I write letters (you should too!)

In Maryland, we have one state Senator who has announced both that she plans to “pray” on how to vote on the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act, (yes, that makes my head spin, too!) and that she won’t vote for a bill that looks like it will fail. (Because being on the winning side is always better than being on the right side, I guess.) I think she needs to hear from us.

Dear Sen. Conway,

I write to ask you to vote for the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act. As a religious person myself, I know that you mean well when you state that you will pray for guidance on how to vote on this issue. However, I also know that some people use interpretations from the Bible as an excuse to discriminate against gays, despite the fact that other faiths interpret those same passages quite differently. I feel compelled to remind you that we do have a First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state, and while I respect your right to hold your own personal religious views, you were elected to represent ALL your constituents. There are faith traditions that currently perform same sex marriage ceremonies, and they want those marriages to have the same legal recognition as marriages performed for heterosexual couples.

Marriage equality is a church-state separation issue and we must not allow our laws to be based on one belief. I would respectfully ask that you put aside your own personal religious positions and vote for this Act. I would be happy to speak with you in person about this very important matter. There are thousands of lesbians and gays who reside in Maryland, and we deserve full and equal representation by our elected officials.

 

Written with some previous text I got from my friends at the wonderful Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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6 comments

    1. mauigirl. They are not praying for guidance, it’s cover. “God told me not to vote for this, what else could I do?” Makes me sick.

  1. I agree, we all need to write letters and show up at town halls and get on these knuckle draggers, blitz them with facts, and make them defend, in public their indefensible positions. Take a recorder!

  2. Great letter but, it would be better to vehemently denounce all religions and those that suffer from the psychosis of believing in 2000 year old bronze age myths. The issue is that all religions are based on unsupported supposition grounded in fear and superstition. That these mentally ill individuals are in control of our lives defies all logic. Only by openly speaking out against and calling out those with a belief in an omnipresent sky god that cannot be differentiated Santa Claus let alone Zeus or Baal or any other nonexistent deity is the only way to combat backward ignorance and abject stupidity. The fact is that any person that believes in unseen deities are mentally ill and in need of professional treatment. And no I do not agree with allowing people to believe whatever it is they choose because these beliefs are used as a weapon against those of us that have faith in science. Religion and the beliefs in any gods must be completely and totally eradicated from this planet if, mankind is ever to advance as a species.

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