Response to Star Parker's column, Winchester Star, Oct. 29, 2020:

No one's religious freedom is being taken away. Although we do need to respond to this crisis in a responsible way to protect our loved ones, friends, co-workers, neighbors and all others we may come into contact with.

We can pray, read religious texts, discuss the reading with family, sing songs of praise and, attend online church services. Religion is a beautiful and historical construct of moral principles. One of which is our responsibility to others. A limiting of gatherings meant to protect us from unnecessary exposure to a new and sometimes deadly virus is not stopping anyone's religious freedom.

Matthew 6:5 King James Version and part of the Sermon on the Mount:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.

Synagogues refers to any 'gathering place', I believe.

Similarly, Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector condemns a pharisee who seeks out the most prominent location in the Temple to pray.

Most importantly, almost all the world's religions hold kindness, responsibility and consideration of others as a moral imperative.

Claudia Vivanco

Berryville

(3) comments

slowe

Thank you Ms. Vivanco. I agree. Religion can still be freely practiced in these Unites States. But some of the religious feel they should get special privileges; be exempted from public laws that benefit society at large. No one, not even religions or the religious should be above the law.

DavidSparkman

Actually free practice of Religion is not only above the law, it is outside of the law. What this writer is proposing is the Chinese version of religion. You can believe anything you want, just don't do your fellowshipping thing. Our dictators have discovered a new super-constitutional power: public health. People with HIV were not quarantined when it was first discovered and we didn't know how to control it. But we quarantine Covid even though we now do understand it, and its dangers can be controlled as our 74 year old President demonstrated. "Follow the science the clueless scream." Universal Mask-wearing is superstition, not science. 95% of the population flunked science and are not seriously STEM educated. And good luck educating yourself with the internet censorship on opposing scientific evidence.

I repeat: fellowshipping of the Saints is also biblical and biblically encouraged. Shutting down Religious worship is regulation of Religion. Pretending that public health demands it from everyone except rioters is clearly illegal and dictatorial. If you are sick or are taking immune suppressing drugs, protect yourself. But don't use that as an excuse to deny others their God given rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Conservative

Violent riots and protests are allowed while attending religious services is not. Those violent rioters and protesters think they should be exempted from public laws the benefit the society at large. There is a war on religion, and the socialist libbies are winning.

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