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Ten Commandments: Letters Page 2

Author: Pagan Communities
Posted: June 21st. 1999
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It's Not a Christian Nation Yet...

Witches and Pagans respond to the Ten Commandments amendment - Page #2

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    --In this blatant attack on the separation of church and state and the pious pandering to the lowest impulses of religious bigotry, this Congress has once again proven itself incapable of honest and fair governing. - Victoria G..

    --Mr. President, I have never in all my 39 years felt the need to write to any of my presidents, but I feel the need today. Why is the Judeo-Christian religion chosen as the ONE AND ONLY religion to be represented? I am asking you as the man I voted for twice, to do the right thing and help see that this never goes into action. - Virginia L. MooreBatavia, OH .

    --The Ten Commandments have a place in this society of Freedom of Religions, just as all others do. They belong in the places of worship and in the homes of the people that live by them, but not in our schools. Please vote against Amendment No. 28, and preserve the freedom for all of us.Angela G. Secrest.

    -- Dear, Sen. Jesse Helms. I am a registered voter in this state and am highly offended that "people of iintelligence" in office are so ignorant. I am a pagan... Why are Christians so demanding, and determined that their religion is the only one??? What are you so afraid of? We believe in peace, is that it??? the thought of peace scares you?? A world where we let people live and let live..??? We all have the right to our own religious beliefs and spiritual paths. And no one has the right to change that. No one! Lady Silverwolf.

    --One of the most amazing and wondrous ideals that the United States of America is founded on is the realization that no matter what your personal and religious beliefs are, they are protected by our constitution. As I have told my students in my classroom, year after year, all religious beliefs, no matter how ridiculous we may personally think them, deserve our tolerance and are protected in our country. No-one in our country can be imprisoned for going to the wrong church or not going to church at all. This is what separates us from the intolerance of other countries where people have to attend their religious services in furtive silence.

    As an educator I understand the need for ethics to be addressed in the classroom. It is imperative that we meet the needs of our students in their emotional and interpersonal development as well as their cognitive formation. There are programs available that do this in a secular manner. Rather than imposing a particular religious and moral code on students we need to empower them to make their own right choices, no matter what their religious upbringing. - T.M..

    --I just learned that the House passed a bill allowing the Ten Commandments to be posted on State property, including schools. This is preposterous! There are many, many religions practiced by U.S. citizens. The reason we came to this country in the first place was to escape this type of one-God, one-religion authoritarianism. I strongly protest this move, and I hope that the bill will die a quick death in the Senate. - K.R..

    -A code of ethics which opens the door to violations of our Constitution and disregard for another's freedom is a very odd "moral" position indeed, and will NEVER be the moral code of my family. - L.M..

    - I am greatly disturbed by the recent amendment to allow the posting of the Ten Commandments. I am a Wiccan and do not subscribe to Christian theology. I do not appreciate the government force feeding my children those beliefs in schools. I am, however, in agreement with freedom of religion and speech. - G.C..

    - Please Senator, there are a lot of Pagans in this great state of ours - many of whom have children that they are raising to respect their government, and the people around them. Please help us to continue living in peace in your home state, without fear of reprisal and persecution that has been so prevalent in other states in this nation.

    Please, Senator, help to keep {our state} strong and free from such religious discrimination! - Rev. Cat Wagner.

    - To be brief, as the issue of allowing the display of the Ten Commandments moves to the Senate floor, I sincerely hope that you will cast your vote against it. This measure shows an extreme prejudice, elevating one religion over all others, and to allow it to pass will constitute an insult to all people, not only those outside the Christian faith, not only to those not of thedenomination chosen to provide the wording of the commandments, but to all those in the United States of America who still believe, as I do, that religious teachings should never be imposed on our children in the classrooms. If the proponents of this amendment truly believe that they cannot teach our children goodness and morality without resorting posting religious tenets on the walls of a classroom, then we are truly in worse shape than I could ever imagine. - K.L..

    --Whatever other lessons the Commandments may contain, they are undeniably a sacred text, spelling out religious duties for believers.The main purpose for posting the Ten Commandments on schoolroom walls is plainly religious in nature and, therefore, unconstitutional. The Constitution doesn't say there has to be a separation of church and state, but the Constitution does say the government can't establish religion.

    It is perfectly appropriate for parents and religious institutions that believe in the Ten Commandments to promote them actively to young people. But that is not the business of the public school or the United States Congress.

    What truly bothers me is the House of Represenatives' passage of this amendment by adding it to a Juvenile Crime Law. I perceive this as a back-door approach by the Religious Right who know full well that this issue could not win passage as a stand alone bill. - Steve O..

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