Religious views shouldn’t be imposed
Dear Editor:I think it is very unfortunate that religion and morality were injected into the last election. The result is very likely to lead to some very bitter battles ahead. It is also unfortunate that people on the religious far right are being branded as simple-minded, but it is fair to state that many of their positions and goals are extremely simplistic. Many of their beliefs show an amazing lack of scholarship and open-mindedness. For example, the belief that the Bible condemns homosexuals is not supported by many very competent religious scholars. I ask those of you who are reading this letter to take time to call up “homosexuality, Bible” on a search engine such as Yahoo. I think you will be struck by two major things: The Bible is often very difficult to understand (in part because the various translations disagree) and the historical and religious beliefs about homosexuality are, in almost instances, a muddle of fuzzy pronouncements. Probably a fair summary of biblical writings is that the issue of homosexuality wasn’t of much concern in olden times, and in order to find condemnation, much has to be read into the very limited number of verses that might apply. Thomas Jefferson was very wise in his counsel to keep religious and moral positions out of governmental actions and debate. Homosexuals have the right to raise issues related to their civil rights and to just and fair treatment. They should not be subjected to religious standards of any particular group, not even if the majority of voters disagrees with them. Whether homosexual marriages would weaken traditional heterosexual marriages is a very debatable assumption – and one where equally intelligent people can totally disagree. That’s why, in a truly democratic country – Jefferson’s kind of nation – the courts are precisely where the issue belongs. Civil rights issues belong in the domain of our judges, based on our Constitution. Those who want to make homosexual marriages unlawful and immoral based on religious convictions are way off base. There is absolutely no basis in our country for imposing religious views through the courts or anywhere else! Any attempt to inject the religious views, even of a majority, into the Constitution is a serious step toward tyranny. While you are at the computer, call up “Thomas Jefferson” on your search engine and read what he has to say about government support for particular religious viewpoints. You won’t find support from him for simplistic arguments. In a truly democratic country there must be allowances for major differences in points of view. The majority can be very wrong!Buzz CooperGlenwood Springs
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