The Wall Of Separation Protects And Unites--Us All.

AuthorMurray, Corey
PositionBack To Basics

As a devout man of God and Christian beliefs, an American patriot, combat veteran and journalist, I see the benefit to following the basic principles our Founding Fathers set forth when declaring a separation of church and state.

The United States of America is a melting pot of various cultures, religions and people.

While political leaders in this great nation must never forget their religious values, they must set aside their religious convictions when shaping municipalities, states and our nation.

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a city planning commission meeting where it was determined a medical marijuana business must not open on Sundays until noon in observance of church times.

In fact, one member of the planning commission was adamant a permit not be granted without this stipulation, while the remainder of the board did not seem to care one way or another.

This sole member, set in his ways, was able to persuade the board to adopt the hours he wanted in observance of church hours.

As a Christian, I find this commendable, but setting aside my own personal convictions and taking an unbiased approach, I find the action troubling.

The Christian religion is followed by only 30 percent of the world's population. While that percentage may be higher in Hillsdale County, which is a predominantly Caucasian Christian community, politicians must find true representation of all the people, not just a percentage.

Why not limit hours on Friday nights to observe synagogue hours or Saturdays for other religions? Why must we let one religion in a land of many dictate business hours which have nothing to do with the church?

It is my belief this action was not only unjust, but unnecessary. Are we going to limit the hours of established pharmacies and other businesses in observance of the Christian church? Probably not.

The same concept applies to our public schools. If we...

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