Texas Faith: Is religion playing a shrinking role in this election?

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Why do you think religion has played less of a role? And is
that a healthy phenomenon? If not, please make the case for why you think
religion still has played a major role. And explain whether you think that has
been a positive or negative contribution to the campaign.

MIKE GHOUSE,
President, Foundation for Pluralism, Dallas


 Indeed, it is a relief to see the diminishing
role of religion in the general elections. Religion should not be a source of
harassment, apprehension or discomfort between fellow Citizens.

 Religion has been used, abused and misused by
the self appointed protectors of religions. It’s a gift from God for all
humanity, and no one should privatize and impose their version on others. Let
God and religion remain public properties to be had by anyone who wanted, and
choose whichever piece of the pie that appeals to them.

Mormon, Muslim
and Gay Americans are relieved; and all other Americans have welcomed this
healthy change. We have come a long way in accepting each new tradition with
suspicion; we still have ways to go with race, but go, we will.

Women Americans are still apprehensive. The evangelibans,
as I call them, are bent on controlling women as to what they can do with
abortion in extreme cases, and candidate Romney wishes to appoint judges who
can repeal Roe V. Wade. As Americans we need to stand with women to keep
government out of their right to live without fear.

The religious
right played havoc in the primaries, they ganged up on Romney, and some even
called his religion a cult, Mormonism was not Christian enough to them. Finally
the moderate majority rejected other candidates for their extremist views and
accepted Romney and Mormonism. 

 Muslim Americans were hounded in the
primaries; one candidate said he will not even hire them in his administration.
The Sharia attackers did not have a clue of what they were attacking, for
Muslim Americans, it is a an alternate means of resolving dispute between two
parties, just as the Jewish Halaqa, pastoral counseling or even mediation. A Sharia
conference was in the making in Dallas with nations two of the most virulent opponents
and scholars, but was canceled. Not enough Christians, Jews, Hindus or Muslims
were willing to sponsor this educational program, they were afraid of putting
their name with the word Sharia.  Finally,
as an alternative, a website was created to dispel the myths of its role in
America; www.ShariaLaws.com.
Thank God the rhetoric dissipated after the primaries and Muslim Americans are somewhat
relieved.

The Gay and
Lesbian were apprehensive about living their lives, thanks to Shepherd Obama,
for taking the bold step by revoking the don’t ask don’t tell policy, and
accepting the GLBT community as any other group of people, and delivering peace
of mind to fellow Americans.
Religion is
one of the most beautiful gifts from the creator to his creation; it is an
expression of God’s love for his creation to live in peace and harmony with
itself and with others through many beautiful pathways. Let the bad guys be the
villains, and spare different versions God and religion.

Note: This is
the original version in 390 words, this one is enhanced to 470 words.
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