Letters, July 12 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News
Morality and religion
I almost never write letters to the editor, but felt a need to respond to Tom Clunie’s letter in the July 7 paper.
I agree that Gene Lyons’ take on the Supreme Court decision regarding prayer on the 50-yard line was accurate. Tax money should not be spent to support any religion. However, Tom indicates that an “Atheistic government education (is) inherently immoral itself”. That’s where Tom and I part ways.
I take exception to the idea that morality exists only with a belief in a god. Human beings, regardless of their religion or lack thereof, can be moral beings. Too often, religions in our country and in many others believe morality is proprietary only to their religion or ideology.
Atheists and others without a religion are protected by the First Amendment, as confirmed by the Supreme Court in Epperson v. Arkansas: “The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion.”
Atheists don’t believe in the existence of a god. Agnostics believe nothing is known or can be known of the existence of God. Secular humanist believe human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion. All can be moral.
Thanks to Cow Creek tribe
The Mission Committee of First Presbyterian Church, Medford thanks the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for supporting our Brown Bag Café mission which serves sack lunches to homeless and poverty-stricken people in downtown Medford.
Our church, along with sandwich-makers from Ascension Lutheran Church and United Church of Christ, feed healthy lunches and provide socks, gloves, hats, blankets and personal hygiene products to more than 300 people a week. Our program is one of 61 nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the foundation to address social challenges during their Spring 2022 round of giving. The tribe is celebrating its 40th year of re-recognition. In the last 25 years, the foundation has awarded $21,539,146 to nonprofits in seven southwestern Oregon counties. Our program received $15,000, which will help keep up with the rising costs of food and continue to serve the hungry, as we are asked to do.