Letters to the Editor: March 29

March 29, 2013 

With freedom guaranteed, bill had ulterior motive

Since the "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment provides adequate protection for the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of Kentucky citizens, the so-called "religious freedom" bill was entirely unnecessary. The dictionary defines bigotry as "intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself," so a more apt name for House Bill 279 would be the "religious bigotry" bill.

As opponents of the bill have warned, individuals here in Kentucky will try to use this law to infringe on the rights of their neighbors, and they will seek to justify those actions based on their "sincerely held religious beliefs."

Landlords will seek to discriminate against prospective tenants on the basis of sexual orientation because they "sincerely believe" homosexuality is a sin.

Employers will seek to deny reproductive health care to female employees because they "sincerely believe" contraception is a sin.

Teachers will refuse to teach evolution in the classroom because they "sincerely believe" an ancient myth is inerrant.

In 1692, Sarah Good was convicted of witchcraft and hanged in Salem, Mass., based on the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of her neighbors. The fears about witchcraft in 17th century Massachusetts seemed just as reasonable to religious believers then as the aforementioned fears about homosexuality, contraception and evolution do to religious believers in Kentucky today.

Anyone can hold those beliefs; the First Amendment fully protects that right. However, those beliefs should never be allowed to infringe on the rights of others. I hope that, in time, the Kentucky Supreme Court will strike down this "religious bigotry" law.

David Chumney

Georgetown


Moving backward, again

Why enact another law to "protect religious freedom" when that was already covered more than 200 years ago?

What am I missing here? Our Founding Fathers must be scratching their heads with me.

Way to go backwards, again, Kentucky. Just when you think you can't go further in the past, you go and prove me wrong again.

Elizabeth Mudd

Versailles


Why are these issues?

On Tuesday, the Herald-Leader published several articles with subjects such as religious freedom, gay marriage and industrial hemp that were a waste of ink, paper and my purchase price.

Hats off to the governor in vetoing the "religious freedom bill." Being an attorney and the leader of all the people of Kentucky, he knew this nation's founding documents clearly identified we are a nation of the people and, equally important, the United States is not and never has been a Christian nation.

Gay marriage and homosexuals are no-brainers. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution without question state we are equal. So marry whom we choose, no discrimination based on color or sexual orientation.

Thomas Jefferson foresaw the United States being an agricultural nation, not industrial. At his home, he cultivated different crops and attempted to introduce food sources to the U.S. To this end, industrial hemp and marijuana would be allowed to be grown in our country to provide employment and income for the states and nation.

From the news articles, it appears the commonwealth's politicians are of the same caliber that allowed slavery to advance in state and nation.

Billy Ray Wilson

London


Go, Cards!

My wife and I are a native Kentucky couple, married 52 years and we raised three sons born within two years of each other.

A thought occurred to us recently regarding the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry. While our boys would occasionally get into scrapes with one another, heaven forbid that anyone else would choose to pick a fight with either of them.

So, folks, it's time to circle the wagons as Kentuckians and root like hell for Rick Pitino and the Cards.

Bob Neal

Lexington

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