COLBY, Kan. - Congratulations to Vickie for her recent article. She may have set the record for motivating response to opinion articles here at Kansas Free Press (KFP).
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When we look around the world and observe the conflicts between people and nations, we can't help but notice that religion is a major contributor to the world's conflicts. I don't think any single brand of religion is free from radical extremists. All religions and non-religions (Judaism, Muslim, Christian, atheists, humanists, naturalists, etc.) have those who wish to dominate society around them.
I firmly believe the secret to our nation's survival for these two hundred plus years is the amendment to the original constitution that declares that the governing body and authorities cannot promote or restrict any persons or groups on the basis of their religious associations or beliefs.
Some of us fear that we have government officials who step over or around that amendment. It appears that, here in the United States, it is the Christians verses all others in vying for the dominate position of authority. Both sides are equally guilty.
We all have a degree of difficulty in maintaining tolerance for those around us who seem to have different forces that motivate and drive us in our relationship with mankind.
We all have a tendency to draw the line giving ourselves maximum room to promote our agenda and hopefully limit others from having quite the same amount of freedom and influence.