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Freedom fighter

James Nimmo February 23rd, 2011

In response to Jason Reese’s Feb. 9 Commentary (“Point: Legislate morality, Gazette), I would like to say that it’s one thing for Reese to have the courage of his personal convictions, but it’s quite another thing to urge passage of legislation that would use the police power of the state to impose his convictions on others.

There is an old legal truism about arguing either the law or the truth when one of them is on your side, or resorting to pounding your fist on the table with as much conviction as possible when you have neither. Reese has only emotion on his side: a poor reason to use for enforcement of straitjacket laws that deal with intensely personal choices people make in their lives.

Reese is making a fetish of removing from others the freedoms that should be completely legal in a socially and religiously diverse society. Society is not a psychiatrist’s coach to use as a means to exorcise one’s religious demons.

—James Nimmo
Oklahoma City

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