Letters to the Editor

Tolerance both ways

This is in response to Don Bearden’s opinion piece that appeared July 20. I can certainly agree with his premise of religious intolerance. One only need look at current events to see how that’s playing out. I do take exception with the rest of his letter, including putting all religious adherents in the same pot.

We are all familiar with countries where one religion not only holds sway, but has the backing of government to make other belief systems unwelcome. Fanaticism is not the attribute of only one religion, but for some adherents, all religions.

Bearden’s ire is not commensurate with the way most religions are practiced in this country and most of the rest of the world. If a religion is attractive to you, you practice it. If it isn’t, you don’t. This would include the freedom from religion.

In this country, we have no state religion, and that is as it should be. As a religious man, all I ask from the nonreligious is tolerance. It is an attribute I offer them.