To the editor:
As I read the May 2 issue and looked through to Heidi Bailey’s letter to the editor I was confused. I don’t remember there being a bill passed on a religious issue but rather one on human rights. In fact, as someone who doesn’t subscribe to a Christian belief I felt somewhat insulted. Due to the US Bill of Rights I believe I am allowed religious freedom. Why then is religion constantly used when talking against a same-sex marriage proposal. This issue is one of law and law must be free of religion in general. The only reason I don’t have a problem with the US dollar saying “In God we trust” or placing a hand on the bible when testifying in court is because they are traditionally and historically significant. Maybe these customs should be changed to help remind Americans that we should, in fact be more tolerant of each other and the world.
Of course if you’re reading this you probably want some demographics so here goes. My name is Jonathan Kmieciak and I am a 22 year old Bristol resident who, in my entire life, has only resided in Warren and Bristol. I am a Caucasian male raised Episcopal but my beliefs now are spiritual and stem from Deism and Buddhism. I graduated with the class of 2009 from Mt. Hope High School, played sports, acted, sang and I am now a mathematics and secondary education double major at Rhode Island College (RIC). Also, I would like to add that I am a feminist and have given eight pints of blood. So I am also an avid supporter of progressive movement and helping others.
That being said I would like to reiterate that had I wanted a lesson in scripture I would read the bible or see if RIC offered one. I thank you for showing your opinion and going about it in the correct route but like I said your opinion, though well versed, holds no merit. Religion is not and can never be an argument as to why a person should not receive the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of [their own] happiness.
Jonathan W. Kmieciak
103 Chestnut Street