Bible is not the foundation for nation's legal system

July 4, 2013 

On July 1, a reader argued, yet again, against gay marriage on religious grounds, using the Bible as an authority. Apparently this mistaken view needs to be refuted yet again.

Let me repeat: We are not a Christian nation and don't consider the Bible a legal authority. The definition of marriage as "one man and one woman" is her definition.

The Defense of Marriage Act, which also used this definition, has been overturned to cure unfair treatment to some of our citizens. Refusing the right of gay people to marry is to refuse them civil rights which they are entitled to.

"Inalienable rights" are those we have by nature. They cannot be voted away, even by fundamentalists waving the Bible.

Thankfully, not all Christians have these rigid beliefs and this overwhelming urge to force others to accept their morality. But for those of you who would like to impose your morality on everyone else, please remember that our country was founded explicitly on the idea of separation of church and state. In fact, many of our forefathers came here to escape religious persecution of the sort you would like to impose.

Americans have freedom of religion and from religion. Citizens even have the freedom to deny science, which many fundamentalists take full advantage of.

But some of us accept scientific findings, which conclude that being gay is biological, not a lifestyle choice, and is therefore not a sin.

So please stop quoting the Bible in your letters as though it has any authority over our laws or over those who don't recognize its authority.

Myra Jones

Bradenton

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