Letters to the Editor

Accept our differences over religion and allow prayers

As frequently happens when a moral issue becomes political, it is misinterpreted to fit the argument for each side. This is evident in the issue of our county commission praying prior to each meeting.

The U.S. constitution guarantees separation of church and state. This is intended to prevent our government from favoring any religion over others.

It does not guarantee freedom from religion. Prayers can be offered to “God” without specifying a particular set of beliefs. Why should this offend anyone?

While I defend the right of non-believers to refrain from participating in any general public prayer, I also stand up for my right to believe. Why should I be restricted from expressing my belief while others are free to express their non-belief?

That is not the principle upon which this nation was founded. Our original ancestors came here to establish a nation free of religious (or non-religious) persecution.

We can allow prayer at public governmental meetings, and, yes, even in schools, without creating an environment which ostracizes those who choose to opt out. It will only serve to make this an even better country when we accept each other’s differences without feeling threatened by them.

Tom Durante

Bradenton

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