| Feb 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
KURUKSHETRA, India — Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 2:28 PM
The Board of Supervisors' vote last month to restore a Christian cross to L.A. County's official seal prompted the ACLU on Thursday to file a lawsuit -- and dozens of readers to fire off letters to The Times, many of them saying the civil liberties...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 1:30 PM
"As the son of a Manx Methodist atheist and a refugee German Jewish atheist," Matthew Kneale tells us in the first sentence of "An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention," "I have never been much of a believer." It's a...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 6:00 AM
"Dios es bueno!" (God is good!)
Pastor Rene Molina moved among the sea of believers, bestowing blessings with his touch. He placed a hand on one worshiper's head, sparking such emotion that the man fell to the floor.
"Jesus was an immigrant and...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 7:21 AM
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...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Ghazalan Koofi loves her mother but not the life her mother has been compelled to live.
The older woman, her face cloaked in a shawl, had an arranged marriage at age 11. She didn't go to school and spent her life raising seven...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:25 PM
The recent expulsions of 11 students from an Orange County high school because of a cheating scandal appeared to be a forceful stand against academic dishonesty. But that discipline also has focused attention on the murkier questions about whether, and...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state’s similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry.
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:20 PM
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...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 4:53 PM
"Is this a church?" Sidonie Smith said as she stood outside Grant Elementary in Santa Monica. "I'm so excited about the impact it will have on our community. I've been praying for a church to come here for 40 years."
Not all residents share Smith's...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 11:53 AM
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to protest emerging legislation that could end their sweeping exemption from military service.
The country’s capital was paralyzed as access to Jerusalem...