It was wise to separate church from state

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mr. Velazquez' letter of Feb. 2 was just another attempt by the "Christian Right" to make America a wholly Christian country by saying that this is what our founding fathers had in mind.

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Regardless of their chosen faith (and Ben Franklin was not a Christian), they made sure that religion would not be a part of our Constitution, nor would their religious choice, or lack of one, influence the document.

Because of this, all 300 million of us should be thankful that this country has never suffered from "religious wars" that continue to waste precious lives throughout the world. Because of the separation of church and state, we have always been able to solve our differences by law and the privilege of voting. Given the alternative, this country would just follow in the footsteps of so many religious zealots of all kinds who seem to want to take over the world.

Mr. Lie-Nielsen (Jan. 28) was not trying to harass Kelsey Stark (Jan. 24) - but only asking her to have an "open mind" and pay attention to her history and civics classes. We should be thankful that we are a secular nation and proud of the fact that we still have the freedom to choose.

Barbara Griffin

Juneau



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