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In reference to the letters opposing same-sex marriage legislation in the Feb. 10 Maryland Independent, why are so many people so determined to force their religious beliefs to enter into my government?

If anyone can argue the following facts without using the Bible as a reference material, please do so. Otherwise, preach it in church, your home, your religious-based schools and gatherings of like-minded people of faith but not in my hall of government.

All of the issues addressed in the three letters to the editor are Bible-based.

We are not destined to take the road to perdition because the meaning of perdition is a state of spiritual loss, loss of the soul, damnation and finally hell: all religious beliefs, not facts, beliefs. Marriage is not defined as between a man and a woman. Look it up.

All such views of human equality are not contrived nonsense; they are basic rights afforded to United States citizens.

You may “challenge any homosexual proponent to cite chapter and verse of their theorized support scripture and … follow the clear teaching of your own Holy Bible” (I am not a proponent of homosexuality, but a proponent of human rights). I would challenge you to follow all of the teachings of the Bible, not just the ones you chose to follow.

You choose to follow the scriptures of the abomination of male homosexuality (female homosexuality is never addressed); but neglect to follow the scriptures that refer to stoning, slaves, women as chattel and others. There are some scriptures that do not stand the test of time, and those on homosexuality are among them.

I cannot see the reason (although I respect the right) to address the legislators in Annapolis with your religious teachings with respect to pending legislation as one has nothing to do with the other.

It was written in one letter, “Do not allow the governor or any other secular agenda to shake your foundation to the detriment of your own eternal soul.” Secular agenda is exactly what should be followed in the statehouse as well as in the halls of all government entities in this country.

Christians, and for some I use that word loosely, should practice their religion as they please and believe what they will, but do not try to force the teachings of your bible down the throats of American lawmakers. We are a country of many faiths; Christianity is but one of them. There are many, many other religions in this country that disagree with your assessment of what they should believe or not believe.

That is why we live in this country. If Christianity ruled our legislature then we end up with a government as it is in those countries with religious-based governments. We see what inequities and atrocities exist when a country is ruled by religious laws instead of secular ones; however, I am beginning to think that this is exactly what many of our Christian brethren would prefer.

And, by the way, a religious belief is not necessary for a person to embrace morality and ethics. Respecting others and treating them as you would have them treat you is all that is necessary: a basic human tenet, not a basic religious one.

I guess the bottom line for many Christians is that lawmakers should not push a secular agenda, but an agenda in which we should all be free to live under Christian Bible-based law. Unfortunately, in this time of election, many of our lawmakers are doing just that.

Donna Cave, Hughesville