Idea that one religion is superior reflects intolerance

January 10, 2014 

A Dec. 31 letter "Objections of the few deny others liberty," I would have dismissed as another war-on-Christmas rant, but Duck Dynasty and Chick-Fil-A were mentioned.

America is not a single religion country, any more than it is a single race country. To insist that a single selected religion has superiority and dominance over all humans demonstrates utmost intolerance.

This is not what the First Amendment prescribes or allows.

To assume all American citizens must accept and adhere exclusively to Christian doctrine is divisive, and pays no respect to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, etc. and reeks of religious proselytization -- something my tax dollars aren't earmarked for.

This is why we no longer force religion into public schools. It is not about rejecting God, it's about respecting those who hold different beliefs, or none.

If Christians can't accept this fact of society, make allowances for non-Christians, and/or insist on imposing their explicit guidelines into the lives of unwilling strangers, then religion will suffer backlash. Expect imminent objections.

To assert one's religion is above all others and be accepted and abided by all is pompous, presumptuous, manipulative, arrogant, divisive, selfish and intolerant thinking at best.

For a handful of wedding cake makers and florists to demand their "consciences" be "protected" by denying tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of same-gender couples 1138 federal benefits, many being financially beneficial, is the epitome of "discrimination against the majority by the few."

If one's relationship with God is so weak that one is forced to deny financial security to same-gender couples by denying them marriage benefits and civil rights in order to protect one's fragile conscience, then one has demonstrated God is above financial security for all, and one should be willing to give up one's business if anti-discrimination laws "violates" one's conscience.

Gerrard Wilbur

Bradenton

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