To The Daily Sun,
As a result of attending a January 7th Carly For President presentation, I wrote the following letter to her campaign, which I expect to put in the mail later today. These are interesting times.
Dear Ms. Fiorina:
I attended your presentation at the Grange in Meredith Center last evening. I was positively impressed. I ache profoundly over how corrupt the United States of America has become and the demise to which it is so obviously aimed. You provide a spark of hope for righting the floundered ship.
Some serious concerns I have are regarding matters of religion and if I am to get on-board with your campaign I will need a meaningful response to this letter.
I fear that grave danger lies within your words, "I believe we also must appoint federal judges that (sic) understand the importance of religious liberty and will respect the expression of sincerely held religious beliefs as a fundamental human right."
I understand your careful use of the term "expression" and the limited scope meant to be implied (no bad deeds) by this term. But, in the lexicon of our judiciary the meaning of "expression" will extend far beyond words and placards.
Citing A. Merriam Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary:
"expression — an act, process or instance of representing in a medium: something that manifests, embodies, or symbolizes something else medium; the condition or environment in which something may flourish or function" (my words now ... Sharia law for example, as sincerely held religious beliefs)
Execution by stoning of a woman unfortunate enough to have been raped could become the respected fundamental human right manifesting a sincerely held religious belief. It's not murder if that's what god wants. Stoning manifests Islam, a body of sincerely held religious beliefs.
I want assurance of freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion. Religion must not pervade public life. Religion must not, even peripherally, absorb public funds. Religion must not continue to equate me with Hitler as I sometimes reveal my agnosticism. Must I explain to unhearing ears that I am not a tool of satan? Agnostics should be viewed as paragons of peace because they have no ax to grind, no jealous gods to defend, no self righteous fervor to serve their lord and impose his will.
I believe in liberty. I believe that individual freedom is the most important circumstance that rule of law can enable. Oppression (such as rape) is the ultimate evil. I say to all who oppress, please spare thy rod.
David M. Zebuhr
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