The following is a letter I composed to Senator Obama in response to his request for input from voters on his website Barrack Obama. I offer it for the public record.
“My” idea is an old one. “My” idea is laid out in words much more eloquent than I could ever manage. These words are to be found in the United States Constitution. Particularly the Separation of Church and State. The United States is not a theocracy. That is, it is not ruled from the pulpit. It should NEVER be ruled from the pulpit.
As an American citizen, I feel the next President should do all within his or her power to avoid a situation where religous fanatics come to power and rule over the populace in fear.
On September 11th, 2001 we saw what a doctrine of religous zealotry could do. We hear about it everyday on FOX News and CNN about Middle Eastern countries where minorities (women, homosexuals, to name two) don’t have the right to vote (or in some cases) the right to live.
Equal rights are just that. Equal. For everyone.
Religon should NEVER be used to limit the personal freedoms of a group of people (i.e. homosexuals) who now are limited from marriage based on a two thousand year old document (the Christian Bible) which is, in essence, a doctrine of hate against anyone who does not accept it as Literal Truth.
The canidate I vote for will want to repeal the Constitutional Amendment banning Gay Marriage. The canidate I vote for will be in favor of Civil Liberies for all and will be interested in KEEPING those Civil Liberties in place.
While security of our nation is important, I don’t believe security should be motivated from a sense of fear. We should make rational, logical decisions. Not kneejerk reactions designed to give one party unlimited power.
These are my opinions and they are protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.