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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.
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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.
OPINION
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
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1989
Your editorial about Christmas (Dec. 17) perpetuates the myth that the Constitution of the United States mandates the separation of church and state. The idea that it does arises from an inaccurate paraphrase of the First Amendment. A more accurate paraphrase would be: "Do not establish an official religion and do permit free practice of religion." There is nothing in that paraphrase about separating church and state, nor is there anything in it prohibiting the state from engaging in ecumenical religious activity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1999 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two words in the title of "A New Handbook of Living Religions" are especially arresting and provocative--"new" and "living," each of which suggests that even the most ancient and enduring of religions grow and change and, sometimes, die. For that reason, the "New Handbook" suggests, what we think we know about the religions of the world may be wrong because our information is simply out of date. "This book seeks to challenge many commonly held assumptions," said the editor, John R. Hinnells.
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