese Americans whose lifestyles clash with the groups' teachings of traditional cultural values.
July 10, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. - Isaac Wyler is one of the unwanted ones. For years, he has endured a cruel banishment from those he once considered brethren - followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Out here on the desert high plains, guarded by big-shouldered buttes, church outcasts are dismissed as apostates, ostracized in life and condemned to burn in hell after death. Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
April 3, 1997
People looking with disdain at the 39 disciples of "Do," who committed suicide so that they could board a spaceship, should check some statistics: 43% of Americans believe in UFOs, 90% believe in angels (who should also be classified as UFOs). There are 1,700 religions in this country. Which is the right one? There should be more teaching on cults and religions in our schools; we need sects education. WILFRED COUZIN Laguna Niguel
October 20, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
First it was the Hindu/Buddhist Indian government. Then the Jewish state of Israel chimed in. And now Papua New Guinea--which, though nominally Christian, contains many animist sects--has banned the controversial film "The Last Temptation of Christ" on the ground that most citizens would find it offensive.
August 2, 1987 | LAI KWOK KIN, Reuters
Markus Mossner, a 24-year-old West German, has taken a vow not to squash any insects under foot or to swat mosquitoes biting him if he can help it. In an elaborate ceremony in New Delhi recently, the Freiburg businessman became one of very few foreign converts to Jainism, a faith whose priests are easy to spot. Such is their reverence for all animal life that they carry brooms to sweep the path before them of insects and wear face masks to avoid inhaling microscopic airborne creatures.
October 9, 1993
This is in response to Chris Norby's recent letter (Oct. 2) claiming The Times' coverage of religious matters is biased, and asking you to discontinue such journalism unless there's something positive to report. To Norby, I say, wake up! We need the media to shine a giant spotlight on issues that are newsworthy, inspire debate and help us recognize behavior that is not acceptable. To suggest there are no money-laundering televangelists, pedophile priests, polygamist Mormons, weapons-hoarding Christian sects, bomb-producing Islamic fanatics, Conservative Orthodox Jews and others with archaic and sexist rules, and the like (who did I leave out?
May 13, 1988 | BELLA STUMBO, Times Staff Writer
"And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words to set in order the house of God" --Mormon Doctrine and Covenants: Section 85 When Daniel Ben Jordan, a polygamist leader from Colorado, was murdered near here last fall while on a camping trip with his family, veteran law officers all over the state felt the chill hand of a man six years in his grave: The Lambs of God
October 23, 1988 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
The Shakers are dying out, not that it's any big surprise. After all, their founder predicted it 200 years ago, and this is a religion that's sworn to celibacy. Today, the religious group that once numbered more than 6,000 is down to just a handful--seven women who have all signed the Shaker Covenant, the sect's official roll book.
January 9, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Miriam Jones doesn't waste time analyzing how an Amish girl in long skirts and bonnets went on to become the owner of a salon in the heart of Echo Park's hipster enclave. In her first 30 years, in addition to starting a business, she's butchered large farm animals, killed snapping turtles with a crossbow, sewn her own clothes, grown and canned her food, learned to fly a helicopter and raised a 12-year-old daughter. Clearly, she's been busy. But one moonlit night earlier this year — as Jones stood at a lookout off Mulholland Drive, dressed in drag to perform in a gender-bending art film by actor James Franco — she said she had to take a breath and wonder, what am I doing here?
December 25, 2011 | By Gretchen L. Wilson, Times staff writer
A bomb blast during Christmas mass left 35 people dead and dozens wounded at a Nigerian church near the nation's capital of Abuja. The radical Muslim sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for both the Abuja-area explosion, which left bodies on rooftops and in nearby gutters, as well as a bombing near a church in Jos, in which one police officer was killed. In all, at least 39 people were killed Sunday during ongoing sectarian violence in Nigeria, which also included at least three explosions in Yobe, an agricultural state in the country's northeast that has often been at the heart of fighting between security forces and Boko Haram.
September 3, 2011 | By Kate Lamb, Los Angeles Times
Arif Hakim recalls that deadly day in February when a thousand machete-wielding Islamic hard-liners descended upon his tiny congregation in rural West Java. "I saw them coming, screaming that we were infidels and should be killed," the 32-year-old welder said. "The police just watched and I panicked. I escaped and ran through the rice fields, but I could still hear the sounds of my friends being captured and [attacked]. " Three of Hakim's fellow worshipers were killed in the melee.
April 4, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Two suicide bombers killed at least 42 people at a shrine in central Pakistan on Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks on places of worship linked to sects opposed by militants. The attack occurred at Sakhi Sarwar, a Sufi shrine in a village outside the southern Punjab city of Dera Ghazi Khan. In the past, Sufi shrines have been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups that regard the strain of Islam to be tantamount to heresy. More than 1,000 people had gathered at the shrine when the bombers detonated suicide vests filled with explosives.
October 26, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
A bomb planted on a motorcycle killed five people Monday at a famed Sufi shrine in central Pakistan, the third terrorist attack at one of the country's many such shrines in four months. The latest attack occurred at the Baba Farid shrine in the town of Pakpattan in Punjab province, about 120 miles southwest of the eastern city of Lahore. A crowd had gathered about 6:20 a.m. for early prayers when the bomb exploded, said Shafiq Dogar, a Pakpattan senior administration official. "Two people parked the motorcycle near the eastern gate of the shrine, and the bomb was inside one of two milk cans on the motorcycle," Dogar said.
August 2, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
New articulated floats added a contemporary spin Sunday to an ancient Eastern ceremony that has been held along local beaches for decades. The 34th annual Festival of the Chariots, which celebrates the pursuit of enlightenment and the traditions of a Hindu sect, drew thousands to a parade route in Santa Monica and Venice. The star attractions were three brightly painted hand-pulled floats, two of which rose 40 feet in the air. Their domes retract to avoid wires and bridges, and their sides fold in to make them more portable.
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.
November 3, 1999
I felt your Oct. 29 editorial, "Hands off Chinese Sect," was misleading. Dozens of people died because their leader told them that they did not need medicine like insulin if they are diabetics, and that instead they only needed to practice Falun Gong. The leader of this organization also claimed that he could prevent the Earth from exploding, to save his followers. The Chinese government canceled the cult to prevent what happened in a Japanese subway a year ago or the incident that happened in Waco, Texas.
July 6, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Rifles slung over their shoulders, the guards pacing in front of Naeem Masood's fabric shop glower at anyone who walks by. It's not thieves or vandals that Masood is worried about. He needs protection from assassins. In April, the 29-year-old boyish-faced Pakistani found his father, brother and uncle slumped over in the seats of their car, their faces and chests riddled with more than 60 bullets. All of them were dead, victims of what Ahmadis in their Faisalabad enclave say was a deadly warning from extremists: Renounce your sect or leave the city.
May 29, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Militants armed with grenades, guns and suicide vests Friday stormed two mosques in Lahore belonging to a minority sect, killing at least 76 people in coordinated attacks that illustrate the vulnerability of groups considered outside the mainstream of Pakistani society. The Ahmadi sect is one of the country's most beleaguered minority groups. Numbering about 4 million, they consider themselves Muslims but believe their late-19th century founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, was a prophet of God. That is heresy for most Muslims, who believe Muhammad was the last prophet.
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