July 27, 1986 |
Religious groups, anti-pornography activists and Christian bookstore owners are about to do something they thought they'd never do: actively purvey porn. On the notion that you must know thine enemy to vanquish him, these unlikely groups are planning to distribute eye-popping plot descriptions of such XXX-rated classics as Deep Throat and Debbie Does Dallas, plus long lists of "adult" titles of books, magazines and films that leave almost nothing to the imagination. At issue is the private reproduction, distribution and sale of the final report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, a 1,960-page treatise that includes more than 250 pages of explicit material - though no pictures - including plot lines of books and films that feature bestiality, child sex and the like.
March 25, 2004 |
The Pledge of Allegiance may call this one nation "under God," but whose idea of God does it mean? Not that of the Associated Pantheist Groups. Some pantheists may use the term God, the alliance says, but they are referring to nature, not the "supersentient being" of Judeo-Christianity. Same with the Buddhist Temples coalition. Many of their 300,000 members, as nontheists, regard under God as "a religious paradigm that is at odds with their Buddhist beliefs. " The two coalitions are among a smattering of religious entities to file legal briefs - alongside the American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation - urging that under God be struck from the Pledge.
October 7, 1988 |
More than 70 city churches, mosques, synagogues and temples will participate today and throughout the weekend in Human Relations Sabbath. Programs ranging from special brotherhood prayers, speaking out against racism, and choir and pulpit exchanges between black and white churches will fill the three days. "There are times when the religious communities and government agencies ought to work together," said the Rev. Thomas J. Ritter, chairman of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which is coordinating Human Relations Sabbath.
January 14, 1990 |
Ruben Perez sat hunched over a long table, reading the Bible and highlighting passages in yellow with a felt-tipped pen. Perez, 18, who only four days before had been sleeping in abandoned cars and eating from trash cans, was searching the Scriptures for salvation - from sin and drug addiction. Weary of his life on the street, the soft-spoken young man had come to Soldiers of the Lord, a Pentecostal recovery center under the El tracks on Front Street in Kensington. He said that he hoped to put his drug-shattered life back together.
May 18, 1995 |
As part of a comparative religion unit in Haverford High School's 10th- grade world-cultures classes, students heard speakers from the major religious groups in Haverford Township this month. The purpose of the unit was to familiarize students with religions in the community, including Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness and Mormon, and to help youngsters understand, respect and tolerate different beliefs and practices. The speakers emphasized the history, liturgy and practices of their respective groups.
May 7, 2011 |
SYDNEY - Religious groups in Australia are allowed to discriminate against people who are gay or transgender, prompting criticism from gay-rights activists who find it galling that religious social service programs receive millions of dollars in government funding. Such exemptions to anti-discrimination laws exist elsewhere, but other countries including Britain and the United States have narrowed their scope in recent years, limiting them to issues such as the appointment of church leaders.
June 30, 1988 |
The fight is not over yet. Although the Centennial School District was ordered to allow a religious group to rent its facilities for an evangelical magic show last October, the district is defending its new facilities-use policy in federal court. On Friday, lawyers for Student Venture, an evangelical Christian group that is the high school branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, argued in U.S. District Court that Judge Louis C. Bechtle should issue a permanent injunction to prevent the district from discriminating against religious groups in the new policy, which was updated in March.
January 3, 2014 |
Several area religious organizations and businesses appeared to be happier Wednesday after an order by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked a requirement that some religious-affiliated employers provide health insurance that includes birth control. Sotomayor's two-sentence order came about two hours before the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The order applies only to this issue, but adds to the debate about the law. She gave the Obama administration until Friday to respond to a bid by the Denver and Baltimore chapters of the Little Sisters of the Poor for an exemption from the mandate.
August 27, 1996 |
A Brooklyn orthodox rabbi leads his Yiddish-speaking congregation in a fight to block construction of an incinerator in their neighborhood. Four Catholic churches in blue-collar coastal Louisiana build breakwaters of used Christmas trees to slow the sea's steady creep into their bayou, then organize a letter-writing campaign in favor of wetlands protection. Evangelical Christian college students tote their Bibles to the Capitol to lobby Congress in support of the Endangered Species Act, passing out blue-and-white bumper stickers that say: "God made it. We tend it. That settles it. " Those are a few strands of a fragile new web of religious groups embracing environmental causes.
September 25, 2014 |
Joining forces with a Germantown Jewish group and a South Philadelphia Mennonite congregation, the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia says it will openly defy deportation orders by providing refuge for immigrants facing imminent expulsion from the United States. The policy is to take effect with a planned announcement Wednesday in South Philadelphia, said leaders of New Sanctuary, which advocates on behalf of undocumented immigrants. "This is a national issue. We are the local manifestation," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Germantown group, Tikkun Olam Chavurah.