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Gillison is a strong leader with unwavering integrity

I wish to respond to certain criticisms leveled against the Rev. William Gillison. In a very polite way, Gillison was only expressing the concerns, pressures and fallout that could ensue if same-sex unions became lawful. He is merely being a voice of reason in a politically correct world governed by feelings and subjectivity.

The letter writer’s assertions are skewed because they are based on faulty presuppositions and misinformation. Neither our Constitution nor any of our founding documents contains the phrase “separation of church and state.”

The United States was founded upon the principle of religious freedom. Our founding fathers were diligent to ensure a republic that would be free from any state-controlled religion. If anything, the issue of real concern comes through a state that is now positioning itself as the high priest of a new morality that is so radically foreign.

Gillison is a strong leader of unwavering integrity and authority, a prophetic voice, the kind of leader people both need and desire to follow.

The Rev. Martin Luther King brilliantly observed the following: “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

What if he had been intimidated into silence as many today are? Try telling King his tax-exempt status might have been in jeopardy.

Rabbi Frank Lowinger

Buffalo