Vail Daily letter: Keep church out of state
Avon, CO Colorado
With all of the turmoil going on in the various countries of the Middle East and North Africa, there is a realistic concern that political parties representing the rather radical Muslim Brotherhood may gain control of one or more of the new governments. I think we can all agree that would constitute a serious threat to personal freedom within each of those countries as well as reducing the odds of their ever having cooperative relationships with us..
Well, I happen to be just as concerned by the possibility that our very own Christian brotherhood will gain control of our government. For starters, there can be no doubt that their influence is already a very powerful force within the Republican party; and that they intend to use that force to diminish our historic separation between Church and State.
Unfortunately, it is also true that from time to time, various factions within the brotherhood have demonstrated both racial and religious intolerance. They have remained opposed to the rights of gays and lesbians, and they have often belittled various rights that are now accorded to our women.
In support of their current position against abortion, they have been presumptuous enough to infer a knowledge of God’s will as well as employing the ruse of “rights of the unborn child.” At the same time, they are willing to overlook the fact that they’re asking the very same “big government” that they generally deplore to negate the personal decisions made by some of our women. In doing so, they are also willing to ignore the fact that unwanted children are not likely to become responsible citizens. And in fact they are assuring us of having more high school drop-outs, more gang members, and ultimately, more residents in our jails.
For these and many other reasons, I believe that we should stay with the intent of the Constitution and keep a separation between Church and State.