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February 17, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
It isn't just the issues of women's health, medical insurance and contraception that have lately irritated relations between church and civil authority. In New York City , a lengthy battle over church usage of public property has raised another front in a fight that has its roots in how society chooses to organize itself. Approximately 60 churches, mainly small Christian denominations, use space in the New York public schools for their Sunday worship services. The space would normally be vacant because schools are usually closed for classes over the weekend.
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WORLD
September 30, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - In politically fractured Egypt, there's one belief that almost every faction seems to hold in common: God is on our side. (And not, therefore, on yours .) Egypt's social and cultural mix is hieroglyphic in its complexity: Islamists, progressives, conservatives, and those marching in lock step with the powerful military. But in the Arab world's most populous and influential country, the many guises of piety are rarely absent from discourse. More than two months after the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood was driven from power and the country's army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, surged to the fore, Egypt remains deeply divided about the role of religion in public life.
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NEWS
June 3, 1985 | Associated Press
The Vatican and Italy today signed a treaty that eliminates Roman Catholicism as Italy's state religion and declares Rome is no longer a sacred city. The agreement, known as a concordat, revised a pact that was signed in 1929 by Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini, the late Fascist dictator. The treaty does not change the Vatican's status as an independent state run by the Pope.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Raleigh, N.C. - The Rev. Deborah Cayer arrived at the state Legislature building here Monday night wearing a protest button and toting an umbrella. She had tucked her driver's license into her skirt waistband. That was all she carried. She had come prepared to spend the night in jail. Along with 83 other opponents of the Republican-led legislature, Cayer and several fellow clergy members were arrested at a rainy "Moral Monday" protest. Their civil disobedience - they ignored police orders to disperse - was the latest in a growing series of protests over the conservative agenda of North Carolina's Republican-run state government.
NEWS
June 14, 1988 | Reuters
Crucifixes are to stay on the walls of Italian classrooms, courtrooms and public offices, despite demands that they should be removed, now that Roman Catholicism is no longer the state religion. The Council of State, a body of jurists that advises the government on legal matters, ruled that the crucifixes should remain as a symbol of Italy's Christian culture and civilization. The ruling was published on Sunday.
NEWS
June 9, 1988
Baton-wielding police clashed with about 2,000 students who took to the streets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to protest a constitutional amendment making Islam the state religion. At least 10 people were injured, police said. Nationwide, lawyers supporting the protest stayed away from courts while students, who have been boycotting classes for the last three days, declared plans for more demonstrations to demand that the amendment, approved by Parliament on Tuesday, be repealed.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | Reuters
"Living in sin" should no longer be regarded as sinful and the phrase should be dropped given the number of people who now live together before getting married, a Church of England report said Tuesday. Warning against judgmental attitudes about cohabitation and fornication, the report by the church's Board of Social Responsibility estimated that four in five couples will live together before they marry by the year 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1990
Buchanan could have made a good case for getting government out of the art business, but, once again, he couldn't resist calling for state censorship of all the arts. It might be best to do away with the National Endowment for the Arts and let artists succeed or fail on their talent. That would certainly be preferable to expecting a bureaucratic entity to judge the artistic merit of a work. Surely, without the NEA, "Piss Christ" would never have made it out of the "artist's" garret.
NEWS
February 13, 1987 | Associated Press
Jews will have the right not to work Saturdays and to deduct religious contributions from their taxes under an agreement worked out by the Italian government and the nation's Jewish community, a Jewish leader said Thursday. The new accord, which still must be approved by Parliament, will establish the rights of Italy's 35,000 to 40,000 Jews, 40% of whom live in Rome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992
Two kinds of clarity in relations between religion and the state are easily attained. One is the clarity of a state establishment of religion, in which civil government also governs the religion. The other is the clarity of a state disestablishment of religion, in which the civil government officially endorses and supports atheism. The 1st Amendment of the U.S.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
It isn't just the issues of women's health, medical insurance and contraception that have lately irritated relations between church and civil authority. In New York City , a lengthy battle over church usage of public property has raised another front in a fight that has its roots in how society chooses to organize itself. Approximately 60 churches, mainly small Christian denominations, use space in the New York public schools for their Sunday worship services. The space would normally be vacant because schools are usually closed for classes over the weekend.
OPINION
June 21, 2003
Re "Don't Separate Mosque and State," Commentary, June 16: I think Amitai Etzioni underestimates the institutional and spiritual efficacy of government neutrality on religion. Carving out a clear space of religious freedom is essential because "liberal Islam" may become decidedly illiberal if the apparatus of the state comes under the control of individuals who find such a limited form unacceptable. Spiritually, Islam demands the submission of the individual to the will of God. Such submission is undermined by the coercive involvement of the state in religious matters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1999 | KEITH BOYUM, Keith Boyum is a professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton
Republicans and a few conservative Democrats recently voted to allow schools to post the Ten Commandments. Supporters of the legislation argued that enshrining these rules for right behavior might encourage students to adopt a better and stronger moral compass. Perhaps some school shootings, or other bad deeds, could be headed off. Some observers are ready to go along, on the "it couldn't hurt" rationale. The problem is that it could hurt indeed.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | Reuters
"Living in sin" should no longer be regarded as sinful and the phrase should be dropped given the number of people who now live together before getting married, a Church of England report said Tuesday. Warning against judgmental attitudes about cohabitation and fornication, the report by the church's Board of Social Responsibility estimated that four in five couples will live together before they marry by the year 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1994 | BETH HEGE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For pastor Paul Revere, getting into Heaven is easy. It's getting out that's a problem. The last time Revere drove his white car out of the 34-acre Kingdom of Heaven, he wound up in jail for displaying Heaven license plates and carrying a Heaven-issued driver's license. State officials haven't heeded Revere's claims of celestial citizenship. Nor do they believe the forested estate Revere calls the Kingdom of Heaven embassy belongs to God and is thus exempt from county tax rolls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992
Two kinds of clarity in relations between religion and the state are easily attained. One is the clarity of a state establishment of religion, in which civil government also governs the religion. The other is the clarity of a state disestablishment of religion, in which the civil government officially endorses and supports atheism. The 1st Amendment of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Board of Education evaluation team has recommended that state approval be removed from a school in San Diego County that is the only "creation science" school in the country offering master's degrees. The team's report recommends stripping the mantle of state legitimacy from the Institute for Creation Research in Santee. The report "seems reasonable to me," state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said Tuesday, although he will not act on the recommendation for a month or so.
WORLD
September 30, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - In politically fractured Egypt, there's one belief that almost every faction seems to hold in common: God is on our side. (And not, therefore, on yours .) Egypt's social and cultural mix is hieroglyphic in its complexity: Islamists, progressives, conservatives, and those marching in lock step with the powerful military. But in the Arab world's most populous and influential country, the many guises of piety are rarely absent from discourse. More than two months after the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood was driven from power and the country's army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, surged to the fore, Egypt remains deeply divided about the role of religion in public life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1990
Buchanan could have made a good case for getting government out of the art business, but, once again, he couldn't resist calling for state censorship of all the arts. It might be best to do away with the National Endowment for the Arts and let artists succeed or fail on their talent. That would certainly be preferable to expecting a bureaucratic entity to judge the artistic merit of a work. Surely, without the NEA, "Piss Christ" would never have made it out of the "artist's" garret.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1990 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Board of Education evaluation team has recommended that state approval be removed from a school in San Diego County that is the only "creation science" school in the country offering master's degrees. The team's report recommends stripping the mantle of state legitimacy from the Institute for Creation Research in Santee. The report "seems reasonable to me," state Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said Tuesday, although he will not act on the recommendation for a month or so.
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