Letters to the Editor

Helen Wolfson: An end to exclusion

I agree wholeheartedly with Norman Wirzba’s Feb. 27 column “Let’s declare end to ‘Christian America’.” The United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Our founders carefully constructed a country in which the government took no stance on religious matters.

The United States today is not a Christian nation. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly one-quarter of Americans describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated.

The “good news” is that many people who are not Christian espouse the values that Wirzba extols as quintessentially Christian. Most religions and philosophical systems profess some principle of ethical reciprocity akin to the Golden Rule.

Although I am a humanist and do not believe in a supernatural power, as a Unitarian Universalist I am committed to affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to fostering justice, equity and compassion in human relations (as are my fellow UUs, theists and nontheists alike).

Someone does not have to be Christian to love. Someone does not have to be religious to love. Affirming and promoting the idea of a Christian country creates an “us/them” mentality that excludes millions of residents. It’s an idea whose time to go has come.

Helen Wolfson

Durham

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