Letter to the Editor: Keep praying
BY Loni Capshew, Owasso
Sunday, November 11, 2012
11/11/12 at 4:44 AM
When I opened my Facebook page the last few months, I was barraged by a litany of hateful charges against our president, most having little to do with his policies, but dealing more with questions regarding his spirituality, ethnic background, circumstances of birth, etc. At times. I tried to respond "reasonably," to no avail. Then, I even took weeks off to allow my disgust to subside. These, after all, were my friends. Finally, I just held my tongue.
Now, as a devout Christian who wishes to jealously guard my right to choose how I worship, let me simply posit these simple notions regarding the dangers of theocracy: One need look no farther than our mother country of Great Britain and the disastrous stories of Beckett and of King Henry VIII and the Church of England. Further back, consider the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition as the Catholics killed Muslims in their zeal to convert them to Christianity.
Closer to home, what of the Salem witch trials, which drove our Founding Fathers to add the First Amendment to our Constitution? More recently, shall we consider the theocracy-driven madness taking place in the Middle East, which resulted in our own devastating Twin Towers tragedy and the ensuing wars?
Friends, yes, if we are believers of any kind, we should continue to pray earnestly for our country, its leaders and its citizenry. However, let us leave judgment of our personal choices - even religion, or not - to God, where it belongs.
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