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January 4, 2005
Andrew Edwards Members of the religious community have begun dispatching money to areas hit by last week's devastating tsunami, and in some cases they simply sent themselves. A team from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa has already arrived in the area, Pastor Gaylord Tohill said Monday. Members of the team are connected to Safe Harbor International Relief, based out of Rancho Santa Margarita, and are trying to visit all areas affected by the disaster, which according to United Nations estimates killed about 150,000 people -- nearly the population of Newport-Mesa.
FEATURES
June 9, 2007
The Internal Revenue Service reported that complaints about improper politicking jumped 43% in the 2006 elections compared to 2004. The IRS attributed the jump to its public-awareness campaign on what's considered appropriate politicking for religious leaders. Do you agree, or do you think religious organizations have become too politicized over the last few years? The news a few days ago was about how "religious" all the candidates had suddenly become, especially the Democrats.
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By: | October 8, 2005
o7The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last month that it would reimburse religious groups that have supported relief and recovery efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas of the South. The move has sparked controversy on both sides. Civil libertarian groups have said it would be a violation of the separation between church and state. Some religious groups have said taking government money would make the church beholden to the state. Should the government reimburse religious groups for their relief efforts?
FEATURES
August 7, 2009
I applaud this move because it indicates that the Episcopal Church and the nation is starting to grow up. Now all we have to do is help other religious institutions grow out of their adolescent nature and, once and for all, end this ridiculous discrimination against same-sex marriage. Contrary to the worn-out rhetoric and the barrage of fear-mongering ads, same-sex marriage poses no threat to our society or to the idea of family values. In fact, the only threat we have to observe is the radical political rancor that incites violence and hate.
NEWS
July 16, 2005
Recently, 10 concerts were held around the world to publicize African poverty and to call on the leaders of the top eight economic powers in the world (known as the G-8) to help end poverty through the cancellation of African debts owed to G-8 countries and increased aid to the world's poorest countries. As the concerts approached, a number of religious groups -- as varied as Rick Warren and Pat Robertson -- voiced their support for the movement, which includes the One Campaign and Make Poverty History.
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By JERRY PARKS | June 13, 2008
As a believer in humanist guidance, I can’t help but get a little irritated with the superior attitude taken by some religious groups that think any atheist or agnostic is not to be trusted. They have been subjected to statements from the pulpit such as atheism is the religion of self, or other comments to the effect that anyone who doubts the existence of a God is a pure hedonist or worse. They seem to think people who do not believe in hell have no reason to consider others in their decisions.
NEWS
July 9, 2010
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of a decision by the UC Hastings School of Law to reject an application by a faith-based student group, the Christian Legal Society, to register as a student organization at the San Francisco campus. Hastings officials had rejected the society's application because the society's bylaws allegedly violated the campus's nondiscrimination policy by discriminating against homosexuals. Do you think that this ruling by the high court reveals a pro-gay bias in the American legal system that stacks the odds for a legal victory against religion-based organizations like the Christian Legal Society?
NEWS
July 27, 2002
Tim Leedom and Linda Adams would like to see people take a walk on "The Light Side." To that end, the two Newport Beach writers, with Costa Mesa illustrator Sharona Ezer, have written a children's book meant to explore the concepts of peace and harmony in our world. "Kids understand more than adults do," Adams said. "We get stuck in what we think and believe." Leedom and Adams will appear with Ezer at a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Balboa Island Book Store (308 1/2 Marine Ave., Balboa Island)
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By Benjamin J. Hubbard | August 17, 2012
On Aug. 4, the nation rejoiced at news that engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had landed Curiosity, its scientific vehicle, on Mars. But we awoke the next morning to learn that a racist bigot had murdered six Sikh worshippers within their own sanctuary, or gurdwara, in Oak Creek, Wis. Then on Aug. 6, a mosque in Joplin, Mo., burned to the ground, probably at the hands of an arsonist. We, as a species, are capable of great scientific and humanistic achievements — and immense evil.
NEWS
From Times Community News and KTLA-5 reports | February 14, 2012
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich promised to drive down the price of gasoline and change the culture in Washington during a Southern California fundraising tour that included stops in Newport Beach, Tustin and Pasadena. He emphasized lower gas prices during his Monday night stop at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, according to an interview with the Orange County Register. "I think we focus on very big ideas like $2-a-gallon gasoline, 4% unemployment, allowing young people to have personal Social Security savings accounts, and we rebuild our momentum," he told the newspaper.
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By Benjamin J. Hubbard | August 17, 2012
On Aug. 4, the nation rejoiced at news that engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had landed Curiosity, its scientific vehicle, on Mars. But we awoke the next morning to learn that a racist bigot had murdered six Sikh worshippers within their own sanctuary, or gurdwara, in Oak Creek, Wis. Then on Aug. 6, a mosque in Joplin, Mo., burned to the ground, probably at the hands of an arsonist. We, as a species, are capable of great scientific and humanistic achievements — and immense evil.
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By Billy Graham, Tribune Media Services | July 6, 2012
Question: We're worried about our daughter-in-law because she's gotten very involved in a religious group that sounds like it might be a cult. Their leader insists on complete obedience, and says he alone knows the true path to God. Should we be concerned? - Mrs. S.B. Answer: Yes, you should be concerned, because from what you say this group seems to have many of the characteristics of a cult. The Bible warns us against those who "lead my people astray with their reckless lies ... I did not send them or appoint them" (Jeremiah 23:32)
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From Times Community News and KTLA-5 reports | February 14, 2012
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich promised to drive down the price of gasoline and change the culture in Washington during a Southern California fundraising tour that included stops in Newport Beach, Tustin and Pasadena. He emphasized lower gas prices during his Monday night stop at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, according to an interview with the Orange County Register. "I think we focus on very big ideas like $2-a-gallon gasoline, 4% unemployment, allowing young people to have personal Social Security savings accounts, and we rebuild our momentum," he told the newspaper.
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By Fatma Saleh | May 28, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead, but his brand of religious extremism lives on. This is not to say that such religious extremism is exclusive to Islam and Muslims. Extremism infiltrates the minds of religious zealots, nationalists, racists, environmentalists, and so forth. Each type of extremism embodies a similar core philosophy. There is no tolerance for those who express a different viewpoint or use other methods. Such intolerance often leads to violence. Robert Kennedy once said, "What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant.
NEWS
July 9, 2010
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of a decision by the UC Hastings School of Law to reject an application by a faith-based student group, the Christian Legal Society, to register as a student organization at the San Francisco campus. Hastings officials had rejected the society's application because the society's bylaws allegedly violated the campus's nondiscrimination policy by discriminating against homosexuals. Do you think that this ruling by the high court reveals a pro-gay bias in the American legal system that stacks the odds for a legal victory against religion-based organizations like the Christian Legal Society?
FEATURES
August 28, 2009
Once upon a time, when I was in Africa on a work team, we visited a Methodist clinic. The clinic was the only health-care facility for 50 miles. The clinic, funded by Methodists from all over the world, was a birth center, an emergency ward, an anti-malaria station, a school for teaching health care and prenatal care, and a hospital. The sign over the front door said, “Jesus wants us well in every way.” The sign is right. God desires us to be well in body, mind and soul.
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By JERRY PARKS | June 13, 2008
As a believer in humanist guidance, I can’t help but get a little irritated with the superior attitude taken by some religious groups that think any atheist or agnostic is not to be trusted. They have been subjected to statements from the pulpit such as atheism is the religion of self, or other comments to the effect that anyone who doubts the existence of a God is a pure hedonist or worse. They seem to think people who do not believe in hell have no reason to consider others in their decisions.
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By STEVE SMITH | May 26, 2008
Count me as one parent who is very pleased that Planned Parenthood recently gave the Newport-Mesa Unified School District a failing grade in its sex education curriculum. Planned Parenthood’s idea of sex education should not be the standard for any parent. For proof, just visit their website, www.plannedparenthood.org . While Planned Parenthood failed the district for “obvious omissions to include any discussion of condoms, even when discussing HIV/AIDS or contraceptive methods,” I am giving Planned Parenthood an “F” for hiding and then ridiculing abstinence on its website.
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