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Your Opinion: Response on religious issues

Your Opinion: Response on religious issues

November 6th, 2011 by William B. Edwards, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

In response to Harold Horstmann's response to my letter, "Not a Christian Nation," I must first point out that when I sent the letter to News Tribune, I signed it as follows: "Rev. William B. Edwards, Capital Area Interfaith Alliance, Vipassana Buddhist Church / Center for Buddhist Development, International Order of Buddhist Ministers." Having been the editor of newsletters in the past, I'm fully aware that editors sometimes simply run out of space and have to edit text. So if Horstmann feels misled, I apologize.

Secondly, Buddhism is third largest religion in the United States and the fourth largest religion on planet Earth; so in relation to his question: Where else in the world would a Buddhist be able to achieve such a position? There isn't enough space to list all those nations in just 400 words.

Furthermore, nowhere in my letter did I use the term "Theocracy." Although, there are people like the followers of R. J. Rushdoony, and his son Mark, who would like to see our republic dissolved and replaced with a Theocracy ruled by Old Testament Biblical Law. I don't want to live in a country ruled by Buddhistic law, Biblical law, Sharia law, Pagan law or any other religious law. I want to see a continuation of Thomas Jefferson's "Wall of Separation between Church and State."

Horstman is correct, Buddhism is a non-theistic religion; however, Buddhism is called the "Middle Path" between extremes - atheism and theism are extremes. In Buddhism truth is to be found between extremes. To get solid educational information on Buddhism go to www.accesstoinsight.org.

Incidentally, a lot of my extended family, whom I deeply love, are devout Christians, and I would defend to my death their right to practice their Christian religion and to express their political views - it's called being an American.