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Separation of church, state vital
Editor’s note: The following letter responds to “Column descended into attack on religion” (Sept. 17) by letter writer Eric Dixon, Esq. of North Bergen.
It’s ironic that Mr. Dixon, as self-appointed Defender of the Faith(s), engages in interpretation, speculation, mind reading and innuendo instead of actually addressing the content and specific point made by Jersey Journal columnist Joan Quigley in “Religion plays too big a role in determining how people vote” (Sept. 14).
He speculates and mindreads saying, “perhaps she … " and refers to “her acts … abortion” as if she she has performed that medical procedure. I don’t think we need to scratch the surface of his complaint to discover that the issue he’s really upset about is a woman’s right to manage her own body. His church doesn’t like that and has a sad history of imposing its beliefs on everyone else, not just its own believers.
Of course, his church is not alone in that. A characteristic common to all religions through history is that their first action upon achieving a majority in a culture, society or country is to suppress, smother and even kill any challenge to their dogma. That’s just one of many good reasons our Founding Fathers explicitly stated, in Article 6, C3.1.2 of the United States Constitution, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Mr. Dixon makes proforma obeisance to the concept of separation of church and state and then makes it clear that he thinks it’s a fine theory, as long as it is not actual practiced. He wants to have his Communion wafer and eat it, too.
He uses deceptive, inflammatory phrases such as “she demands” and “cancel culture purging” although she says no such thing. She did not say “religious life disqualifies one from public office.” Those are your words, sir; your deliberate fabrication.
And thanks for calling for a response by “her neighbors, by the Democratic Party, and all faiths.” I can do that.
Sir, I’m one of those neighbors living literally within sight of her home. I am not only a lifelong Democrat but, for a number of years, until I chose to step down, I was the Democratic Party committeeman elected by and for the area she lives in … and as for “all faiths” l doubt you have my personal experience of living with and working with religions and religious people all over the world. None that I know approve of dishonest, biased, meanspirited, personal assaults like yours.
Joe Harkins, Jersey City
Right to have concerns about HCPO
A recent Jersey Journal editorial titled “Bias in Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office not just a workplace concern” (Sept. 17) should raise serious questions about our criminal justice system and the impact it has on individual freedoms.
Having served as a police policy and procedures expert witness in several wrongful conviction/malicious prosecution/false arrest cases, I have witnessed firsthand unethical conduct by prosecutors, district attorneys and attorneys general, who were all given absolute immunity from civil action.
When you consider the track record of the current Hudson County prosecutor, Esther Suarez, citizens should be very concerned.
“5 HCPO detectives ‘are the subject of a pending criminal investigation,’ IA probe still ongoing”: Hudson County View, June 4.
“Theft under Suarez’s nose: Another reason she shouldn’t be top prosecutor”: Star-Ledger editorial, April 11.
“Documents: Judge Suarez served as treasurer to Mayor Stack connected organization”: Hudson County View, Feb. 25, 2015.
These examples, at a minimum, show a lack of leadership and judgment by Suarez. Others who have been on the receiving end of HCPO actions or inactions might equate the HCPO’s conduct as nefarious. The HCPO will not release to the public a report prepared by outside counsel to investigate harassment and discrimination within their agency. Many of the cases cited above have had no resolution to date and the HCPO fails to be transparent with the public.
The HCPO cannot be trusted to act as the guardians of the criminal justice system within Hudson County.
Joseph J. Blaettler, East Coast Private Investigations of New Jersey, Morristown
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