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  • Gay rights activists in uproar over Arizona 'religious freedom' bill

    Gay rights activists in uproar over Arizona 'religious freedom' bill
    TUCSON -- Say a gay couple in Phoenix walks into a bakery to order their wedding cake. The baker refuses to take their order because of his deeply held religious beliefs. Under a measure that passed the Arizona Legislature this week, the baker would...
  • Australian missionary reportedly detained by North Korea

    Australian missionary reportedly detained by North Korea
    BEIJING -- A Hong Kong-based missionary from Australia has been detained in North Korea for allegedly distributing religious materials, his family said Wednesday. John Short, 75, was taken into custody Sunday, his wife told the Advertiser, a newspaper...
  • Single mothers-to-be and gays fight firings from Catholic school jobs

    Single mothers-to-be and gays fight firings from Catholic school jobs
    A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values. Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from...
  • Defining the rights of the religious in America

     Defining the rights of the religious in America
    Two decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved and President Clinton enthusiastically signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But now that the 1993 law is being used to challenge the Obama administration's requirement that employer health plans...
  • The U.N. goes too far in faulting the Vatican for its theology

    The U.N. goes too far in faulting the Vatican for its theology
    A United Nations committee made headlines this week when it released a report criticizing the Vatican — a nation-state as well as the center of Roman Catholicism — for allowing priests to abuse tens of thousands of children over the years. The...
  • L.A. County faces suit over adding religious cross to seal

    L.A. County faces suit over adding religious cross to seal
    A group of religious leaders filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Los Angeles County over a Board of Supervisors' decision to place a cross on the county's seal. Supervisors voted 3 to 2 last month to add the cross to the top of the San Gabriel...
  • Why is L.A. County picking a fight over a cross on its seal?

     Why is L.A. County picking a fight over a cross on its seal?
    Of course the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and several religious groups sued L.A. County. Why wouldn't they? County supervisors voted last month to add a Christian cross, an unmistakable symbol of one religious faith, to the...
  • Letters: Religion and the government

    Re "The rights of the religious," Editorial, Feb. 4 The Times rightly defends but wrongly interprets a federal law that forbids the government from imposing "substantial burdens" on the exercise of religious convictions and requires federal officials to...
  • The Little Sisters' case against Obamacare gets even more absurd

    The Little Sisters' case against Obamacare gets even more absurd
    The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns, temporary relief on their claim that filling out a government form saying they're against providing contraceptive services to employees was tantamount to...
  • L.A. County supervisors want to put cross back in county seal

    L.A. County supervisors want to put cross back in county seal
    Potentially reopening a contentious cultural battle, two Los Angeles County supervisors are proposing placing a cross in the county’s seal. In a motion filed Tuesday, Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe called for adding a cross to the...
  • Proposed Satan monument heats up debate in Oklahoma

    Proposed Satan monument heats up debate in Oklahoma
    A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns --...