Stay focused on message
A letter printed July 9 declared religion should stay in the churches and homes “where it belongs.”
Does the writer really mean that it’s OK to tell lies everywhere but in the home and church? “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not kill” should apply only within those walls? Soon police would be mainly occupied with shooing ‘do-gooders’ back indoors, while ignoring the ‘do-badders’ out on the streets.
What about those other important teachings that come from religion? Love one another. Do good to others. Forgive one another. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Comfort the afflicted. Shelter the homeless. Care for the sick and suffering. Instruct the ignorant. Society would benefit greatly if we all practiced these more consistently. Does Mr. Blake really want them banished from the public square?
And does he really mean that encouraging others to get involved in such works of charity is forcing religious beliefs on the public?
Banishing such encouragement would also end most of our community ‘ benefits’, charities and volunteerism. Might even banish such songs as “He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother”.
Surely he has overstated his case.
But maybe his real problem is that some writers include references and sources in the text of their letters. Rather than getting irritated and ‘sick to his stomach,’ he can learn to skip the references, and just focus on the message. Doreen Beagan, Charlottetown