Environmental fanatics have grip on leaders

Freedom New Mexico Forget the religious right. It doesn’t control elections anymore. It has been replaced by a new political ecumenism:

Letters to the Editor: Religious beliefs at heart of issue

Letters to the Editor: Religious beliefs at heart of issue

Editor’s note: All of these letters have been edited for space considerations. They reference photos of gay couples in the Clovis High School yearbook. Injustice done to those depicted My emotions are doubtless founded in my Christian roots. But Scriptural argument is meaningless to those who do not accept the Holy Bible as the infallible […]

Free choices work better than litigation

Freedom New Mexico 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, […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

Already stretched thin, U.S. faces Turkish troubles

By Freedom Newspapers Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather […]

God loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  God loves ordinary people, and that is one of the most amazing and hope-filled truths of the Christian faith.    That truth was Exhibit A in the Pharisees’ case against Jesus. Pharisees are hard people to make happy. As Jesus noted, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they […]

Religious rights era may end with Falwell

By Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Students deserve to be informed of religious rights

By Freedom Newspapers Everyone celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday recognizing the religious leader who led a faith-based campaign against government racial discrimination. Yet few noticed that Tuesday was Religious Freedom Day, created to celebrate the constitutional right, which 300 million of us still enjoy, just as did the Rev. King. In his proclamation […]

Exemptions should be given to all, not some

By Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Ahmadinejad owes explanations

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist My alma mater, Columbia University, has just invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak. Keeping up with the Joneses? Harvard (as well as the National Cathedral) hosted former Iranian president Ayatollah Khatami just a few weeks ago. Ahmadinejad himself chatted up a group at the Council on Foreign Relations following his speech […]

Calendar 7 – 28

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Sunday Men’s Bible Class — 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. North Plains Mall Cinema, 2809 N. Prince St., Clovis. Free coffee and donuts. Teacher: Don Reid. Morning Worship — 9:45 a.m. […]

Species Act’s double standards make little sense

Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

Tending the flock

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Chaplain (Col.) David Cyr, chaplain for Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., visited Cannon AFB Dec. 14 through 16. Janet Taylor-Birkey “To come alongside our warriors and their families and provide religious support, comfort, and to meet the needs that they have relative to what it means to be in the military … […]

Fascination with nuns may be ‘nunsense’

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist 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, who in spite of her small frame and kind face, […]

Academy conflict unlikely to end quickly or easily

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 […]

10/14 Religion Calendar

Today Single Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Saturday Religious Education classes — 8:30 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 108 Davis St., Clovis. Classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 762-7343. The Evening Ball — 6 p.m., […]

10/7 Religion Calendar

Today Single Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971 Concert – 7 p.m., Central Christian Church, 14th and Mitchell (across from McDonald’s), The Relations Quartet will perform with special guest Sam Ray of “The Texans”. Admission is free but love […]

Accepting God’s gift means “getting over” ourselves

By Curtis K. Shelburne If God’s Son had only chosen to make peace with religious folks who loved rules better than they loved God, who loved the Law better than they loved the Giver of the Law, whose pride required a law they could use to keep score and left little room for soft hearts […]