Christians deserve a say in public policy
The October 9 op-ed, “After Dobbs, We All Face Uncertainty” demands a response. The publisher takes umbrage at an opinion of Judge Samuel Alito in his address to the Notre Dame Summit on Religious Freedom in July 2022. Judge Alito said that currently in the United States, people of faith can have their religious beliefs in their homes and places of worship, but we had better behave ourselves in the public square. “That’s the problem we face.” The editorial is an ill-informed attack on people of faith as “fosters of forced pregnancies”, “women’s rights suppressors”, “religious extremists”, people who “woo white supremacists”, “attack public schools to accommodate transgender students” and “self-proclaimed Christians who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 to overthrow an election. The author offers little to no evidence that these claims are true.
We believe that the truths of God as revealed in His Word, the Holy Bible, are timeless and do not change in response to societal values or influences. These truths include love, compassion, and abstaining from any form of injustice. We categorically reject any form of bigotry or human abuse based on race, ethnicity, biological sex, belief in personal sexual identity, or whether born or unborn. Accordingly, its truth leads us to compassion for the most helpless and innocent of all human life, the unborn child.
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Religious freedom is inherent in the freedom to bring up one’s children according to the principles of the truths of God. Public school boards adopt policies that impose on children “religious beliefs” contrary to biblical truth that conflict with the religious beliefs of their parents. Objection to a program that divides along racial lines rather than promoting unity brings the charge of “white supremacist.” Expressing concern about policies that would allow transgender students to share bathrooms, locker rooms and sporting events with children of the opposite biological sex carries the charge of intolerance. And some public schools encourage prepubescent children to identify as a gender other than their birth sex by usurping the role of parents, often without their knowledge.
Apparently, people of faith should not vote to protect the unborn or participate in school policies that violate the sacred values inherent in their faith and threaten the innocence of their children. The freedoms of religion, expression and assembly as well as the right to vote belong to everyone, including people of faith, whether conservative or liberal. It’s the American way.
Robert M. Carey, Charles W. Gross, Michael Marsh, Greg Montgomery, C. Edward Rose, Ron Schubert, W. Gerald Teague