To the editor:

I would like to express my disappointment in the local United Methodist Church leadership for discounting Utah's abortion law as "a codification of Mormon doctrine."That assessment comes as a great surprise to the many Catholics, Baptists and other Christians who also question popular dogma. It certainly comes as a surprise to those of us who hold no particular religious convictions yet reject feminist belief that human life is purely a matter of feminine prerogative and that the rights of children (and fathers) are too insignificant to acknowledge.

Following the same logic as the Methodist ministers, are legal strictures against murder, rape and robbery also invalid because of their religious basis? Is Maryland abortion law a violation of the separation of church and state since it mirrors the standard liberal Protestant viewpoint, which offends many other religions?

Bryan Dane

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