U.S. should rethink stance on Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico The assassination of Salman Taseer, governor of populous Punjab Province, close friend of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and an outspoken opponent of religious extremism and Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, highlights and deepens an ongoing crisis afflicting the country’s governing party and the country itself. Unfortunately, the prominent presence of the United […]

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 […]

Boy Scouts take to sidewalks to learn about local religious groups

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cub scout Jason Scioli, right, and his brother Matthew Scioli look over a prayer book Saturday at Saint James Episcopal Church during the scouts Ten Commandments Hike. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local Boy Scouts took to the sidewalks Saturday to learn about Clovis’ various faith groups in the […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

City commission denies religious procession request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city commission tabled a request for a religious procession in its July 23 meeting, citing concerns over noise levels, traffic disruptions and a lack of public input. The commission unanimously denied Sean Ferreira’s request Thursday for all of those reasons, in addition to a lack of visible public […]

City to review Cannon housing, religious procession

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission will tackle housing needs for Cannon Air Force Base, and take a second shot at a request for a religious procession when it meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.Cannon officials have declined offering specifics about housing, citing a desire to address them […]

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 […]

Church leaders: Use Bible to cast vote

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Protests ensure Vietnam still in public eye

Freedom New Mexico There were protests at the White House last month, and they were appropriate. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is still a long way from having an acceptable record on human rights and especially on religious freedom. It is helpful to remind the leaders of that country that people are still watching. Nonetheless, […]