Don’t let beliefs encroach on rights

By Mike Dishnow, December 22, 2008

This is a response to Sally Oswalt: “They can’t prove there is no God.”

I speak as an individual, created free and equal, one who is a freethinker. Sally, the reason I sometimes concern myself with what others believe is that those beliefs often encroach on my rights. When I sense the government in my doctor’s office or bedroom, I tense up.

You are right. It is irrelevant whether God created man or man God. What is relevant is how man treats man. All too often, religious belief is used as a shield to protect man’s “right” to be intolerant of those who are different, or think differently.

I am a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Frankly, I do not care whether there is a God or there is not. I do care, when I see religion used as a cloak to disallow legitimate scientific inquiry, to negate the results of such study, to “punish” those who have a rational view of the universe, and to shield the intolerant and biased among us.

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