Follow our founders
Dear Editor:The Supreme Court in March will hear oral argument – to decide whether to remove all reference to God from the “public square” or to keep it as our founding fathers intended. Amendment I does not require the “Separation of Church and State.” This is an accepted catchy phrase that many should know is false.In 1984, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the dissenting justice in Wallace v. Jaffree, described it as a misleading metaphor. Amendment I says:”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech.”In England, our founders were required to join the national church, the Church of England. They felt so strongly about this that they left England to have freedom of religion. The 1789 amendment to the congressional records prohibited a national denomination.There was no mention of the words “separate,” “church,” or “state.” Our founders wanted freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Our laws are founded on biblical teachings. Our early colleges Harvard, Princeton and Yale, etc., studied the Bible thoroughly, and students had to be well-versed in the Bible.Secularism is being forced upon us in many ways, the television, the courts, schools, etc. If we do not stand up for freedom of religion, freedom from religion will take over with the help of the ACLU. This lowers our morals and values and gives up all that our founders fought and died for. The Supreme Court can choose to follow Amendment I, the intent of our founders, or choose not to; the decision is in their hands.All who agree with this, please contact their senators and congressmen to follow Amendment I and the intent of our founders.Ruth B. PerryCarbondale
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