Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Religious groups realizing pitfall of Obamacare

Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The third president wasn’t Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is “sinful […]

Supreme Court ruling protects religious freedom

The Supreme Court last week delivered a resounding victory for religious freedom, made all the more impressive by its unanimity. In a 9-0 decision, the court ruled that government cannot dictate to religious institutions whom they can hire or fire for leadership positions. That represented a convincing rejection of the Obama administration’s position, which was […]

Taxes don’t cover religious greetings

It’s time to celebrate those time-honored traditions. Chestnuts on an open fire. The second glass of eggnog that makes you never want to touch the stuff again. And fighting to make the government spend money on your personal beliefs. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh made a big splash when he was elected, riding in on a […]

Church honoring religious figure

Freedom New Mexico Immanuel Lutheran Church will join thousands of congregations Sunday in honoring the bicentennial of the birth of Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther during 10:30 a.m. services at the church, located at 1021 N. Prince Street. Born Oct. 25, 1811, in Saxony, Germany, Walther migrated to America in search of religious freedom. He helped […]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer […]

Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

Religious knowledge important

Karl Terry We’re blessed in this country with religious freedom, but I worry a little about our ability to retain that freedom. Because my memory, like my hair, is starting to leave me, I’ve taken to carrying a little pocket notebook. Among the things I write in that notebook are column ideas when I happen […]

Religious critics could be biggest benefit to cause

Freedom New Mexico Don’t call it the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Instead, go with “Friends Of Religion Foundation.” This mean-spirited group does more to strengthen and promote religion and religious liberty than any religious leader could ever hope to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is the group that rented a […]

Religious belief influences voting choices

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Religious belief likely plays a part in the way people vote, area religious leaders say. And though church leaders say they don’t endorse candidates, they encourage their congregations to vote based on Biblical principles. Allen McAlister, senior pastor of Central Baptist Church in Clovis, said church leaders encourage the […]

Free school choice would help prevent controversial battles

It’s not often that the classroom style of a high school teacher brings hundreds of people out in the rain to rallies, but that has been the result of a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a California high school student against longtime history teacher James Corbett. Sophomore Chad Farnan filed the suit, alleging that Corbett’s […]

Romney handled no-win situation well as possible

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, handled a no-win situation as well as could be expected in a speech Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas. Romney is facing a tough challenge from religious-right candidate Mike Huckabee in the Iowa Republican caucuses and decided to deal head-on with nagging […]

Religious right movement may end with death of Rev. Jerry Falwell

Editorial The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent person, his […]

Same freedoms should apply to all Americans

Editorial A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any moment, state […]

Religion, politics don’t belong together

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications A wonderful aspect of a free, capitalist society is that nearly everything is privately owned. That applies to churches. They are owned by the order — Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Muslims and all the more than 4,000 different religious groups that exist now in the United States — or by […]

Gay marriage draws political lines

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Cynthia Diaz of Portales doesn’t understand why same-sex marriages are an issue. “I just don’t think that there should be any reason why they can’t get married,” she said. “I mean they’re not hurting anybody.” Diaz said she has homosexual friends and of those she said many would like […]

Chance to act on Endangered Species Act slipping away

Editorial With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved a […]

Fascination with nuns may be ‘Nunsense’

By Helena Rodriquez I know of at least one person more organized than me when it comes to Christmas: Sister Margaret. I received my first Christmas card for the season from Sister Margaret the week right after Thanksgiving. I immediately pictured Sister Margaret, in spite of her small frame and kind face, whipping everything into […]

Academy’s prayer rules create long, drawn-out battle

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

The religious game has rules everyone must follow

Freedom Newspapers F ootball coaches are football coaches: We don’t expect them to be political science professors. But we still have to take issue with some of the comments made by Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden at Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bowden, in defending Air Force Academy football […]