CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1990
The currently publicized conflict between Black Muslims and Jews is due to their similarities, not their differences. The problem is a theology of separatism. Separatism requires a community to set itself against all others (usually by claiming that all other communities are against it). Are there any accusations more common (and more inflammatory) than racism and anti-Semitism? If the only end to this conflict is for one community to assume all responsibility and guilt, then it will never end. I suggest a better way. What is needed is a theology that includes forgiveness, humility, and charity and one whose doctrines teach that, in spite of our differences, we are all God's children and required not only to love but to forgive our neighbor.
November 13, 1987
Besieged by critics seeking a revival of French-Canadian separatism, Pierre Marc Johnson resigned as leader of the Parti Quebecois a little more than a week after the death of party founder Rene Levesque. Since Johnson, 41, became leader of the Quebec opposition party two years ago, its membership has slumped from 75,000 to 54,000. Criticism of his leadership intensified after the death of Levesque on Nov. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1985
As an atheist with a lifelong concern for human values, I have often felt myself in sympathy with many of the traditional religions that attempt to deal with the human condition. In that spirit, I must assume that Pope John Paul's suggestion that atheism has brought the world to its anguish must be due to an ignorance of political and religious separatism. How sad that this good man, and one to whom millions look for spiritual guidance should become part of the problem as perpetuator.
September 6, 2003
Congratulations on the free ride you gave to MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan). According to your Aug. 30 article, a document titled "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan" does not reflect its current goals. However, I checked MEChA's national Web pages. This document was among those considered "essential to the philosophy of MEChA." The site said, "Every MEChista should be familiar with them." This document starts out talking about "the brutal 'gringo' invasion of our territories" and saying that "Aztlan" does not belong to "the foreign Europeans."
October 9, 1999 |
With the winds of division still rustling through the bronzed maples of Quebec, President Clinton met here Friday with the province's champion of independence but hewed throughout the day to the United States' support for Canadian unity. It was the first meeting between a U.S. president and a separatist premier. Offering only an allusion--but an unmistakable reference nonetheless--to the dispute that has roiled Canada for generations, Clinton said at the dedication of a new U.S.
December 2, 1990 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, warning that his country's defense capabilities are under threat, decreed Saturday that rebellious Soviet republics no longer can be allowed to challenge Moscow's military policy, particularly by interfering with conscription. Gorbachev's decree came in reaction to attempts by governments in the Soviet Union's 15 constituent republics to establish their own armies or to limit the military service of their youth to their own territory.