Religion Intruding on Government 

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Where to even begin? So much time, effort, resources, emotions and money have been wasted on something that should not be happening in the first place [“The Rainbow Bridge,” Aug. 9, City Weekly]. We have a religion that has created a negative environment and hate for a specific group of human beings, based on misinterpreted words in a book written and rewritten by man for his own agenda for more than 2,000 years.

Yet, religionists believe they have authority over all of us. Sorry, they don’t! Those who do not belong to the fold should not have to adhere to beliefs that have nothing to do with them.

There are various ways to look at building bridges with religions. One is “why?” Shouldn’t religions believe what they believe without anyone interfering? On the other hand, religionists have created a stigma that has led to escalating hate toward one group of humans.

What do you do with a group that has all the freedom in the world when they use that freedom to create ignorance, which leads to hate and then thwarts the freedom of others?

In the United States, religion and government are supposed to be two separate institutions, and this is just one example of where it is not. Religious influence in government has increased 500 percent in the past 35 years or so and this country’s citizens have never been more divided.

If anyone can’t see that our democratic republic is not moving toward “ChristoFacism,” you are not paying attention or you haven’t lived in Utah.

Allen Schrenk
Salt Lake City

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