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Dear Editor:President Bush, by wearing his religion on his sleeve is causing great harm to this country in splitting our nation apart. He has made it acceptable for religious leaders to demand adherence to “their” principles by politicians of their faith. I thought President Kennedy dispensed with that when he went before Christian leaders in Texas to explain that he will resist any undue influence from leaders of his own faith. He was to be a president of all Americans.I read with dismay, anger and frustration that Rev. Michael O’Brien of St. Mary Catholic Church at a meeting of parishioners supported Archbishop Charles Chaput who actively opposes John Kerry. I guess the Reverend views Kerry not as a representative of his constituency, but primarily as a Catholic who must promulgate his religious tenants over all Americans.Something doesn’t make sense here – aren’t we fighting people who say the same thing? Their religious dogmas are supreme and those who don’t adhere will suffer the consequences.Man’s religious philosophy is his own private compass. We are voting for a person to lead our country, not a Catholic who happens to be president but a president who happens to be Catholic.President Bush has potentially caused more harm to America by his embracing religion within government than our war on terrorism. Our forefathers were correct – a separation of church and state is necessary. I fear the future when a majority religious group obtains power and demands adherence. May G-d help us all.Mel GallantAspen


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