Bible Proclamation Doesn't Legalize Belief

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Being a veteran of the Korean "Forgotten War," I appreciated the thank you from the community and mayor which included the Korean veterans.

The hearing aids I wear, the two lost teeth, and a burned-out stomach seem a small price to pay for my country, compared to the great sacrifice of thousands of others.

When I served in Korea, it was for a country that still pledged allegiance to the American flag in school; we could open class with prayer if we chose; and yes, some of my teachers read from the Bible at times. This was the country I served for.

I hope next year that Payson will repeat this year's tribute of respect for the veterans, but by then will the American Civil Liberties Union say we can't have prayer offered and salute the American flag?

Hats off to Gov. Hull and Mayor Dunham of Gilbert for standing up for their belief in the Bible. The courts can put evolution back in school, but don't want teaching about "the creation."

No, I don't think it's just about church and government being separated. It's the fact that our country is going to be separated from God if we keep taking God out of everything. Psalms 14:1 says, "The fool hath said in his heart there is no God."

I would recommend you obtain a copy of Bradford's "History of the Plymouth Settlement" and find out once again why the pilgrims came to America. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is about making laws that everyone has to follow and be subject to. A proclamation of "Bible Week" doesn't make anyone read the Bible who doesn't want to.

Yes, you can have your opinion -- now you've heard mine.

F. Marvin Boyle
Payson

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