Re: Nov. 9 column by Issac Bailey, “Does belief in God mean belief in the GOP?”
To begin with, I would like Issac to know that I offer prayers for his health. I have not read his articles very often to know his personal life but now that I do I will continue to include him on my prayer list.
Now to the article and my comment on it. I must say that I was taken back by his view of Christians here on the Grand Strand. My husband and I are transplants from Long Island, N.Y. As parishioners at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach I started a parish group of Catholics for Freedom of Religion.
This is a laity-run group idea that I brought here from Long Island. It is a response to a call by our pastors, our Bishops, our Cardinals, and our Pope to get the laity involved in defending our God-given right to freedom of religion that happens to be protected by our Bill of Rights. As a matter of fact, this freedom is the first freedom protected in our First Amendment rights.
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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Issac should know that this 1st Amendment right is for all Americans of all faiths or even of no faith at all. In his article, Issac mentions “that there is supposed to be a clear line between politics and faith that is ignored by Christians produced in the Myrtle Beach area.”
What? There is no such line. Does Issac not know that in America we have the liberty to live our faith in our churches, our homes, our workplace, our schools, and yes, in the public square. It is simply a fact that our faith, or our lack thereof, does have an impact on how we see our world and everything we do in it. Even politically. The Christian faith teaches that we must live by the morals that our church teaches. These morals form our conscience. We are, therefore, expected to live and act, and vote, accordingly.
As Catholics for Freedom of Religion we are working to defend and protect our First Amendment rights for everyone. Not just for Catholics.
We invite people from all faiths or of no faith to join us in preserving our religious liberty for future generations. This liberty is not for us to lose. It is the birthright of our grandchildren and great- grandchildren and for generations yet unborn.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.