USC in Free Speech Furor Over Student Who Tweeted ‘I Want to Kill Every Motherf-cking Zionist’

School officials say the student’s volatile public outbursts are protected speech, but the faculty isn’t buying it and her classmates say they their lives are being threatened

An Evangelical Icon Finds Salvation in West Hollywood

Banished from his church over his “blasphemous” book, one of America’s most famous preachers has found a new following in young nonbelievers seeking spiritual salvation
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L.A. Mourns the Death of Preacher and AIDS Activist Carl Bean

The South L.A. spiritual leader, who created a space for LGBTQ churchgoers and inspired a Lady Gaga hit, passed away this week after a lengthy illness
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Local Church Offers Drive-Thru ‘Ash and Dash’ Service for Ash Wednesday

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church is finding a pandemic-safe way to connect with worshipers
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High-Profile Pastor Carl Lentz Fired from Celebrity-Linked Megachurch Hillsong

Church leaders accuse Lentz, former spiritual advisor to Justin Bieber and other stars, of “moral failures”
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To Survive COVID-19, the Jewish High Holidays Go Virtual—or Outdoors—Across L.A.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur gatherings will be more about filling screens than seats this year, but some synagogues are still opting for in-person services
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Former Scientologists Sound Off on the Church Collecting COVID-19 Relief Money

The Trump Administration doled out disaster funds to the celeb-obsessed religion, even though Leah Remini say it’s staffed by ”volunteers”
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Yogi Bhajan Turned an L.A. Yoga Studio into a Juggernaut, and Left Two Generations of Followers Reeling from Alleged Abuse

A revered yoga figure's legacy is being reevaluated as former followers come forward with allegations that they endured relentless sexual, emotional, and physical abuse
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How a Cranky 77-Year-Old Communist from Nicaragua Saved L.A.’s Most Unconventional Church

Ligia Gonzalez has become a patron saint of sorts at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Koreatown
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How Beverly Hills Police Tracked a Suspected Synagogue Vandal All the Way to Hawaii

Just days after Nessah Synagogue was trashed, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania man was taken into custody in Kona