‘Laugh and cry’

The young-Earth creation argument is laughable. I could go on about the evidence
suggesting the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, but evidence
doesn’t matter against the weight of a story written down by a tribal
Middle Eastern society about 7,000 years ago (5,000 BCE). The
young-Earth idea is only a symptom of a larger issue that genuinely
scares me.

Both
Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Rev. Dan Fisher mentioned their
First Amendment right of free speech. They must have skipped over the
first part of the sentence: “Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion.” This is not an ambiguous statement. They
are, of course, free to practice how they wish, but do not legislate
those practices upon the rest of the citizens.

It
is exactly the types of societies that base their laws on religion that
Rep. Sally Kern is so afraid of in her defense of State Question 755,
also known as the anti-Shariah bill.

If
we should not consider one set of laws inspired by a man in a tribal
Middle Eastern society about 1,400 years ago (Shariah), let’s not base
our laws on the teachings of another man living in a tribal Middle
Eastern society about 2,000 years ago. Let’s base our laws on what works
and from good ideas, regardless of where they come from (instead of
because of where they come from).

The
Reclaiming America for Christ meeting only serves to inspire fear in
both the attendees and in those they intentionally exclude. I hope one
day we can move past this type of exclusionary religion and politicking,
but until then, I will both laugh and cry when I read about these
events in our fine state of Oklahoma.

—Trevor Bruner
Oklahoma City

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Trevor Bruner

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