Pam Davis: Barber’s moral body of work

February 1, 2014 

In his Jan. 29 column, J. Peder Zane’s mistakenly conflates religious faith and morality with intolerance and bigotry. Separation of church and state allows individuals the freedom to worship as they choose and does not posit that “morality has almost no place in our politics.”

Morality, as per the American Heritage Dictionary, is simply “the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct” – a quality sadly lacking in the current political scene.

To take Rev. William Barber to task – as both Zane and Barry Saunders have – for a single misstep when 99 percent of what he has done has been both courageous and (to use the word correctly) moral, strikes me as a waste of a lot of newsprint.

Pam Davis


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