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 reduce need for government

President Barack Obama’s attack on religious liberty resulted in a reversal and a statement that one typically hears only from free market economic realists. Obama explained that religious charity may do more than government programs to benefit society: “My first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was […]

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 […]

High praise for Supreme Court ruling

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

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 […]

Un-American to impede on free speech

Freedom New Mexico Imagine no religion. How about no free speech for those who embrace religious beliefs. Don’t let them practice religion in public, and don’t even let them mention it. Those who think it’s far-fetched in this country may be wrong. Ours is a country of free speech, which means we get to express […]

Atheism also constitutes form of religion

Freedom New Mexico Godless atheists are at it again. They are organizing and making demands on the Army. Predictably, Mikey Weinstein, chairman and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, backs them to the hilt. “There are only two groups who are still fair game to make fun of in this country: People who are […]

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 […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]