Haven’t seen ballot with God on it
I am hard-pressed to understand how there was a vote “against God,” since I have seen no ballot on which God was named as a candidate for any office. Nor do I understand how any of us who are faithful attendees in worship, be it at a church or synagogue or mosque or ashram or another house of worship, have had our right to worship abridged in any manner whatsoever. Perhaps the letter writer might elucidate his point as to how there was a “vote against God” in any legislature. Perhaps he might explain to readers which legislative acts have had a deleterious impact on the rights and responsibilities of any person of faith.
I would remind us all that Article VI of the Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Further, Article I of the Bill of Rights asserts that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
We are a democracy, not a theocracy. We are free to worship in whatever way and in whatever setting we may choose. We are also free to choose not to worship any god at all in any place at all. We live in a secular society with a secular government.
Those of us who are Christians are free to thank God for the blessing of living in a free society. We are not free to impose our beliefs on our neighbor of another faith — or of no faith at all. Nor are we free to require that our government enact and enforce only those laws that comport with our particular understanding of the will of the Christian God.
MOLLIE NEWMAN PARSLEY/Lubbock