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August 26, 2013

Letter: Church, state and the mayoral election

To the editor:

Imagine if you will; the candidates for Gloucester mayor are responding to questions, and Mr. Diamond (letters, the Times, Saturday, Aug. 24) and Rev, Slyman (Midweek Musings, the Times, July 3) are asking them.

Rev. Slyman could open by quoting Leviticus 11.9: “… anything in the seas or the streams that does not have fins scales, and among all the other living creatures that are detestable to you of the swarming creatures in the waters or the streams … you shell not eat. My question to the candidate will you establish a city law banning the catching, sale and eating of lobsters, crabs scallops and clams?”

Stuart Diamond asks the next question, from Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”

“My question to the candidate is, homosexual acts are already illegal in the east African nation of Uganda with a maximum penalty would be life in prison. They are seeking a death penalty: would you seek to pass such laws at a city level?”

Stuart Diamond’s fixation on the rainbow flag flying during the month of June is just an excuse for him to promote his dream of the city of

Gloucester, if not the whole country, becoming an Iran-like theocracy. Our forefathers escaped from the religious tyranny of the Church of England. They ensured us that a wall of separation of church and state exist by writing the first clause of the bill of rights.

The rainbow flag will fly once again come next June.

If this imagined Q & A with the mayoral candidate were to happen, rest assured that my hand would be up next asking the candidates if they will defend the wall of separation of church and state here in Gloucester.

JANICE JOSEPHINE CARNEY

The Heights at Cape Ann, Gloucester

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