Letter to the Editor

July 7, 2005 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Leave a comment

Here is a letter to the editor I wrote recently about religious freedom. It was in response to a very ignorant letter. “Religious Freedom”

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to Mr. M’s letter entitled “Christians Have Less Freedom.” Christians have less freedom than whom? Try being part of a minority religion or being atheist or agnostic. People almost always assume I am a Christian and they are shocked or even offended when I state that I am an atheist. The theist has the freedom of religion and the atheist has freedom from religion. So I don’t understand why the Christian has less freedom. Mr. M is trying to put push his religious beliefs on others by saying that homosexual marriage is wrong. Jesus said, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you” (John 14:34). He also said, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1). Who are we to judge the acts of another? Mr. M is correct that Church and State are separate, but prayer is not prohibited. You can bow your head and pray silently whenever you feel the need. However, you cannot force other people to pray. Jesus spoke against public prayer. He said, “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others… But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret….” (Matthew 6:5-6). Prayer in public is simply not appropriate. The national government is currently in the control of conservative Christians. To say that Christians’ rights are being denied is ridiculous. Mr. M should try living the life of a non-Christian, and then argue that Christians’ rights are being denied.

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