LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter Tuesday warning that California could be violating religious freedoms in its plan to reopen the state after the coronavirus stay-at-home order.
The letter from the Justice Department's civil rights division to Gov. Gavin Newsom listed several objections both to the original order and ...Read more
Americans love the idea of a superhero, someone possessed of supernatural powers used for the common good.
Joe Thomas, a professor studying this phenomenon, remarked, "They explain mystery. They model behavior. They inspire. They make mistakes ... and learn from them. They are life lessons. They give hope that no matter what the odds, even one ...Read more
CHICAGO -- He was scared and had good reason to be. He was over age 60. He had health issues. And the global COVID-19 death toll was mounting.
So, as the Rev. Walter Johnson Jr. lay in the hospital bed, isolated from his family for two weeks, the doubt began to creep in. Being infected with the novel coronavirus pushed a man who has been ...Read more
There is one thing about ambiguity.
Umm, no. By definition an ambiguous situation means there is more than one component. The factors differ and are not resolvable.
Take the phenomenon of light. It acts both like a particle bouncing around and like a wave flowing and bending around. Different actions at the same time, but not resolvable -- it'...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court justices sounded split Monday on whether to broadly deny civil rights protections to hundreds of thousands of teachers in religious schools, as they heard cases involving two who were fired from Catholic schools in Los Angeles.
At issue is whether the Constitution's protections for religious freedom shields ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Traditionally, a bar mitzvah is held near a boy's 13th birthday. In Jackson Rosen's case, a short delay seemed prudent.
"He turned 13 in February," his mother, Jodi Rosen said. "I was worried about a snowstorm, so I picked an April date."
Then, after a relatively balmy winter, their plans were scrapped, instead, by the ...Read more
On the count of ONE ... picture a busy mother of three little boys -- a woman who says she's 105 pounds soaking wet. Now, on TWO ... imagine her carrying a bulky ladder towering above her. On THREE ... smile at the snapshots she's creating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meet Krissy Benda who looks at the big picture when life seems out of focus....Read more
DETROIT -- The first week of April, the Rev. Kenneth Flowers had a slight dry cough, body aches and a bad headache. His 90-year-old mother he helped take care of had tested positive for the coronavirus a few days earlier, and so he asked his doctor whether he should get a test.
But, like many at the time, the pastor of Greater New Mount Moriah ...Read more
MIAMI -- Two months ago, Jorge Rivero thought he knew everything to know about running a funeral home.
But despite a 30-year career and a multi-generational family history in the death care sector -- his great grandfather was the first to get in the business with the 1947 inauguration of a funeral home in Havana -- Rivero said nothing could ...Read more
So there you are, moving along just fine.
Maybe you're hiking in nature or strolling in the city. It could involve a long process or a fleeting awareness. Perhaps it's about your career trajectory or your retirement plans. You know where you are, what you are doing, what is helping you get to where you are going, and so forth.
And then it ...Read more
MIAMI -- This Ramadan was supposed to be a special one for Ameen Dalal.
The 12-year-old's Davie, Fla., parents finally planned to let him fast for the full 29 days, instead of a week or two at a time. Their decision to include him in the fast, which most children don't begin until they have hit puberty, would bring him a step closer to ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- It started with 175 meals being served from a drive-through created outside the Riverside Sikh Temple.
Now, the United Sikh Mission and the Sikh community of Riverside, Calif., are giving out thousands of meals a day, have provided thousands of masks to the local community and are handing out groceries on the weekend.
Serving up...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When Dr. Imran Siddiqui went to bed Thursday night, he set the alarm for 4:30 a.m.
As the director for both the Desert Valley Medical Group in Victorville and a nearby nursing home, Siddiqui's days have been long and stressful since the COVID-19 pandemic began its deadly assault on California more than six weeks ago. But it's ...Read more
KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which is retrenching as it loses membership nationwide, has been named in a lawsuit alleging fraud and other claims stemming from the latest closing of an affiliated university.
HotChalk Inc., a California-based firm that helped Concordia University-Portland develop and support online degree ...Read more
A couple of decades ago, I learned a principle that has served me well ... when I don't forget to remember it. It is the simple term "mid-course corrections."
I first heard the phrase from NASA. As far as I understand it (I have had friends who really were rocket scientists, but I am not), when NASA launches a rocket, they are continually ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Like Passover and Easter, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be fundamentally affected by the coronavirus, as the devout will be forced to accept shuttered mosques, virtual sermons from socially distanced imams and canceled communal feasts during this pandemic spring.
But when the holiday begins Thursday, one rigorous aspect ...Read more
CAIRO -- The first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan is particularly significant to Egyptian Muslim Sayed Mahmoud.
Each year, he usually celebrates the start of the lunar month with a big gathering of his married daughters and their families in his Cairo house for the fast-breaking iftar meal at sunset.
But this Ramadan, the 64-year-...Read more
Ah, April! -- Presenter of tulips, spring break, newly-minted Mariners baseball and, of course, Tax Day.
Not that I begrudge Caesar his due (Luke 20:20-26; Romans 13:1-7), but if Caesar could take some of the taxing strain out of the tax system, I would appreciate that. For instance, when reviewing an old W-4, I slogged through ...Read more
MIAMI -- Rev. Dennis Bartels is still getting used to a church with no parishioners.
The pastor's eyes wander back and forth from the empty pews to the camera lens used to stream his Sunday service at Holy Cross Lutheran Church North Miami.
"I feed off of people's reactions," Bartels says with a laugh.
Since federal and state authorities ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- This Easter, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller plans on letting his faith take the wheel.
The son of the pastor who built Garden Grove's Crystal Cathedral, Schuller is temporarily reviving the drive-in ministry, a practice that helped his father rise from humble beginnings to become one of the late 20th century's most recognized ...Read more
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