Ms. Jackson showed courage in making her complaint and that she is being pilloried for her act suggests the level of that courage and the hostile atmosphere in supposedly friendly small towns. The News Free Press has been part of this rabble-rousing.
Mr. Benton, you state in this article that Ms. Jackson wanted to be sure that the practice was within the "ever-changing and very confusing lines drawn by the federal courts about such things." I'm not sure these were her words or yours. If the latter, perhaps you can tell me what about this situation is confusing? The cheerleaders were a recognizable school group promoting Christian religion AS A SCHOOL GROUP. That is clearly unconsitutional and would be by any reading of the First Amendment.
I am mystified as to just what Kemp might have meant about the lines at McDonalds vs. Lenin's tomb while in Moscow. Surely it was not really an indication of the relative freedoms. Suppose a group of American tourists were visiting Moscow. Do you suppose that more of them would choose visiting McDonalds over visiting Lenin's tomb? And if more visited Lenin's tomb would that indicate to the Russians that their system was superior?
Or perhaps Kemp meant something about price difference since that was a mechanism of Hayek's theories. Yet Lenin's tomb is free to visit is it not? Or maybe he meant something about going to McDonalds versus going to a Russian restaurant. Yet while visiting Budapest some years ago I was amazed that the local young people much preferred going to Burger King over their own restaurants even when Burger King was more expensive (an interesting counter example to Hayek).
I suspect that the story you reported from a Mr. Feulner was either incomplete or made up. Jack Kemp was a notable figure in recent politics and, as someone who went to school in Buffalo in the late sixties, a very popular sports figure, but he was not particularly perspicacious. His ideological rigidity as regards government regulation of economic matters is an example of what has led to the current mess in the finance markets.