Invocations by believers evoke moral law
I try to be a religious person, and I try to live according to my religious beliefs. I believe in the moral law that stresses the sanctity of human life, and that a supreme being or creator — God — is the author of that law.
All societies acknowledge the moral law but not all follow it. Some societies classified people into subhuman categories, as the Nazis and slave owners did, in order to suspend the protections of the moral law over “subhumans.”
I also support separation between church and state, so that there is no official state-supported religion, and people can worship as they wish, or not at all.
I am pleased that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives opens its sessions with an invocation by a person who sees God as the author of the moral law, and entreats our legislators to remember that law and all of its ramifications in their work.
The problem I see is not the invocation, but rather that our lawmakers do not always subscribe to or follow its messages. Moreover, atheists or other well-meaning people not bound by the author of the moral law, who might offer an invocation in the name of the moral law, lack credibility and may stray outside its boundaries.
When Thomas Jefferson referred to certain unalienable rights with which we are endowed by our Creator — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — as being self-evident, he unknowingly set out the essence of most invocations. Let’s keep it that way.
James Largay Upper Saucon Township