MY TURN: Get facts straight on abortion and rights

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2008

OK, I've had enough with the liberal left's lie about separating "church from state." The liberal left has repeated this statement so often the majority of the American people believe the words actually appear in our Constitution. They don't. That phrase is not mentioned in our Constitution, Bill of Rights or Declaration of Independence. The phrase actually appeared in a private letter Thomas Jefferson wrote on Jan. 1, 1802. That letter was written 11 years after the First Amendment was ratified. Here is what the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of our Constitution says:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

A thorough examination of the First Amendment and those who wrote and argued it reveals the founders never intended there be a wall between church and state. The intent was for every American to be guaranteed uninhibited freedom to practice his or her religion, unburdened by the constraints of the federal government. The First Amendment was written with the idea that the United States could not create a national religion.

The "government documents" Kathy Miller speaks of in her Feb. 4 My Turn are just one private letter, called the Danbury Leter, that Jefferson wrote to assure Baptists that the federal government would not create a state religion.

In Everson vs. Board of Education, 1947, Chief Justice Hugo Black wrote inaccurately that the First Amendment created a "complete separation between the state and religion." Black quoted Jefferson's words from the private Danbury Letter rather than the true wording of the First Amendment, which clearly bars Congress from prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

As far as abortion, you are free to choose abortion or life. Did you know the English translation of fetus is "little child" or "young one"? It is a biological and scientific fact that life begins at conception. The true "liberated" woman realizes childbirth is a valued part of being a woman.

Abortion only liberates men from their responsibilities. Abortion takes the lives of approximately 1.5 million babies a year. Half of those are females. Why do these aborted females not have the same rights when it comes to their bodies?

The psychological, emotional, and physical dangers from abortion are well documented for those who wish to educate themselves. Look up "suicide and abortion" on the Internet. Folks, you have to quit letting people tell you how to think when they can't get the facts straight.

• Gregory Acres is a Juneau resident.

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