Dear Columnist Cohen of the Washington Post,
Your terror at Santorum’s religion is alarming, but maybe you can overcome your fear if you take a minute to understand what religion is!
We all have some kind of religion, Richard – even you – and our “religions” – spoken or unspoken – deeply influence how we live, speak, vote, act, argue, love, on and on. Religion is really a generic term that tells something about some kind of a set of values that an individual or group holds up as an ideal way to live. Like I say, you have religion – I have religion – Obama has religion – Pelosi has religion – the pope has religion – need I say more.
I hold Catholic faith and teachings as solid and of infinite value. It transcends the current days’ politicians, judges, governors, newspapers and columnists. It has stood the test of time and so far your anti-Catholic values are not something I will bet my savings upon. How many of our most treasured laws and decisions have had to be reversed in a mere 200 years?
Our values [or religion] naturally influence how we see things and respond to them. If you are a died in the wool socialist -for example- , that is one of, or perhaps your only religion and whenever you talk about people living in any kind of community, you are comparing it to your “religion of socialism.” Now there is nothing wrong with that, until people like you use it to bash others like Senator Santorum – whose values and faith influences them and are treasured by them just as much as do yours.
Frankly, I don’t care what your religion is and whether you scream it out in the shower or in a cave or the public park.
Why do I care? Because you happen to have a better mind and way of speaking than most folks and many of them are not smart enough to see though you when your agenda pontificates against those with whom you disagree.
You label most – if not all – Republicans as rather unfortunate and stupid ideologues because they do not genuflect at your feet and pour honors over you for your “perfect religion, named Cohenism.” Maybe you might consider that the whole world has just as much right as do you to hold beliefs and values you choose to demean [for money, of course].