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Letter: Lack of compassion

Judging by her recent letter, “We seem to have no standard of right and wrong” (Monitor, Dec. 24), June Sheppard is one of those who will not be persuaded that our “founding fathers” were anything but evangelical Christians (actually they were almost everything but). However, I encourage her to read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and see if any blueprint for a Christian nation is contained in them.

Also, I challenge the assumption that only people who share one’s religious convictions can have a standard of right and wrong. Is she unaware of the universality of the Golden Rule? Has she never heard of Mahatma Gandhi or the Dalai Lama? Has she no upright, law-abiding atheist neighbors?

Indeed, lumping together suicide and homosexuality with school shootings and rape suggests a lack of understanding and compassion that no religious belief could justify.

RUSSELL ROWLAND

Meredith

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