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Religious Wrong


To the Editor,

First, let's start with a couple of quotes from the woman who was responsible for representing everyone's vote in Florida and making sure that no one not even Democrats or Pagans were disenfranchised. These comments were garnered from an article in the Orlando Sentinel, 8/26/06, by Jim Stratton:

"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," [Katherine] Harris told interviewers from the Florida Baptist Witness. Harris told the journalists "we have to have the faithful in government" because that is God's will. Separating religion and politics is "so wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers," she said.

"And if we are the ones not actively involved in electing those godly men and women," then "we're going to have a nation of secular laws. That's not what our Founding Fathers intended, and that certainly isn't what God intended."

Harris campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Marks would not answer questions about the Harris interview. Instead, she released a two-sentence statement.

"Congresswoman Harris encourages Americans from all walks of life and faith to participate in our government," it stated. "She continues to be an unwavering advocate of religious rights and freedoms."

I certainly hope she is talking about some of those fabulous religious rights mentioned in Leviticus, because I would like to think that the Religious Right has written some rules down for themselves somewhere! Not that the current administration is going to release any of those rules it's probably much easier to just pull a Padilla and put me in jail. But I have to weigh the above statements by a US Congresswoman running for the Senate along with those of a staunch Democrat from Massachusetts, the Hon. Mr. Kennedy in an Op/Ed published on 7/30/06:

"In Gonzales v. Oregon , a majority of the Supreme Court held that the Justice Department lacked the power to undermine Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. However, Roberts joined a startling dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia, stating that the administration's actions were 'unquestionably permissible' because the federal government can use the Constitution's commerce clause powers "for the purpose of protecting public morality.'"

Between Dubya being an idiot decider, ole 'shotgun Dick' being an unquestioning enabler, and fringe elements of the Republicans wanting to initiate another Inquisition, I'm convinced the country has to go radically (hell, rabidly) far left for this it to even begin settling back on an evenhanded course. I've never been a fan of those individuals who want to legislate away the second amendment, nor do I appreciate when the ACLU attempts to write legislation that is designed to make equal those that even G-d has screwed (I understand handicapped spots and ramps, but blind people will never deserve a driver's license, and it's not the state's job to hire them a chauffeur!).

But we have to let the gilded secular calf out of the closet again folks it's time. The strength of this country is in the fact that many voices are heard when new laws are being discussed, and that those laws enacted after what is hopefully an arduous process, respect the fact that it is inherent that there exists certain inalienable rights held by all people. The Neocons seem to wish to govern from religious right, not Constitutional Right, and that's wrong.

FRANCIS JENS ERICKSON
August 29, 2006

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