Letter: A dangerous road

Published: 11/27/2021 7:00:46 AM
Modified: 11/27/2021 7:00:18 AM

Michael Flynn, former Trump administration national security advisor, at a recent rally, espoused the necessity for one United States religion. This would violate the Bill of Rights’ freedom of religion clause that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” James Madison, founding father and major developer of this clause, had the example before him of Europe’s religious wars over hundreds of years “justified” by just such efforts to install within a country one religion as the religion. He understood that demanding one national religion would lead to dissension, division and bloodshed within our nation. He understood it was best to let individuals decide how to be religious rather than to have one religion imposed on them by a church, governing party or ruler.

My ancestors emigrated to this country, not to make a big or fast buck, but to escape places where they were persecuted. Why? Because they didn’t subscribe to the one religion upon which their country of origin insisted. Forcibly segregated, persecuted and even murdered, survivors came here seeking safety. A mere cursory study of history reveals that insistence on one acceptable religion is a dangerous road to travel. One acceptable religion creates one group who feels superior to all others, and a sense that non-believers in this one religion are “other.” As “other,” they are deemed inferior, therefore exploitable, and ultimately expendable. It is a road that, as a nation, we dare not travel.

Alan Shulman

New London


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