Letters to the editor for Thursday, September 30, 2021
Separation from the church, state ignored
I appreciate your printing the letter praising the wisdom of the founders who wrote “Congress will not make any law concerning… religion…” adjacent to the letter advocating the passage of laws based entirely on religious beliefs. The “separation wall” between church and state has been ignored and abused by generations of religious fanatics who are so unsure of the legitimacy of their particular religious dogma that they have organized themselves to persuade politicians to pass secular laws designed to force everyone to conform to their tightly constructed religious beliefs.
Religious belief underlies the letter from the woman who seeks to protect the rights of “innocent babies” with laws that declare an embryo “alive” after its heartbeat is detected. Quoting the recent Texas law that bans abortion, she asks “why can’t babies be declared alive when their hearts start to beat”. The answer is that such a pronouncement requires a legislative act; that is, the adoption of a law. In this case, a law that is based entirely on religious belief.
It attempts to create, without objective evidence, an arbitrary legal standard for declaring that an embryo is a viable human being. In addition, this Texas law grants supremacy to the embryo and ignores the fundamental rights of pregnant women, rights protected by the American Constitution.
It allows anyone to enforce Texas law by becoming a vigilante. The Republican Party claims to be the party of public order, the family, religious and intellectual freedom, individual responsibility and personal freedom. Yet in 2021, the Republican Party did an about-face; its leaders have become authoritarians who actively express their contempt for the rule of law, the integrity of institutions, personal responsibility and freedom of religion and base governance decisions on conspiracy theories and religious dogma.
David E. Bruderly, Captiva
Texan style bill ain’t the way
Abortion has long been a problem that divides us as Americans; and this division is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. Those who oppose abortion often do so with fervor, while those who support access to abortion are equally committed. Although I am a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose, I have a deep respect for those whose religious beliefs lead them to oppose abortion.
Despite a significant majority supporting a woman’s constitutional right to abortion, it seems quite likely that the Supreme Court will reconsider Roe v. Wade. While I don’t want access to abortion to erode any further, our justice system is the right place to look into the matter. The Texas-style bill recently introduced to the Florida legislature is NOT the way to address the issue of abortion access. The bill, if passed, would pit citizen against citizen and reward $ 10,000 for reporting people assisting someone seeking an abortion. No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, I can’t believe Floridians would want to introduce this Old West justice system.
Ann Fisher, Naples
Deniers perpetuate the curse
After all that has been done to coax people into getting vaccinated, including bribes, it is time to let these uninformed people get by the wayside and deal with other people with disabilities. different and equally serious health problems. Why devote all of our resources to helping people who could have avoided their own situation by simply getting vaccinated? Unfortunately, this will affect their families who may not be qualified to get the vaccine. Maybe just keep these people in separate places outside the hospital. If their lord and savior Donald Trump will not recommend the vaccine (he was booed at a rally for trying to do so), then there is no hope for these desperate people. Because of them, we have to keep wearing masks (which they also hate) and hope that a new variant does not appear. I hope we can finally get out of this curse.
Glenn Chenot, Cape Coral
Republicans burn down the house
Sometimes it is very difficult to penetrate the brain matter of Republican voters, but there you go. We need to raise the debt ceiling so that we don’t all default on our bills. In other words, it’s like calling your credit card company and asking for a higher limit. Now Trump and the Republicans have spent billions of dollars during his tenure, from corporate tax cuts, cuts for the very rich, golf outings, a Rose Garden overhaul, Christmas decorations and more. The government just received our credit card statement for the money that was spent previously. It’s on them and all Democrats are asking for is that Congress increase the credit limit. But Republicans plan to burn the house down to kill a spider. It’s stupid, it’s malicious, it’s dishonest, but guys, this is your Republican Party.
Laurence Jacks, Estero