SANTA FE - Mexican bilingual teachers will be allowed to teach in New Mexico's public schools for three years under an agreement reached by New Mexico and Mexico. "Having teachers from Mexico is extremely important because so many students here come from
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Reconquista (contd.): New Mexico Hiring Mexican Teachers [A Reader] - 10/18/04

What about the students who aren't from Mexico—or American teachers who don't speak Spanish?

In The Crunch, Rove Turns To The Sailer Strategy [Steve Sailer] - 10/18/04

From my 2000 article "GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote" to my cover story "Ethnic Electorate" in the current (10/25/04) issue of The American Conservative, I argued that Karl Rove's minority outreach strategy is a losing proposition for Republicans. Instead, the way to win is to mobilize the base. It now appears that Mr. Rove has come around to my way of thinking: Rove Trims Sails but Steers for Victory by Mike Allen, Washington Post, Sunday, October 17, 2004.

The Religious Left: Aren't They Exempt? [James Fulford] - 10/18/04

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Miami violated federal tax law during an Oct. 10 service featuring speeches by Mr. Kerry, former presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent Democrats. ['Stop politicizing religion,' church liberals tell Kerry By Julia Duin, WASHINGTON TIMES, October 14, 2004]

The ACLU and the Church-State absolutists have been setting the IRS on white conservative Republican pastors for years. This the first time I can recall them going after a black church.

The church involved is Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, and the pastor is the Reverend Gaston Smith, rather than, say, Bob Jones, or the Southern Baptist Council.

But while everyone knows that a church can lose its tax exemption for politicking, there have always been two exceptions: Riverside Church in New York, and African-American churches as a class. (Theologically similar to the "Religious Right", politically miles left.)

It almost seemed as if they were exempt, in some weird melding of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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