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Stranger and Stranger
by John Smith Williams

Thursday, February 12, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This has an onimous ring about it. Religious Persecution perhaps?
See what you think. Read On

Stranger and Stranger.

So the French have decided to Set God aside,
In a secular state there is no room for God to abide,
Politics and religion donít mix, is their fervent cry,
I seem to have heard that before in times gone by.

Cherished religious habits of thousands of people.
Cast aside by a vote of the governing elitist,
No matter whether Muslim, Christian or Jew,
No religious ornament or dress must you use,

At least if your a child and going to school,
You must all look alike and that is the rule.
The burka, the skull cap can no longer be worn,
The turban, the cross, may no longer adorn,

I may not agree with all religions and sects,
I think we must grant them a degree of respect,
Religions far older than our own beliefs,
Politicians now trying to bring them to grief,

I think of the children, bereft of their faith,
I cannot but wonder what may take itís place,
No matter whatever politicians may order, decree,
It seems like a retrograde action to me,

What next you may ask, what does this all mean ?,
Is it a purge thatís about to begin,
Of one thing Iím certain, and itís true without doubt,
Oneís skin colour is something they can do nothing about.

John W 13/02/04

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Reviewed by Lori Moore 4/10/2004
Nice write. I tend to agree with your conclusions... as if that really matters. However, I would say that if a religious tradition has the potential to pose a public threat, the public should be protected. I'm thinking of a recent case where a certain woman wanted to cover her face in her drivers license picture due to her religious beliefs... I say let her cover her face all she wants, but she should not expect the benefit of public services or privileges if her true identity cannot be confirmed. Oh well, sometimes my poli sci, history, law background just wonít let go. I enjoyed your write.
Reviewed by jude forese 2/15/2004
everyone should be allowed to express their religious persuasion without fear or reprisal ...
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 2/13/2004
Strange indeed, John! I'm just a lil ole lady poet who loves to write, and I shall sing of hope, joy and light, till the end of my life. Very thoughtful poem, John. Well done!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/13/2004
All religions aim to teach goodness.
I hope everyone learn from it.

~ May / Sandie ~
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 2/13/2004
Nicely argued. Certainly religions do not want to take over the state and make nations all Christian or Muslim.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 2/13/2004
Spot on John, and yes, your instincts are right as far as I am concerned, Revolution Reeks like a dead rat

Batten down the Hatches M8

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