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April 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
One of the world's oldest religions is establishing a new American temple outside the nation's capital, the Zoroastrian Center and Darb-e-Mehr. "You will see a magnificent building that reminds you of old Persian architecture," said Farhad Shahryary, assistant secretary of the temple committee. "This is a really joyful day. There's been a lot of hard work. This has been a dream for about 20 years." Once the state religion of an empire that stretched throughout much of the ancient world, Zoroastrianism has about 200,000 adherents worldwide, although some estimates say the number is fewer.
October 5, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
With the sun peeking out through scattered clouds Sunday morning, hundreds of people gathered inches from Huntington Beach's waters to celebrate the ocean through song and prayer. The Blessing of the Waves is an annual celebration that includes officials from various religions. This year organizers decided to include a more somber note: a moment of silence for victims of recent natural disasters in Southeast Asia. "The ocean is the center of our community here," said Ryan Lilyengren, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
March 9, 2005
Why all the fuss about governments with a religious bent? A common refrain is that the U.S. is a "Christian nation." Why is an Islamic-based government bad? A Jewish one as is Israel? A Catholic one as Ireland? How about one based on Zoroastrianism or Buddhism, Sikhism or many other religious beliefs? A. Trujillo Escareno Tustin
December 21, 2008 | Associated Press
Iranians recited poetry, shared stories and ate fruits and nuts Saturday during all-night celebrations of the longest night of the year, a tradition going back thousands of years to when Zoroastrianism was the predominant religion of ancient Persia. For many Iranians, the celebration, known as Yalda, offers a link with ancient traditions as well as a chance to gather with family.
November 29, 1997 | From Times wire reports
A Harvard University professor has created a multimedia CD-ROM that she hopes will enliven the study of religion in colleges, high schools and houses of worship. The CD, "On Common Ground: World Religions in America" (Columbia University Press), is the result of a three-year effort by the Pluralism Project, a research organization funded by the Lily Endowment to examine ways religious diversity is affecting America.
August 16, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
To the Yazidis worldwide, Tuesday was No. 73. Up until that day, the secretive religious sect had counted 72 campaigns against it at the hands of Turks, Arabs, Persians and Kurds throughout its long history, said Aidan Sheikh-Kalo, director of the Yazidi Cultural Center. Yazidi society has been on the run since a spurt of religiously motivated violence began in April. Now, after a devastating attack that killed more than 250 of them, many worry about their future in Iraq.
Some say the world will end in fire. Zoroastrians say it was born of fire, the most important symbol for God. Flames danced high above a deep urn during a recent initiation rite for teenagers at the Zoroastrian fire temple in Westminster. Six young people, most of them from family trees rooted in Iran, wore white and tied hemp cords around their waists to symbolize their commitment to the faith during the Sedra-Pushi, a Farsi term that refers to a rite of passage into adulthood.
November 6, 1993 | From Associated Press
Diana Eck's office at Harvard University attempts to bring perspective to the changing religious makeup of America. In color-coded file folders are notes about the nation's 1,100 mosques and Islamic centers, 1,500 Buddhist centers and 800 Hindu temples. The shelves are lined with three-ring notebooks stuffed with research about Baha'i, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.
June 4, 1995
On a wall in Santa Ana's Flower Street Park, there is a depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This being public property, the depiction is in violation of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding the "separation of church and state." The depiction must be removed. To leave one symbol of a given religion on public property while others are banned is to elevate one religion above another, which is exactly what the First Amendment was intended to prevent. To put things into perspective, on a wall in Santa Ana's El Paseo pedestrian mall, there is also a depiction of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
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