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Letter: Leave religion out of politics

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I noted in the Republican platform recently passed and published by The Forum: “Therefore, be it further resolved: That the North Dakota Republican party supports the right of a business owner to refuse to give up their religious freedom in order to comply with local, state, or federal laws that mandate otherwise.”

Slavery was often justified in the South under Christian religious beliefs. The reasoning went something like, God made whites dominant over blacks and natives and therefore made it the duty of whites to guide, nurture and provide those they owned with a productive life.

What if my religion says my god wants women to stay at home bettering the family and serving their man? I would not hire women. My religion prohibits the fruits of my labor inuring those who, for any reason, take another human life or buy tools to extinguish human life. I would not pay taxes because I am conducting my business relative to the free exercise of my religion.

OK, perhaps "my religion" under some of these scenarios is not Lutheran or Catholic but something a tad more ancient. I think you can find several religions, some with an array of gods, that might offer protection for most any intent. Thus, I think the Republicans might want to identify only certain religions.

Maybe Republicans need the (Christian?) equivalent of Sharia Law. Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid's Tale" would be a beginning recommendation for the course Republicans appear wanting to travel.

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