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posted: 5/6/2014 5:01 AM

Religious freedom requires mutual tolerance

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I would like to thank The Daily Herald for publishing articles from Mr. Jim Finnegan. It puts a name to the face of bigotry and intolerance disguised in religious virtuosity. Mr. Finnegan would have us believe that his religious freedom is being violated. He would also like us to believe that those who do not agree with him are not Christian.

Actually, Mr. Finnegan is violating my religious freedom. Being a Christian, I am a proponent of peace, love and acceptance of others who are created differently from one another by God. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would not spread the toxicity and divisiveness that Mr. Finnigan has in the name of his so-called imperiled freedom.

Mr. Finnegan would like to take his religious views and write them into the Constitution thereby supplanting the religious views of others including my own convictions about what our Lord had in mind by creating people differently.

I have great respect for Mr. Finnegan's right to express himself in this great country. I would never ask him to compromise his religious freedom because it differs from mine or change how he feels. That in itself would be intolerance. Why can't Mr. Finnegan do the same? I pray every day for peaceful coexistence and mutual tolerance of others.

Louis S. Guagenti

Arlington Heights

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