Response Letter to Columnist Clarence Page
Gemechis Desta Buba
September 27, 2000
Faith is a matter of the heart; nevertheless it dynamically yearns for
public acknowledgment and affirmation through peaceful and legitimate
appearances on the public arena.
People of diverse religious affiliations and faith orientations should
keep their beliefs to themselves. Humanity is a religious being;
everyone is inclined to a particular religion. Religion cannot be a
public or social issue of contention or conflict as long as it is
properly managed within the private realm. People should know how to
respect each other’s private convictions and decline any intention of
enforcing private religious orientations on each other.
Religion is dynamic, it is charged with a notion of winning more people
and expanding the values. Most religions are enthusiastic about
achieving public acknowledgment and affirmation. This pursuit should be
handled in a peaceful and legitimate manner. Engaging the public arena
to enforce ones own belief on others violate individual’s right.
Practicing religious acts such as prayer, preaching and others within a
public arena in a peaceful and legitimate pattern is subject to freedom
of speech. Within horizons of freedom granted by the declaration of
freedom of speech, people should be allowed to convey their messages
and practice their religion.
Religious leaders should teach their people how to practice their
rituals within the privacy of their own religious arena, moreover
practicing religion within a public arena should be governed with rules
and regulation of freedom of speech to maintain peace, dignity and