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|An Open Letter requesting a San Antonio Committee against Proselytizing
I would like to address a growing awareness and concern about "proselytizing,"
... the practice of promoting, or soliciting converts to, the proselytizer's religion.
In our home state of Texas, this is a growing threat to Americans' freedoms as enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights Amendment. Recently, the First Amendment has been upheld by the Federal District court here (Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division) in the Medina Valley Independent School District case. The School District's administration, teachers and personnel, were promoting their Christian faith and belief upon a "captive" body of students. The First Amendment protects any and all U.S. citizens from "Congress ... establishment of, or prohibiting ... of (religion)."
U.S. Supreme Court rulings since, have upheld that no State or local government can violate the First Amendment. However, the Republican Party of Texas platform, and incumbent (Republican) candidates who hold public office in Texas today, make a very clear declaration and "official" representation of their Christian “proselytizing.”
Now, in news story after news story, we learn about "bullying" of victims, and sometimes in public places, but, all too often, the underlying or even predominating "bullies" in our Texas communities are these very same Christian "public officials."
For these reasons, I am renouncing my Christian faith, and pursuing agnostic theology. I now request that we consider forming some committee to focus on and address "proselytizing" by the government and government officials, and further that the committee address how "proselytizing" might impact childhood development and even possible tragic consequences.
Thank you, Rhett R. Smith
P.O.Box 17271, San Antonio,TX 78217 phone:(210)300-4750
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