Who would define what a sincere religious belief is?
In your journal of October 15, 2021, I read two letters to the editor. The first had positive quotes from some of the well-known founders of this nation.
These quotes were inspiring. Well done to the author of this letter. As she quoted, “freedom is not a gift bestowed on us by other men, but a right which belongs to us by the laws of God and of nature”.
The second letter called on the government to strip each of its God-given rights. To be fair, the writer exempted those who have “a sincere religious belief or a health problem.” This point of discussion worries me a lot.
Who will decide on the definition of a sincere religious belief? What would the criteria be? Will a test be administered? Would a deadline be established? Will those who convert from “non-religious” to “religious” be excluded from the exemption because they have recently converted?
What about those who have deep faith in Almighty God, but refuse to be religious? Who determines what faith a woman or man has in their heart?
The fact that the opposite poles were printed at the same time can be considered fair and accurate journalism. It is extremely disturbing that this nation is so deeply divided on the issue of God-given freedom.
Those who are currently in a position of authority are there because our Creator allows them to be there. They will respond to him in the way they use that authority. I pray that they will rule with wisdom.