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March 17, 2002
Re "Ouster of Priest Marks a Change in O.C. Diocese," March 5: Once again, and perhaps never in a more glaring way, does the hypocrisy of organized religion confound and mystify. The outrage expressed by some members of the congregation over Michael Pecharich's forced departure because he "transgressed the personal boundaries of an adolescent," and their contention that it should have been handled privately, only perpetuate the Roman Catholic veil of secrecy on sexual abuse by priests.
July 26, 2010
An 'honest meal' Re "Restaurant closure hard to swallow," July 22 As a downtown resident, I have to say that the trendy new restaurants where every item is served a la carte and in tiny portions at inflated prices can't compare to Edward's Steak House. As a boy, my parents took me to Edward's on Alvarado. I will never forget the gracious servers or the nice old man in the parking lot who always helped customers find a space — not to mention the delicious, juicy steaks.
June 21, 2009
July 19, 2010
What's behind the veil Re "French National Assembly approves ban on face veils," July 14 A recent Pew survey reported that more than 60% of Europeans favor the ban on full-face veils and only 28% of Americans do. This indicates to me that Europeans have a better appreciation for the ideal of true liberty for all individuals, an ideal for which our forefathers and mothers fought: the freedom to pursue self-chosen goals in life. Can a person whose face is always hidden in public realistically run for public office, be hired as a physician or as a schoolteacher, or serve in the military?
July 31, 2011 | By Laila Lalami, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A Quiet Revolution The Veil's Resurgence From the Middle East to America Leila Ahmed Yale University Press: 352 pp., $30 When I was 13, one of my classmates came to school one morning wearing a beige head scarf. This was in the 1980s, in Morocco. Surprised by her attire, I joined a group of girls who gathered around her, watching them pepper her with questions. Our classmate calmly replied that she had decided to wear the hijab because that was what a "true" Muslim girl should do. This struck us as strange.
November 22, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
The unveiled one enters. That's what you notice first when Amal Basha, black hair flowing, hurries into the room, deploying sentences like poetic armies. She mentions that she's just returned from a human rights conference and is on her way to a seminar against torture. A man slides a tray before her and disappears. Tea? Coffee? A cigarette? A story? "I had to wear the full niqab when I was 8 years old," she says of the face veil worn by women here. "I couldn't breathe.
April 7, 2011 | By Timothy Garton Ash
People should be free to publish cartoons of Mohammad. They should be free to wear the burka. In a free society, men and women should be able to do, say, write, depict or wear what they like, so long as it does no significant harm to others. Those who support a burka ban, like the one that goes into effect in France on Monday, must therefore show us the harm that comes from women being in public with their faces covered. So far, the supporters of a ban have advanced three main arguments.
May 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the killing of five people in northern Nevada, officials said  Wednesday. “This was senseless,” Lyon County Sheriff Allen Veil said at an afternoon news conference. “The taking of the lives of five people for a motive yet to be determined. No matter what it is, it's senseless.” Jeremiah Bean, 25, of Fernley, Nev., was arrested Monday and booked on two counts of burglary, authorities said. He was being held Tuesday at Lyon County Jail, they said.
January 20, 2002 | LAILA AL-MARAYATI and SEMEEN ISSA
A few years ago, someone from the Feminist Majority Foundation called the Muslim Women's League to ask if she could "borrow a burka" for a photo shoot the organization was doing to draw attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. When we told her that we didn't have one, and that none of our Afghan friends did either, she expressed surprise, as if she'd assumed that all Muslim women keep burkas in their closets in case a militant Islamist comes to dinner. She didn't seem to understand that her assumption was the equivalent of assuming that every Latino has a Mexican sombrero in their closet.
September 17, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writer
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has asked a federal judge to reject a request by the overseer of prison healthcare to seize $8 billion from the state treasury for a construction plan that is shrouded "under a veil of secrecy." Brown, in a filing with U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Monday and in an interview Tuesday, said the order sought by court-appointed federal receiver J. Clark Kelso to raid the state treasury would violate California's sovereign rights. He said it also would transgress other provisions of the U.S. Constitution and federal law governing prisons, and would have a catastrophic effect on the state's already shaky finances.
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