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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

Cats wrote:

"As for Madeleine Murray O'Hare--She was brutally murdered in a tragic end to her life. Satan does not uphold his followers in the end. What goes around comes around."

Expressing any sentiment that a murdered person got what they deserved is not only unChristian, it is inhumane and sick.

As for the huge, big cross, I don't want my tax money to pay for such nonsense.

The fight for freedom from religion will go on.

Brigham City, UT

Scientist: You had me, I was in agreement with your whole post, right up until you decided to state that it is a fight for "freedom FROM religion". I think the exact wording is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Sequim, WA

CougerBlue you presume that, " If Atheists have there way you and I could not sit on a UTA bus, as an example, and talk about Christ. Why, because we would be on a bus supported by the government and we would be violating his rights. "

You really shouldn't assume or presume anything about anybody based on what appears to be anecdotal rhetoric. I rail against tax exemption for religious corporations whenever appropriate. Which with our current economy is appropriate on near all state's budget's issues, especially education and social services budget. I oppose any use of public lands or funding for recognition of religious holidays or traditions. Once a bible thumping holy rolling christian well versed of the bible. I'm now a Jesus living atheist.

And if you and your friends wished to talk about me buddy Jesus whilst on public transportation I surely wouldn't oppose. As long as it was kept conversational and not testimonial for a captive audience.

You really should consider that citizens like me, sworn by oath to protect and defend the Freedom OF Religion are doing exactly that when we strive to keep Separation intact before Establishment becomes a fact.

Big Island, HI

Freedom from religion does not mean, as some mistakenly seem to claim, being free from seeing religion in society. No one has the right NOT to see churches, religious expression, and other examples of religious belief in our nation. What freedom from religion does mean, however, is the freedom from the rules and dogmas of other people’s religious beliefs so that we can be free to follow the demands of our own conscience, whether they take a religious form or not. Thus, we have both freedom of religion and freedom from religion because they are two sides of the same coin. Many people don’t realize — or don’t care (as many seem to here)...that real religious liberty must exist for everyone, not just for themselves. It’s no coincidence that people who object to the principle of “freedom from religion” are adherents of religious groups whose doctrines or standards would be the ones enforced by the state.

I see the usual clueless comments! "The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.” "The fight for freedom from religion will go on".

Pleasant Grove, UT

The issue here isn't whether people are free to observe their religious beliefs, but rather, whether public funds should be used to advance a particular set of beliefs. Those who call for more religion in public life, in schools and in civic events make one error: they presume that the religion being supported and advanced will be their own religion. Would they really approve if the religion being taught in public schools were Islam, Judaism, Hari Krishna, or Scientology? Will Baptists be happy with their children being taught Mormon doctrine, or will Mormons be comfortable having their kids learning to recite "Hail Mary"? Principles of law and precedents apply across the board, and the support given to your own beliefs may be given to very different beliefs when demographics change.

Incidentally, just where does the belief originate that Christians should erect huge crosses in public places? I can't seem to find the scripture commanding that they do so.

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