Biblical Law Versus Freedom of Religion

 Posted by on 24 June 2008 at 11:39 am  Abortion, Politics, Religion
Jun 242008

Hooray! Last Thursday, the Vail Daily published my letter to the editor opposing the proposed personhood amendment to the Colorado constitution.

Re: “Protect reproductive rights”

Thank you for your editorial opposing the proposed “personhood amendment” to the Colorado constitution.

Unfortunately, some people in Colorado are eager to impose their religious dogmas on others — by whatever means necessary. They demand that everyone submit to their values, including people who disagree with their dubious interpretations of scripture, deny the morality of blind obedience to divine commands, and reject faith in God as irrational superstition — as I do.

By any rational standard, that demand for submission is morally wrong.

These theocrats reject the very principle protecting their own freedom to worship: the separation of church and state. Under that principle, each person practices whatever faith he chooses, including none at all — as a matter of right. He may live as he sees fit, according to his own values, without forcible interference from others. So if opposed to abortion, he can refuse any involvement with the procedure.

The proposed “personhood amendment” embodies the opposite principle: government entanglement with religion, particularly the enforcement of Biblical law. Adopting that principle would subject matters of private conscience to government meddling. Everyone who wishes to live in a free country should vigorously oppose it.

Diana Hsieh, Sedalia

It’s time for me to start writing op-eds on this topic, I think!

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