- Posted September 11, 2012 by
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Election 2012: Your stories
We The People
I saw this comment on an article on our local website. It's from the archbishop advising his faithful how to vote. Here is one comment from a blogger that sums a lot of this up.
The problem, folks, is that we're not electing a Pope....or a Rabbi, or Imam, or Preacher, or Reverend, or Ayatollah, or any other religious leader. We're electing the President of the (secular, remember) United States (and assorted other governmental officials). They are to lead members of varying faiths, of varying religions, and those who have none at all as well. All at the same time.
If your religion doesn't allow you to use birth control, then you don't use it; you don't outlaw the pill.
If your religion doesn't allow you to eat shellfish, then you don't eat it; you don't outlaw crawfish.
If your religion doesn't approve of gay marriage, then you don't marry a gay person; you don't outlaw that marriage for others.
If your religion doesn't allow work on the Sabbath, then you don't work on the Sabbath; you don't outlaw football for the rest of us.
If your religion doesn't allow......., then you don't.......; you don't outlaw it for everyone.
One of the more important aspects of 'Freedom of Religion' is the freedom to be free OF religion, as well.