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Letter: Let’s fight to grant freedom to all people, not just our own religion

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 am

Many letters seem to be published in Lodi News-Sentinel bemoaning the removal of religion in certain institutions such as schools, military and government meetings; many more crying over the loss of faith and worship to Jesus. Something goes forgotten in many of these letters, and that is freedom. Freedom is something I celebrate in this country as an atheist, and I will fight for any individual’s religion, creed or philosophy.

I am happy that I cannot be denied employment due to my atheism, and that neither can my neighbor for his or her religious choice. My children will not have to be forced to pray or chant “... one country under God ...” when they do not believe such a thing exists, while my neighbor’s child will still have the ability to lead Bible studies and pray at their locker every morning.

Countless humans have been slaughtered because of their faith, or lack thereof, and they still are in other countries to this day. Others are imprisoned today and may never see their families again. Christians still get crucified, and atheists still get burned at stakes.

Instead of fighting against religion, or for “keeping God in school, government or military,” I admonish our brethren to fight for something. Let us fight for freedom for all, and celebrate the freedoms we do have as well as the ones our neighbors enjoy.

Sarah Tygert

Stockton

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9 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Religious believers do NOT have that freedom and more are taken away regularly."

    Really? Which religious freedoms are being taken away on a regular basis?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:01 pm on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Paglia: How does the inclusion of the "before" verses negate the one quoted by Mr. Maurer? They are basically the same, stating, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others."

    Maybe I'm not understanding plain English properly, but this clearly states the HYPOCRITES like to flaunt their prayers and true believers do not need to.

    No one is telling YOU to hide your faith. I sometimes think that people are irrationally defensive about their faith when they don't need to be.

     
  • David Diskin posted at 12:53 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    David Diskin Posts: 184

    Perhaps you can be more specific, because what you're describing is perfectly legal -- as long as the religious symbol, including a Bible -- is intended for the employee to see and not intended as a message to others (especially the public).

    And for the record, an atheist is NOT always free to "show their faith". An atheist who smugly hangs a poster on her cubical wall that says "There is no God" would most rightly be told to take it down.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 3:35 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 447

    Kevin,keeping our faith in a dark room only? Think I believe that? I would think that more sin than faith would be propagated in a dark room. The 1st amendment guarantees freedom of religion and separation of church and state. Any religious symbols in Government offices and schools(government controlled) violates the separation of church and state clause.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:27 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2028

    Someone tell me how a government employee having a small symbol of their faith on their desk/wall infringes on ANYONE else's freedoms? Atheists are always free to show their faith. Religious believers do NOT have that freedom and more are taken away regularly.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:25 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2028

    I always find it humorous, in a sad way, when people use this verse to try and berate Christians into HIDING their faith. What they ALWAYS leave out is the verse BEFORE: 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

    There is a huge difference between praying to be seen vs living your faith. If the ONLY reason is so that others see you, you are the hypocrite spoken of, if you would do it no matter if there was no one around or everyone around then you are living your faith.

    That is why Matthew also has the Verse (Chapter 10) "33 But those who reject me publicly, I will reject before my Father in heaven". So many have bought into the mentality of Mr Mauer, that their faith should be hidden in the dark room so no one knows they are Christian, that they have decided to openly reject Jesus in public.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 11:20 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 447

    Excellent letter! What ever Happened to Jesus' quote " Pray to me in private and I shall reward you openly?"

     
  • Sonja Ward posted at 9:17 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Godschild Posts: 1

    This is a well written article. Too often we claim freedom and fight to take freedom of choice away from others. There are more devestating issues in this world such as poverty, homelessness, racism, crime etc., that requires more energy and effort. I am a christian and I believe in God, and God alows us the FREEDOM to follow Him or not. Man does not have the right to make those decisions for man. Focus on the big picture.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 7:41 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    If you want people to argue with you you cannot be sane. Good letter! [smile]

     

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