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His Letter

What makes one worldview more credible?

In the Feb. 10 issue of The Courier, Bruce Workman arrogantly presents his belief system as far superior to any other. The question is what makes his worldview any more creditable than others? .

How gracious of him to allow us to “worship whoever or whatever you choose … in your own home, your church or when gathered with those of similar beliefs.” He wants us to keep “irrational arguments” out of his life and the public dialogue.

To my knowledge there is no science test or religious test required to become a voting citizen. No matter what your religion (Atheism included), we all have the same constitutionally protected free speech rights and access to the public square.

Perhaps he prefers an atheistic, socialist government where he is free to worship his intellect and science alone and dissenting views mysteriously vanish..


Don E. Waaland

Findlay

My Response


What I expected

I expected an emotional and irrational response to my comments on using religious arguments to justify a political position, and that is exactly what I got from Don Waaland.

The Courier has a policy against preaching in its letters to the editor guidelines. It was these qualities to which I was referring. I also expressed my disagreement with churches becoming political institutions. If churches want to become PACs they should declare themselves as such and abide by the same regulations.

I also stand by my statement that scripture does not make for credible arguments about any subject. Yes, I do want to keep irrational arguments out of my life, but you and others have made that impossible. You are correct there are no science or religious tests to vote. Historically, the only tests required to vote were directed at our Black citizens. I never questioned anyone's right to speech or assembly. I merely stated that I want no part of it if it involved preaching.

Whenever I see or hear the word "socialist" used in political discourse, I know I am dealing with a knee-jerk conservative. To clarify, I hold your religious arguments, the original author's religious arguments or your pastor's religious arguments to be no more or less credible than Jim Jones or David Koresh’s political arguments. None are based on facts.

I acknowledge your right to rant "the end is nigh" on the corner of Main and Main Cross streets. I just don't view it as any more legitimate political discourse than the Jan. 6 insurrection. Facts can be your friend. Invite them into your life.


Bruce Workman

Findlay
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Bruce Workman

Bruce Workman

Bruce is a retired rubber chemist. He is the former publisher, editor and head writer for the county Democratic Party newsletter.

He is currenty a freelance writer, and a political activist. Bruce likes to read, research, write, design this website, and fish.

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