Religion and civil rights

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2004

Ms. Williams commented in her editorial that the quoting of religious passages has no place in the public debate concerning the entitlement of the marriage contract in this nation.

Actually, it does have a place. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, in part: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech."

"Free exercise thereof" means I can even lobby and vote according to my religion. I can even try to change a law if I do not like it!

I am not restricted by the government to exercising my religion in private. The Constitution in no way prohibits religious influence on a vote.

Everybody, non-religious included, brings some form of concept of right and wrong into an issue like this.

How can you discuss law without some consideration of whether it is right or wrong? That is just silly.

You think there is nothing wrong with same-sex marriage and you think it is wrong to restrict it. You base that opinion on some belief system. I disagree and base that opinion on some other belief system.

It is not unreasonable to share the reason why I disagree and to note that that reason is written in the Bible.

In fact, I would think I owe you that. That is what I believe. As a U.S. citizen, it would be irresponsible not to voice it.

Kurt Cox

Juneau



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