When I am traveling, I enjoy visiting churches. The architecture, the art, the glass, the peace. The first time I visited Notre Dame in Paris, in 1991, was the first time I encountered lighting candles in a church, I find it calming to do. The fellowship of a faith community, the rituals create a feeling of connection and the comfort of routine. Yet, I am not a practitioner of any organized religion. I understand that some people need a explanation, for the incomprehensible, others rely on a touchstone of faith to cope with the stress of life, whatever gets you through the night. I have found other ways of accepting the unacceptable, and allaying my fears.
I am distrustful of those who think that their way is the only way, that feel compelled to try to bring others into their fold. I am angry at religious leaders who shelter abusers, spread hate, and discrimination. I don't believe in mixing religion and politics. The US Constitution has a clause mandating a separation of church and state because of the horrors in the name of religion that Europe had experienced in the years before the Constitution was written.
I ran across this little gem, by the son of a dead President, a President who started to blur the line between church and state.