The new religious persecution
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I have a great deal of respect for the people of Connellsville and the Connellsville area for standing up for the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution states that we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Historically, certain religious groups have been persecuted in many ways by various groups, even by other religious groups. They were tortured, ostracized and imprisoned for having a particular point of view. They could not celebrate their beliefs in their own particular way.
Laws were often made to force them to give up their way of thinking. They came to America for the freedom to practice their religion. The writers of the Constitution remembered this struggle and wrote a protection into this document.
Now we have a group that, by Webster's definition, may be defined as a religious group, expressing its philosophy in school texts and political action. In recent years this group has continued to advance its beliefs by attempting to “legally” squash any opposition.
Hopefully this persecution will be seen for what it is. And the protectors of religious rights established in our Constitution will stop bending to the malicious attacks on this American right. The gift given to the school district, a Ten Commandments monument, was not an imposition on anyone's belief any more than a Catholic hospital interacting with the government to serve the needs of people.
Considering all the problems this country and world are having, it is a shame any group would want to tear down that which would promote positive goals.
Edwin T. Zylka
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No one is criticizing your church or your beliefs. Persecution is a strong word to use against those only want to support the basic Constitutional principle of the separation of state and church. Using a Catholic hospital is a choice, so it is irrelevant. If you can't see any difference between a Catholic school and a public school, then perhaps that is the problem. To me, they should be very different in how the approach religious topics. It sounds like you want no difference.