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 […]