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Letters to the Editor: Freedom from religion

Staff Writer
Siskiyou Daily News

I am very concerned about Brian Dahle and Megan Dahle being our state representatives. I strongly believe they do not adhere to the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. Brian’s strong religious beliefs were on full display at the Faith and Values Town hall meeting on June 13, 2019, where he stated that it would be God’s will if he became our state senator. I am concerned that Megan Dahle has the same religious outlook.

Brian Dahle must understand that his public service decisions be based on the law and what is best for all of his constituents. He cannot allow his voting decisions to favor his conservative Christian religion.

His recent voting tells a different story. He voted against SB 277 which eliminated the personal belief exemption that parents used to keep their children from getting vaccinations prior to being admitted to any school or day care center.

He believes that sexual orientation is an individual’s choice and ignores scientific data documenting that LGBTQ and heterosexual individuals do not choose their sexuality.

Sexual orientation or gender identity is not something you choose. He is anti-LGBTQ and his voting record proves this. He voted against AB 2640 and 2439 which dealt with HIV testing and how to prevent and lowering the risk to contract HIV.

He voted against SB 396 which prevents sexual harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. He voted against SB 731 which allows foster children to choose their gender identity, against AB 827 Safe Place to Learn Act which requires teachers and school staff to support LGBTQ students and against AB 2943 which prohibited advertising (gay) conversion therapy. His voting shows he consistently votes to continue discrimination against people based on their sexual identity.

I ask you to look at Elizabeth Betancourt, Pamela Swartz, Brian and Megan Dahle and see which ones are promoting Christianity disguised as religious freedom. I don’t think that is what our forefathers meant when they included the First Amendment in our Constitution.

I hope you will join me in voting for Elizabeth Betancourt and Pamela Swartz this November. Public office should not be used to promote a religious framework or belief system. That is the job for pastors, imams and rabbis, not politicians. Public servants need to understand this and remain neutral to represent all of us equally.

Jocelyn Ayn Perry

Yreka