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Defining secular

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From page A5 | December 23, 2013 | 8 Comments

EDITOR:

I would like to respond to Ms. Medley’s letter dated Dec. 18.

I understand what you are saying, Ms. Medley, and I am very thankful that our country cannot impose a state religion upon any of its citizens. Very, very thankful. Many countries around the world persecute and murder people of faith who believe differently than their state-imposed religions.

Perhaps I read too quickly both the original letter to which you responded and your response, and I may not have been aware of the context in which you responded, but though our government may not impose a state religion upon us, it is still a fact that the majority of the citizens in our country are people of faith by choice and secularism is defined as the “absence” of religion.

The term “secular” is defined as: 1) Worldy rather than spiritual; 2) Not specifically relating to religion; 3) Relating to or advocating secularism; and 4) Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially not belonging to a religious order.

Since we know that the majority of people in the United States are people of faith, the first two definitions would not apply. The third term is not applicable because we do not “advocate” secularism. The fourth definition would apply, because, thankfully, we are not bound by monastic restrictions, so, in that sense one might say that we are secular, but by the first three definitions, one would say that we are not, and that is the premise of my initial letter to you.

It seems that we do agree that our nation as a whole is not secular, only that the government cannot impose a state religion.

KATIE MEYER
Diamond Springs

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  • Elron CupboardDecember 18, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Key words, very very thankful.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Are you clear on that, L. Ron?

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  • Elron CupboardDecember 23, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    Not sure Phil, E meter's on empty.

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  • cookie65December 23, 2013 - 6:30 am

    The government IS, HAS and CONTINUES to impose a state religion. It is institutionalized covetousness the religion of equal outcome and fairness. The thing that classifies something as religion is the absence of free will. Statism, leftism, socialism, communism, progressivism, marxism, are all the absence of free will. By coincidence today is the last day to meet the MANDATED mother of all government religious dictates. ocommycare is no different than some stoneage country making women wear burkas. Both are based on an "or else" anti-free will religion.

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  • Foaming at the MouthDecember 23, 2013 - 9:46 am

    "ocommycare is no different than some stoneage country making women wear burkas." Cookie's Post of the Year?

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  • Dink LaneDecember 23, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Columbus found America in 1492....... The first settlement, Jamestown was built in 1602... 110 years later.... and Died! The winters were horrible and deadly.... This was NOT a rich country in natural resources.....(at least the East Coast)...... People came here because they were Religious "Outsiders".... Mayflower in 1620...... Trying to get away from people who hated their RELIGIOUS WAYS (England, King James --Catholic) ..... Since not EVERYONE on the Mayflower was fleeing for Religious reasons...... some were adventurers, tradesmen, and servants, most of whom were referred to, by the Separatists as "Strangers" -- Non-religious people...... they had to sign the MAYFLOWER COMPACT..... to establish Law & Order...... and to establish.... Freedom to not be a Pilgrim..... This country was NOT established as a Christian ONLY nation.... It was established to let people who were hated for their religion ....... to have a place to freely practice their religion....

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  • Kirk MacKenzieDecember 23, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    As I understand it, The Mayflower Compact established a commune, and the Pilgrims led America's first war on Christmas.

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  • cookie65December 24, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Word salad.

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