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Warning - this is a rant! (one of my many) ;)

Just read an op-ed by Cynthia Tucker, and will summarize (and,of course, add to) some of her points re. Mr. Moore's "wall":

"It is not just the liberty of Jews, Muslims, Hindus etc...that would be trampled by Mr. Moore's (and others in the current scenario...) Christian Nation. So would the religious liberty of millions of Christians who don't accept his theology......I would be forced to bow to prayers that make me uncomfortable, to salute commandments I consider wretchedly antiquated i.e.,

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house;
thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, his ass, etc....")

Now that former Justice Moore has been ousted, he has attained martyr-hood among his followers. Another "victim of America's secular god."

Have you noticed that many conservative Christians are now claiming that they are among the persecuted?

Listen guys, its not about YOUR persecution.

I, for one, have no desire to attempt to change your way of thinking or believing to go along with mine. I don't care what or who you worship. I don't care whether you bow, jump, or rollerblade in your worship services. You can, within the confines of your home, your church or any private institution, worship your god or gods as you please. I respect that!!!

"As for Judge Moore, he can place his "ten Commandments" monument in any place that will have it - any private landscape that can accommodate it. He is free to pray in his home, his church, his car" (AND, to pray SILENTLY anywhere and anytime!!!!!

What he can't do and what you can't do, is attempt to change my belief system! You can not force me to pray to your god or gods. I do not desire to be subjected to the sight of your religious monuments or statues in public places or schools. I will not bend, bow, clasp my hands or genuflect to your gods and statues. I will not sing songs praising your religion or anyone else's other than my own!

It seems Mr. Moore has become the standard-bearer for those conservatives who insist that the United States is a "Christian nation." Forgive me if I would maintain that in spite of those who march in defense of such bigotry, this great country of ours is still the LAND OF THE FREE!

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