Letters to the Editor

Dangerous liberties

Not so long ago, before the foundation was laid for our current society, Spain spent a great deal of energy colonizing the world. They used their religion as a license to mistreat people. Genocide, greed and the destruction of countless early cultures was accomplished. Today, viewed with romantic thoughts, the mission system was in fact the death camps of their day.

Foreign cultures were considered savage and unenlightened. If you did not join their faith, you were in peril. Unfortunately, early U.S. government continued the atrocities, and policy toward indigenous people could easily be understood by the phrase “the Indian problem.”

The doctrines of several religions encourage the followers to love their neighbors. Instead of adhering to that principle, some are demanding more liberties in the name of religious freedom. The freedom to judge; the right to discriminate; the power to condemn.