Letter to the editor (Queens Courier):
As a Jewish-American, I was extremely offended by a recent story in the Queens Tribune unfairly targeting City Council candidate Dan Halloran’ religion. My Catholic friends are also offended that his religion is being made into a campaign issue.
Queens is the most diverse county in the country, home of the Flushing Remonstrance, a 1657 document proclaiming religious freedom for Flushing residents, one of America’s earliest provisions for religious freedom. Indeed, the Remonstrance protects the right “to have and enjoy the liberty of conscience without molestation or disturbance.”
A person’s religion is a personal, private matter and should not be used to score political points in a campaign. Diversity of belief and freedom of conscience are at the heart of the American spirit, as millions have come to our shores to escape religious persecution and freely exercise their religion, enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment.
In view of the above, I respectfully call upon Halloran’s opponent Kevin Kim and Congressmember Gary Ackerman, who founded the Tribune, to condemn this unfair assault on Halloran’s religious beliefs.