November 5, 2012
Maryland was established on the principles of equality, religious freedom, separation of church and state, and creating opportunities for all to achieve economic self-sufficiency. No place is this more clear than at Historic St. Mary's City. St. Mary's City was the first city and capital of Maryland, the first successful proprietary colony in English North America, the first place freedom of religion was established in America, and also the first place to seek the separation of church and state in America.
October 25, 2012
Marriage equality has never been approved at the ballot box anywhere in the country. But all that could change profoundly in less than two weeks in Maryland. Marylanders will be heading to the polls to uphold Question 6, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which protects religious freedom and equal rights under the law. Recent polls show a majority of voters support the measure, but we know from other states that it will be close. As public servants, we do not believe that government has any business telling one class of couples that they cannot marry.
July 30, 2012
I object to your giving so much space to Del. Neil Parrot and his "mission" to make "traditional Christian values" the law of the land ("GOP freshman challenges Maryland power structure," July 24). A system that leaves the rights of a minority up to a vote by the majority is inherently unjust. This applies to the basic human rights of same-sex couples to marry the partner of their choice without interference from any religious establishment, and particularly for a majority that doesn't belong to their church.
July 29, 2012
A couple of years ago, a reader complained about The Sun 's use of illegal immigrant , preferring the term undocumented worker . I wrote at the time: " Undocumented worker is objectionable, in part, because not all illegal immigrants are workers. Besides, it's a euphemism. Illegal alien I think we would want to restrict to beings from Betelgeuse who can't produce proper papers. Illegal immigrant is as neutral a term as we have available. " Now a reader has written to me to complain about the word illegals in a headline.
July 2, 2012
I feel compelled to write in response to Archbishop William Lori's commentary on religious freedom ("A fight for freedom," June 12). He claims an assault on religious freedom is under way in this country because the federal government refuses to finance his efforts and those of his fellow bishops to impose the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church on non-Catholics. That is what it has always been about over the many decades the Catholic Church has resisted recognizing American women's right to abortion and contraception.
June 29, 2012
I want to thank Archbishop William E. Lori for reminding me once again why I'm an ex-Catholic ("Fight for freedom," June 27). With the so-called "Fortnight for Freedom," the church leadership is deliberately and cynically using a mixture of patriotism and religion in a blatant and manipulative attempt to influence the outcome of the upcoming elections. I can't seem to recall any recent news about Catholic churches being bombed in the United States or attempts to bar American Catholics from attending mass.