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Susan Reimer | May 7, 2012
Unless you want a fight to break out at a cocktail party or a family reunion, conventional wisdom has it, don't talk religion or politics. I did both in this space last Monday, and then I crawled in a bunker and waited for the fireworks to begin. "Be prepared," my editor warned. "The long knives will come out. " "There's going to be a cross burning in your front yard," a friend warned; another asked if I had hired bodyguards. In that column, I talked of how difficult it was to be a Catholic woman these days, what with the church fathers taking up the cudgel against American nuns, not to mention the odd teacher struggling to get pregnant or the heartbroken teenage girl dumped by a guy on the eve of her prom.
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April 3, 2014
All those who feel they must profess their faith before governmental meetings should realize that the rights of other faiths and non-believers are just as important as theirs ( "As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus ," March 29). I think a moment of silence would be sufficient for individuals to call upon whatever force they feel will help them in their decision making. Christians should remember their history. Religion was used politically throughout time for world domination.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 4, 2012
Some things I've been wondering about: Do nervous Mitt Romney supporters remember then-Sen. Hillary Clinton thumping then-Sen. Barack Obama in three major primary states just prior to Obama declaring victory in the 2008 Democratic primaries? Does the White House fully understand the hole it has dug itself by stepping on the third rail of abortion politics - the "conscience clause" for religious institutions? How can self-proclaimed Zionists support the president's re-election now that a nearly nuclear Iran has Israel in its anti-Semitic crosshairs?
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November 28, 2013
I just want to comment on the decision made by Baltimore County Council ("Baltimore County Council rejects low-income housing project," Nov. 18). This council acted in the best interest of the residents of this community for a change. Baltimore County seems to want to saturate the area with such housing when there is already enough. The council did the job they were hired to do - listened to their constituents and did what they wanted. Our community has not been as fortunate.
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By Janice D'Arcy and Janice D'Arcy,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2005
EASTER has always been one of those odd American religious holidays. It's a celebration with ubiquitous symbolism that acknowledges our country's Judeo-Christian roots and its roughly 80 percent Christian population. Yet growing diversity has, in the public sphere at least, softened the edges of its meaning. Easter is everywhere, but the spiritual notions of sacrifice and resurrection have been dulled into the shape of a soft and warm bunny. At least that was true of Easters past. This year, secularized rabbits have been overshadowed by the much more confrontational symbol of a strained face belonging to a brain-damaged woman who languishes in a Florida hospice.
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April 3, 2014
All those who feel they must profess their faith before governmental meetings should realize that the rights of other faiths and non-believers are just as important as theirs ( "As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus ," March 29). I think a moment of silence would be sufficient for individuals to call upon whatever force they feel will help them in their decision making. Christians should remember their history. Religion was used politically throughout time for world domination.
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By Tony Evans | November 10, 2006
When I read or hear a story about the separation of church and state, it's hard for me to relate. When I was growing up in the inner city on Baltimore's west side, I saw firsthand the challenges that urban kids face: poverty, violence, promiscuity, chemical addictions and family disintegration. The government has spent trillions of dollars trying to reverse this spiral of social disintegration, yet the problems grow worse each day. The separation of church and state is a suburban, not an urban, issue.
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November 28, 2013
I just want to comment on the decision made by Baltimore County Council ("Baltimore County Council rejects low-income housing project," Nov. 18). This council acted in the best interest of the residents of this community for a change. Baltimore County seems to want to saturate the area with such housing when there is already enough. The council did the job they were hired to do - listened to their constituents and did what they wanted. Our community has not been as fortunate.
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By John Culleton | July 3, 2012
In this land of ours, the relationship between religion and politics is complex. We began with the establishment of colonies in the New World, by various European powers. Typically, colonists had no history of religious toleration and plenty of history of religious persecution of one faith by another. The Maryland Crown Colony Patent was granted to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, a prominent Roman Catholic, as a refuge for his coreligionists. In the decades that followed, the question of religious tolerance in Maryland was tested more than once, sometimes with bloodshed.
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By William E. Gibson and William E. Gibson,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | October 16, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris brought a combustible mix of religion and politics to South Florida last week, reaching out to Jewish and Christian groups while preaching the cause of civic action imbued with Judeo-Christian values. To Jewish leaders and voters in Palm Beach County, Harris emphasized her support for Israel and her belief that Jews are "the chosen people." At a gathering in Fort Lauderdale of the Christian Family Coalition, a statewide faith-based group, she focused on her religious calling and how she overcame a loathing of politics to advance a conservative agenda.
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By John Culleton | July 3, 2012
In this land of ours, the relationship between religion and politics is complex. We began with the establishment of colonies in the New World, by various European powers. Typically, colonists had no history of religious toleration and plenty of history of religious persecution of one faith by another. The Maryland Crown Colony Patent was granted to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, a prominent Roman Catholic, as a refuge for his coreligionists. In the decades that followed, the question of religious tolerance in Maryland was tested more than once, sometimes with bloodshed.
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Susan Reimer | May 7, 2012
Unless you want a fight to break out at a cocktail party or a family reunion, conventional wisdom has it, don't talk religion or politics. I did both in this space last Monday, and then I crawled in a bunker and waited for the fireworks to begin. "Be prepared," my editor warned. "The long knives will come out. " "There's going to be a cross burning in your front yard," a friend warned; another asked if I had hired bodyguards. In that column, I talked of how difficult it was to be a Catholic woman these days, what with the church fathers taking up the cudgel against American nuns, not to mention the odd teacher struggling to get pregnant or the heartbroken teenage girl dumped by a guy on the eve of her prom.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 4, 2012
Some things I've been wondering about: Do nervous Mitt Romney supporters remember then-Sen. Hillary Clinton thumping then-Sen. Barack Obama in three major primary states just prior to Obama declaring victory in the 2008 Democratic primaries? Does the White House fully understand the hole it has dug itself by stepping on the third rail of abortion politics - the "conscience clause" for religious institutions? How can self-proclaimed Zionists support the president's re-election now that a nearly nuclear Iran has Israel in its anti-Semitic crosshairs?
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By Ben Krull | September 18, 2007
Court documents dating back to 1692 show that an ancestor of Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani was convicted of practicing witchcraft in Salem, Mass. The records were found in the archives of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who reportedly considered posthumously pardoning everyone convicted at the witch trials but feared looking soft on crime. The news about Mr. Giuliani sparked a flurry of reaction. His first wife, Regina Peruggi, told reporters that she once saw her ex-husband's head rotate 360 degrees.
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By New York Times News Service | May 13, 2007
Saint Vincent College, a small Benedictine college southeast of Pittsburgh, wanted to realign a two-lane state road serving the campus. But the state transportation department did not have the money. So Saint Vincent tried Washington instead. The college hired a professional lobbyist in 2004, and, later that year, two paragraphs were tucked into federal appropriation bills with the help of Rep. John P. Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, awarding $4 million solely for that project. College officials said the work would improve the safety and appearance of the road into the campus, which President Bush visited two days ago when he gave the college's commencement address.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun staff | March 4, 2007
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has no illusions that her first book might serve as a springboard back into elected politics. The book - a reflection on her personal faith mixed with a broader look at America's religious traditions - argues that the Catholic and Protestant churches have lost their way in recent decades, falling short of the Christian concept of social justice as they've been "hijacked" by political conservatives. "This is a book you can only write when you're out of politics," says Townsend, who served two terms as Maryland's lieutenant governor and is the eldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun staff | March 4, 2007
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has no illusions that her first book might serve as a springboard back into elected politics. The book - a reflection on her personal faith mixed with a broader look at America's religious traditions - argues that the Catholic and Protestant churches have lost their way in recent decades, falling short of the Christian concept of social justice as they've been "hijacked" by political conservatives. "This is a book you can only write when you're out of politics," says Townsend, who served two terms as Maryland's lieutenant governor and is the eldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
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By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,Special to The Sun | December 31, 2006
Nietzsche first proclaimed it in 1881: "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him." Time magazine agreed in 1966, with its infamous black death-notice cover. Yet although 2006 was marked by many cataclysmic events - social, political, military, ecological - nothing on Earth had as much impact as God. Or rather, the belief in God. According to a recent NBC poll, 80 percent of Americans identify as Christian, 26 percent of whom are evangelicals. Throughout the world, 2.5 billion people call themselves Christian.
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