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Politics and religion: more divisiveness

I AM skeptical and worried about the dangerous collaboration between the religious right and the Bush administration. It is frightening to think that there is a possibility that this mandate the president seems to believe he's earned might result in the imposition of evangelical values in our daily lives.

The president's victory was largely based on the support he obtained through the Christian movement.It wasn't that long ago in New Hampshire when a group of stealth Christian candidates tried to take over the Merrimack school board. They also had an agenda and they tried to put it into effect, even if it meant they had to use deception. We now have a president who embraces this faith and a Republican Party that is beholden to the movement that got the party the White House and a majority in both houses of Congress.

Prepare for more divisiveness. Religion is intrinsically divisive; it is about espousing dogma as truth and then only that group holds the truth; everyone else is wrong. Only their values are the right values, any others are leading you to a path of destruction.

The Christian agenda is one of exclusion. They want to take away our rights, not protect them. The constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage would be the first amendment enacted to take away rights from the people, not bestow or protect their rights. It is anathema to the spirit of the Constitution and our core beliefs as Americans.

Abortion, stem-cell research, education curriculum, and, most important, the selection of as many as four new Supreme Court justices, are all now on the line because of the religious movement.

Make no mistake, this is not a passive movement, they have been and will continue to be very actively involved in politics on all levels, and they mean to collect their reward for services rendered.

We Americans must be vigilant in preserving the clear separation between church and state as the founding fathers were so prescient to ensure. It was not done to protect religious faiths from the persecution of government, it was included to protect government from the influence of religious fanaticism. There has already been a period of time when people of similar religious faith ran the world. It was called the Dark Ages.

ARMAND L. CIRCHARO Jr.
Nashua, N.H.
 

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