Re the Aug. 1 letter Common ground: The writer makes the common mistake of assuming that rejecting religion equates to atheism. The belief in a creator God does not necessarily categorize a person as a member of an organized religion.
I do not belong to a church or engage in religious rituals, yet believe in a universal, unfathomable entity — God if one prefers — that is the source of all creation. Indeed, organized religions have a dismal record of excess and abuse inconsistent with the core teachings of their canons. So, yes, you can reject religion as a human-created system of mass control and still believe in God.
The writer also refers to herself as “a proud atheist,” something difficult to understand, as atheism is a pessimistic doctrine based on assumptions just as difficult to prove as those underlying religion.
Roberto J. Herrera, Miami