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December 31, 1990
The Anne Arundel County Council is in a fix.After decades of reciting the Lord's Prayer before meetings, the newly elected council decided to stop the practice, because many constituents complained that it violated the separation of church and state. Instead, Chairwoman Virginia P. Clagett kicked off what could become a new tradition by starting a meeting with a moment of silence during which time, we suppose, each council member can pray or meditate in his or her own fashion.None of this would be news were it not for a chorus of protest that has rung out from some disgruntled county residents who are offended that the King James version of the Lord's Prayer has been dropped from the agenda, and want the practice reinstated.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Gather around, little ones, we're going to talk today about Church and State. Church is where you learn about God, and State, in its schools, is where you learn about reading and writing and mathematics and science. But some people get the two confused. One of them, a man named Mr. Huckabee, is seriously confused, because he said that all those children in Connecticut got killed because the State does not make us pray at school. What's that? Why would the school make you pray?
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
How many ministers does it take to bless one bathroom in a mission center? A dozen, all laughing."It's like a fraternity party," said one clergyman in a tight spot between a large old bathtub and the wall. "Let's see how many we can squeeze in."The pastors prayed, "Bathe us with your grace, that our lives may give witness to the goodness of your creation."Kathy Brown, director of the Shepherd's Staff mission for needy people, invited the ministers to join in the blessings for each room before the center reopened yesterday at its new location in Westminster.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
I am writing as a pastor to express my support for Question 6, which allows gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be married in Maryland. Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan explains that the concept of justice in the Bible is not punitive but distributive. Justice is not about punishment but about making sure everyone on earth gets a fair share. No one should be left out. No one short changed. Everyone should have equal access to food, shelter and clothing for sure.
NEWS
December 21, 1994
ChiropracticI applaud the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and its findings on low back pain and chiropractic as was cited in your Dec. 9 issue.The announcement that patients with low back pain should exercise and seek chiropractic care instead of taking prescription drugs is something chiropractors have been saying for years now.What the findings did not stress enough was that following the "old" regimen (bed rest, muscle relaxants and other drugs) will increase the likelihood of spinal decay (arthritis)
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March 28, 2010
A six-session class for those interested in learning the basics of the Christian faith takes place through April 25 at Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, Pasadena. Topics in the 60-minute sessions will cover the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer, baptism, Communion, faith, the Bible and the church. Classes take place at 9:20 a.m. Sundays and are open to the public. All materials will be furnished. Child care is available. Information: 410-255-8236.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2002
A Carroll County school bus driver, reprimanded in December after she led her young passengers in the Lord's Prayer after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has been suspended - but not for praying. Stella N. Tsourakis, 37, of Manchester said she was told at the end of her shift Monday afternoon that she was suspended, but she said she didn't know why. Her attorney, Steven L. Tiedemann, said he plans to file a federal lawsuit by Monday alleging a violation of her First Amendment rights - perhaps a class action to include at least two children who want to pray on the bus. "I can tell you she was suspended, but not because of praying," said Charles I. Ecker, Carroll's interim school superintendent, who made the decision.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Childs Walker and Sheridan Lyons and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
Stella Tsourakis thought she was helping when she led a busload of Carroll County middle school pupils in the Lord's prayer Sept. 12, the morning after hijacked airplanes crashed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Now, Tsourakis, a driver, is afraid she'll lose her new job because the Hampstead-area children attending Shiloh Middle School - now joined by those attending North Carroll High School - will not stop praying before they get off the bus at school. Tsourakis was told by a school transportation official Nov. 16 to stop leading the prayers or she could lose her job. Tsourakis said she stopped.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | August 3, 2007
BASEBAWL Cal Ripken wasn't the only one who got choked up during his Hall of Fame speech. John Travolta, who became friends with the Iron Man while filming Ladder 49 in Baltimore and attended the festivities in Cooperstown, seemed beside himself. See for yourself at http:--web.baseballhalloffame.org/sightssounds. Fast-forward to the 1 hour, 28 minute mark in the induction ceremony, when Ripken gets to the part about his children. The camera pans to Ripken's son and daughter, and Travolta can be seen seated right behind them.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Anne Arundel Bureau of The Sun | December 19, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- The Anne Arundel County Council has decided to abandon its long-standing practice of reciting the Lord's Prayer before each meeting, because of complaints from constituents."
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By Dan Rodricks | July 13, 2011
Congratulations to the Salisbury City Council for doing something that President Barack Obama and the Republicans can't seem to do: come up with a compromise. Where congressional Republicans seem to think compromise constitutes collaboration (alliteration alert!), members of the Salisbury City Council see compromise as the hybrid fruit of the democratic process. And huzzah to all that! Of course, the matter on which the Salisburians compromised has no place in an American government setting, but you still have to appreciate their regard for accommodation.
NEWS
April 4, 2010
A six-session class for those interested in learning the basics of the Christian faith takes place through April 25 at Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, Pasadena. Topics in the 60-minute sessions will cover the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer, baptism, Communion, faith, the Bible and the church. Classes take place at 9:20 a.m. Sundays and are open to the public. All materials will be furnished. Child care is available. Information: 410-255-8236.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | August 3, 2007
BASEBAWL Cal Ripken wasn't the only one who got choked up during his Hall of Fame speech. John Travolta, who became friends with the Iron Man while filming Ladder 49 in Baltimore and attended the festivities in Cooperstown, seemed beside himself. See for yourself at http:--web.baseballhalloffame.org/sightssounds. Fast-forward to the 1 hour, 28 minute mark in the induction ceremony, when Ripken gets to the part about his children. The camera pans to Ripken's son and daughter, and Travolta can be seen seated right behind them.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
Catholic tenets are not subject to public debate The insistence by some Catholics that the church act as a kind of community association in which all members share an equal voice, and that its rules should automatically change for the times in which we live, is incomprehensible ("In the church, on their own terms," April 10). The church is not a democracy, and those wanting it to be one are wasting their time. Nothing forces American Catholics who believe in abortion, euthanasia and birth control to stay in the church.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
IT HAS BEEN more than four decades since Baltimore atheist Madalyn Murray (later Madalyn Murray O'Hair) convinced eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices that prayer has no place in the public schools. Last week, another atheist, Californian Michael A. Newdow, came before the high court to finish the job O'Hair had started after her stunning victory on school prayer -- the removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. O'Hair is long gone -- she was murdered in Texas nine years ago -- but Baltimoreans of a certain age will remember that after winning the prayer case in 1963, she turned her sights on the pledge, to which Congress had added "under God" only eight years earlier.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN COLUMNIST | July 13, 2002
CROFTON - It's quiet out here. Too quiet. At 7 in the morning, a light mist still covers the most famous pond in America, and not one unsuspecting poodle has been snatched from the shore and dragged under by whatever's lurking in that murky, weed-choked water. Now maybe you think that "most famous pond" stuff is a little over the top. Maybe you think Walden Pond, where Thoreau derived his inspiration, is better known. But Walden Pond doesn't have killer fish roaming around like the Bloods and the Crips and the national media all over the story, and we got that here, baby.
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