Campaign assaults religious freedom
To the Editor:
An open letter to the Mike Parry Campaign:
Your most recent campaign mailing reached my home today. In it, you wrote:
“Quist stated that he believes men are ‘genetically predisposed’ to be heads of household.” You cite this as a reason voters should not elect Allen Quist. In doing this, your campaign has moved into territory where you are denying Quist’s right to freedom of religion.
Quist is simply reflecting what his church teaches concerning marriage. Your charge also opens up a Pandora’s box. If you question Quist’s right to follow the beliefs of his church on the roles of men and women, will you also then question the right of other candidates to hold to their churches’ or religions’ views on this topic (i.e., Roman Catholics, Mormons, Hindus, Muslims)?
Not all churches and religions agree on this matter. If we don’t like what a church teaches, we don’t have to join it. However, in this country, all have the right to freedom of religion. As citizens of this country, we should be ready to stand up for the right of freedom of religion. The charge that Quist is unfit to hold office because he holds to the views of his church is an assault on the religious freedom we hold dear.
New Ulm, Minn.