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RELIGION: Freedom not limited to one side

“Freedom” is a powerful concept that most of this world has never experienced. The First Amendment to our Constitution prohibits infringement on the free exercise of our religious beliefs, but now there is a vociferous attempted threat to that freedom.

We have differences of opinion in this country and constitutional protections. That is what has allowed us to be successful in the past. Increased one-sided governmental control is what will lead us down the path to the absolute rule experienced in most of the world.

No business should be told who they can and cannot do business with. Economics and

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INDIANA: Demonstrators don’t go far enough

I applaud the demonstrators railing against the religious freedom law passed in Indiana. Allowing Christians to follow their sincere beliefs is something that cannot be tolerated.

The demonstrators have not gone far enough, though. There are other religious groups that should be required to conform also.

• Muslim Halal meat markets must carry pork chops.

• Orthodox Jews’ restaurants must serve bacon cheeseburgers and ham and eggs.

• Seventh-Day Adventists’ cafes should be forced to offer roast beef sandwiches.

Also, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act needs to be repealed. Since Sen. Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid’s heir apparent, was its original sponsor,

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RELIGION: Indiana law preserves people’s rights

Re: “Indiana governor defends new law” (TNT, 3-30).

Is it a matter of discrimination if and when people have views that are different from yours? You have your rights and freedoms. There is no arguing there, but unfortunately for some people, you have to allow for other people in this world who justifiably have rights and freedom of expression as well.

Our founding fathers had it right when they wrote the First Amendment to our Constitution making certain we had freedom of speech and most certainly freedom of religion. To infringe on anyone’s rights and freedoms even if you

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MARRIAGE: What happened to religious freedom?

Re: “Florist says she won’t serve gays” (TNT, 2-21).

Article 1, Section 11 of the Washington Constitution states, “Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion . . .”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland is being sued by the state for declining to florally decorate for a same-sex wedding. The business had for nine years provided flowers for one of the individuals being married, with no difference in relationship or treatment from

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OBAMA: Prayer breakfast comments not helpful

President Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast comparing Christians’ long ago “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” to what is happening in today’s world will not in any way help unite the nation to fight terrorism.

Expecting Christians to feel guilty about terrible deeds that happened hundreds of years ago and asking them to not judge today’s acts of terrorism, is not beneficial. No generation should be held accountable for past generations. We learn from the past and move forward.


RELIGION: Spiritual leader answers a call

Re: “White woman embraces life as a sangoma” (TNT, 1-22).

I read with delight the article about Nancy Rebecca and her calling to be a sangoma (a traditional Zulu healer). As a friend and mentee of Nancy’s I can attest to the loving and healing qualities she brings to her life and her work.

Each person is called to live their truth and act on their gifts, but not everyone has the courage to do so. To answer the call, as Nancy did, takes great courage and fortitude. In this type of work, spiritual work, there is no road map.

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RELIGION: Easy dismissal of non-Western spirituality

In response to a letter (TNT, 1-25) condemning the woman who studied and practices Zulu healing techniques (TNT, 1-22): Several of the writer’s points were extraordinarily offensive. Frankly, I’m surprised the letter was printed.

As a dedicated pagan (a valid world-view like most any other), I’m appalled by, but all too familiar with, the arrogant dismissal of all non-scientific, non-Western metaphysical mentalities as “superstition.” If only I could effectively communicate to the writer the rich vitality of the spiritual reality I live in.

I am perfectly happy with her set of beliefs or lack thereof. I would ask the same

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RELIGION: Fanatics thrive on self-righteousness

Religion is the oldest con game and the scourge of humanity. Postulating the existence of God, he and/or she is the same energy or being for all of us.

Christians and Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites, Catholics and Protestants have been blaming and vilifying each other for all of modern history and herstory. Fanatics and fundamentalists thrive on self-righteousness, hatred, anger, intolerance, and above all, the thirst for revenge.

They wade in each other’s blood. They are blessed with laser vision for the faults of their enemies, but a bottomless capacity for denial along with the utter inability to perceive the

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