I also commend Kelsey Stark for her convictions in her Jan. 24 letter ("Bible doesn't sanction same sex marriage"). I also was interested in the response by Erik Lie-Nielsen. I respect his opinion, too.
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I do have a couple of quotes for Stark and Lie-Nielsen to consider. In his inaugural address to Congress, George Washington stated, "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. ... We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained."
Abraham Lincoln also stated: "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the holy scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
I also wish to encourage Stark to pay very close attention in civics and social studies classes. But take it a step further and search the libraries and Internet to find more about the beginning of the United States that you won't find in your school books. Read the founding fathers' speeches as they gathered together to write the Constitution of the United States. My regards to Stark and Lie-Nielsen.