Letters to the Editor Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd
“new” bills filed with the state Legislature recently are dog-eared
twin parcels of anti-science boilerplate based on model language from
the creationist Discovery Institute (in Seattle). This is an annual rite
of winter: Legislative sponsors proclaim laudable goals (“academic
freedom” and “critical thinking”) with a wink and nod that fool no one
except perhaps innocent schoolchildren. The goal is to promote the
teaching of religion as science in public school science classrooms.
Oklahoma’s Episcopal Diocese provides materials allowing for the blessing of same-sex unions.
News Greg Horton
The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma last week published documents that
allow for the blessing of same-sex unions in Oklahoma. Bishop Ed
Konieczny said the materials — which include guidelines for clergy and
an approved liturgy (order of service) — clearly state that the union is
not a legally binding ceremony.
Letters to the Editor K.A. Straughn
Hobby Lobby’s refusal to pay for emergency birth control under the
Affordable Care Act (ACA), Dennis Weigand (Letters to the Editor,
“Questioning Hobby Lobby, May 8, OklahomaGazette) writes, “Is employment
at Hobby Lobby conditional on agreement with the religious views of the
owners? If it is not, then [Hobby Lobby’s] claim that their religious
freedom would be violated by the ACA is nothing but a hollow pretense to
religious superiority, taking the position that Hobby Lobby’s religious
freedom is more important than the religious freedom of their
Commentary Robin Meyers
After three decades of ministry in Oklahoma City, the land of my birth
and the home of so many resilient, creative and wonderful people, I have
come to the conclusion that despite all our loving up on Jesus, we are
not very religious.