Freedom of religion, and from it
Dear Editor:In response to Ruth Perry’s letter (Aspen Times, March 10) about church and state, it seems to me that freedom of religion and freedom from religion go hand in hand. England used to require all citizens to join the Church of England. Those citizens had neither freedom to choose their preferred religion, nor did they have the comfort of being protected from the religion of others. You can’t have freedom of religion without freedom from religion. If you want to have freedom to choose the religion you want then you have to have the protection through the laws of the land not to have anyone including the government impose another religion on you. Without those protections then you have no freedom at all.Ms. Perry’s statement that the laws in the United States are based on the Bible are a myth in itself. The laws in the United States are based on common sense with the rights of all citizens in mind. Our laws protect us from each others morality so we are not judged outside of our laws. Laws against murder and stealing are common among almost all societies and would be on the books here in America with or without the Bible. If our laws are based on the Bible, perhaps we will be stoning each other to death in the community square, which is still done in some country’s that do base their laws on the Bible and do make moral judgments via the government. These are the things Thomas Jefferson was protecting the citizens of America from.I wish to choose my religion and my morality without the threat of someone else being thrust upon me. The separation of church and state protects me from you as well as you from me.Richard GlaserBasalt
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