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We all benefit from religious freedom | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

“E Pluribus Unum” is found on the Great Seal of the United States. “Out of many, one” has come to mean the creating of one people out of many nations, races, cultures, and religions.

Over our history, we have extended that commitment through significant changes in belief and law. We abolished slavery, promoted full religious freedom, extended voting rights to women, and abolished, in 1967, all laws regarding miscegenation – marriage across racial boundaries.

This fall, the citizens of Washington will be asked to vote on our historic commitment to support equal rights for all citizens, this time endorsing the actions already taken by our elected representatives regarding marriage equality.  Referendum 74 will continue the actions taken by our state legislature and will deepen our nation’s commitment to equality for all citizens.

As leaders of faith communities in Washington, we understand and benefit from our nation’s commitment to religious freedom.  Our faith communities are living examples of “E Pluribus Unum.”  Generations of citizens have fought and died, been jailed and beaten, endured spite and malice so that we might be free to worship as we choose, vote as we prefer, obtain the education we desire, live where we can, and love whom we will.

We pray that all citizens will examine the issues, reflect on our nation’s commitment to real equality for all, and let the world know that “E Pluribus Unum” is still our motto. Future generations will call us blessed if we do.

THE REVS. BARBARA AND JACO TEN HOVE, Co-ministers

Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church

THE REV. DR. DENNIS S. TIERNEY, Rector

Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church

THE REV. EMILY TANIS-LIKKEL, Pastor

Tapestry Church Northwest

THE REV. PAUL STUMME-DIERS, Pastor

Bethany Lutheran Church

THE REV. BILL HARPER, Rector

Grace Episcopal Church

THE REV. DR. DEE EISENHAUER, Pastor

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

THE REV. ROBERT HENRE, Pastor

Seabold United Methodist Church

RABBI MARK GLICKMAN of Congregation Kol Shalom

THE REV. MARTIN SHELTON-JENCK, Pastor

Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church

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