Letters to the Editor

Let's keep religion out of political arena

Because religion has a firm grip on human affairs -- from the cradle to the grave -- it definitely influences life. We now have a nation and world drunk on religion. So I did some research and came up with the following:

Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Reform Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Christianity, Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholicism, Eastern Adventist, Anabaptist, Baptist, Christ Scientist, Episcopal, Religious Society, Holiness Churches, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Reform Churches, Salvation Army, Unitarian, Mormon (Latter Day Saints) Islam (three branches) Buddhism (no god but named for the "awakened one" Buddha) Baha'i, Confucianism, Jainism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, Cao Dai, Neo-Pa-Ganism, Rastafarianism, Soka Gakki, Theosophy, Unification Church, Chinese Folk Religion and New World Folk. That's 44. Some with lesser off-shoots.

Having said that, I've wondered so many times throughout my life which of those religions' God does one refer to when blessing someone or some thing?

Its time to separate religion from our everyday lives in the political arena. Vote for the person you think is best for the job and not for their religious dogma or party affiliation. If you want change, then get on Congress to make that change. Career politicians have been ruling over us for way too long. Do you all have the chutzpah to make a change? Or will you still be whining about the current president and your sorry lot a year, two years or four years from now?

Joseph W. James III