Stay fo­cused on mes­sage

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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