Friday, November 12, 2010

A person's faith shouldn't be attacked

Soon after accepting victory as senator elect for Kentucky, Rand Paul, who was supported by the Tea Party, said, "I think that you shouldn't attack a person's faith.” This was in response to an attack ad aired during the campaign by his opponent, John Conway. In the ad, Conway asked if Paul was a true Christian based on Paul’s association with a group a number of years ago.

Oh, really? A person’s faith should not be an issue?

Paul said that while:

People are fighting the building of a Mosque in New York;

A church in Holly can’t hold service where it wants;

The President’s declaration of his faith is doubted;

A man running for office in Minnesota was attacked by the Tea Party for… well, his faith.

American has trouble with religion, either too much of it, the wrong faith or lack of it. We forget that this is a nation built on many freedoms including the freedom of religion. A person’s faith is as basic as the right to free speech and due process. All three, and more, are guaranteed in the Constitution. Yet, have the wrong religion, lack of or don’t act like you are expected and you get attacked.

You should not be judged because of your faith but by your action. It matters not what religion you are. No right is absolute, so even if your religion did require you to take anti-social action you still have a choice to act or not. If you do act in violation of the law, you should be held responsible as a common criminal, not as a zealot of your religion.

Let’s move away from this attitude that religion has anything to do with your action. No matter your religion, you are still obligated to act in balance with the best interest of the community.


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