The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 27, 2013

Letter: Stop the judging

ENID, Okla. — I am so tired of people hating and judging those around them who are different. I’m even more disgusted by so many people who justify their hatred and bigotry under the false assumption that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.

I know this by reading the words of our forefathers in the Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11:“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion ...”

I also read their words in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Do you notice the simplicity? ‘Endowed by their Creator’ not by the Creator. Or, “that all men are created equal”, not straight men/white men/Christian men, are created equal.

As the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding marriage equality, I hope someone will read the treaty to those justices charged with being impartial and fair to all citizens. Before you scream about same-sex marriage destroying the sanctity of marriage, look at the so-called sanctity you seek to protect. With record high divorce rates, infidelity, etc., where is the sanctity you seek to protect?  

None of us are born with hatred, bigotry or discrimination. Why do we teach our children to hate, judge and despise those who are different? If every person on the planet stopped judging those around us, and left judgment up to the God/Savior/universe/higher power, think of what a better place the world would be. If we were all created in the image of a higher power, can any of us truly not be exactly as we were meant to be?

Tyler Bowen


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