February 9, 2015 | It's no secret that there are many people who share the same name.
Since I have lived in the Palm Springs area I've found myself needing to defend my reputation as a liberal, well-informed person because there is another person in Palm Springs of the same name and definitely not the same beliefs. It happened again recently when The Desert Sun published a letter to the editor from my namesake:
As a devout atheist, I could not disagree more with the other Paul Williamson. He's very confused.
He says he agrees "that one's religion should be private and not forced on others," but he immediately goes on in the next sentence to say that he has a right to force his religious beliefs about god and prayer on others.
In a normal person, those two contradictory statements should create cognitive dissonance. Obviously not for the other Paul Williamson.
He also does not recognize that reciting reference to god amount to sanctioned "establishment of religion" — it's saying there is a god and you have to agree.
He's correct that the words 'separation of church and state' do not appear in the Constitution, but the founding fathers clearly intended to keep god and religion out of government.
Like "Mr Whitaker" (whoever he is) I am of the opinion that not only do we need to get rid of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, we need to get "In God we trust" off our money, and we need to get rid of tax exemptions for religious organizations like churches. In short, "protect the liberty and freedom of each citizen to live life as they see fit" without having to put up with people who can't understand that their religious beliefs, when voiced publicly, are indeed an afront to me.
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