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Where your freedom ends

Dear Editor:Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to spend several years studying with a 100-year-old holy man from India. One of the many memorable things he said, in answer to the question of what, if any, religion we were associated with, was, “No specific religion – we follow a spiritual path.” He then smiled and with his ever-present, delightful humor added, “God save me from the religious.” Amen to that. Another time when asked how he determined who is worthy of initiation, he replied, “Who am I to decide whether individual being is worthy or unworthy? For me to know all are part of Supreme Being is enough.”To the conservatives or religious right, I will protect your right to your beliefs with my life. I expect the same response from you. However, when you try to cram your beliefs down my throat, I say your freedom ends where mine begins. I will protect my rights just as fiercely!In closing, this artificial division of people into nations and religions is obsolete and unnecessary. We are all part of the One. God bless you,Valerie HarrimanCarbondale


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