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LEE LOWERY: Proposed law that allows discrimination is not religious freedom

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The law under consideration could have adverse impact on gay individuals

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

It may be labeled “Religious Freedom Act,” but don’t call it religious freedom. If news reports are correct, Georgia is considering a law similar to one now on the desk of the governor of Arizona. That law, if signed, would permit people, even hospitals, firefighters, and police, to refuse to serve gay people. Religion calls us to be kind, to be fair, and to treat others as beloved children of God. It should call us to be better than we are, not to pander to fears and prejudices.

When Christ was asked about what was important in religion, his answer was to love God and your neighbor as yourself. If it is not love, it is not religious; don’t label it as such.

THE REV. LEE LOWERY

Albany

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Rev. Lee Lowery is rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany.