I don’t live in the so-called Bible belt region of the USA, and yet it seems that frequently letters to the editor of our local newspaper are about religion, both “fer ‘n’ agin.”
Here’s a letter from the other day. How would you reply to it?
Pennsylvania’s legislature used taxpayer money to pass a resolution declaring 2012 the year of the Bible. Most legislatures voted for the bill without reading it, just like all religious people don’t read the Bible in its entirety. Instead, legislatures and religious people cherry-pick what they want to hear and believe.
There is nothing wrong with going to church, but when those beliefs go beyond the walls, windows and doors of a church, those beliefs should be put in the nearest trash can. Disturbingly, Pennsylvania government finds it necessary to drag religious trash into the state Capitol and force it upon everyone. Religion belongs in a church and not government.
Pennsylvania government, if not all governments, lack good thought. Instead of wasting time declaring 2012 as the year of the Bible, why not pass good ideas to lower taxes, lower fees for business owners, and many more thoughtful ideas which mean something to taxpayers. No, government says, let us raise college tuition, raise the turnpike tolls, raise business owner fees and taxes, raise property taxes, and the most important raise — raise Pennsylvania legislators’ salaries at taxpayer expense.
Religion and politics don’t mix. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania legislators only see God on printed money they waste or stick in their greedy little pockets.
MATT JUBA SPRINGETTSBURY TWP.