Baha'i News -- Relay for Life faith is too narrow
Relay for Life faith is too narrow
Web posted Friday, May 24, 2002
Letter to the Editor
Kudos to the organizers of the Relay for Life last week. The survivors' lap and the care-givers' lap are quite meaningful to my
wife and me. Friends tell me that seeing and talking with those who have beat breast cancer is quite inspirational to those who
are still battling this awful disease.
Many people find strength and courage in their faith, as they wage their fight. Unfortunately, organizers of the Relay for Life
make those who do not follow their brand of conservative Christianity quite unwelcome by their choice of music, prayers and
overall religious atmosphere.
Women who follow Hindu, Buddhist, Sunni and Shiite Islamic, Baha'i, Unitarian, Earth-centered, Tao, Shinto, secular humanist
and other non-Christian religions are affected by their cancers and need the same support as those who are conservative
Even some women, who are devout Christians but belong to more liberal denominations, feel uneasy at implications that they are
somehow less admirable if they want to give their doctors and medical science some credit for their recovery.
I have brought this up privately with the chairman of Relay for Life, but this year the exclusion of non-conservative
Christians was even more blatant than in previous years, so I thought it necessary to go public.
It is important for all those who organize public events for residents of this multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-faith
area that we must be inclusive and respectful of everyone. Newspapers are full of examples of what happens when only one belief
system is honored.
Andy C. Reese, Augusta
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