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October 8, 1989
Re Lori Lawson's letter about "Church Spire and Meaning of Religion" (Oct. 1): The Rev. Robert Schuller and his church chose to have a 233-foot stainless steel spire. Who should say what structures a religious group builds or how it should spend the offerings and funds? Should the money for the proposed spire be used instead to help the hungry and the homeless? When Mary of Bethany used very costly ointment to anoint Jesus, Judas asked why the ointment was not sold and the money given to the poor.
February 23, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Junshin Hosono says he never thought of himself as a worker, at least not the way Karl Marx or Jimmy Hoffa ever thought of workers. Hosono is a Buddhist monk, and for 28 years he has chanted prayers and offered spiritual guidance at Zenkoji, the prestigious complex of temples that is the soul of this city. "I always regarded myself as a monk, 24 hours a day," said Hosono, 53, standing under a wooden awning one afternoon last week, trying to keep a cold rain off his shaved head.
January 6, 2012
More proof that Indonesia is one of the most volcanically active places on the great Pacific Ring of Fire came in October 2010, when 9,560-foot Mt. Merapi, visible from the temple of Borobudur, erupted, killing 343 people and displacing an estimated 90,000. The road leading to the mountain was closed, but visitors can still see evidence of continuing volcanism on the island of Java by making a trip the Dieng Plateau. The area, about 75 miles northwest of the city of Yogyakarta, is the wide caldera of an extinct volcano, now covered by potato fields, villages - each with its own candy-colored mosque - and the island's oldest Hindu temples.
May 27, 1986 | Associated Press
A Temple University religion professor specializing in Islamic studies and his wife, an art scholar, were found stabbed to death early today in their suburban Philadelphia home, police said. Cheltenham Township police were summoned by a frantic call from a woman, believed to be a married daughter, who reported an intruder, Lt. Detective Robert Krauser said. Killed were Ismail al Faruqui, 65, and his wife, Lois, 59.
April 30, 1995
In spite of City Councilman Hal Bernson's plan to publicize the names of the customers of prostitutes, the media and some individuals will come up with any reason to keep the identity of the johns anonymous. Nothing changes! Remember the biblical woman who was dragged into the temple by the scribes and the Pharisees (male) to be publicly stoned to death because "she was caught in the act of adultery." Of course, she and her modern counterparts always commit this crime alone. ADELAIDE TATTO Pacoima
February 3, 1996
Re "An Unusual Goodbye at a Usual Haunt" (Jan. 31). If those gathered to eulogize Don Simpson agree with Linda Obst that "like Elvis, Don died on the bathroom floor for our sins," then it's time the entertainment elite stop hanging out at Morton's on Monday night and: 1. Go to the nearest church or temple of their choice. 2. Spend quality time on Roxbury Drive with Jimmy Stewart. 3. See "Babe" and realize that the best among us is a pig. GAIL COTTMAN Los Angeles
May 26, 1986
Many Los Angeles area Buddhists gathered in and around a temple in the Wilshire District on Sunday to celebrate the 2,530th anniversary of the birth of the man for whom their religion was founded. In the courtyard of the temple, once a three-story apartment building, a saffron-robed monk recited Buddhist scripture at an altar bedecked with flowers, fruit and candlesticks around a picture of the infant Buddha, standing over an open lotus flower.
October 12, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Woke up Sunday never expecting to see the Angels on television right after sunrise services, or these unexpected college football story lines: Oregon is 3-0 and leading the Pacific 10 Conference. That's right, the program you switched off after LeGarrette Blount's punch the Thursday before Labor Day has won five consecutive games and suddenly controls its fate in the race for at least one of this year's Rose Bowls. The Ducks came to Los Angeles without their starting quarterback and two starting cornerbacks and dumped UCLA's Bruins, 24-10.
November 17, 2008
Re "Angrier response to Prop. 8 arises," Nov. 13 I have read the articles about how gay couples are distraught at the passage of Proposition 8. How about an article about how devastating it is for faithful Mormons to see their temple property trampled? Why not publish pictures showing signs reportedly held by demonstrators that read "Mormon scum"? It has been reported that donors to Proposition 8 are being blacklisted, rocks have been thrown through church windows, businesses are being boycotted and a book sacred to Mormons was found ablaze on a front porch.
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