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Letter: Nonreligious freedom is in danger, too

Posted: July 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

In his letter, Charles O’Connell hits upon just about every target of the Religious Right in complaining about their Christian rights being endangered (“Religious freedom in danger of disappearing,” July 11).

This is, of course, totally absurd: If anyone has a right to be worried about their rights being usurped, it is those of us who are not Christian conservatives.

Over the past several decades, we have seen a steady influx of right-wing religious fundamentalists at all levels of political leadership, especially at the state and local level. And with the help of people like O’Connell, they are trying very hard to ram their views down the throats of the rest of us.

School boards are forcing creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science class (science class?).

State legislatures are busily passing anti-abortion legislation and banning same-sex marriage instead of focusing on getting people health insurance and employment. How “Christian” of them.

People like Mr. O’Connell would like for Christian prayers to be broadcast on P.A. systems before school sporting events too, thereby forcing his religious views down the throats of those who don’t subscribe to them. And he claims that he is losing his religious freedom?

Anyone who wishes to pray — to whatever God he or she believes in — may do so 24/7/365, silently to themselves. They can also join with like-minded believers anywhere, any time and pray out loud together, too. Just not at publicly financed nonsectarian events, because that is blatantly unconstitutional.

There are powerful religious organizations that would like to see birth control banned completely, not just for their own adherents. Uber-Catholic Rick Santorum campaigned on just such a platform in the GOP presidential primaries this year.

We hear more about conservative religious values (so-called) in public debate now than we have in decades, so religion is clearly not endangered in America 2012.

I do agree with O’Connell’s final paragraph, though: “Enough. No more. Wake up, America, and think before voting.” Exactly.



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