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If you've been touched by God & he speaks to you, good for you

To The Daily Sun,

I make no such claim that pagan's are better than Christians, as local GOP crone Steve Earle suggests. Man, I wish I had the time you do to write in every other day. I do want to apologize for using the word pagan though. The people in question were more or less Wiccans. Although I'm sure the word pagan to you, Steve, surely pertains to all people who do not subscribe to your specific religious beliefs.

The main point of my letter was that all Christians are far from saints and that the sacrifices that may have been made by those scattered Wiccan tribes pales in comparison to the overall wicked incidents beseeched by those who call themselves Christians.

Your instant knee-jerk reaction to politicize my letter and jump to linking bad morality with progressives and Democrats just shows what a nitwit you are. Made my wife laugh seeing as how I actually have voted Republican for most of my adult life. I will admit though, lately I've been straying a bit from the party, mostly because I see reflections of short-sighted people such as yourself in it. How they cannot come up with new ideas or separate themselves from the mainstream. How they can't put up a candidate that is original or charismatic. How you go on the attack without even comprehending a thought or idea that differs from your own.

I have to be honest about one thing Steve, I can only go by my own experiences in life. If you've been touched by God and he speaks to you, good for you. I have not. But to call me immoral because I am happy and most comfortable in the loving glow of my family, rather than pledging my soul to a book that has quotes like Psalms 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." If it's because I like to dig for the facts such as the Vatican's orders to purge dioceses of money before they got audited for victims funds, rather than blindly follow like a blind sheep. If it's because I'm smart enough to recognize the hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic church's policy on homosexuality while it clearly runs rampant within its own ranks. Well sir, from me to you, I'd rather be wrong than right.

Shame on you for two things: labeling me when not only are you wrong, but you clearly don't know me; also for making me agree with James Veverka. You're obviously not very good at speaking for any Republican. Please go away before you chase more people from the ranks.

Thomas Lemay

Laconia

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The bad far outnumbers the good when it comes to religion

To The Daily Sun,

What is Steve Earle talking about? Did Steve just tell Thomas Lemay that our Constitution is based on Christian values? It is not, and if Mr. Earle can find one thing in the Constitution that reflects Christian values, he will be the first to do so.

As most historically educated people know, the Constitution's foundations lie mostly in Greco-Roman and Enlightenment thought. In fact, the Sixth Article's ban on religious tests for oaths of office is an godless affront to the First Commandment. The First Amendment is also antithetical to the first four commandments. The first four commandments are unconstitutional as American law, because as law they would violate the First Amendment's free exercise clause. Furthermore, the U.S. Senate unanimously declared in 1797 in the Treaty of Tripoli that "the Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." Clear enough?

On the matter of slavery, it is part of God's social order in the Bible as it was in most Bronze and Iron Age cultures. When abolitionists demanded the end of slavery, the anti-abolitionists, North and South, held up their Bibles to defend slavery. Anti-abolitionists used the same arguments that our right-wingers use: If you're against tradition then you have to be a an un-American socialist atheist. The same was true when women's suffragists demanded the vote for women. Anti-suffragists held up their Bibles and called suffragists un-American atheists and socialists. Even today, there are people being elected who believe all the Bible's Iron Age dogma about women, gays, and religious government.

Mr. Earle seems to think it's just politics and not morality that fuels negativity toward religion. It is both. He thinks it's resentment, but it's actually contempt because religion is beneath many people's ethics. In the political world, Christianity has become a political tool of the far right as it is in Muslim countries. Right-wingers want a Christian nation just as right-wingers in Iran want an Islamic country. But Christians don't realize that once you put your religion into the free political arena you lose all your immunity from being called out. When a religious position is made into a political one, it means anyone can attack the religion itself because it is now a debatable political platform. It doesn't get a free pass in the marketplace of ideas or legislative chambers.

Of course, we can find good amongst the bad, but the bad far outnumbers the good in the matters of religion. But even that is becoming irrelevant. In fact, a new study by (the polling and research organization) Survation reveals that in Britain, more than half of Britons think that religion "does more harm than good," less than a quarter believe that "faith is a force for the good," more than 60 percent said they weren't religious at all and 55 percent of those surveyed think that atheists are actually more likely to be moral than religious people.

In the United States the fastest growing religious group is the 'nonreligious' so we are going the way of the UK. Here is the latest in the USA: http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/24/secularism-is-on-the-rise-as-more-u-s-christians-turn-churchless/ The breakdown is very interesting.

James Veverka

Tilton

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