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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | March 24, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The scope of religious freedom in America will be tested in the nation's highest court by an Afro-Caribbean sect whose 4,000-year-old ritual of sacrificing animals is forbidden by laws in South Florida.The justices agreed yesterday to hear the complaint of followers of the ancient Santeria religion that ordinances in Hialeah, Fla., unconstitutionally permit the killing of animals for food or sport -- but not for religious purposes."One can get Chicken McNuggets in Hialeah, but one may not kill a chicken for religious reasons," several mainstream religious groups observed in a legal brief.
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June 21, 2012
Sunday at mass the pastor of our church explained that the bishop of Baltimore was calling for a prayer vigil for "freedom of religion. " The Catholic bishops claim they are making a stand against the Obama administration's policy requiring large institutions to provide health insurance that includes contraception for women. Contraception is a significant health issue for women in this country and around the world - a world whose population has just exceeded 7 billion and is set to hit 9 billion in less than a decade.
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By Dan Berger | April 19, 2000
3,000 is a nice round number, as long as it's about Cal and not the NASDAQ. Those demonstrators managed to call attention to the good work in alleviating world poverty that the IMF and World Bank already do. The difference between riotous left-wingers in Washington and righteous right-wingers in Miami is, is, is ... Al wants to outlaw guns in church. Another infringement of freedom of religion!
NEWS
March 10, 2012
Your editorial, "Rush to judgment on birth control" (March 7) completely misses the point on this issue. Rush Limbaugh's lack of judgment aside, this is not about access to contraception. The real sticking point is the Obama administration's presumption in mandating that Catholic institutions' health insurance plans must cover contraceptives, even though that runs directly counter to those institutions' core religious beliefs. Birth control pills are readily available at Walmart or Walgreen's at less than $10 per month for generic brands, so access and affordability are hardly an issue.
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By James A. Haught | August 27, 2003
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Webster's New World Dictionary defines "demagogue" as "a person who tries to stir up the people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc., in order to win them over quickly and so gain power." Alabama's many, many fundamentalists are being stirred by a demagogue who is fanning their passions, winning their vote loyalty and garnering ever-greater power for himself. Roy Moore was just a minor local judge until he found his ticket to the big time. He illegally posted the Ten Commandments on his courtroom wall, deliberately violating America's separation of church and state -- then defied removal orders, making himself a hero to simplistic folk who don't understand freedom of religion.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 28, 1991
MIAMI -- In an appearance marked by demonstrations, two fistfights and heckling, David Duke opened his Florida presidential primary campaign yesterday in Miami with appeals to Christian values, promises to topple Cuba's Fidel Castro and a call for an end to Haitian immigration.Mr. Duke, the telegenic ex-Nazi sympathizer and former Ku Klux Klan leader, divided his day between an appearance on Spanish-language radio and a poorly attended rally at Miami's Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel.The Louisiana Republican decried welfare, criticized the Bush administration's call for a free-trade agreement with Mexico, called for an end to most immigration -- and a complete halt to Haitian immigration -- and the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from overseas.
NEWS
July 30, 2001
WHO WOULD have thought John Adams and Thomas Jefferson would still be going at it after all these years? After the two worked brilliantly for independence -- Jefferson as liberty's author and Adams its orator -- they became bitter rivals over governance. At the turn of the 19th century, highly partisan newspapers aligned with each side and launched salty, vituperative attacks on the other. (Some of their stuff would make modern editorial writers blush.) The best-selling biography of Adams by historian David McCullough has elevated the forgotten founder to a new status.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 2, 2000
The lawyer for a church-affiliated school in Rockville that fired employees who were not church members asked the state's highest court yesterday to exempt religious groups from a Montgomery County anti-discrimination law, saying the law attacks their freedom of religion. Lawyers for the former workers of the Montrose Christian School said it is their religious freedom that is under attack. The anti-discrimination measure is peculiar to Montgomery County, and most similar laws around the country exempt religious groups, experts said.
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By BRIAN SULLAM | November 10, 1996
ONLY IN AMERICA could a zoning issue be recast as a battle over religious freedom.Much of the debate over Anne Arundel County's bill 93-96 has focused on freedom of worship. The legislation would require the county's administrative hearing officer to conduct a public hearing when a non-profit organization builds a large project in a rural area.Freedom of religion isn't even in dispute.Dragging religion into debates about other policy issues is nothing new in America.Seventy-one years ago, H. L. Mencken pounded out some tart words on his typewriter about the practice of using freedom of religion as a smoke screen.
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By Cal Thomas | October 2, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What do you know about the First Amendment? That it protects freedom of religion and speech? What else? That it protects freedom of the press and the right of the people to peacefully demonstrate when they object to something their government is doing, or trying to do? If you know all of these things about the First Amendment, you are more knowledgeable than most of your fellow citizens. According to an annual poll conducted by the First Amendment Center and American Journalism Review (AJR)
NEWS
March 4, 2012
I have seen and heard repeated complaints by both politicians and religious leaders that freedom of religion is denied them when others of competing faiths demand the right to practice what they believe. I rejoice in a First Amendment that allows me to believe what my church teaches, behave according to my church's rules, and share my faith with others by means of example, information and gentle persuasion. I do not assume the right to demand that laws from the state impose the disciplines of my faith on others who don't share it. The rhetoric in today's political arena points ever more clearly to a desire on the part of some believers to have their denominational laws enforced upon all Americans, effectively establishing a government-sponsored national religion.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
This week Maryland's Catholic bishops, men of deeply help moral and theological convictions, issued a call to their parishioners and to the public to protect freedom of religion in Maryland ("Bishops assail same-sex marriage," Nov. 10). It is an impressive rhetorical defense of one of the most basic of natural rights, one not only enshrined in our Constitution but one that led to the founding of our state. But the bishops fundamentally undermine their own argument when they attempt to use freedom of religion to justify their efforts to continue depriving same-sex couples in Maryland of another basic freedom: The freedom to marry.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | February 12, 2007
CHICAGO -- When he was alive, the U.S. government had no trouble finding a place for Patrick Stewart, never mind his unconventional beliefs. It inducted him into the Army National Guard, issued him dog tags giving his religion as "Wiccan," and deployed him to Afghanistan. He died there in 2005 when Taliban forces shot down his helicopter. It was only later that Uncle Sam had second thoughts. Sergeant Stewart was buried in a veterans cemetery in Nevada, and his widow asked that his memorial plaque include the encircled five-pointed star of Wicca, a religion based on nature worship.
NEWS
By MICHAEL KINSLEY | February 10, 2006
So the prophet Muhammad walks into a bar ... Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the noted wit, expert on freedom, and unelected religious leader - the leader who counts - of Iran, observed the other day that in the West, "casting doubt or negating the genocide of the Jews is banned but insulting the beliefs of 1.5 billion Muslims is allowed." He apparently thought that this was a devastating point. Many self-styled voices of Islam have made the bizarre comparison between showing pictures of the prophet and expressing doubt about the Holocaust.
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By Grant Huang and Arthur Hirsch and Grant Huang and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2005
The Anti-Defamation League, arguing that the lunchtime prayer at the U.S. Naval Academy violates the separation of church and state, says it will ask Congress and the secretary of the Navy to stop the practice. The group sent a letter last month to the academy in Annapolis but has received no formal reply, said Myrna Shinbaum, a spokeswoman for the organization devoted to fighting anti-Semitism and other discrimination. "We will continue to make our concerns known through the Armed Services Committee of the Senate and House, as well as with the secretary of the Navy, and continue to raise the issue in the public arena," she said, declining to be more specific.
NEWS
By James A. Haught | August 27, 2003
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Webster's New World Dictionary defines "demagogue" as "a person who tries to stir up the people by appeals to emotion, prejudice, etc., in order to win them over quickly and so gain power." Alabama's many, many fundamentalists are being stirred by a demagogue who is fanning their passions, winning their vote loyalty and garnering ever-greater power for himself. Roy Moore was just a minor local judge until he found his ticket to the big time. He illegally posted the Ten Commandments on his courtroom wall, deliberately violating America's separation of church and state -- then defied removal orders, making himself a hero to simplistic folk who don't understand freedom of religion.
NEWS
By MICHAEL KINSLEY | February 10, 2006
So the prophet Muhammad walks into a bar ... Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the noted wit, expert on freedom, and unelected religious leader - the leader who counts - of Iran, observed the other day that in the West, "casting doubt or negating the genocide of the Jews is banned but insulting the beliefs of 1.5 billion Muslims is allowed." He apparently thought that this was a devastating point. Many self-styled voices of Islam have made the bizarre comparison between showing pictures of the prophet and expressing doubt about the Holocaust.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | October 2, 2002
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- What do you know about the First Amendment? That it protects freedom of religion and speech? What else? That it protects freedom of the press and the right of the people to peacefully demonstrate when they object to something their government is doing, or trying to do? If you know all of these things about the First Amendment, you are more knowledgeable than most of your fellow citizens. According to an annual poll conducted by the First Amendment Center and American Journalism Review (AJR)
NEWS
July 27, 2002
Q: Recent court decisions on the Pledge of Allegiance and school vouchers have renewed the nation's long debate over the separation of church and state. Do you regard this principle as an important one? And what does it mean to you? The principle of separation of church and state is important to me, as are all the freedoms guaranteed to us by our Constitution. This principle means that, in questions of religious belief, the government must remain neutral, indeed silent, and may neither hold, express nor support any religious opinion.
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