Religious belief must not infringe the rights of others | Letters

The first sentence of the First Amendment to our Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

I believe that an issue relevant to the abortion controversy has not received the attention it deserves – the government’s quirky ban on promoting particular religious beliefs. True, the Founding Fathers only mentioned Congress, but I have no doubt that they intended this prohibition to apply to all of government, including the judiciary and the states, which were not then fully developed.

When Roe v. Wade was first signed into law, national leaders of the Evangelical Churches publicly stated that they took no position because it was “a Catholic matter”.

The Catholic Church has always had an anti-abortion stance based on its theology. When I was a child, this Church prohibited “accelerating” abortion – which is vague and varies from woman to woman. Currently, this church, now joined by many evangelical churches, affirms that human life, a person with an immortal soul, begins at conception. Either way, it’s still theology. It’s still a religious belief, not backed by science or provable fact.

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It should be noted that four of the Supreme Court justices, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch and Barret, are Catholic. It seems that their positions on abortion are more in favor of their church’s theology than the first sentence of the First Amendment, and therefore absolutely unconstitutional.

I support the rule of law. I support the right of every person to the free exercise of their own religious beliefs, as long as their theology, joined by governmental actions, does not infringe on the legitimate rights of others.

Claire L. Kelly, Stevensville

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