Letter: No Assault on Religious Liberty

To the Editor:

Margaret Drye has grossly confused the loss of Christian privilege with religious persecution (“Town Meeting and Public Prayer,” Perspectives, March 2). She isn’t alone in her delusive cries of victimization, but she is no less wrong. Consider this: Houses of worship and religiously-affiliated groups are free from paying most taxes; are exempt from many anti-discrimination laws; and a few are even, as would appear from the evidence, immune from prosecution for criminal activity. Does this sound like an assault on religious liberty?

The fact is, there are no curtailments on Ms. Drye’s right to practice her religion. If she feels she cannot make good decisions at Town Meeting without appealing to a higher power, she has every right to do so, at her church on Sunday morning; over breakfast in her home; in the car on the way to town; and at any point during the meeting, on her own. But no, what she and others would prefer — and what the courts are increasingly saying they may not do — is allow mob rule to elevate their belief system over all others, firmly putting any citizen outside of that favored bubble in our place with the message that we are second-class citizens.

And if they don’t care what I think, maybe they’ll listen to this guy: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners … when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:5-6).

Simone Pyle