Secularism is a force for good

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During the recent Franklin Graham revivals at Consol Energy Center (“10,000 Turn Out for Finale of Graham Revivals,” Aug. 18), one of the talking points was to remove secularism and promote Christianity in government. One of the speakers even went so far as to say that secularism is why the government seems to be in a spiral going downward.

Secularism is put in place to protect the freedom of religion to both religious and nonreligious people. That way no religion or lack thereof can dominate all the others.

The idea that atheists are forcing other groups to conform is ludicrous, too. Not allowing one religion to have state endorsement of that religion in no way promotes atheism. Forcing people to conform to atheism would be to make them not believe in any deity or not allow private practices of faith. Schools have not taken God out of school, because a student can still bring in any holy item he or she wants.

The schools just cannot force the students to practice something they don’t believe in. Secularism is a force for good in our government as it protects our right to freedom of religion and it does not promote any ideology.

JOSEPH KELLY
Pine

 


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