Misplaced self-righteousness has helped impede progress

Published: June 15, 2012

I agree with Jack Werner (Your Views, June 9). Religion has become too involved in politics. Although we should all believe in a higher power, what name you call that power or how you worship, or don't worship, is a personal choice. Bigotry, intended or not, is inherent with any group that feels its beliefs are the only ones that should be followed. Christians who use the Bible to fuel their bigotries are no better than non-Christians who use their religious scriptures to fuel theirs.

The mess we have in Washington and many of the legislative fights we have here are examples of how misplaced self-righteousness fueled in part by either personal religious beliefs or the manipulation of the Scriptures has helped impede progress. Some issues being fought over in the name of religious freedom are nothing more than attempts to maintain control over free-thinking individuals. Free-thinking individualism and multiculturalism is what built this country. We can't allow ourselves to be pushed backward toward the times of crusades and inquisitions.

James Mitchell, Oklahoma City


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