You proved your own point wrong

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, February 05, 2007

John Adams and Benjamin Franklin would roll over in their graves if they heard Alfredo Velazquez' comments in his Feb. 2 letter, "Nation was founded by Christians."

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All that his quotes and points do is prove the value of separation of church and state. If the founding fathers were so clearly devout Christians, and still had the foresight to prohibit " ... respecting an establishment of religion ... " (the First Amendment), how can you possibly call America the "Christian United States of America," based on quotes of these people who plainly recognized the folly of mixing religion with government.

Classifying America as "Christian," and to say that "the Bible was the only law book in this country and that every member should regulate his conduct by the sayings of the Bible" is insulting to me, and more so to the many non-Christians and Christians alike that recognize the importance of the first amendment, and who have fought and died for our freedom, not the least of which is the freedom from someone else's religion telling them what to do.

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun summed it up nicely in the Lee versus Weisman ruling, 1992: "When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some."

You need only look to the Middle East or to the hundreds of tragic events in history (see, The Spanish Inquisition) to see what happens when religion drives government. Remember what George Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Casey Loofbourrow

Juneau



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