"Mixing Religion With Politics Spells Disaster" (posted on behalf of OFH member Daniel Strack, who's having technical problems posting this article)

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:04 AM

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From: Dan <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, October 6,[masked]:25 PM
Subject: Sentinel Article

Hi,
     This is from my computer.  The published version was only slightly different in that they left the quote marks off of "Father of The Constitution" and left out the sentence "Should we smash the heads of the enemy's children against the city walls?" --Dan
 
 
I have a "revelation" for Mr. Lee Richards concerning his "Not political, just biblical" Oct. 1 letter:
Our morals are an innate part of us. Since pre-historic times they have promoted group cohesion and
therefore survival. Today's Johnny-come-lately religions merely adapt and endorse basic concepts
against things like murder, theft and adultery. Important details, such as the number of wives allowed,
may vary but the concepts are the same. The "prophets" decide the details and give them force and
acceptance with the declaration IIGod said!"
Mr. Richards declares that "God is the final decider on what is right and what is wrong." But Mr.
Richards, who is to decide what God is saying? You? Me? The Bible seems to say different things to
different people. Should we go back to polygamy? Should we stone disobedient children at the city
gates? Should we smash the heads of the enemy's children against the city walls? I don't think so.
History shows that whenever religion gains access to political power the result is almost always
disastrous; witness many Muslim governments, early American history and the Dark Ages of European
Christianity. That is precisely why the Founding Fathers established the new and blessedly inspired
concept of separation of church and state. To quote James Madison, "Father of The Constitution," 'The
number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been
manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State."
 
The odd use of spacing above is because I had the computer change small print to larger and it did its own thing.

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Mixing religion with politics spells disaster

Daniel Strack
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Kissimmee, FL
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My letter (below) was published on the Oct. 4 opinion page (page A14) of the Orlando Sentinel. I expect there may be some negative reaction. If anyone would like to send a letter of support to the newspaper that would be helpful. You can go to Orlando Sentinel.com/letters to do so. Letters must be no more than 250 words. No attachments. Be sure to include your full name, home address and phone number. --Dan
P.S. -- The newspaper version is slightly edited. The headline is the same as the title listed above.

Our morals are an innate part of us. Since pre-historic times they have promoted group cohesion and
therefore survival. Today's Johnny-come-lately religions merely adapt and endorse basic concepts
against things like murder, theft and adultery. Important details, such as the number of wives allowed,
may vary but the concepts are the same. The "prophets" decide the details and give them force and
acceptance with the declaration IIGod said!"
Mr. Richards declares that "God is the final decider on what is right and what is wrong." But Mr.
Richards, who is to decide what God is saying? You? Me? The Bible seems to say different things to
different people. Should we go back to polygamy? Should we stone disobedient children at the city
gates? Should we smash the heads of the enemy's children against the city walls? I don't think so.
History shows that whenever religion gains access to political power the result is almost always
disastrous; witness many Muslim governments, early American history and the Dark Ages of European
Christianity. That is precisely why the Founding Fathers established the new and blessedly inspired
concept of separation of church and state. To quote James Madison, "Father of The Constitution," 'The
number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been
manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State."
Daniel Strack
user[masked]
Kissimmee, FL
Post #: 70
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The headline is "Mixing religion with politics spells disaster"


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