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Letter: Our chapels, cathedrals and books of worship are safe

Published: Sunday, July 7 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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While I am both a devout Latter-day Saint and a registered Republican, I disagree with much of Pati Sorensen's July 3 letter ("Political correctness has gone too far").

There is always a legitimate argument to be made about whether society is becoming too politically correct. At the same time, however, legal fights over the display of religious monuments such as the Ten Commandments is, in my opinion, pointless and trivial. Our courts have ruled over and over again that government cannot endorse one religion or one set of beliefs over another, so to drag this issue up again and again actually does a disservice to the concept of freedom of religion. It implies that the right to worship God means believing in only a few specific ideas of God.

The argument I frequently hear is, "If the government has the power to take away religious monuments today, tomorrow they'll be taking away our churches and our Bibles."

Of course, there will always be those in our country who would love to see freedom of religion wiped away, but unless they gain enough power in the Congress and in the state legislatures to amend the U.S. Constitution, our chapels, cathedrals and books of worship are safe.

Clark Larsen

Tooele

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