While I shouldn’t waste time responding to Sheryl Nuxoll’s recent intolerant behavior, as a Nuxoll, I want to publicly call her out when clearly she missed her history and religion classes at Gonzaga! The nation that she declares to be Christian had once been because the early colonists were from Europe and that is what they practiced. Many of those same people had the good sense to recognize that this might not always be the case, and that value is reflected in the text of the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech. ...”
Thankfully, the United States was the first nation to have no official state-endorsed religion. So even in Idaho we practice Baha’i, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Native American spiritual beliefs, and that really scary Hinduism. As someone whose responsibility is to represent their constituents, not narrow-minded, fear-based beliefs, Nuxoll’s actions were abhorrent. Had she stayed for the prayer she might have learned that Hinduism is a way of life that advocates honesty, mercy, purity and self-restraint. She would benefit from those ideals.
Cathy Nuxoll Brown, Boise
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