Another splendid example of how you prefer to proselytize and ignore the First Amendment rather than be responsive toward your contituents' voices. "LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION"??? (Just as an aside: How many times now have the voters in Colorado already voted down the "life begins at conception/personhood" initiatives?)
First, I grew up in the Catholic church, and have questioned its doctrine my whole life because I see the pain it inflicts on others. I, therefore, honor everyone for their beliefs, and subscribe only to the Constitution for governing authority over the general citizenry.
Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This also includes freedom from religion. In other words, you do not get to force your beliefs, which work for you, on others. You words in your letter state that you are “dedicated to protecting the sanctity of human life from the unborn to the elderly, the terminally ill, and all whose lives are threatened by euthanasia. Life begins at fertilization.” But what you think, your definition, based on your RELIGIOUS beliefs, you do not get to force on others.
I've been told that this country is not truly a melting pot, since we are in many ways, separated by economic status, culture, religion, and race. Never the less, All peoples of all cultures, religions and races and belief systems make up this country, and no one religion or religious belief system can dominate everyone else. Live and let live.
The issues of contraception and abortion are a political football, and strong moral issues, but issues hotly steeped in RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. Neither you, nor anyone else, get to define these things for others. You get to define those things only for yourself.
Regarding contraception and your “conscience” rights, the government does not get to define these things for me, nor will an employer. If you choose to live by your religious law, that works for you, but neither you, nor your church, get to force those beliefs on others in a country that not only is a melting pot of different cultures, races, religions, belief systems, and even varying degrees of belief and observance within the established religions.
Women’s reproductive freedom is not a war against religion; it is a war against religion imposing its will on the tribe of women. To say that the battle for women’s rights and women’s reproductive freedom isn’t about religion, though would be a lie. It is about a religion; an extremely loud and rich group of men and women are using their God and the holy texts from which He sprang as sacred and moral reason for their actions and that is persecution. The witch burnings of the middle-ages come to mind.
In the words of our President, “No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your religious freedom.” If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your beliefs.
This last letter from you, in addition to other correspondence I’ve received from you state what YOU STAND FOR, completely forgetting that you are MY EMPLOYEE-I AM ONE OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS. Hence, I am your employer and you are supposed to be representing ME, as well as every other constituent/employer member. And let it be known that many of your employer/constituents are unhappy with your job performance. As far as I am concerned, you are fired. I hope that your other employer/constituents step up and let their voices be heard as well.
The bottom line is that your beliefs, to which you hold yourself accountable, do not govern others. No one religion’s laws govern this country, as it should be.
Reverend Renee L. Ten Eyck
citizens hired a politician, not a preacher.