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Tennessean Letters to the editor, Nov. 16 2016 / Secularism is no bogeyman

Secularism is no bogeyman

Re: "Unintended consequences of secularization," by Clay Stauffer, Oct. 29.

Although I have respect for Dr. Stauffer and his Disciples church, I think his Faith and Values essay (10/27) was a little over the top.

Secularism focuses on reality rather than on some supernatural belief which cannot be proven. With the rise of literacy, education and science, fewer people believe the Bible is inerrant. Yet many believe, as did Thomas Jefferson, that the teachings of Jesus represent the "outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man."

Secularism is not responsible for many of the things the good reverend attributes to it, such as "the commercial rat race of consumption and consumerism, competition and comparison." That is more likely capitalism.

On the other hand, it is "faith," (not necessarily all faiths) which tells us that we are allowed to treat some people who are different as less than equals.

There are people in the Bible Belt who would prefer not to have the majority so active in promoting religion as is evidenced by the bill to make the Bible the state book, the "bathroom bill," the "Counseling Bill," etc. They prefer not to be constantly asked what church they attend. They are offended by frequent efforts to post the Ten Commandments or pray before meetings.

Many of these have found the Sunday Assembly or the Atheist Meetup. Many call themselves Humanists or attend a Unitarian Church.

The U.S. Constitution is a secular document. Attempts to alter it to dedicate it to Jesus failed, thank God. Our government needs to be secular. Have you heard of separation of church and state?

Secularism will not "eat you alive," Dr. Stauffer. Ease up.

Charles Sumner, Nashville 37221


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