Letter: Reader fears religious freedoms are threatened

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Editor,

Over the past few years, American citizens have repeatedly been reassured by our President and his leadership that “If we like our insurance, we can keep our insurance. If we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor; period.”

Unfortunately, time is proving out that the president’s repeated promises and assurances are not nearly as true or accurate as they were proclaimed. Multiplied millions of our citizens have already lost not only their insurance policies, but also access to their doctors as well. To say that the state of our health care industry is in a mess could be considered the understatement of the year.

With this massively increased power and intrusion from our federal government into our personal lives, is it possible that one day we will see history repeat itself; only next time in the arena of organized religion, specifically Christianity?

In the eyes of our “All Knowing” federal government, we may soon expect to have new legislation; rewriting the laws to “protect” the so called abuses that oppress minorities from those in our society who are labeled as “haters.” Such a law, with all its slickly crafted wordage, may covertly dictate what can and can’t be said from our church pulpits across America.

Our government might even name such an unholy intrusion “The Religious Freedom Act,” or something similar. We might even hear a familiar motto and assurance being used such as, “If you like your church, you can keep your church.” This “Religious Freedom Act” may go so far as to disallow and even criminalize any teaching against personal sin; be it adultery, abortion or sexual perversion, etc. In doing so, this grandiose promise that “If we like our church, we can keep our church,” will apply only as long as the religious teachings come “in line” with our government’s guidelines and mandates.

Believe it or not, such a diabolical climate of federal intrusion and control is not as far away or far-fetched as many of us might think or want to believe. Not nearly as far.

Bruce Vyverberg

Sevierville