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Letter: When church and state collide

If and when the constitutional amendment is adopted making holy matrimony safe from gay marriages as conservative Catholics and Protestant fundamentalists propose, what penalty for breaking the law are they suggesting? How many Protestant ministers, United Church of Christ, Unitarian/Universalist, ELC Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal priests and ministers will be hauled off to jail in handcuffs away from their pulpits for continuing the practice because they see it as a basic human right? It will be Prohibition all over again with sentences meted out to prominent clergy causing civil strife not too different from that amendment that fundamentalists supported and Catholics fought as an unjust law curtailing their drinking habits.

I think those in favor of this amendment should consider the aftermath if such a law should ever go into effect. Right now Roman Catholics are objecting loudly to government demands that they dispense contraceptive counseling and devices in their clinics and hospitals if they accept government funding as an infringement on their deeply held doctrines regarding birth control.

I as a liberal agree with them on this issue, but I cannot agree with their own attack denying marriage to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered.

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag guarantees liberty and justice for all. To me that is a sacred vow. I do not want to enjoy one right that every other American does not also enjoy. We live in a secular society and must be vigilant at all times to maintain strict separation of church and state. When church and state get into bed together religious intolerance is bound to ensue.

Lee Paulson