Mitt Romney has accused Barack Obama of trying to start a new religion called “secularism”. Secularism is not a religion.
Religion is also not a state that we should establish.
Every single person has a right to their own spiritualism – whether Judeo, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Gnostic, Sufi, Pagan, or heathen.
It does not belong in our government. Prayer “in Jesus name” does not belong in our government. Religious moralism does not belong in our government. You have the right to worship on Saturday, or Sunday, or any feast days, or everyday, in whatever house of worship you choose – cathedral, tabernacle, plain wooden building, temple, mosque, or the great outdoors.
But when you are sitting in government session over a land of peoples who are all of the above, you do not write laws based on what any preacher, rabbi, evangelist, naysayer, shaman, priest, or imam tells you you should do in your church, temple, etc. etc. etc.
The law of government is rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. The law of spirituality is rendering to God and/or Goddess what is God’s and/or Goddess’s.
The twain should not meet in government business. One is for the people as a whole; the other is for people as individuals. People need to recognize the difference, because I am really tired of hearing about people who keep killing other people over whose God is the right one. There is only one God/dess, and he is more interested in our souls than he is in our choice of recognizing him.
Amen and hallelujah.
Carol Stepp, Austin