Editorial: Praise for the pulpits
August 28, 2010
More than politics, more than anything, really, the most divisive issue societies have historically faced has involved religion.
Wars have been — and are still being — fought over matters of faith, and it's questionable whether that will ever change.
It's almost understandable — people are passionate about their respective beliefs of a higher power, and sometimes attach an intolerance to others who believe differently.
Understandable, yes. Acceptable? Never.
But, don't confuse this with a condemnation on all religions, or even any one particular religion.
Quite the opposite, actually.
On Monday, Editorial Board members discussed a less-heralded attribute of Craig and Moffat County, and that's our community's seemingly wide range of religious offerings.
While it's true that some religions are not represented here — Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, among others — this can be attributed more to the demographics of the area rather than a referendum against these religions.
However, one look around town, and people are likely to find an assortment of spiritual options, albeit on a smaller scale than, for instance, metropolitan areas.
There are faiths of numerous Christian origins — Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and non-denominational, among others — as well selections for Latter-day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Although on the surface this doesn't necessarily seem like diversity, the sheer number of churches and places of worship our community has is impressive, and enough to provide evidence that community members have a choice in where they can go for their spiritual needs, Editorial Board members contend.
Other refreshing aspects of Craig and Moffat County's religious community are the leaders of these churches and places of worship, and of course, the parishioners and congregations they serve.
Generally speaking, our religious leaders are kind and open-minded toward others. They have their faith and beliefs, and yet most do not preach fire and brimstone about those who think and feel differently.
This can largely be said of many local churchgoers, many of whom are quick to spearhead or be involved in projects on behalf of community betterment or for those in need.
There are exceptions in both categories, to be certain, but Editorial Board members think our community is largely tolerant, and in many cases accepting, of other faiths.
Although this positive characteristic is one less recognized about our community, it's nonetheless vitally important. It's one less avenue on which our community can become splintered.