Thursday, August 14, 2008

Diana's letter

Diana Hsieh's letter has been published in The Oklahoman:

Kern seeking to destroy protective wall

Regarding "Kern vows to fight for morals in government; The legislator's anti-gay remarks drew ire earlier this year” (news story, Aug. 6): State Rep. Sally Kern describes herself as a "cultural warrior for Judeo-Christian values.” Such claims should raise alarm bells for patriotic Americans. A free society can't be founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The Bible doesn't uphold capitalism, nor support our individual rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. It demands only that we suffer and sacrifice in obedience to God's will.

Individual rights are based on the objective requirements of human life in society. A person must be free to act on his own rational, independent judgment — without forcible interference from others — to survive and flourish. The only proper purpose of government is the protection of individual rights. For a government to do anything else — including promote religion — is tyranny. That's why a free society must, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, build "a wall of separation” between church and state.

Kern and her fellow culture warriors seek to destroy that protective wall, thereby paving the way for a repressive theocracy. In the name of freedom, they must be opposed at every step.

Diana runs the blog NoodleFood and is the founder of the Coalition for Secular Government. She wrote the letter in response - at least in part - to my posting to the OActivists List about 3 articles in the August 6th Oklahoman.

I think she did a fantastic job!

AND it proves to me that her OActivists List is an effective tool for networking with other Objectivists.

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