Once again I strongly disagree with Kevin Leininger: Religion and law must always be kept separate.
That is the strength of our Constitution, the reason we accept people of all faiths and allow them to practice that faith as long as it does not harm others. We are the first nation in the history of the world to do so.
Although people, such as Leininger, keep quoting it, we are not governed by the Declaration of Independence. We are governed by our Constitution, which, after careful deliberation by the Founding Fathers, does not mention God or nature’s God.
Priest Mark Gurtner says, “We believe in natural moral law” as though only Catholics are knowledgeable of it.
But oddly enough Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and atheists lay claim to it as well. And they should be studied and heard as much as Catholics.
Leininger says, “Christians are beginning to reclaim their rightful place in the public square.” Exactly what is that place? And how was it ever “claimed” in the first place?
The implication, of course, is that Christianity should have a predominant position in our government.
Although Christianity has accomplished many wonderful things, it was also the fomenter of the Crusades, the creator of the Inquisition, the scourge of Jews, the antagonist of Galileo and the harborer of a cabal of child-abusing priests. It has no lock on truth or natural law.
The citizens of our nation have many different religious faiths, and it is the citizens who should be heard, not their religious leaders and certainly not one faith more than another.
W. Brian Harris