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Letter: Rights for all

February 14, 2014

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To the editor:

Reference the recent actions of the Kansas Legislature: Has the majority gone nuts? Are we now in the era where we forget that the rights of the minority are as sacred as the will of the majority? Have we forgotten that all men (and women) are created equal with the self-evident rights to life liberty and pursuit of happiness? Have I, as a Kansan by choice rather than by birth, made the wrong choice?

William Butler Yates said: “Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.” To quote Mahatma Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Or, if you don’t trust foreigners, attend to Thomas Jefferson: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

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Kate Rogge 2 months ago

When does religious freedom mean freedom to discriminate? When you live in Kansas during an election year. What a shameful time. We all deserve much better from each other and from our state government. http://www.thenation.com/blog/178393/when-does-religious-freedom-mean-freedom-discriminate?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=headline_nation&utm_campaign=Headline%20Nation%202014-02-14

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Charles Fogarty 2 months ago

I have never been more deeply ashamed of my native state. It's hard to believe that the impetus to settle Kansas was to make it a free state, dedicated to advancing rights, not limiting them. Let us hope that the courts will quickly rule this legislated religious bigotry will be ruled unconstitutional, because we know the Senate and Brownback will sign this horrible act into law.

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Brock Masters 2 months ago

I am looking forward to Brownback being re-elected and with a second term to have a mandate from the people to further push his conservative agenda.

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Larry Sturm 2 months ago

They also know more about guns than law enforcement.

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Larry Sturm 2 months ago

It must be an awesome job to be governor or legislature in the state of Kansas. They know more about education than the educators, more about global warming than the world scientists, more about farming than the farmer making a living farming, more about women's health and body than the women themselves,more about religion than the theologians. All they can think of is cutting taxes and pandering the rich.

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