Spiritual bigotry is ruining the country
I was amused to read Synagogue of the Summit president Heidi Dickstein’s statement in “Religion, free speech debate sparks in Frisco” in the Nov. 8 edition.She was quoted, “We as Jews support to the ends of the Earth the Messianic Jewish people’s rights guaranteeing their freedom of religion and their freedom of speech.” Really? I wonder, do they support it in Israel?Where, outside of these United States, do the people have guaranteed rights of spiritual expression – particularly those associated with first century Christianity?Where in the rest of the world does there still exist “One nation under God”?That is why I am so disturbed by the pervasion of the virus of spiritual bigotry in our society. First incubated in our institutions of “higher learning” it has infected all levels of our government, spread throughout our public schools and is now infecting the marketplace in our own backyard.Do you imagine that our homes will remain secure?A&W spokeswoman Virginia Ferguson’s remarks are evidence of how prevalent the ignorance has become.She stated that, “We’re in the restaurant business. We sell hamburgers and hot dogs and don’t want to offend any of our customers “I wonder if she has considered the feelings of many PETA supporters or Hindu believers in A&W’s promotion of a diet of beef on a bun? What about those armed with box cutters who brought America to her knees on 911 because they are offended by spokeswomen?How can a civilization continue to prosper in such a spiritual vacuum? Even today, few would deny the existence of God.The “religion” and “free speech” issue involving Frisco’s A&W is a continuation of the assault on the spiritual foundation of this nation.The extermination of the spiritual debate from the public arena threatens the quality of our lives, liberties, and freedom to pursue our individual happiness.We do not sacrifice these God-given rights simply because someone is offended. In this country, if offended parties think that they have better ideas, they are free to assemble and protest peaceably, associate with their own political, school or religious organization or produce an anti-establishment Web site.Regarding the issue in Frisco, the spiritual bigots may also purchase their own restaurant or perhaps simply patronize another.Rick GeiseDillon
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