This is in response to Ryan Gribble's letter on June 12 supporting same-sex marriage.
Paraphrasing from his letter, he said that you cannot push your beliefs on others. That is exactly what same-sex marriage law would do to our freedom of religion.
In fact, people came to this country to escape state religions and religious oppression. An example of a state religion is the era of Henry VIII. He wanted a divorce from his wife. When that wasn't granted by the Pope, he made himself the head of the Church of England.
He was so intolerant of the Catholic faith that he had many killed in barbarous ways, many preferred death than to bow to the edicts of England's state religion.
With that recent event resting on the minds of the authors of our Constitution, the words in the First Amendment include, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
If same-sex law is foisted on us as an edict of the government, then it has established a state religion that is false to not only Christians, but Muslims and Jews also. Same-sex marriage law is a framework for the forthcoming persecutions of those who dare to be true to their faith.
Ramona L. Vallee, Kennewick