Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘God have mercy on America’

I was reading the March 24, 2016 edition of the Glimmerglass when I came across your article in the Opinion section, entitled, “God, have mercy on America,” which is, no doubt, an intriguing title that effectively caught my attention. As I read, I couldn’t help but notice that the article is peppered with statements that I, and many others find off-putting, which is the reason why I am writing this now.

For one, you speak of the legalization of same-sex marriage as if it is fundamentally and morally wrong. I feel that it is unreasonable that anybody in our generation would honestly believe, for no other reason besides having faith and an ancient text, that homosexuality is sinful or immoral. In fact, many studies have shown substantial evidence that homosexuality, which the Bible labels an “abomination” (Leviticus 20:13, ESV), is most likely a mixture of biology and environmental causes, and even then evidence points more towards the biological factors as having the most impact.

Respected scientists, including Richard Dawkins, have come to the consensus that sexual orientation, although still not fully understood, is decided by the age of two or three; this takes the “choice” out of it, seeing as how kids at this early age are unable to make any meaningful decisions about such important topics as sexual orientation.

Either you are ignorant of these studies, or you willfully ignore them. The 2015 Supreme Court Decision that granted homosexuals the right to marry was based in matters of equality. As our fellow citizens, should gay people not be treated as equal in the institution of marriage? Is their love not valid?

This brings me to my next topic: America was not founded as a Christian nation, and it most certainly was not “founded on Biblical principles,” as you claim. The Constitution makes it very clear that no religion, including Christianity, was to be promoted or favored by our government. It states in the very first sentence of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Many of the Founding Fathers themselves, contrary to popular belief, weren’t Christians at all.

 

It is also worth noting that if you believe that our country cannot be moral or successful without help from the Bible, then I encourage you to read the Old Testament of the Bible, which condones such atrocities as slavery (Leviticus 25:44-46), and killing the children of enemies (Hosea 13:16, NIV), just to name a couple.

Morality is not solely a Christian or Biblical concept, which is why I strongly disagree with your stance on America’s supposed decline because the church is not involved in political matters. This is so due to our nation’s separation of church and state, and is most certainly not the fault of Christian people in any way, shape, or form.

I realize that your article is in the Opinion section of the paper, and I completely understand that everyone has their own opinions on different topics. But please do not state your opinion as fact without evidence to support it.

I am not gay, and I am not an anti-theist, but when you state your personal beliefs based on your religion as though they are absolute truths or facts without the evidence to support your point, I begin to get a little peeved.

Please do not take this as a personal attack. Although our opinions may differ on various subjects, I have every confidence that you are an exceptional journalist, and I wish you only the very best in all of your future endeavors. I sincerely look forward to seeing your articles in the future.

–Shane Trail, contributing writer

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