Letter: Common ground

By Donald Thomas

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 12:15 p.m. MST

I certainly appreciate Kammie Zindel's desire for all to be more tolerant and more respectful of opposing views ("Religious opinions," Dec. 21). Having lived in South Carolina for a dozen years, I understand that some views are extremely difficult to accept gracefully.

One legislator said to me: "If we educate all children at high levels, no one will be available to clean our toilets." Another questioned the constitutional requirement to provide "adequate educational funding" equitably for all children. It is unfortunate that so many in southern states agree with Phil Robertson's comments. Robertson certainly has the right to his religious beliefs as others have the same right to challenge them.

Zindel is correct in stating that we should "look at ways to build more bridges and not blow them up." Unfortunately, some individuals, whose views emanate from religious convictions, have already obliterated the "common ground" from which bridges can be built.

Donald Thomas

Salt Lake City

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